Last night's meeting of the Common Council ad hoc committee tasked with completing the sidewalk legislation was very brief--less than half an hour. Jeff Baker, counsel to the Council, said he had not done a new draft of the law and identified two issues still to be determined: the rates to be changed and the areas to be covered by the law. When the committee meets again in May, it is hoped there will be "something more tangible in terms of a document" and maps to show the areas of the city to be impacted by the new law, which, if enacted, would impose an annual fee on property owners, even those that are tax exempt, for the repair and maintenance of sidewalks.
Meanwhile, on the topic of sidewalks, the sidewalk audit, undertaken last October, required by the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the City of Hudson regarding ADA compliance, has been completed. The study was limited to "sidewalks between key areas of service." Those key areas were identified as Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill, City Hall, the Youth Center, the Senior Center, Oakdale Park, the Central Fire Station, and the Police Station. The 270-page document can be found here.
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