Attached to the resolution was this rendering of the dock area that was part of the St. Lawrence Cement Greenport Project. The rendering shows the dock facility extending onto the parcel of land the City of Hudson seeks to acquire.
Alderman Nick Haddad (First Ward) was unrestrained in his criticism of Holcim and its handling of the situation, saying Holcim had "acted in a villainous fashion." "Is this," he asked, "a harbinger of what they plan to do in the future?"
Moore said of the land transfer, "This issue is not over." Other aldermen concurred. Alderman Chris Wagoner (Third Ward) said, "We lost our way in the controversy over who owned it," but expressed his conviction that "we need to acquire the property." Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward), who has always maintained that the City would be the best steward of the ten acres, asserted, "It doesn't make sense for the City not to own it." He went on to say, "Holcim created an expectancy when they created the document [referring to the contract that Holcim has not signed]. They owe us some money, and at the very least we should go after them."
Mayor William Hallenbeck said that he would be "happy to obtain the land as a transfer" but cautioned against "going after them for damages." Seeming to think the Council was considering trying to acquire the entire port through eminent domain, he admonished the Council to "keep the financial stability of the City in mind" in their discussions about using this strategy. Later in the conversation, when Moore spoke of "continuing to have discussions about obtaining the land" and Haddad described the parcel as a "critical and fundamental component of the health and well-being of the city going forward," Hallenbeck suggested that, in a discussion about "what's critical and what isn't," a priority should be "developing on land we already own."
The discussion ended with city attorney Cheryl Roberts, who was the last to be in contact with Holcim, delivering the message she had received from Holcim counsel: "The City needs to be patient. Holcim is committed to transferring the property."