City Council Maintains Mayor’s Veto Over Mask Requirement At City Facilities | Government
The council maintained the mayor’s veto on the requirement for masks in city-owned buildings, approved an emergency declaration in the wake of the storm earlier this week and more September 20.
The council made a declaration of emergency related to the September 17 storm. In doing so, the city will be eligible for funds that could come from the state.
Library Director Shelley Tougas, among other members of the community, thanked Hudson Town staff and everyone who helped clean up the storm. After severe damage hit the city early in the morning of September 17, everyone was on deck.
âI am truly grateful to all of the municipal staff for all that you have done,â said Tougas.
The board approved the following:
the term of office of the mayor from two to three years.
final development plans and certificate of conformity for Mister Carwash.
a certificate of conformity for Midcurrent Church.
appointment of Suzy Korum as PUC representative to the Planning Commission and Curt Larson to the Hudson Housing Authority.
renew Andrew Hassan and Pat Nolan to the Public Services Commission.
The following actions failed:
action to change the ordinance regarding how to change the starting times of council meetings.
The mayor vetoed to the city clerk on September 9 regarding the city council’s September 7 decision to require masks in city-owned facilities.
Mayor O’Connor provided the following reasoning for the veto in his question to the Clerk:
The county was recommending masks rather than requiring them, which was unclear at the time of the vote.
âIt was not clarified whether the county required masks at its own facilities. I have since been told that they do not.
There can be no mask mandate without an end date.
Additionally, there was confusion around the Hall Council member’s vote on the original motion to recommend masks in city-owned facilities, without requiring masks.
The council discussed at length the mayor’s veto and took steps to maintain the veto.
The Town of Hudson has established a Diversity Committee and the following will be the first direct appointments by each member of council and the mayor:
Alms – Sherry Christie
Bruch – Tyler Warwick-Mick
DÃ©ziel – Rolando Vera
Hall – Lindsey Ellwood
Morrissette – Ainsworth E. Burgess, Jr.
Webber – Rachel Estrada Daix
O’Connor – Paul Adams
In addition, two members were appointed through the usual mayoral appointment process, pending council approvals. These approvals are Jordan Yacoub with a one year term and Paul Adams with a two year term. Mary Yacoub-Raad was also appointed for a two-year term.
One concern raised was having two family members, Mary Yacoub-Raad and Jordan Yacoub, on the committee. Mayor O’Connor’s reasoning for these appointments was that Jordan was the only high school student to apply and this provides a unique opportunity to have a young adult on the committee.
It was not clear this position was open to anyone under the age of 18, a board member said, so the board will seek to create a clearer opportunity for high school student applications in the future.
The current appointments have been approved.
A “walkway” is an informal term for the part of the sidewalk within the street right-of-way that leads from the public sidewalk to the curb.
Usually, it is an extension of the private sidewalk from the front door of private property to the public sidewalk. Other names include “carriage rides” or “outings”.
With construction between Vine Street and Lake Mallalieu on Second Street, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has decided to remove all “walkways” along the street without replacement.
Gateways are useful to allow
a place to put a garbage or recycling bin for those who do not have a pickup in the aisles.
easy access to and from the street for cars parked on the street.
easy access to and from the street for emergency teams if needed.
The estimated cost of replacing the walkways that existed before the project is approximately $ 8,400.
City staff are supporting the replacement of walkways in places that previously had them, and council approved the motion to move forward with city-funded walkways.