• James Armstrong

Hudson housing development receives approval with conditions


After several years of discussion and planning, the Willowbrook residential housing development in Hudson, located on a tract of land next to 193 Main Road, is expected by the developer to soon move forward.

Hudson Town Council approved the Willowbrook residential housing development’s application for authorization to the Ministère de l'Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) as long as the developer complies with four conditions. The developer is required to respect a density of 12.5 units per hectare, ascertain that road and trail networks be interconnected in order to provide effective and rapid access and provide existing or prospective access to each side of the project, ensure that a 10-metre wetlands protective zone be respected, and the pumping station near Main Road be concealed. Located at 193 Main Road, the project has been underway for several years.

“It’s disappointing that after so many years the town has revised their thinking,” said development owner George Ellerbeck following the council meeting. “However, it will all be resolved very soon and we expect to move forward.”

The resolution was approved during the regular council meeting held Monday, February 4.

Contract for municipal bulletin

Council granted a contract to Éditions Média Plus Communication for the production of the municipal bulletin at no cost to the town. Nicholls said advertising sold to local and regional business by the company receiving the contract would pay for the four annual editions of the bulletin. Issues were raised during the second question period regarding the affordability of the advertising to local merchants. “Why are merchants having to pay for the town bulletin?” asked a resident.

“No one is being forced to advertise in the bulletin,” responded the mayor. To questions regarding the quantity being printed and the number being delivered, Nicholls said approximately 3500 per edition would be printed and delivered to 2700 doors. “There will be extra available for pick-up,” he said noting that the town would be paying for the delivery. “The content is up to the town and local photographers are welcome to contribute.” The mayor said it was a pilot project for one year. “Looking ahead, we want to promote buying locally but this time we wanted to get the project off the ground and went with a known entity.”

Tariffs for Jack Layton Park boat launch

Council approved a tariff for non-residential vehicles with boat trailers parked at the Jack Layton Park boat launch. Residents and non-residents wanting to use that parking lot will be required to have a parking sticker for their vehicle. Although the sticker is free of charge to residents, non-residents will have to pay an annual fee of $250. The stickers will be available at Town Hall or the Parks and Recreation desk at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre. When asked if they would be available for purchase on the town website, Nicholls said that option would be looked into.

Canada Day celebrations

Council approved the maximum expenditure of $25,500 for the Canada Day celebrations on Monday, July 1. Of that amount, $10,000 was allocated to the purchase of fireworks to be held at Jack Layton Park and the balance to pay for the festivities to be held in Saint Thomas Park. The fireworks will be subsidized by a grant of $6500 from Heritage Canada.

Purchase of backhoe and steel barriers

In other financial business, council approved the purchase of a new backhoe from Longua Équipment Inc for $152,348.78 plus an additional 60-month warranty or 8,000 hours for $8,508.15. They also approved the purchase of galvanized steel crowd control barriers from Tenaquip for $17,340. The crowd control barriers are used for a variety of public events such as the Santa Claus and Saint Patrick’s Day Parades, the Street Fair and Canada Day celebrations. Previously, the barriers were rented for each occasion. The mayor said it was more economical to purchase the barriers than rent them and the cost would be recouped in three years.