Monday, April 12, 2021

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

This is the week of the marathon meetings--the informal Common Council meeting today, and the Planning Board meeting tomorrow.
  • On Monday, April 12, the Tourism Board holds a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting may be to approve a resolution to be forwarded to the Common Council to spend $20,000 on concrete barriers to be used for Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021 or to reallocate $15,000 set aside last year for "Phoenix Rising," a program proposed by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, to a new Bindlestiff program called "Flatbed Follies," rolling stages with circus acts. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. 
Update: The agenda for today's special meeting of the Tourism Board includes none of the things Gossips thought it might. Instead the board with entertain the Waterfront Wednesday 2021 Proposal and deal with the Hudson Business Coalition's applications for reimbursement.
  •  Also on Monday, April 12, the Common Council holds its informal meeting at 6:00 p.m. So far, there are only three items on the published agenda, but that is sure to change. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Update: Resolutions to approve the $15,000 grant for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus for "Flatbed Follies" and the grant of $20,000 to purchase concrete barriers and repair the planters from last year's Shared Summer Streets are on the agenda to be introduced at tonight's informal meeting.
  • On Tuesday, April 13, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) holds its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. No agenda for the meeting has so far been published, but, since Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress began its work on the city's Affordable Housing Development Plan at the beginning of the month, some information about that project may emerge from the meeting. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
  • At 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, the Planning Board will hold a workshop meeting with Verizon regarding the latter's site plan application to install communications equipment on the roof of Providence Hall, 119 Columbia Street. The workshop meeting will be open to the public, but no public comment will be accepted. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
  • At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, the Tourism Board holds the first of two brainstorming sessions to discuss how the pocket parks along Warren Street will be "activated" during Warren Street Seasonal Usage 2021. Click here to join the brainstorming session on Zoom. 
  • Also at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, the Planning Board has its regular monthly meeting. On the agenda are public hearings on the Verizon application for a special use permit to install communications equipment on 119 Columbia Street, the Galvan Foundation site plan application to construct two apartment buildings on North Seventh Street, and the special exception use application from Columbia Memorial Health to demolish a mid-century building at 30 Prospect Avenue to create a parking lot. Each public hearing will be limited to 45 minutes. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.    
  • On Wednesday, April 14, the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets at 6:00 p.m. For the link to the Zoom meeting, go to the HHA website and scroll down to "HHA Board Meeting Times."
  • On Thursday, April 15, the Common Council ad hoc committee focused on alternate side of the street parking meets at 6:00 p.m. At its last meeting, it seemed the committee had come to the conclusion that there was method to what seemed to be the madness of alternate side of the street parking rules, and it was not capricious after all. It was decided that the committee would focus on improving the signage. Alderman Jane Trombley (First Ward) suggested committee members do an "inventory of actual signs" and make recommendations of "how they can be improved." It is expected that the results of this inventory may be presented and discussed this month. The link to the Zoom meeting should be published on the City of Hudson website sometime on Thursday. Scroll down to the calendar. 


  1. I have been to one of Chris McManus's 'brainstorming' sessions. Sad to report it was mostly a low fog and a light drizzle.

    It does seem off that pocket parks of all things are what they would open up to a public forum. My suspicion tells me it's probably a set up to make everyone sit through a presentation by some Hudson candidate or other who just happens to have the perfect idea for transforming Hudson's parks (no peeking behind the curtain.)

    Of course, City officials using public meetings to promote candidates would probably require their removal from the position. Still, this iteration of the Tourism Board can't get much more transparently corrupt, so maybe I'll be surprised.

  2. Oh no, there’s that concrete word again.

    I guess it’s ok to use concrete when serves special interest groups and you other hypocrites.