Local Law No. 2 of 2023, which was passed to address the problem of substandard sidewalks in Hudson, establishes a new five-member Public Works Board to oversee sidewalk improvements. The Public Works Board is to be made up of the Commissioner of Public Works, now Peter Bujanow; the ADA Coordinator, now Michael Hofmann; one member of the Common Council, so far not identified; and two community members, one appointed by the Common Council and one appointed by the mayor.
- Recommending an annual budget and schedule of sidewalk construction or repair
- Undertaking a search for a Project Manager to administer sidewalk improvement activity
- Reviewing and making determinations on appeals related to past work reductions on fees to property owners
- Holding regular public meetings to review the status of sidewalk improvement activity and reporting such activity to the Common Council
The City of Hudson website provides this information about the requirements for those appointed: "Appointees to the Public Works Board must have a primary residence within the City of Hudson city limits. Ideal candidates will have an interest or experience in construction, accessibility, finance, or public works and infrastructure." Gossips might add the ideal candidates are dog walkers, who are intimately familiar with the condition of sidewalks in the city.