Monday, October 7, 2019

Meetings of Interest in the Week

The Planning Board meeting which was to take place this Tuesday has been canceled because of Yom Kippur, but there are still lots of other meetings to attend.
  • On Monday, October 7, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment budget workshop will take up the budgets of the Youth Department and the Fire Department. The workshop begins at 2:00 p.m. in City Hall. The pie chart below, from, shows the breakdown of the current city budget.  
Also on Monday, October 7, the informal meeting of the Common Council takes place at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Of interest on the agenda is a resolution authorizing the City to apply for a grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation for a tree inventory and a community forest management plan.
  • On Tuesday, October 8, there is a special meeting of the board of Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) at 12 noon at 1 North Front Street. When this special meeting was announced last week, its purpose was explained as "to discuss closing decisions for the purchase of the CSX parcel." Gossips has since learned more about the meeting, which will be shared in a subsequent post.
  • At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) holds its monthly meeting. That meeting also takes place at 1 North Front Street.
  • At 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, the DRI Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. It is expected that the group chosen to undertake the "connectivity project" will be announced. The two contenders are NV5 and a team made up of Arterial, Street Plans, and Creighton Manning. The connectivity project is the biggest DRI project, representing more than $4 million and combining Complete Streets improvements in the BRIDGE District with streetscape improvements to Cross Street and rebuilding the Second Street stairs. 
  • On Wednesday, October 9, the board of the Hudson Housing Authority meets at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Bliss Towers. At its annual meeting last month, the board elected new officers. Randall Martin, who is the new chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee, has replaced Alan Weaver as chair of the HHA board.  
  • On Thursday, October 10, the Zoning and Planning Task Force meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. At the initial meeting of the task force, which took place on September 5, the advantages of form-based code over use-based code were discussed. It was suggested that code enforcement officer Craig Haigh come up with a list of the "most egregious things" he must deal with and that the representatives of the three regulatory boards--the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historic Preservation Commission--do the same. It is expected that input will be presented at Thursday's meeting. For those who want to keep up with this conversation about zoning, Gossips recommends as a primer a document called Enabling Better Places: Users' Guide to Zoning Reform 
  • On Friday, October 11, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its first meeting of the month at 10 a.m. at City Hall. 
  • At 2:30 p.m., on Friday, October 11, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment will hold a "committee review meeting" at City Hall. It is not clear what will transpire at this meeting, but it may be inferred that, after considering all the individual department budgets, the BEA will, at this meeting, be considering the budget as a whole.

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