Planning for the Future

As we enter the month of May, there are many exciting projects and events both underway and soon to be happening in our wonderful city. Please continue to reach out and look for updates and current information from the many local resources, websites and event calendars.

Did you know that at least every 10 years, per our city charter, much work is done to update our comprehensive plan? A comprehensive plan is a detailed document that the city uses to help guide the decision-making process for the growth and future of Hudson. A comprehensive plan covers many topics, some of which include: What type of housing needs does the city have? What type of economic development is needed or desired? And what type and level of amenities does the community value and want to see implemented or improved?

Late last year, city council and I interviewed residents with the goal to create a diverse and well represented steering committee. This 18-member committee has been meeting regularly and is tasked with developing the updated comprehensive plan that they will ultimately present to city council for approval. In that process, additional input is being requested from residents to help ensure that the plan accurately defines what Hudsonites value and share as a vision for the future of our city. Please look for upcoming opportunities to engage with the steering committee and provide your feedback.

In addition to all of the local events and activities starting to ramp up, the month of May is also preparing us for several milestones. Many of our high school students will be attending prom, and then soon after, seniors will be graduating and moving on to their next phase in life. Memorial Day will also be approaching and provide us all with the opportunity to show respect and appreciation to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The city of Hudson again will be coordinating a Memorial Day parade and ceremony. Groups, organizations and veterans are encouraged to consider taking part in the parade and helping to honor those who have fallen. The month of May will also be the 2nd month where the Hudson Local Schools and I will continue to recognize one student from each grade. Students are nominated and selected by their teachers and staff for being shining examples of the 3-Pillars in my 365-Day Challenge (Act of Kindness, Good Deed and Model Citizen). Congratulations again to those recipients from the March recognition and who were recently presented with a certificate and challenge coin.

This past month also surpassed my 365th day serving as your 57th Mayor. I continue to sincerely enjoy my role and my ability to help the residents of our amazing city. My Mayoral 3-Pillars continue to be the bedrock of how I serve and approach my duties. Those remain as: being engaged, being professional and adding value and perspective, as applicable, with my seat at the table.

Thank you.