Tonight, the Common Council holds its regular meeting for March at 7 p.m. Among the resolutions to be voted on tonight is Alderman Tiffany Garriga's resolution requesting the mayor to remove five of the seven members of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and appoint new members. Since the resolution was introduced on Monday, March 12, Garriga has stated her intention to revise the resolution to include specific problems to be addressed in the buildings overseen by HHA, and Mayor Rick Rector has suggested that he would not abide by the resolution if it were passed. In the past week, several of the aldermen have visited Bliss Towers to see the conditions there for themselves, so the vote on resolution tonight could be interesting.
Also tonight, the Council will be voting on the resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency to have its executive director, Sheena Salvino, administer the Restore NY grant for the Dunn building on the waterfront. The City was awarded the grant more than a year ago, but no work to stabilize the crumbling historic building has proceeded while attorneys for the City and HCDPA ironed out the terms of a contract for Salvino to administer the grant. Now, finally, a contract has been agreed upon, and it's up to the Council to approve it.
On Wednesday, March 21, the Zoning Board of Appeals is holding a public hearing to gather additional information and hear comments before making its official determination about the boundaries of the C-R (Core Riverfront) and R-C (Recreational Conservation) districts in South Bay. The engineers of Barton & Loguidice were asked to advise the ZBA on this issue. The information and conclusions provided by them to the ZBA can be viewed here. At the ZBA meeting on February 21, ZBA chair Lisa Kenneally said the public hearing would take place at 6:15 p.m. to accommodate the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee meeting, which for reasons unknown had to be moved from the fourth Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month. The city calendar, however, still indicates that the public hearing will take place at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Department of Transportation is holding an open house/public information meeting about the roundabout proposed for the intersection of Route 23 and Route 9G. The event takes place in the Professional Academic Center at Columbia-Greene Community College. People are invited to drop in at any time during the two-hour period to review the preliminary plans and project schedule, ask questions, and provide input.
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