Hudson Mayor David BasilHudson Mayor David Basil, president-elect of the Hudson Rotary Club, addressed the Hudson Clocktower Rotary on Wednesday, March 23 at Laurel Lake.

Basil earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Purdue University in Indiana, where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. He later earned his juris doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University where he met his wife, Deborah. Dave has served as in-house counsel for Chase Manhattan bank and now KeyBank for the past 34 years. The Basils have two sons, both Hudson High School graduates, and have lived in Hudson for 22 years.

Basil has a long history of government service. He served on the Planning Commission for more than five years, including two and half years as Chair. He was City Council President for five years ending in 2013. He was elected Hudson’s 55th mayor in November 2015.

Mayor Basil gave an abridged State of the City address and talked about the city’s finances. Hudson’s $20.8 million budget is well-managed and running about $250,000 under budget, due largely to the mild winter. He spoke about how well the city’s departments are working together, achieving greater efficiencies than in the past.

He also touched on the success of the Velocity Broadband program, indicating the city expect the project to reach its three-year sales projection in just nine months. And he said there is considerable interest in the Trail System Connectivity Plan, a $15 million project.

Mayor Basil took questions from attendees before the meeting was adjourned at 1 p.m.

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