HUDSON — Plenty of infrastructure work is on the city’s docket in 2019.
About $250,000 in renovations are planned for the city’s 15-year-old skate park on Veterans Way. City council in December approved a $25,865 contract with Grindline Skateparks Inc. for design services for the project. Trent Wash, the city’s assistant director of public works, said the designs should be finished at the end of January, and the work will occur this spring or summer. Wash said the project will be focused on "removing failing wooden structures and replacing [them] with concrete/steel structures."
Jody Roberts, the city’s communications manager, said the municipality is slated to finish two more phases of the Veterans Trail bike and hike trail as part of its overall Connectivity Plan. The first phase will travel along Barlow Road to connect State Route 91 to the Summit County Bike & Hike Trail at Terex Road, according to Roberts. The second phase will connect Veteran’s Park to Cascade Park and run to Barlow, she said.
"These two phases are estimated to cost $2.4 million with $1 million being funded by state and federal grants and $1.4 million being funded through Hudson Parks," said Roberts.
Roberts said council approved spending an additional $1 million for road projects in 2019 and noted officials are in the process of determining the list of streets for the annual concrete reconstruction and asphalt road projects. She noted that work on the salt storage site and school bus garage on Hudson Drive is expected to be completed in late spring. The city has budgeted $7 million for the project.
Roberts also highlighted other large ticket items that are part of the city’s 2019 plans:
• $576,000 is earmarked to upgrade a dispatch console and radio interface that will impact police, fire and EMS. Recommendations for changes/implementation of plan will be presented to Council in the first quarter of the year;
• New or updated finance/HR software will be phased in over a two-year period at a cost that is expected to be under $200,000;
• $650,000 is set aside for electric system meter change outs;
• $406,000 is budgeted for electric relays, controls and breaker improvements project; and
• $500,000 is earmarked for the design of the Hines Hill Electric Substation.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, email@example.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.