Monday, August 29, 2022

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

In this week that sees August end and September begin, there's not much happening in the way of meetings. 
  • On Tuesday, August 30, the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) holds a public hearing and special meeting at noon. The public hearing is part of the process of adopting a videoconferencing policy; the special meeting involves discussing the annual budget for 2023. The meeting takes place virtually. Click here to join.
Update: At some time between Monday morning, when this post was published, and Tuesday at noon, this meeting was canceled. 
  • On Thursday, September 1, the Common Council ad hoc committee pursuing the issue of trucks passing through Hudson meets at 6:00 p.m. At the first meeting of the committee, which took place on August 4, various committee members accepted "homework" assignments.
    • Councilmember Amber Harris (Third Ward) was to gather quantifiable data about air quality to demonstrate the connection between trucks and higher rates of asthma in Hudson.
    • Mayor Kamal Johnson was to speak with the Code Enforcement Office and the Hudson Police Department about enforcing the code as it pertains to the truck route and weight limits.
    • Committee member Donna Streitz was to speak with MJ Engineering, the group that did the truck study, about getting more detailed data on the impacts of Option 6 and Option 12, the two alternate routes favored by those responding to the an online survey conducted in April 2021.
    • Councilmember Margaret Morris, who chairs the committee, was to speak with the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine what regulations regarding trucks are imposed by the state and what is within the purview of the City of Hudson.

It is expected that the committee members will report on their findings at the meeting on Thursday. The meeting will be a hybrid, taking place at City Hall and on Zoom. The link to join the meeting remotely has not yet been published.



  1. This article is from The Guardian, 2017, but data is still relevant
    and has only gotten worse.
    "Ray Copes, chief of environmental and occupational health at Public Health Ontario, and a co-author of the Lancet paper, said that those living in cities should consider walking alongside streets, jogging in parks and planning cycle routes along quieter roads where possible."

    “The real implications are not for individual choice, but at the societal and policy level,” he said, adding that air pollution should be factored into urban planning and building design to reduce exposure." "

  2. * sorry auto correct. "walking along "side streets."
    Since where I live, a lot of seniors and others walk on Prison Alley, to avoid Columbia Street.
    The crossing on N3rd St. though, is dangerous on Truck Rte, as there is no crosswalk or caution signs of any sort.
    The entrance to the County Building which has the D.A., Health Dept., Dept.of Aging, the Sheriff, CC Mental Health Center, which is inclusive of so many great services plus other CC Departments: has it's entrance on Prison Alley.
    The Maker Hotel keeps their part of the alley very clean and the Pocket Park is right there by the entrance to CC Building, so that is very pleasant.
    I do my best to keep half of the Alley, I live on, as clean and pleasant as possible to encourage pedestrians to use the alley, and clean up after other people's mess as a Civic Duty and keep rodents away.
    It's daily maintenance and that's not DPW's job or mine.. It's the responsibility of the owners.
    DPW is so understaffed and City keeps adding more things for them to maintain, without hiring more personnel, and keeps wasting our tax dollars on much lower priorities than the REAL priorities of Safety and Sanitation.
    The first half from 2nd St to & 3rd, including Le Perche is appalling as are a lot of the alleys in Hudson, and it doesn't take much to keep thing tidy and clean and off the Alley itself & stay on owners property. It's daily maintenance.
    I am sure that owners on Warren St, of these food and hotel establishments would never want their clientele to see such a horrible, unsanitary mess.
    Code enforcement is overwhelmed and also in desperate need of new hires.

  3. If Code truly wanted to deal with these and other quality of life issues and blatant code violations, they could. Poor time management, Craig Haigh talks too much, no one keeping an eye on them to make sure they are working efficiently and properly. I don't buy the "Code Enforcement is overwhelmed" excuse anymore. However, the Code Department should be split in two : A Building Department and a Code Department, each headed by a DIFFERENT PERSON. Then there might be proper code violation enforcement, but don't expect it any time soon or even in our lifetimes. Bill Huston