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Update: PSE&G to Continue Milling & Paving Repair Work

Update: REMINDER: PSE&G has begun the second phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. The project is replacing 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe which operate at a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving work. Please note that the following schedule is weather-permitting and subject to change:

Monday, August 31, 2015
Milling
Park Avenue (11th St to 14th St)
Monroe St (6th St to 8th St)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Paving
Monroe St (6th St to 8th St)
6th St (Jackson St to Willow Ave)
6th St (Hudson St to Bloomfield St)

Wednesday September 2, 2015
Paving
6th St (Bloomfield St to Willow Ave)
Willow Ave (6th St to 11th St)
12th St (Bloomfield St to Willow Ave)

Thursday September 3, 2015
Paving
Park Ave (11th St to 14th St)
Garden St (11th St to 14th St)
13th St (Bloomfield St to Willow Ave)
14th St (Washington St to Willow Ave)

 

PSE&G will begin the second phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. Work on additional streets will be announced in the near future. Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving.

Milling is scheduled to take place August 26, 2015 through August 28, 2015, weather permitting, on the following streets:

• 6th St from Jackson St to Hudson St
• Willow Ave from 6th St to 11th St
• Garden St from 11th St to 14th St
• 12th St from Bloomfield St to Willow Ave
• 13th St from Bloomfield St to Garden St
• 14th St from Washington St to Willow Ave

PSE&G is working to complete repairs on these roads prior to the start of the school year. Temporary No Parking signs are posted on these streets for August 26th through August 28th. Once milling work is completed on a street, the No Parking signs on that street will be taken down and parking will be permitted on that street.

Paving of these streets is scheduled to take place the week of August 31, 2015. The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.

Hoboken Moves to Acquire 6 Acre Property for City’s Largest Park

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‘Resiliency Park’ Would Hold at Least 1 Million Gallons of Stormwater to Alleviate Flooding

The City of Hoboken is moving forward to acquire a 6-acre undeveloped property in northwest Hoboken for use as a large “resiliency park” with at least 1 million gallons of integrated flood mitigation capacity. A portion of the property would also be designed with a municipal parking garage, potentially with rooftop recreation or other public amenities. The property is currently owned by BASF (previously Henkel/Cognis), and the project is one of three “resiliency parks” planned as part of the Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan.

“This six-acre property is the City’s last remaining option for acquiring such a large amount of contiguous land for open space, and it would provide Hoboken with a unique opportunity to address three of our most pressing challenges – flooding, open space, and parking,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Creating Hoboken’s largest park – the same size as Pier A – would provide much-needed open space in western Hoboken, take pressure off our other overcrowded parks, and complement our flood resiliency strategy by being designed to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater runoff. It would also add parking capacity by creating Hoboken’s first municipal garage in northwest Hoboken.”

The Hoboken City Council previously authorized the use of eminent domain to acquire the BASF property for open space and authorized the City’s application for low-interest funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) for acquisition of the property. NJEIT loans provide 0% interest on 75% of the loan amount, market rate interest on the remainder, and 19% principal forgiveness.

At the upcoming Council meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, the City Council will be asked to vote on three separate measures to 1) authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire the northern parcel of the property for a parking garage 2) authorize a $1.6 million Hoboken Parking Utility bond for land acquisition and engineering costs for detailed design of a parking structure, and 3) authorize a $16.7 million bond ordinance to acquire the larger portion of the BASF property for open space, park design and engineering costs, and for construction costs of the Southwest Park. NJEIT would purchase the bond to provide the low-interest loan to the City.

Update on Southwest Park
Construction of Hoboken’s Southwest Park, which is also designed to hold over 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, is scheduled to begin this fall. An archeological review of the site needed to be completed prior to construction. The City Council previously authorized applying for a low-interest loan from the NJEIT for design and construction of the park. The final conceptual plan is available at www.hobokennj.org/swpark.

Update on 7th Street & Jackson Street Park and Plaza
The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting hosted by the City Council Community Development Subcomittee to discuss a proposed finalized redevelopment project at 7th Street and Jackson Street adjacent to the Monroe Center as part of the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project proposes approximately 2 acres of public parks and open space, a municipal gymnasium, advanced stormwater detention to assist in flood mitigation efforts as part of the City’s comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan, and mixed use residential and retail components along the western portion of the site, next to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street and will begin at 7:00pm with a presentation of the project followed by a question and answer period.

United Water Crews Respond to Water Main Break on 14th Street


6:45am Update, August 29: All repairs have been completed and full water service has been restored. United Water appreciates the patience of our customers as the repair was completed.

11:15pm update: The 16 inch water main break on 14th Street has been exposed through excavation, and is isolated to a select area. Approximately 300 families have been notified and are out of water service at this time.

United Water emergency crews remain onsite, and will remain until repairs are complete. The Hoboken OEM water tanker truck has been stationed at the hospital, for affected customers to come fill clean water containers for their personal use.

United Water thanks our customers and appreciates their patience as we seek to complete repairs safely and efficiently.

10:00pm Update: Crews are making repairs to a water main on the 100 block of Garden Street. Water service is expected to be restored by 7am.

9:00pm Update: United Water inspectors and valve crews are onsite, operating valves as part of the work to isolate the main break.

7:30pm update from United Water: United Water is responding to reports of a break on a 16 inch water main on 14th Street between Bloomfield and Garden. Employees are enroute to the site to inspect and begin preparations for repairs.

Customers throughout Hoboken may experience discolored water or low pressure as we investigate and isolate the leak. The water remains safe, however, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before using it for drinking or washing clothes.

Further information will be posted on our website and social media channels as it becomes available. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers as we investigate the extent of repairs.

Hoboken Announces Corner Cars Transition Information

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In the days ahead, the City of Hoboken will be transitioning operations of the Corner Cars on-street car sharing program from Hertz 24/7 to the new system operator, Zipcar.

Today, August 27, 2015 is the last day that members can make reservations for Hertz 24/7 vehicles located in Hoboken. All Hertz 24/7 vehicles will be off the street by August 31st.

On September 1st, Zipcar will be striping and installing signage at the on-street car sharing locations, and some Zipcar vehicles within the Corner Cars program will be available starting on September 2nd.

Zipcar currently has an additional 30 vehicles available now for reservation by community members. To join, visit www.zipcar.com.

Further details on how to transition from Hertz to Zipcar are forthcoming. However, if any Hertz members would like to change their membership to Zipcar immediately, please email NYCMarketing@Zipcar.com.

Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting


In preparation for the fall 2015 tree planting, the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete the online request form at www.hobokennj.org/boards/stc/treerequest. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.
Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree beds as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree well does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property; only in sidewalk tree wells.

Trees are only planted during our two planting seasons: Spring (March 1 to May 31) and fall (October 1 to December 31). The next anticipated planting will take place in October or November, 2015.

Community Meeting for 7th St & Jackson St Project on August 31, 2015

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The Hoboken community is invited to a public meeting hosted by the City Council Community Development Subcomittee to discuss a proposed finalized redevelopment project at 7th Street and Jackson Street adjacent to the Monroe Center as part of the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project proposes approximately 2 acres of public parks and open space, a municipal gymnasium, advanced stormwater detention to assist in flood mitigation efforts as part of the City’s comprehensive Rebuild by Design plan, and mixed use residential and retail components along the western portion of the site, next to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street and will begin at 7:00pm with a presentation of the project followed by a question and answer period.

The Community Development Subcommittee is chaired by Councilman David Mello and includes Councilmembers James Doyle, Tim Occhipinti, and Michael Russo.

Hoboken Announces Pre-Sale for Next-Generation Bike Share System

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Hudson Bike Share Sponsored by CarePoint, Suez North America, Bijou Properties, Zipcar, Investors Bank & Keller Williams City Life Realty
Early membership discount available starting today; System to Launch in September

The City of Hoboken, in partnership with Bike and Roll, nextbike, E3Think, and P3 Global Management, is announcing the pre-sale for Hudson Bike Share, a Hoboken-based regional bike share program, in advance of the planned launch in September. Beginning today, residents and visitors can immediately register for annual memberships by visiting www.hudsonbikeshare.com or through the nextbike mobile application. Annual memberships purchased before the launch will cost just $75 – a $20 discount off of the regular $95 annual fee.

The first phase of the program will feature 250 bicycles with next-generation “smart-bike” technology and 29 official stations in Hoboken. Users may ride anywhere within or outside of Hoboken during their rental. In addition to the 29 official stations within Hoboken, this first-of-its-kind program will permit riders to connect to regional transportation options and make longer visits to neighboring areas by allowing them to return and rent bikes from several locations outside of Hoboken without added fees. Thanks to on-board GPS technology and an integrated cable lock, riders will not be charged a fee for returning bikes to any legal bicycle rack within designated ‘Regional No Fee Zones’ outside of Hoboken. Bicycles that are not returned to official stations will be charged a $10 fee within Hoboken and $25 fee outside of Hoboken, with the exception of designated Regional No Fee Zones.

“We look forward to launching this cutting edge, next-generation bike share system which we believe represents the future of urban mobility,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Whether it’s part of your commute, to run errands, or just for recreation, bike sharing will provide a healthy and sustainable option to get around Hoboken and our area. Bike sharing should be accessible and affordable to everyone, and with 29 stations throughout our mile square city, no resident will be more than a 3 to 5 minute walk from a station. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we will also be providing free and discounted memberships to residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority. And through a partnership with the Hoboken Shelter, we will be providing training and creating jobs to help some of our homeless residents gain employment and become more independent.”

The program will be operated by Bike and Roll, the largest bike rental company in the United States, and will use bicycle technology manufactured by nextbike, which has the largest international bike sharing network with over 25,000 bicycles in more than 80 cities in 15 countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for August


The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for August is now available.

Hoboken Seeks Volunteers to Grow Community Emergency Response Team

CERT Class
The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to join its 100-strong and growing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). State-certified trainers will hold a series of free CERT classes this fall for up to 60 participants. Those interested in joining CERT can submit an online application at: http://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/cert.

“Our Community Emergency Response Team is made up of residents who care deeply about their neighbors and community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Joining CERT is a great way to get involved and to help make your community more resilient.”

Hoboken’s CERT volunteers have been recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA, and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.

The City graduated its fifth CERT class in October 2014, bringing the total number of trained volunteers to 106 members.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. CERT members also participate in assisting with large scale community events, staffing emergency shelters, and various other ways.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.

All classes will be held at the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street starting at 9:30am sharp and concluding at 4:00pm. There will be a 1 hour lunch break between modules. The training schedule is as follows:

10/24/2015 – Disaster preparedness & Fire safety
10/25/2015 – Disaster medical operations 1 & Disaster medical operations 2
11/1/2015 – Light search and rescue operations & CERT organization
11/7/2015 – Disaster psychology & Terrorism in CERT

The final drill and exercise location and date will be announced during the class.

Participants must attend every module of training as well as participate in the final emergency simulation exercise in order to receive certification as a fully trained CERT Team member.

Upon completion of the training, each participant will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit.

Surveying Work To Begin This Week As Part of Washington Street Project

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On August 5, 2015, the City of Hoboken awarded a contract to engineering firm T&M Associates to develop the final design and construction documents for the resurfacing of Washington Street. In addition to repaving the roadway, the Washington Street “complete streets” revitalization project will also include modern traffic signals, streetscape improvements, green infrastructure for stormwater management, the replacement of century-old water mains, a fiber optic spine to facilitate enhanced Internet connectivity, and electrical conduit to advance the City’s microgrid project for energy resiliency.

In the coming weeks, residents and visitors will see employees and vehicles of T&M Associates’ sub-consultant, GEOD Corporation, performing land surveying activities on Washington Street. This is the initial step in developing the engineering plans, with construction anticipated to commence in 2016. Ground penetrating radar investigations consisting of GEOD staff pushing a cart-like wheeled device up and down the sidewalks and roadways will start this week. There will be no impact to the roadway or sidewalk except that some paint marks will be made by survey staff in the coming weeks.

Aerial photography will also be conducted to obtain topographical information that will be ground proofed by survey field crews once the aerial information is fully compiled. This aerial photography will commence this week. The field survey will start in approximately 2 weeks and is expected to last up to 4 weeks along Washington Street. Some parking restrictions will be posted to assist in this effort, but there should be no other impact or disturbance to residents or businesses.

The total surveying effort including GPR, aerial photography, and field survey will be completed within 6 weeks, which is on or around the week of September 14th.

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