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City Moves Forward on New Pump to Alleviate Flooding in Western Hoboken

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On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.

“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”

The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness.

Winter Storm Watch Issued; Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00am to Thursday, November 28 at 7:00am and 4 to 8 inches of snow are forecast. Residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

Household Hazardous Waste Event – Sunday, Oct 5, 9am-1pm


Hudson County Improvement Authority’s Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 9am to 1pm at the Hoboken Municipal Garage, located on Willow Avenue & Observer Highway.

Hazardous wastes are items found in our homes, garages and outdoor sheds that are dangerous to our environment and cannot be disposed of in our everyday trash. For example, pesticides and solvents are dangerous substances that when inhaled or consumed can be life threatening. That is why the HCIA runs its semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to help residents rid their homes of these materials.

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.”

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.

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.

Public Invited to 3rd Community Meeting for Southwest Park

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Final Conceptual Design to be Presented at Public Meeting

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the third public meeting on the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00pm in the conference room on the first floor of the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Based on community feedback developed from the two prior community meetings and an online survey, the planner hired by the City has developed a final conceptual plan for the first phase of a Southwest Park. The plan for the park also includes stormwater management infrastructure.

“We thank everyone who participated in the community meetings and the over 500 residents who provided feedback through the online survey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hope to work with the Council and community to build this park as quickly as possible.”

New Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedule To Take Effect Sunday, May 11

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Starting on Sunday, May 11, 2014, the City of Hoboken will have a new garbage and recycling collection schedule. Garbage will be picked up on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while recycling collection will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. 

The new schedule shifts a recycling day from Tuesday to Monday, more evenly spreading out recycling collection. The schedule eliminates the Monday garbage pickup, which was previously the lowest volume day since it immediately followed garbage pickup on Sunday. Collection of electronic waste such as computers and televisions has been expanded to Mondays and Thursdays. The schedule change will also result in $100,000 in yearly savings. 

A flyer with the updated schedule is available for downloading and printing from the City website: www.hobokennj.org/docs/env/GarbageRecyclingSchedule.pdf

Residents are reminded that garbage and recyclables are to be placed curbside in a covered container after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm along Washington Street) on the corresponding day. Recyclables are not to be put in plastic bags, and no waste should be placed curbside on Tuesdays or Saturdays. 

Likewise, for businesses and residents in the limited business area, garbage collection is being eliminated on Tuesdays and single stream recycling is being moved from Tuesdays to Mondays. Garbage pickup will continue on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Paper and cardboard pickup will also continue on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Single stream recycling will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. 

In 2011, the City of Hoboken switched to single stream recycling which allows for all recyclables – paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, etc. – to be mixed together within the same container. There is no need to sort materials. Because plastic bags cause problems with the automated facility that sorts the various materials, recyclables should be placed directly in a container and not inside plastic bags. 

Non-metal household furniture and mattresses can be placed on the curb for pickup on Sundays, Wednesdays and Friday evenings. Garden and yard waste as well as metal furniture (file cabinets, desks, bed frames, etc) and appliances can be placed curbside on Thursday evenings. Remove doors from refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. Hot water heaters, air conditioners and small metal appliances are also accepted. 

No hazardous waste (paint, varnish, turpentine, pesticide, etc) should be disposed at the curb. For hazardous waste disposal information, call 1-800-540-0987.

Crews Working to Fill Potholes

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Due to the extreme winter weather, the freeze/thaw cycle, and frequent plowing, there are a large number of potholes along roadways. Hoboken crews have filled 752 potholes so far this year, including 284 potholes in the past week alone.

Due to the cold weather, potholes are filled with cold patch, which may become dislodged and require further repairs. More permanent repairs using hot asphalt require warmer weather in the spring in order for proper bonding to occur and will take place at that time.

Residents are asked to report any potholes via www.hoboken311.com. Reports of potholes on County roads will be forwarded to Hudson County for repair.