Monday, January 24, 2022

Meetings and Events in the Week Ahead

The last week in January gets off to a slow start. There are no meetings until the last two days of the week.   
  • On Tuesday, January 25, City Hall will be closed until 1:00 p.m. for a scheduled power outage. Phone lines for City Hall offices will be down, but staff who are able to work remotely can be reached by email. City Hall is expected to resume normal operations at 1:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, January 27, the Common Council holds a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. to consider three issues.
    • Although there doesn't seem to be a Tourism Board at the moment, all the members' terms having expired and no new appointments having been made, the Council will consider a request from the Tourism Board to approve an expenditure for a "tourist bus." 
    • Issuing a request for proposals (RPF) for the adaptive reuse of the Dunn warehouse. The resolution and the RFP can be found here.  
    • Appointing a community member to the Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The Council has received letters of interest from four people: Richard Wallace, who is currently the community representative on the IDA; former First Ward alder Jane Trombley; former Council minority leader Rebecca Wolff; and Julie Goldweitz, a Hudson resident who has an MBA and is an attorney. There is a fifth candidate interested in the post, although apparently she did not submit a formal letter of interest: former Council majority leader Tiffany Garriga.
The meeting will be held on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted prior to the meeting on the City of Hudson website. Scroll down to the calendar. 

  • On Friday, January 28, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.
  • Also on Friday, January 28, the board of Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) meets at 11:00 a.m. Because the HCDPA board is made up of five ex officio members--the mayor, the Council majority and minority leaders, the chair of the Planning Board, and the chair of the Hudson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners--there will be three new members this year. Dominic Merante replaces Tiffany Garriga, Ryan Wallace replaces Rebecca Wolff, and Theresa Joyner replaces Stephen Steim. It is expected that the meeting will take place on Zoom, but the link to the meeting has not yet been published.


  1. I'm puzzled how a non-existent Tourism Board might have gotten its act together well enough to put together some nebulous proposal about a tourist bus that will I suppose be arriving from and departing to the ether on a schedule known by no one. Since Tourism Board expenditures have to be approved by a vote of the Tourism Board before going before the Council for consideration, this makes no sense.
    Trombley brings a wealth of institutional knowledge from her time as an alder (she was, to my reckoning, the most active listener of the previous Council and kept her self well-rounded by attending a wide variety of meetings) and as a person with relevant business acumen. Wallace has the benefit of experience on the IDA, and while I don't know Goldweitz, she has a resume that certainly deserves a second pass.

    The idea of Wolff or Garriga bringing their menagerie in to continue running the IDA as a side tent of the Galvan traveling circus should give every thinking person in Hudson a sick feeling in the pit of their stomach. This is not the way forward for the community.

    1. Appointing either of them would be the height of irresponsibility.

  2. I have been friends with Julie Goldweitz for 20 years. The City would be lucky to have her on the IDA. Her skills are difficult, if not impossible, to match.