Monday, November 12, 2018

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

In the week that started with a holiday, the meetings of interest are concentrated into three days.
  • On Tuesday, November 13, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meets at 1 p.m. at 1 North Front Street. The IDA, which is currently made up of entirely of people serving ex officio--the mayor, the treasurer, the assessor, the chair of the Planning Board, and the majority and minority leaders of the Common Council--is looking to add a new member who does not already hold a position in city government. It is expected the search for a new member will be one of the topics of discussion.
  • At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Common Council holds a public hearing on proposed Local Law No. 5, which has come to be known as the "Stewart's law." The law was been criticized by former city attorney Ken Dow and by former Third Ward alderman John Friedman. Last month, the Planning Board, asked to make a recommendation about the proposed law, submitted a letter saying it would support the proposed law provided that "it be conditioned by use of Smart Code principles, and in particular that the relevant planning principles of the Sprawl Repair Manual by Galina Tachieva, be incorporated into the LL5 plan requirements." No revision to proposed Local Law No. 5 has been made in response to any of these communications. The public hearing on the law will take place in the Community Room at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street.
  • At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the Common Council holds its informal meeting in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library. Among the resolutions to be introduced at the meeting is a resolution creating a Zoning and Planning Special Committee and a resolution increasing the penalty for leaving dogs in cars in extreme heat or cold.   
  • On Wednesday, November 14, two meetings of interest are happening at the same time. The first is a public hearing on the proposed city budget for 2019. The hearing takes place in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. Also at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the Board of the Hudson Housing Authority holds its monthly meeting in the Community Room at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street. It is expected that the final plans for the two new apartment buildings to be constructed at State and Second streets will be presented at this meeting.

  • On Thursday, November 15, the Common Council Economic Development Committee meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall. No agenda for this meeting is as yet available, but there is a chance Alderman Rich Volo, who chairs the committee, will be reporting about the NYSAR Recycling Conference he attended last week, sharing information about laws and ideas pertaining to recycling, single-use plastics, plastic bag legislation, and composting.

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