The map, which is difficult to comprehend even when seen at full size, shows the land--a total of 1.2 acres--currently owned by the City of Hudson that HCSD wants conveyed to the school district.
George Keeler, buildings and grounds superintendent for HCSD, spoke of the proposed acquisition as a "swap." When asked by Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) what the City got in the swap, Keeler explained that the Youth Department and HCSD had a "shared services agreement": the Youth Department uses school facilities--gyms, soccer fields, etc.--without paying the usual rental fees. "Currently," said Keeler, "we're ahead of you on the swap," intimating that the City owed HCSD $4,500, since that is the value being placed on the parcel of land. Friedman said of the shared services agreement, "Sounds like an ongoing relationship that is netting itself out over time." When Keeler avouched that the land had been appraised at $5,500, Friedman countered, "I'll give the City $6,000 for it."
Alderman Michael O'Hara (First Ward) requested that streets and buildings be superimposed on the map to make it comprehensible. DeStefano referred the matter to the Legal Committee, which is chaired by O'Hara.
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