HUDSON -- City Council may ask voters Nov. 7 ballot whether to redesignate municipal income tax revenue that is shared by two city entities. The panel gave first reading July 18 to legislation to submit that question to residents.
When the city's income tax rate was increased by voters from 1 percent to 2 percent in 2004, 15 percent of the additional 1 percent was designated for funding the fire department and 9 percent was designated for funding emergency medical services.
The issue proposed for the Nov. 7 ballot would permit a combined 24 percent of the 1 percent increase to fund both the fire department and emergency medical services.
Two ordinances to provide for the issuance and sale of notes for two city projects also were approved.
One will allow the city to sell $3.4 million in notes for acquiring and installing equipment for the city's broadband services system. The measure actually adds $1.3 million to the $2.1 million in notes currently outstanding.
The other ordinance allows the city to sell $138,231 in notes to acquire an ambulance and related equipment. The EMS fund would pay down the original note of $172,791 by $34,560.
In other business, Council honored city systems supervisor David Autz and substation electrician Frederick "Mike" Kodrich for 20 years of service to the city, and authorized a proclamation designating August 2017 as "Kids Month" in Hudson. The proclamation was to be given to Derran Wimer of the Summit County Kids Month Committee.
In other matters at the July 18 session, Council discussed authorizing the city manager to accept federal funds through ODOT's municipal bridge program for the replacement of the Ingleside Drive bridge.The city is eligible for up to $977,400 in funding.
The following resolutions were adopted:
• Authorize the city manager to accept federal funds through the municipal bridge program for the replacement of the Ingleside Drive bridge.
• Affirm the submission of an application for federal congestion mitigation / air quality funds, as programmed by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Stud, for the Route 91 South safety improvements project. The area runs from just north of Barlow Road to the Veterans Way intersection.
• Contract renewal with AA Sanitation for servicing of city outdoor refuse and recycling receptacles.
• Establish a "Keep Hudson Beautiful" committee as an advisory panel to the Environmental Awareness Committee.
• Change order to the contract with Delta Industrial Services Inc. for repainting of an additional 108 Akron and 100 Cleveland water system fire hydrants. The project originally involved painting 368 hydrants in Hudson.
• Change order to the contract with Signal Service Co. for maintenance and repair of traffic signalization equipment. The city typically spends $25,000 to $35,000 annually for this service, but a traffic accident at Route 303 and Stow Road resulted in an additional $25,000 for emergency repairs. The extra amount has been reimbursed to the city through the responsible party’s insurance company.