HUDSON — The Common Council placed the A. Colarusso & Son land ownership resolution on the back burner, but members offered a motion to bring a related issue to the Legal Committee’s table.
The land ownership resolution will not be considered by the full council at this time, Common Council President Thomas DePietro said. But 4th Ward Alderman John Rosenthal and 1st Ward Alderwoman Rebecca Wolff want the Legal Committee to consider a related matter: a local law limiting the weight of trucks outside of the designated truck route.
Columbia Street resident Bill Hughes expressed concern over the number of trucks passing through the 200 block of the street, which is not included in the truck route.
“This area is the most densely populated in the city of Hudson and it also has the lowest median income,” Hughes said. “But yet, you have a litany, a ton of trucks that are coming here from the haul road that is traveling this path. Did you know that at least twice a week, and it is a large amount of trucks. We’re going to talk about safety — forget about traveling at 30 or 35 miles an hour down a one-way street, you have the most densely populated with seniors on one side, and low-income families on the other side, and you have trucks barreling up here, one every five minutes. That should be the top conversation that we’re having here on the Common Council.”
Rosenthal said the issue should be brought to the Legal Committee.
“That concession the city makes west of Third Street to the company to handle their overburden of trucks that they’ve decided to can’t use their private road in two directions; this is something the city has tolerated for a long time,” Rosenthal said. “And I do think it should be a priority of the council and the city government to help that situation by imposing a weight limit on all city streets that aren’t the state truck route.”
A. Colarusso & Son is a sand and gravel mine, stone quarry and blacktop plant on Newman Road in the town of Greenport. The company has proposed a haul road that would run from the Newman Road facility to the Hudson River waterfront, bypassing many of Hudson’s city streets, but it has been a bone of contention for Hudson residents concerned about the truck traffic and the impact the project could have on the environment.
Most of the haul road’s length would be situated in Greenport using a pre-existing haul road constructed in the 1870s for a similar purpose and would emerge onto public roads in Hudson on the Front Street Extension.
The city’s planning board is considering the proposal.
Wolff said the council should take “swift” action on the issue.
“We brought this up at the beginning of this term, I believe, and didn’t proceed, but it really is something that is pretty pressing,” Wolff said.
The committee will also reconsider the land resolution that would formally recognize a parcel of land next to the gravel dock on the waterfront as city property. It is expected to come up again Tuesday.
Rosenthal submitted a resolution to the Legal Committee on Oct. 6 affirming the city’s ownership of a 4.38-acre parcel of land adjacent to the dock property owned by the A. Colarusso & Son. The company does not dispute the ownership.