New Year, Council & Programs
As one year ends and a new one begins, I sincerely hope that everyone had a peaceful holiday season. My wish to our residents, neighbors, family and friends is for a healthy, prosperous and bright 2024. Hudson is truly an amazing city, and hopefully everyone was able to experience some of the many events over the past few months that highlight the charm and beauty of our unique community.
The general election that was held on Nov. 7, among other ballot items, determined the four ward representatives on city council. Chris Foster and Skylar Sutton return as your Ward Two and Ward Three representatives. Patricia Goetz is a new member to Hudson City Council and will represent Ward One. Mike Bird is also new and will represent Ward Four. In addition and during our Dec. 12, organizational meeting, Chris Foster was nominated and by a majority vote of council, duly appointed to a second term as president of council.
One event that the various organizations, city staff and volunteers helped make a bit more special this year was the 75th Lighting of the Greens in downtown. 2023 saw the continuation of the Ugly Sweater contest, Caroling on the Green and a special Flipping of the Switch to turn on the holiday tree lights around downtown. Continued thanks and appreciation to the Hudson Public Power staff and crew for not only installing the lights over the prior several weeks, but also with their help to make the event widely successful.
One other program of recent note is the city of Hudson’s winter season 2023-2024 Private Residential Driveway Pilot Snow Plowing Program that is being offered to eligible residents who are 65+ years of age or adults with a disability. Applications were available on Dec. 13, and the program is planned to remain open until all available slots are filled. For more information, visit the city website at hudson.oh.us or contact the public works department at 330-342-1750.
I also want to say thank you to the 8,985 residents who willingly voted for me in the Nov. 7 General Election, and as such, allowed me to continue to have a seat at the table, add value and perspective in city matters and work tirelessly to promote our amazing community. This recent election returns my role to the normal cycle of a four-year term. As such, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve as your 57th mayor for the city of Hudson.
On a final note, I have often spoke about balance, and I feel strongly that considering different opinions and viewpoints are not only healthy but necessary. To which, being mindful of how to approach a topic and work towards productive communication often generates a successful outcome. With that, the following phrase has always resonated with me: “Integrity is Doing the Right Thing Even When No One is Watching.” Thank you. Be safe and be kind. ∞