Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Meetings This Week

There are some meetings of interest coming up in the first days of spring. 

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.

Elsewhere tonight, a panel discussion The Future of Local Journalism, which had to be postponed twice this winter because of snowstorms, is finally happening. The panel includes a couple of familiar names: Seth Rogovoy, of The Rogovoy Report, and Enid Futterman, of imby.com. (Gossips will not be there, being instead at the Common Council meeting, doing local journalism.) The panel discussion takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Saland Forum, Room 614, in the Professional Academic Center at Columbia-Greene Community College.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Because of the way the zoning was drafted in 2011, where terms weren't defined and the Zoning Map was left intentionally vague, I think it's completely understandable that Barton & Loguidice is asking more to finish the job.

    Reportedly, they want $5,000 to provide what they promise will be an exhaustive opinion.

    Because the fate of the South Bay will turn on the ZBA's determination - representing one of the greatest governmental decisions ever made to impact the welfare of the bay - the public itself should try and come up with the money.

    I'm in for $300 if B&L are in a position to accept it. Can we do some sort of fundraiser for this?