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Mayor Zimmer Delivers State of the City Address

State of the City Dawn Zimmer
Mayor Dawn Zimmer delivered the 2016 State of the City address on February 10, 2016 at the DeBaun Auditorium at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery.


Thank you to all the members of the public for joining us tonight or watching online.

Every year I have the privilege to share with you the state of our City.

As everyone here knows, Hoboken is an amazing city and it’s obvious why more and more families are choosing to stay here for the long term and why people love to visit. It’s why new businesses are opening, from the great new independent bookstore Little City Books to the ambitious e-commerce startup Jet.com.

For the last six and a half years, my Administration has focused on improving the quality of life for Hoboken residents. Road improvements were a big focus in 2015 and will continue this year.

Nearly a fifth of our streets were repaved last year – possibly a new record for Hoboken. Thank you to Hoboken residents for your patience and to everyone in the City that worked so hard to get us all through the construction process!

Another major quality of life issue that we are focused on solving is the flooding. This year the second flood pump will be completed. During a heavy rain event, it will be designed to pump out 40 million gallons of water per day, which will make a tremendous impact on our century-old flooding problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Invited to Rebuild by Design Meeting on February 18

OMA Strategy Diagram

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Rebuild by Design (RBD) Hudson River Project team will host a community meeting to introduce the three Build Alternatives that have emerged after evaluating all of the comments received on the five concepts presented at a public meeting on December 10, 2015.

The meeting will be held on February 18, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Avenue in Hoboken.

The DEP project website (www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov) has been updated with additional project materials.

A Summary of Public Comments on Five Concepts for Rebuild by Design (RBD) along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/floodhazard/docs/rbdh-five-concepts-summary-of-comments.pdf

Residents can sign up for project updates by visiting: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/floodhazard/rbd-hudsonriver-subscribe.htm

Additionally, the DEP will have surveyors in southern Hoboken/northern Jersey City between February 8 until February 22 and in northern Hoboken/southern Weehawken February 23 until March 11.

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.

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