It's the first week of March. The vernal equinox is less than three weeks away. Daylight saving time returns in just two weeks. The Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine has been approved, and more and more vaccine is becoming available. The American Rescue Plan was passed in the House of Representatives in the wee hours of Saturday morning, which, if passed by the Senate, could bail Hudson out of its fiscal crisis. Optimism abounds.
Meanwhile, here's what's happening in Hudson this week.
- On Monday, March 1, the Tourism Board meets at 7:00 p.m. It is expected the board will continue its review of projects it funded last year and its efforts to encourage marginalized communities to propose projects. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- On Tuesday, March 2, the Hudson Industrial Development Agency (IDA) meets at 1:00 p.m. At its meeting on January 19, the IDA began hearing the request from the Galvan Foundation for PILOTs (payment in lieu of taxes) for the two buildings proposed for North Seventh Street, the area of the city being called "the Depot District." It is expected that the review and discussion of the requests will continue at Tuesday's meeting. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- At 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, Mayor Kamal Johnson holds a public hearing on proposed Local Law No. A of 2021, which amends the city charter to provide additional paid sick leave to City employees. Click here to participate in the hearing, which takes place on Zoom.
- At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, the Conservation Advisory Council holds its monthly meeting. Since the CAC has declared 2021 to be the Year of the Tree, expect a discussion of the proposed tree ordinance and the grant-funded Tree Inventory and Urban Forestry Management Plan. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
- Also on Tuesday, March 2, at 6:00 p.m., the Hudson City School District holds its second Community Budget Workshop. According to the HCSD website, this appears not to be a Zoom meeting but rather an in-person gathering. The website indicates it will be held in " HHS Room 22C across from the library," and it will be followed by a meeting of the Board of Education.
- On Wednesday, March 3, the Common Council ad hoc committee tasked with dealing with the issue of police data will meet at 6:00 p.m. The issue is this resolution passed by the Common Council in January, which is aimed at racial profiling and requires the police chief to provide information about every "traffic, vehicle, and pedestrian stop"--information that includes, among other things, "the location of the incident and the racial and gender identity of the motorist or pedestrian involved." The link to the Zoom meeting should be provided on the City of Hudson website prior to the meeting. Scroll down to the calendar.
- Also on Wednesday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m., the Affordable Housing and Development Committee of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners holds its regular weekly meeting to continue planning for public housing in Hudson. The options the committee has been entertaining are:
- rehabbing Bliss Towers;
- demolishing Bliss Towers and relocating tenants to new, smaller buildings constructed on the site;
- demolishing Columbia Apartments (the low rise) and building something new there;
- constructing new buildings, smaller than those proposed in 2018, on State Street across from Bliss Towers.