Monday, July 23, 2018

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

There's a meeting worth attending every day this week, and Tuesday appears to be the day when you might wish you could be two places at once.

Today, Monday, July 23, two Common Council committees meet. The Fire Committee meets at 5:30 p.m., and the Police Committee meets at 6 p.m. No agenda is available for either meeting, but there is always the possibility that at the Police Committee meeting concerns may again be voiced about the Hudson Police Department's participation in the Shared Services Response Team and about there being no police commissioner since Martha Harvey resigned almost a year ago. Both meetings take place at City Hall.

On Tuesday, July 24, there are three meetings taking place at almost the same time.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the new Tourism Board meets at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue. The reason for this unusual meeting location is that Jamie Smith Quinn, the executive director of the museum, is one of the members of the Tourism Board. Those attending the meeting are asked to use the main museum entrance.
  • At 6 p.m., the Hudson Development Corporation is holding its monthly meeting. Accused of operating with inadequate public input and no transparency, the HDC board is now scheduling its meetings for the early evening instead of at noon. At tomorrow's meeting, the last before the departure of HDC executive director Sheena Salvino, it is expected some plans for moving forward in her absence will be revealed, as well as new appointments to the board. In two executive sessions last week, the nominating committee interviewed potential candidates to replace the four board members who resigned in May. So far, Gossips has learned of one new appointment: Mark Morgan-Perez, who served on the Housing Task Force. The HDC meeting takes place at 1 North Front Street.  
  • At 7:30 p.m., the Greenport Planning Board meets at Greenport Town Hall. The agenda for this meeting is not yet available, but Gossips has received word that the proposal by East Light Partners to install a solar array on land adjacent to the Hudson Correctional Facility will be on the agenda. There was concern that the array, to be located on what was identified in the Conservation Advisory Council's Open Space and Natural Resources Inventory as "farmland of statewide importance," would be visible from the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Olana. Last week, East Light Partners held a public information session at the Hudson Area Library, which Gossips was unable to attend. I have been told by someone who did attend that the site plan has been altered to allay the concerns about visibility from these two National Historic Landmarks, but East Light Partners have not responded to requests for information about the new plans. It appears that showing up at the Greenport Planning Board meeting is the only way to learn what's being proposed.

On Wednesday, July 25, the Common Council Legal Committee holds its regular monthly meeting at City Hall. No agenda is available for this meeting. With the vacant building law awaiting the mayor's signature (the mayor will hold a public hearing on this law on Wednesday, August 1, at 3 p.m.) and the zoning amendment affecting R-2 and R-2H districts sought by Stewart's ripening on the aldermen's desks, it's not clear what the Legal Committee intends to tackle next. 

On Thursday, July 26, there are two meeting of the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency.
  • At 1 p.m., the HCDPA Board will hold its regular monthly meeting, rescheduled from July 12. This will be the last meeting before the departure of HCDPA executive director Sheena Salvino, and some information should be forthcoming about HCDPA's plans to move forward in the absence of an executive director.
  • At 2 p.m., the HCDPA Board will hold a special meeting to open the sealed bids received for the strip of vacant land in the 200 block between Columbia Street and Prison Alley.
On Friday, July 27, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10 a.m. at City Hall. There is no agenda available as yet for this meeting, but the HPC may continue its review of the proposal to construct an accessory building on Partition Street behind 17-19 Union Street.


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