Monday, August 13, 2018

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

This week there are a couple of reasons to show up at City Hall in the evening and one to show up at 1 North Front Street in the afternoon.
  • Tonight, Monday, August 13, the Common Council holds its informal meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. So far, the only items on the agenda are the mayor's veto of proposed Local Law No. 4, the law pertaining to vacant buildings, and a resolution to adopt a fund balance policy. Gossips has heard that Local Law No. 4 has been revised to eliminate the problems that necessitated the mayor's veto, but it is not known if the revised law will be introduced tonight or if it will have to go through committee.
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, the Nominating Committee of the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) board will meet again to contemplate who will be appointed to the board to replace the four members who resigned as a consequence of Common Council president Tom DePietro's expressed lack of confidence in HDC over the redevelopment of the Kaz site. So far, the appointment of only one new board member, Mark Morgan-Perez, has been made public. The committee meeting will take place in executive session, with no members of the public permitted to observe.
  • On Wednesday, August 15, the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee meets at 5:15 in City Hall. DPW superintendent Rob Perry, whose report to the committee is the major business of the monthly meeting, will be reporting on the impacts of the severe thunderstorm Hudson experienced last Tuesday.
  • Also on Wednesday, August 15, at 6 p.m., the Zoning Board of Appeals meets at City Hall. At its July meeting, the ZBA scheduled six public hearings for Wednesday regarding the following requests: (1) an area variance for parking at 437 Warren Street; (2) an area variance for parking at 514 State Street; (3) an area variance to create two lots of equal size at 248 and 250 Columbia Street [The Planning Board approved the lot line adjustment at its last meeting; an area variance is required from the ZBA because neither lot will meet the minimum lot size required by the code.]; (4) several area variances for the project proposed for Partition Street behind 17-19 Union Street, including setbacks and lot coverage; (5) a variance for an 8-foot fence to be constructed at 939 Columbia Street; (6) area variances for a solar carport to be constructed at 65-67 North Third Street.
248 and 250 Columbia Street
Elevations for Partition Street proposal (behind 17-19 Union Street)
  • On Thursday, August 16, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) meets at 2 p.m. at 1 North Front Street. At its last meeting on July 26, there was talk of selling off all the property and dissolving the agency. The property owned by HDCPA consists of vacant lots at 202, 204, and 206 Columbia Street (what remains of the community garden), 238 Columbia Street, 2 through 12 State Street, and 2-4 Warren Street. At the July meeting, Walter Chatham, who chairs the Planning Board and also chairs the HCDPA board, offered this assessment of HCDPA: "The agency is broke, we don't have much of a track record, and the political climate does not favor this type of agency." At Thursday's meeting it is expected that city attorney Andy Howard will be present to discuss the agency's options going forward. It is not known if the meeting will be open to the public or if the board will invoke attorney-client privilege and go into executive session.


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