HUDSON — The Historic Preservation Commission will meet virtually at 10 a.m. Friday.
Commission Chairman Phil Forman said the agenda will be limited to Certificates of Approval votes. These applications were previously approved, and the city attorney has since prepared the certificates for final approval.
“I am happy we can move five applications forward and demonstrate that we are still working to serve the people of Hudson during this very challenging and frankly scary time,” Forman said.
Forman said he anticipates the meeting will last around 15 minutes, and will consist of about five roll-call votes.
Under normal circumstances the meeting would leave little opportunity for public discussion because it is largely procedural, Forman said. The commission is not reviewing new applications or continuing the discussion of Old Shiloh until the April 10 meeting.
Mayor Kamal Johnson issued a local emergency order Wednesday to allow the meeting. The order will be in effect from noon, March 25 through noon, March 30.
The Hudson Preservation Commission will be permitted to meet in a non-public, virtual/electronic session Friday to formally issue Certificates of Approval which were informally approved at the commission’s March 13 meeting, according to the order.
“No other business or new applications will be conducted or accepted at this meeting and all future meetings of the HPC after March 27, 2020 shall be canceled. ... The purpose of the March 27, 2020 meeting is to review the informally approved CofAs and issue a formal vote of approval.”
The order also clears work on projects to continue without a threat to public health or safety. The projects are a sign installation at 558 Warren St., enclosing a porch to fix a water leak at 542 State St., a porch roof at 127 Union St., and work on a fence, shingles, removal of a chimney, relocating windows and renovating a porch at 226 Union St.
Work at 41-43 N. 7th St., which is being renovated and converted to a restaurant is also approved to continue under these conditions.
Johnson initially declared a local state of emergency on March 16. It is effective through March 30. It canceled all non-essential city meetings with the exception of the Common Council meeting, which was live-streamed on March 17.
The order also states that the Tourism Board is permitted to meet under the same instructions as convened at the request of the mayor or Common Council president to address the “urgent needs of the business community in Hudson which is being significantly and adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The March 20 Tourism Board meeting was canceled. The board has not held a regular meeting in 2020.
In accordance with the governor’s executive order, Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended, and the public will not be permitted to attend meetings if held in person. The public can listen to meetings via livestream on WGXC. Abby Hoover is a reporter for Columbia-Greene Media. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.