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Public Hearing to be Held for Southwest Resiliency Park


Please be advised that the City of Hoboken has applied to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP) for a low interest loan to construct a Southwest Resiliency Park on Block 12 (Lots 1-7, 9 and 12-18).  The proposed park will feature passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding.  The engineer’s estimate of probable construction costs is approximately $3,676,967.  The City’s low interest loan application to the NJEIFP, including a 20% contingency, is for a total Not-To-Exceed amount of $4,840,151.  The City must conduct a public hearing pursuant to NJAC 7:22-10.10 to solicit input from the affected public.  The City will conduct the public hearing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ.  Copies of the planning document, plans, construction drawings and cost estimates may be viewed on the City’s internet website or in the Office of the Municipal Manager, located in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ.  Written comments may also be submitted to smarks@hobokennj.gov.

Downloads
90% design plans for the Southwest Resiliency Park (44 MB pdf)
NJEIP Planning Report (97 MB pdf)

Second Public Meeting to be Held for 1st Street Streetscape Improvements & City-wide Wayfinding Project


Members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting for the First Street Streetscape Revitalization and city-wide wayfinding Project. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Multi Service Center (124 Grand St) community room. T&M Associates and its sub-consultant M studio will present 50% design plans for the project.

Streetscape revitalization for First Street will span 12 blocks from Paterson Avenue to Bloomfield Street and will include rain gardens, curb extensions, wayfinding signage, new benches, bike parking, trash and recycling receptacles, ADA accessible curb ramps, shade trees, and banners. The meeting will review the 50% complete plans with the public and show how the feedback from the first public meeting has been incorporated.

In order to implement the design, construction, and installation of a cohesive city-wide wayfinding system, a comprehensive brand identity is being designed for the City’s wayfinding signage. Stakeholder interviews, online surveys and focus group collaboration efforts have been conducted to incorporate public input on the brand concept. The brand concepts include a logo, tagline, specified font families, and color palettes. At this meeting, the results of this feedback and the evolved brand concepts will be presented and will be shown on preliminary wayfinding signage, which includes gateway signage, directional blades, and kiosks. Feedback from the second meeting will be used to further refine and finalize the brand concept to be presented at the third public meeting.

“We thank the more than 50 committed residents who lent their time and expertise through an online focus group to provide feedback and help revise the brand concepts as part of the extensive public design process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We invite everyone involved so far and anyone who hasn’t yet been part of the process to attend the next meeting and help finalize a design in the weeks ahead.”

Hoboken Community Invited to Fire Department Promotions Ceremony

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The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to attend a promotions ceremony for members of the Hoboken Fire Department. The ceremony will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 1:30pm in the City Council Chambers at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Firefighters Matthew Markey and Walter J. Lehbrink will be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain. Recently retired firefighters Alexander Badamo and Thomas Cutillo will also be honored for their service to the community.

City of Hoboken Invites Community to 4th Annual Irish Cultural Festival

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The City of Hoboken wishes the community a happy St. Patrick’s Day and invites all residents and visitors to the 4th Annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 16th from noon to 6pm at Sinatra Park, located on the Hoboken waterfront near 4th Street. The event is free and features Irish music, dance, sports, food, beer, vendors, crafts, and other activities for all ages. Representatives from the Irish Consulate in New York will be in attendance at the event, which is co-hosted by Irish Network New Jersey.

The festival will feature musical performances by Gold n Brown and the McLean Ave Band as well as bagpipe performances. There will be dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers and Emerald Fire, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, and Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance.

Participants interested in competing in the Irish soda bread competition should contact Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2207.

For children, the event will include face painting, horse and carriage rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, several inflatables, sand art and more. The event will also feature sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations and vendors with Irish clothing and crafts. Read the rest of this entry »

City of Hoboken Announces Road Repair and Repaving Plan

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The City of Hoboken is implementing a faster, more efficient, less expensive, and longer-lasting approach to repairing potholes and will be completely repaving more than 50 blocks of roadway beginning this spring.

The City has contracted for “Pothole Killer” trucks to make repairs city-wide. With spray injection technology, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom, which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, and then tops it off with a dry aggregate coating. The whole process takes roughly 90 seconds per pothole.

“I thank Director Pellegrini for bringing this great new technology to Hoboken that will save us money and make long-lasting repairs faster than ever before,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re committed to quickly completing these repairs and repaving more than 50 blocks of our worst roads this spring.”

In three days in January and two in April, a single Pothole Killer truck filled nearly 1,000 potholes. The truck will continue to be used to make repairs in the days ahead. Residents can assist by reporting potholes via www.hoboken311.com or through the Hoboken 311 application for iOS and Android. The City is coordinating with Hudson County for repairs to County roads, especially 1st Street and Observer Highway.

“In the past, we used cold patch to temporarily repair potholes and then had to make permanent repairs in the spring with hot asphalt when the asphalt plants opened,” said Environmental Services Director Leo Pellegrini. “To make matters worse, the cold patch material would often be ripped out, requiring us to contract for heavy duty equipment to vacuum up the gravel and rocks from roads. This new approach eliminates an entire step and is faster, safer, less expensive, and even works in below freezing temperatures. In addition, by not tying up our resources on repairing potholes, our crews are all focused on cleaning up our streets now that all the snow has melted.” Read the rest of this entry »

Crime & Ambulance Calls at All-Time Lows for Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day


Since the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day parade was last held in 2011, there has been a dramatic reduction in crime during the annual St. Patrick’s Day event, an event organized by various Hoboken bars and restaurants. This year there were 39 ambulance calls, a 58% reduction since 2011, 11 arrests, a 68% reduction since 2011, and 95 summonses issued for quality of life violations such as open containers and urinating in public, a 68% reduction since 2011. Five bars received tavern sheets: two for assaults, two for overcrowding, and one for a medical issue.

“A big thank you to the Hoboken Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Community Emergency Response Team, Parking Utility and sanitation team,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “There has been a huge drop in crime and quality of life issues and a reduction in public safety costs since the last year of the parade in 2011. In addition, the Police Department received only three calls regarding house parties this year. I especially want to thank Chief Ferrante for his proactive and cost-effective policing approach and Lieutenant DeTrizio and Sergeant Aguiar for their quick action that saved a man’s life in an unrelated suicide attempt that night.”

“Ambulance calls and arrests are at all-time lows – strong indications that instances of major fights and dangerous intoxication are greatly reduced,” said Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. “Instead of having to react to fights and other emergencies which take officers away from their assignments, they could stay at their posts and focus on proactively controlling crowds. As a result of the decreased amount of arrests, large fights, and persons going to hospitals which takes officers off the street, more officers were able to focus their attention on quality of life issues.”

Street Cleaning Enforcement Resumes Friday, March 6, 2015


Drivers are reminded that enforcement of street cleaning regulations will resume on Friday, March 6, 2015 so that crews can plow snow from parking lanes. Garbage pickup remains on schedule.

In addition, PSE&G will not be conducting work on the Energy Strong project on Friday, March 6. As a result, Temporary No Parking signs posted on the following streets can be disregarded for Friday, March 6, 2015:

• Washington St (5th – 8th) West Side
• Washington St (8th – 9th) East Side
• Washington St (9th – 10th)
• Washington St (10th – 11th) East Side
• Washington St (11th – 13th) West Side
• Washington St (13th – 14th)
• 9th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Bloomfield – Willow)
• 14th St (Washington – Bloomfield)
• Willow Ave (6th – 9th)
• Willow Ave (9th – 11th)
• Grand St (5th – 6th)

Hoboken Moves Forward On Washington Street, Southwest Resiliency Park & Northwest Resiliency Park Projects


On Wednesday, March 4, the Hoboken City Council voted to advance three crucial City projects including replacing the water mains and improving drainage along Washington Street, constructing the Southwest Resiliency Park, and acquiring 6 acres of property and creating the design for the Northwest Resiliency Park.

“I thank the City Council for voting to move forward on very important projects to improve our infrastructure and quality of life including repaving Washington Street and creating parks to provide much-needed open space and flood mitigation,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As we finalize engineering plans to repave and renovate our main commercial corridor next year, it is critical that we upgrade our brittle, century-old water mains so we don’t find ourselves immediately patching up our newly repaved street. In addition, with the continued support of the Council and the public, we are on track to break ground this summer on the first phase of the Southwest Resiliency Park and to acquire 6 acres of land for a large Northwest Resiliency Park, both designed to capture stormwater and alleviate flooding. Additional votes from the City Council will be required to complete these projects, and I hope the community and Council will continue to support these improvements to our city.” Read the rest of this entry »

Street Cleaning Enforcement Suspended for Thursday, March 5


Due to the forecast for snow, street cleaning enforcement will be suspended for Thursday, March 5, 2015 so that crews can focus on salting and plowing roads. Enforcement will resume on Friday, March 6, 2015. All other parking regulations remain in effect.

Due to the weather, PSE&G will not be conducting work on the Energy Strong project on Thursday. As a result, Temporary No Parking signs posted on the following streets can be disregarded for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

• Washington St (5th – 8th) West Side
• Washington St (8th – 9th) East Side
• Washington St (9th – 10th)
• Washington St (10th – 11th) East Side
• Washington St (11th – 13th) West Side
• Washington St (13th – 14th)
• 9th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Bloomfield – Willow)
• 14th St (Washington – Bloomfield)
• Willow Ave (6th – 9th)
• Willlow Ave (9th – 11th)
• Grand St (5th – 6th)

Public Hearing for CDBG 5 Year Action Plan (Online Survey)


The City of Hoboken Department of Community Development will conduct a public hearing regarding its 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The public comment session will gather public input on the content of the Consolidated Action Plan, which will direct funds for public service activities in-line with HUD CDBG rules and regulations for a five (5) year period.

Members of the community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback. The survey will be available until March 18, 2015.

Public service activities include, but are not limited to:
· Child Care
· Youth Services
· Health Care
· Job Training / Job Creation
· Literacy program
· Recreation programs
· Education Programs
· Public Safety Services (Crime Prevention)
· Services for Senior Citizens
· Services for Homeless Persons
· Drug Abuse Counseling and Treatment
· Qualified Veteran Services
· Welfare (as defined by HUD)
· Code Enforcement Services

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Public input will inform the City’s anticipated 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan, which the City intends to submit to HUD for review and acceptance in May of 2015.

Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the public hearing may call Department of Community Development Principal Planner Christopher Brown at 201-239-6642 or email at cbrown@hobokennj.gov.

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