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City of Hoboken Receives Approval for Loan to Build Flood Pump

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The City of Hoboken’s application for a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, has been approved by the State of New Jersey. The $11.7 million loan will pay for the construction of Hoboken’s second wet weather pump station (WWPS) to be built underground near 11th Street and Hudson Street. The wet weather pump station will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained by the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) on a long-term lease from the City.

“We are very pleased that our application for this critical flood pump was approved by the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The latest National Climate Assessment confirms what we have all been experiencing first-hand — heavy rain events in the Northeast have increased more than 70% in the last 50 years, and when those downpours occur near high tide, we flood. This pump will help alleviate flooding in Northwest Hoboken, particularly in the area around ShopRite, as part of an integrated four-part ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ water management strategy.”

Upper Willow Avenue Resurfacing Features Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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Hudson County recently completed the repaving of Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street. These two blocks, which had 64 vehicle collisions from 2008 to 2013, include an elementary school, a large senior housing population, and a pocket park. As a result, the City of Hoboken advocated that additional traffic and pedestrian safety measures be incorporated into the resurfacing of the street, and the City thanks Hudson County for working to make the street safer. The safety improvements included as part of this project include:

  • Painted textured curb extensions at corners protected by vertical delineators (flexible bollards). They provide increased space for pedestrians waiting to cross intersections, reduce crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility, reduce vehicle speeds by narrowing the roadway, and reduce illegal parking in crosswalks.
  • High visibility, straightened out crosswalks to further shorten crossing distances and to be more visible to drivers at night. Reduced crossing distances also provide extra time for green lights.
  • “Sharrows” (shared arrows) to guide cyclists and indicate to drivers that the roadway is to be shared with bikes.
  • A striped buffer to keep bicyclists out of the car “dooring” zone.
  • Reverse (or back-in) angle parking.

Hoboken Community Invited to National Night Out – Tuesday, August 5

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On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr., along with the Hoboken Police Department, will be hosting our annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide event that allows community workers to give back to their community. This year, we will be dedicating the night in memory of Detective Madhu Chohan. Detective Chohan joined the Hoboken Police Department on January 23, 2008. He unfortunately succumbed to an inoperable, malignant brain tumor on October 30, 2013. Detective Chohan was, and will always remain, an asset to the Hoboken Police Department. In remembrance, we will be presenting a plaque to his family at the event. This year we will have a proclamation ceremony at City Hall at 4:45pm, followed by a parade to Church Square Park led by the recruits of the Hoboken Junior Police Academy. Below are some of our highlights of the evening: 

• 6:00pm Plaque dedication to Detective Chohan’s family 
• 6:45pm Preschool of Rock 
• 7:30pm Watermelon eating contest featuring surprise guest judges
• 8:15pm Performance from Fire Dance Squad 
• 103.5 with Cindy Vero 
• Red Bulls Street team 

Several local businesses in addition to police agencies will be out in full support of this night out against crime. There will also be bounce houses and water slides and other kids’ entertainment!! People of all ages are encouraged to attend! Please come out and help us fight against crime! For further information contact Officer Daniel Simone at simoneda@hobokenpd.org or visit our website, www.Hobokenpd.com.

Free Rain Barrels Available for Hoboken Residents – Workshop on Saturday, August 2nd

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The City of Hoboken will host its second Rain Barrel Installation Workshop on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:30pm and will be providing a free rain barrel to the first 25 Hoboken residents who register and participate. To sign up, visit www.hobokennj.org/greenteam/rainbarrel.

Rain barrels can be used to capture stormwater runoff that otherwise would have gone directly into the sewer system. The stored water can later be used for gardening or other uses. Every gallon of water kept out of the sewer system through green roofs, rain barrels, street trees, rain gardens, porous pavers, and other green infrastructure helps to reduce flooding.

The workshop, which will provide information on maintaining a rain barrel, including keeping it free of mosquitoes, is open to all Hoboken residents interested in installing a rain barrel on their property. Participants will retrofit a 55 gallon recycled food grade plastic drum into a fully functional rain barrel and will receive a free rain barrel at the conclusion of the workshop.

Sewer Replacement Project to Begin on Jackson Street on August 4th

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The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will begin work on Monday, August 4, 2014 to replace three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

The existing wooden box sewer, which was constructed in the 1870′s, has deteriorated and partially collapsed, creating blockages in the combined sewer system, which adversely affects drainage in the area. The result of the project will be improved drainage which will help to alleviate local flooding. With the exception of this section of sewer, almost all of the sewer system in Southwest Hoboken has been rehabilitated by the Authority during the last decade.

Construction will take place in three phases as noted below, with each phase taking approximately 2 to 3 weeks to complete. For each phase, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on both sides along the corresponding block. Police will be on site at all times during construction to provide traffic control. The Authority will coordinate with the local businesses and residents to allow driveway access.

Western Edge Redevelopment Plan Public Meeting To Be Held August 20


All members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input on the creation of a Redevelopment Plan for the Western Edge. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the conference room of the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

The community is also invited to complete an online survey to provide input. The link to the survey is available on the City website at www.hobokennj.org/westernedge.

Free Urban Biking & Safety Skills Class To Be Held July 26

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The Hudson TMA is hosting a FREE one day Traffic Safety 101: Urban Biking & Safety Skills class for adults. The class will include both classroom and on-street instruction and will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Register online at www.hudsontma.org or by calling 201-324-56222 X3229.

 

 

PSE&G To Make Major Hoboken Infrastructure Upgrades To Improve Energy Resiliency

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Paving, Sewer & Water Infrastructure Upgrades to Be Coordinated to Minimize Disruptions

Starting on or about July 21, 2014, PSE&G will begin a major project to upgrade 60 percent of the gas lines within the City of Hoboken 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. The new pipes will be upgraded to a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service.

Also as part of the Energy Strong program, PSE&G will soon begin work to combine Hoboken’s three electrical substations into two and raise the substations to protect them from flooding.

“We advocated strongly for the Energy Strong program and are thrilled that we have this tremendous opportunity to upgrade our infrastructure to be more resilient,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I also recognize that this will be a major challenge for our community, and we ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience as we coordinate with PSE&G to minimize disruptions and complete these upgrades.”

The gas main work will take place in two phases. In 2014, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,000 services south of (and including) 6th Street. In 2015, work will take place to upgrade approximately 1,500 services north of 6th Street.

The City of Hoboken is coordinating its planned road resurfacing projects with PSE&G, United Water, and North Hudson Sewerage Authority in order to minimize road openings, construction time and traffic disruptions.

The City plans to repave approximately 50 blocks of roadway, make pedestrian safety improvements to 11 intersections, and upgrade more than 350 handicap-accessible curb ramps later this year. Hudson County has begun resurfacing work on Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street on June 30. The work is expected to be completed by July 30. North Hudson Sewerage Authority will be replacing three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

A map of the planned resurfacing, gas line, and sewer infrastructure upgrades is available at www.hobokennj.org/docs/env/Hoboken-PSEG-roads.pdf.

In order to shorten the length of the project as much as possible, PSE&G will have three crews working on the project in Hoboken. The work will involve digging trenches in the roadway, which will result in temporary closures and/or detours. If necessary, service lines that bring gas to individual homes and businesses will also be upgraded. This will involve digging in the street, at the meter, and in some cases, along the service line. PSE&G will contact property owners to arrange a date and time to allow access so crews can install new meters where existing meters are scheduled for replacement. Customers will be without gas service for approximately four hours while this work is completed. Upon completion of the project, PSE&G will restore the property to its original condition. Grass areas will be repaired and any concrete or asphalt will be temporarily patched until final restoration work can be scheduled. Customers will have access to their property at all time.

For the first phase of the project, PSE&G will be upgrading gas facilities in Hoboken on the following streets:

  • Newark Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
  • 1st Street between Adams Avenue and Washington Street
  • 2nd Street between Grand Street and Washington Street
  • 3rd Street between Willow Avenue and Garden Street
  • 4th Street between Madison Street and Grand Street
  • 5th Street between Willow Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive
  • 6th Street between Madison Street and Court Street
  • Monroe Street between 3rd Street and 6th Street
  • Jefferson Street between 4th Street and 5th Street
  • Adams Street between 1st Street and 6th Street
  • Grand Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street
  • Grand Street between 5th Street and 6th Street
  • Willow Avenue between 1st Street and 3rd Street
  • Park Avenue between Newark Street and 4th Street
  • Park Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street
  • Garden Street between 2nd Street and 6th Street
  • Bloomfield Street between Newark Street and 2nd Street
  • Washington Street between Observer Highway and 6th Street
  • Court Street between 4th Street and 6th Street

More information on Energy Strong can be found at www.pseg.com/energystrong. A customer service representative will also be available to answer questions at the PSE&G Customer Service location at 615 Washington Street. An FAQ on the gas main replacement project is available at www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/energy_strong/pdf/faq.pdf. A fact sheet on Energy Strong is available at www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/energy_strong/pdf/factsheet.pdf.

Hoboken Awarded $250,000 Grant For Southwest Park

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The U.S. Department of Interior and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced on Monday that the City of Hoboken was awarded a $250,000 grant for the final design engineering of Block 12 – an approximately one acre property which will be the first phase of a Southwest Park. The funding from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program will assist with incorporating stormwater management capacity into the new park as part of a broader strategy to alleviate the severity of flooding in the area.

“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for Hoboken to move ahead with creating much needed green space in Southwest Hoboken while also helping to reduce the impact of increasingly common downpours that cause flash flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This grant is in addition to the $230 million funding for a comprehensive strategy to fully protect our City from all types of flooding. Thank you to Secretary Jewell and the Department of Interior for providing this funding. The City will move as expeditiously as possible to complete the final construction drawing designs for a park in Southwest Hoboken, and we hope we can start building the park early next year.”

Currently, as a largely impervious paved surface parking lot, Block 12 retains only approximately 17% of annual rainfall, with the rest of the runoff going into the combined sewer system and contributing to recurring flash flooding and combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River. The new park is being designed to capture and store 100% of the stormwater on its property from a 10 year rain event (5 inches of rain). Through surface storage, rain gardens, bioswales, and an underground detention chamber, it will be able to hold over 200,000 gallons of water.

NJ Symphony Orchestra to Perform Free Outdoor Concert at Pier A – June 19, 7:30pm

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken proudly present the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, June 19th • 7:30pm at Pier A Park, First Street & Sinatra Drive, at the end of the Park on the big lawn. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or low back chair & a picnic basket.

Take a seat on the lawn of Pier A Park for a concert of light classics and popular favorites—with a patriotic flair. As night falls, the New York City skyline lights up and is reflected in the Hudson River, making this a very unique and romantic summer symphony concert destination.

The NJSO program honors New Jersey’s rich cultural past as part of the NJ350 celebration, honoring the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with a salute to Frank Sinatra, a medley of Jersey Boys classics and Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump.” In addition to its tradition of performing patriotic favorites, the NJSO looks ahead to the classical favorites of its 2014–15 season, performing selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, Mozart’s Così fan tutte Overture and more.