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Community Invited to Special Council Meeting for Washington Street Plan

Washington Street

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to attend a special meeting to be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:30pm in City Council chambers to discuss the final design for the Washington Street plan. The meeting will include a presentation by T&M Associates, the engineering firm developing the final design. A resolution to approve the final design will be on the Council agenda for Wednesday, February 17. Once a final design is approved, final engineering drawings and bid specifications will be completed, and the project will be bid out for construction.

Washington Street is Hoboken’s most dangerous corridor, with more than 300 crashes between 2013 and 2015, including a pedestrian fatality. The final design incorporates complete streets principles and builds upon the conceptual design developed in 2014 through an extensive community planning process.

The plan will also modernize all elements of infrastructure along Washington Street. The 100-year-old water main will be replaced, green infrastructure will be incorporated to capture stormwater runoff and alleviate flooding as part of the Rebuild by Design strategy, and conduit for the backbone of a microgrid will be installed to improve energy resiliency for critical infrastructure.

In addition to the complete repaving of the roadway, key highlights of the plan include:

  • Complete streets design provides safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
  • Pedestrian countdown timers, curb extensions, ADA ramps, and new brighter street lights improve pedestrian safety.
  • Corridor travel times and emergency response times are expected to improve 12% to 15% through new optimized traffic signals and an emergency vehicle preemption system.
  • Protected bicycle lanes take bikes off sidewalks by providing safe access for all skill levels. Retail sales have been shown to increase after adding protected bike lanes to retail corridors.
  • The addition of loading zones, short-term parking spaces, and other policy changes increase parking availability for commercial activity and reduce the amount of double parking by delivery vehicles and those running quick errands
  • Parking capacity is preserved by increasing the angle of parking on the east side of the street (uptown) and relocating fire hydrants to corners as part of the water main replacement.

Typical cross section and plan views for the downtown and uptown segments of the road can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.org/docs/transportation/Washington-Street-Plan.pdf.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for February

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for February is now available.

 

Street Cleaning Suspended Friday, February 5; Resumes Monday, February 8


Alternate side parking/street cleaning enforcement is suspended today, Friday, February 5 and will resume on Monday, February 8.

Trucks are out applying salt to roads. Please drive slowly.

Hoboken to Host 5th Annual Green Fair; Invites Vendors & Participants


The City of Hoboken Green Team will host the 5th Annual Green Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2016 (rain date: May 21).

The 5th Annual Green Fair will be held from 11am to 4pm at Church Square Park and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.

Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair. The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community. Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.org/greenfair and contact Christopher Brown at cbrown@hobokennj.gov with any questions. The final day for registration is Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Suez Water Repairing Madison Street Water Leak

Suez Water is responding to a water leak on the 600 block of Madison Street. Water service will be temporarily shut off at approximately 10:30pm on the 600 block of Madison Street to complete repairs.

Public Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her sixth State of the City address. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. Seating is open to the public and tickets are not needed to attend.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from Stevens Park. The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp. For additional information, visit: http://ugstudentlife.stevens.edu/org/debauncenter/DeBaun_Auditorium_Directions.

CDBG Public Hearing Notice


The City of Hoboken Department of Community Development will host a community meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, regarding its Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2016 for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The City of Hoboken will gather public input on the content of the Annual Action Plan, which is created every year and assists the City of Hoboken in determining community needs. Public input will inform the City’s anticipated Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2016, which the City intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May of 2016.

Members of the community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback by visiting www.hobokennj.org/cdbgsurvey/. The survey will be available until Friday, February 19, 2016.

The planning process to create the plan serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic development, homeless and community development priorities. Public service activities include, but are not limited to:

• Child Care
• Crime Awareness
• Employment Training
• Food Banks
• Health Services
• Mental Health Screening
• Recreation programs
• Services for Senior Citizens
• Services for Homeless Persons
• Substance Abuse Services
• Qualified Veteran Services
• Youth Services

The City will host a second public meeting for final community input before the plan is submitted. Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the public hearing may call Department of Community Development Principal Planner Christopher Brown at 201-239-6642 (no voicemail) or email at cbrown@hobokennj.gov.

Update on Observer Highway

Observer Highway
Late in the evening on Tuesday, January 26th, a dump truck hauling snow to Observer Highway as part of the snow removal operation hit and damaged the traffic signal at Observer Highway and Willow Avenue. As a result of the damage, the signal timing sequence was affected, leading to very frequent red lights along Observer Highway, causing significant traffic congestion issues in southern Hoboken since Wednesday. A second repair attempt this morning was successful, and the signal is now functioning properly. During the three weeks prior to the damage to the signal, there had been no observed deterioration in traffic conditions due to the roadway reconfiguration.

As a precaution, the Hoboken Police Department will be stationed at Observer Highway and Willow Avenue during morning and evening rush hour periods to monitor traffic conditions and direct traffic if needed.

Progress has proceeded on the installation and activation of the new traffic signals. Power is on to all control boxes, however due to the blizzard and damage to the new signal from the dump truck, the timing for the activation has been slightly delayed. It is currently expected that the new signals will be activated in approximately 2 weeks, following 3 days when the signals will be set to a flashing mode.

Open Letter and Invitation from Mayor Zimmer regarding Rebuild by Design


Thank you to all the residents of Hoboken for your participation in the Rebuild by Design community process. As a result of community feedback, my Administration’s advocacy, and the screening criteria, there is a path to substantial modifications to the original concepts. I hope that as a community, we can continue to work together to determine an alignment that protects Hoboken as much as possible from the real threat of coastal flooding and is well integrated into the urban fabric of our beautiful City.

Under the federally-required process for the $230 million grant, the State of New Jersey will make the final decision on the three preferred alternatives that will be explored more fully from a design, engineering, and cost analysis.

My Administration is meeting with neighborhood groups across the City to share information on what is under strong consideration by the State and to hear feedback and ideas from residents. Several meetings have already been set up for residents that reached out directly to make the request. If you are interested in having us come and discuss the project with you and your neighbors, please email my Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri at vchaudhuri@hobokennj.gov to arrange a time.

The State is in the process of preparing for meetings that will be announced shortly. The meetings with my Administration and me are being set up to help residents understand what is under further consideration by the State, discuss the different possible options and reasons for exploring a range of alternatives, and most importantly to hear residents’ feedback and ideas.

Thank you.

Dawn Zimmer
Mayor

Joint Statement from Mayor Zimmer and Chief Ferrante


Our deepest sympathies are with the Genovese family as they mourn the loss of their loved one, Matthew, a young Hoboken resident at the prime of his life. The Hoboken Police Department did everything possible to locate Matthew when he was reported missing by his family.

This unfortunate loss of life on our waterfront has raised concerns within the community and we write to clarify a few important issues.

First, while this particular case remains under investigation, it is important to understand that in this case and in all past cases of entry into the Hudson River from Hoboken over the years, there have been no indications of foul play in any instance. Every case has been determined to be accidental or voluntary entries into the river. In the several unfortunate situations where death arose from the incident, the State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined all of those to be death by accidental drowning and in some cases drowning aided by intoxication. The State Medical Examiner’s Office makes the final determination on all deaths. In the case of Matthew Genovese, the Medical Examiner’s case is still under investigation until toxicology reports come back, which can take several months.

It is also important for the public to understand that the security cameras, which were operational when Matthew went missing, are intended to help the Police investigate what has occurred after the fact. While the cameras can help with an investigation, the cameras unfortunately cannot save lives. The City is conducting a review of the camera system to determine where additional cameras might be appropriate and helpful for future investigations.

Under Chief Ferrante’s leadership, a new Waterfront and Parks Unit was established last year which operates 24/7 along our 1.3 mile waterfront and 20 parks to ensure that our waterfront is as safe as possible.

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