Many resolutions were passed at Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Common Council, only two of which had been introduced at the informal meeting on September 10. The following are what Gossips considers the highlights of the meeting.
The Holcim Seven Acres The Common Council passed, without discussion and unanimously, the resolution to appropriate $6,200 for a title search and a preliminary environmental study of the seven acres south of the port that the City of Hudson hopes to acquire from Holcim. At the end of the meeting, Timothy O'Connor asked if a preliminary environmental study would not be redundant, since in July 2010, Cheryl Roberts, then attorney for the LWRP, had indicated that Holcim had already done an environmental study. Roberts explained that in 2010 the City had been told by Holcim that an environmental study had been done, but when Roberts asked to see the study, Holcim told her that no such study had in fact been done.
The Meters Are Coming A resolution was passed unanimously authorizing the mayor to seek bids on the purchase and installation of parking meters for the 300 block of Warren Street. Alderman Cappy Pierro (Fifth Ward) commented that this decision is "being driven by the business people." "They're comin' up to me," Pierro said, "asking for meters."
Discount for the County The Common Council also passed a resolution to reduce the building permit fee for the courthouse expansion and renovation from $38,728 to $12,000. Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) expressed the opinion that the discount was a lot deeper than what he had in mind when he suggested a reduced amount but said he hoped "it will create good will on both sides." Friedman's sentiments were echoed by Alderman Nick Haddad (First Ward), who said he hoped "the county rewards our good faith."
Last Obstacle Removed for Hotel The Common Council amended local law to allow annual parking permits to be transferable from one vehicle to another. This change in the law will allow the proprietors of The Croff House, who are planning to convert 542 Warren Street into a sixteen-room boutique hotel, to provide off-street overnight parking for their guests.
Prisoners Lost and Found Council president Don Moore revealed last night that the net loss of population, as a consequence of 2010 legislation requiring prisoners to be counted, for legislative districting purposes, in the communities where they lived before they were incarcerated rather than the communities where they reside as prisoners, is 300. The 350 prisoners currently in the Hudson Correctional Facility will be subtracted from the population of the Third Ward, for purposes of the weighted vote, but it is not yet known which wards will gain the 50 prisoners incarcerated elsewhere who lived in Hudson before being imprisoned.