Update from Mayor Zimmer on Various Issues

Hoboken, NJ - Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

City Hall
In a memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provides an update on a variety of important topics. The text of the memo is included below.

January 31, 2012

Dear Council Members,

I write to provide a few important updates:

Sinatra Park/Castle Point
After careful review by the Legal Department and our City engineer, my Administration is recommending that the City accept EIC, the lowest qualified bidder, for the repairs to Frank Sinatra Park & Castle Point.

As you may remember, this contractor completed the work for Pier C. While the final construction for Pier C Park was satisfactory, we have included a liquidated damages clause in this contract to ensure that the project is completed on time (This clause was not included in the contract for Pier C Park). The liquidated damages clause means that if the project is not fully completed by December 21st, 2012 then the contractor will be liable for $1,500 per day. Our goal is to complete the field by the fall season, if possible, while construction continues on the rest of the project. However, this goal will be constrained by final permit approvals for use as well as public safety concerns.

Either Joe Pomante or Dr. Boswell will be at the meeting on Wednesday to answer any questions that you may have about this bidder. I hope that you will support this bid recommendation so that this important project can be completed for our residents.

Retro Pay for Firefighters
The calculation for retroactive pay for our firefighters was very complicated and was done incorrectly. We made a mistake and all efforts are being made to redo the calculations and resolve the error as quickly as possible.

Special Counsel
Due to the limited response for land use lawyers, the City has made another request for proposals. Once the responses for this are received, all special counsel recommendations will be put forward to the City Council. However, a time-sensitive matter to protect the City’s interests through the final bankruptcy process for the hospital necessitates a final contract with Mr. Hollander.

Jersey Shore Spin-off Film Permit Request
Based on protecting public safety and quality of life concerns for Hoboken residents, the City has denied a film permit for a spin-off of the Jersey Shore to be filmed in public locations. Please see the attached letters which explain the reasons for this decision. The applicant has been advised that they do have a right to appeal the Film Commission’s decision to the City Council.

Thank you and best regards.

Mayor Zimmer

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