On Wednesday, the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority took an important step forward toward ensuring that Hoboken University Medical Center continues to provide acute care hospital services.
The Authority, an autonomous public entity with nine community members, unanimously approved a Request for Proposal to solicit plans for the potential transfer of the hospital from city auspices. Responses to the RFP are due back within a specified time frame, and an ad hoc committee comprised of a diverse group of individuals that represent a broad base of interested constituents, including Commissioners, physicians, and hospital staff, is being formed to review the submissions. The RFP will be posted shortly on the HUMC web site, as well as the City�s web site.
Since assuming office, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has been in discussions with neighboring municipalities to explore sharing services for municipal vehicle storage. Throughout the process, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner expressed strong interest in working with Hoboken if a suitable site could be obtained.
The day after Hoboken�s City Council voted to approve the closure of Clinton Street between 15th and 16th Streets for the storage of municipal vehicles, an opportunity arose that appeared to meet the needs of both municipalities. In the past, the same location had been discussed as a potential joint use location by the administrations of Weehawken and Hoboken. Mayor Zimmer and Mayor Turner immediately began negotiations to move forward together to share services between the two municipalities. The agreement is for joint use and equitable sharing of storage space at 1714-16 Willow Avenue. Freeholder Anthony L. Romano assisted in helping to identify the site as a potential location.
With weekend temperatures predicted to reach 95 degrees, the City of Hoboken is taking steps to help residents keep cool.
Though usually open Monday through Friday, the City will open the community pool at the Boys and Girls� Club (123 Jefferson Street) for ages 5 to 12 on Saturday as well, from 11 am to 5 pm. The City will also open two cooling centers at 11 am at 220 Adams Street and at 311 13th Street and will monitor the situation throughout the day to determine how long to keep the cooling centers open.
Registration for the 2010 fall season of Hoboken�s Youth Soccer League is now open. The registration deadline is August 20, 2010 or whenever the program is full. Registration forms and instructions are available at www.hobokenyouthsoccer.com. Residents with any questions may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within a few weeks, the City of Hoboken will also begin accepting registration applications online.
As the City of Hoboken moves forward to address its financial challenges while ensuring that the City’s public safety and quality of life are protected, the Zimmer Administration today announced the proposed layoffs of 36 employees. If approved by the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission, the personnel changes are projected to save taxpayers a net $2.5 million per year.
Recommendations for 36 layoffs of employees will be submitted for approval to the Civil Service Commission. This includes 18 layoffs from the Police Department that will occur after 19 senior officers are demoted. An additional 18 layoffs are planned in other departments within the Administration.
“As we make this difficult decision, my Administration is committed to protecting the public safety of our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who is working closely with Police Chief Falco. “Through redeployment and civilianization, there will be no reduction in the number of patrol officers policing Hoboken’s streets.”
Mayor Dawn Zimmer thanked residents for their participation in last night�s public meeting to discuss safety improvements along Newark Street and announced that in addition to two previously announced public meetings to discuss Observer Highway and a Pedestrian and Bike plan, there will be additional public meetings to discuss redevelopment in Hoboken.
�I want to thank all the residents who came out yesterday and shared their creative ideas for improving safety along Newark Street,� said Mayor Zimmer. �We plan to replicate the successful public process we saw both last night and for the 14th Street Viaduct planning to discuss development in town so any plans reflect the community�s vision for our City.�
Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs will hold a community meeting this evening, July 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street, to involve residents in the process of improving safety along Newark Street.
This is part of the Administration�s efforts to involve the community�s ideas and creativity at the beginning, rather than the end, of the design process.
The City of Hoboken has $240,000 in federal funding for improving safety along Newark Street between River Street and Washington Street. The funding, which was secured by Senator Robert Menendez, was awarded in 2009, and due to the time-sensitive nature of the funds, community input is critical to moving forward with the project.
In the Sunday, July 18th edition of the New York Times, the City Critic praises Hoboken’s new Corner Cars car-sharing program as “a bold new experiment” to ease congestion:
It has scattered a few dozen stylish new cars around town, and left them there for residents to share. Anyone who needs a set of wheels can more or less help himself.
Putting more cars on the street might seem like an odd way to reduce congestion, but the hope is that once Hobokenites try car sharing, they will decide against car owning. It�s not as unlikely as it sounds. […]
All in all, it�s about as convenient as car rental could ever be.
Click here to read the full story at the New York Times or click here to learn more about Corner Cars.
Weather-permitting, PSE&G is planning a power outage to perform upgrades on Sunday, July 18 at 7:00 am. The outage is scheduled to last for approximately 3 hours.
The outage will affect Hudson Street between 4th and 11th Streets as well as 11th Street from Hudson Street to Clinton Street, but not Washington Street.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer congratulated the Hoboken Shockers this week on winning the Northern New Jersey division championship. The Babe Ruth 16 and under girls softball team was undefeated in both districts and states and will be playing at the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament in Egg Harbor this weekend.
Team members Sybil Lynch, Jade Bracero, Natalie Classen, Samantha Maldonado, and Ashley Andujar were also congratulated by Maria Pepe, the Assistant Comptroller for the City of Hoboken and nationally-recognized trailblazer for girls sports.