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Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 29, 2020

Hudson Village renewal concerns

Dear Editor,

Thirty four Hudson residents were online the evening of October 27 to hear the presentation from Stantec community infrastructure design team concerning the revamping of Main Road.

Of the citizens who raised their hands to ask a question or give a concern, most of us were not in agreement with the proposed 900 metre landscape strip running up on each side of Main for a total of 1.8 km.

How will this make our town look? What kind of plants would they put there that won't be destroyed by snow, salt and long hot summers? How will we maintain it in the years to come? How will we keep it clean and beautiful? Is our Public Works not already overwhelmed?

Jack Layton Park is one of the most beautifully-designed municipal parks in Canada but the town has not been able to keep it beautifully maintained. The rock wall, the path, the point, benches, and gardens have all been neglected. How would the town be able to maintain a 1.8 km landscaped strip? Towns have full crews to do this kind of work, we don’t. If Hudson had a good reputation of maintaining what we built perhaps this proposal would not be so opposed.

I don't believe that this town can sustain such infrastructure. Bump-outs, planters (huge planters), benches and some landscape strips along the lines of what Saint-Anne de Bellevue has done would seem like a good idea. Do the best with what you’ve got.

Unfortunately there is nothing for cyclist – Main will be narrow. I'm really concerned for riders who are young, old, slow, and fast; how will they share the road with cars and trucks safely?

The goodies – Sidewalks on both sides, some 80 trees planted. All were in agreement for this but the landscape strip of 1.8 km was not well-received at all. During my questions I made it clear that I think they should really go back to the drawing board, I'm sure it wouldn’t be the first time the town sent someone back to the drawing board.

At an estimated cost of $2.8 million, I know we cannot afford to get it wrong. This is not a done deal by any means so your input will be important.

For or against, I'll go with the majority in the end but I feel it needs to be discussed and brought to the forefront.

The proposed plan can be accessed at https://bit.ly/37PnUJ2

Robert Delorme

Hudson

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