The grant that seems to have inspired the change is one for $14,707 to Rolling Grocer. The grant would fund an additional staff person to handle the preorder and curbside pickup and delivery service initiated earlier in the pandemic and refitting the trailer, used in the early days when RG19 was literally a "rolling grocer," to make it a cold storage unit to be used as a staging area for orders. According to the application, the funds would enable Rolling Grocer to continue its preorder service through August 2021. The application makes the case for the project's relevance to tourism in this way: "This is an invaluable service that provides safe access to Hudson residents and visitors alike, prioritizes the most vulnerable members of our community, and makes Hudson a more attractive place to live and visit."
Alderman Jane Trombley (First Ward) was skeptical. "What does this have to do with the mission of the Tourism Board?" she asked, going on to say that she saw it "more as a service to locals not tourists." There was some discussion of other grant recommendations as well, and so it was decided that each grant proposed by the Tourism Board would be considered separately. In addition to the grant for Rolling Grocer, the following grants have been proposed:
- $15,000 to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus for a multi-phase outdoor public performance series called "Phoenix Rising"
- $12,840 for Open Studio Hudson 2020, an online version of the first Open Studio Hudson 2019, which took place last October [In its first year, Open Studio Hudson 2019 had a total budget of $3,350, half of which ($1,675) was funded with money from the Tourism Board, awarded by the Finance Committee.]
- $4,905 for Hudson Milliner Art Salon
- $3,100 for DePace Family Music, a project which it seems may lead to the City of Hudson owning a secondhand upright piano
- $1,200 for Hudson Cruises to pay the docking fee being charged by the City of Hudson for the "Little Spirit"
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