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Street Cleaning Suspended on Friday, Resumes Monday, March 20

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Street cleaning is suspended tomorrow (Friday) and will resume on Monday, March 20. Tomorrow, crews will continue work on snow removal at crosswalks, bus stops, etc.

‪Inspectors have issued 350 fines for unshoveled sidewalks ‬and crews have again been out since this morning continuing to clear corners.

Property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks and corners/ramps are subject to summons every 24 hours. Please report unshoveled sidewalks via the Hoboken 311 app or www.hoboken311.com.

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Street Cleaning Suspended for Thursday, March 16

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Crews continue working to clear snow from corners, bus stops, and other locations. Four additional Bobcats and crews have been brought in to focus exclusively on clearing corners. With about 1,000 crosswalks across the city, a lot more work remains to be done, so street cleaning will remain suspended tomorrow (Thursday, March 16) so that crews can continue to focus on this work.

Inspectors have been issuing fines for unshoveled sidewalks/corners and will continue to issue fines for violations. Report violations via www.hoboken311.com, the Hoboken 311 mobile app, or by calling 201-420-5629. Property owners are subject to summons every 24 hours if sidewalks remain uncleared, and inspectors will continue enforcing in the days ahead.

Property owners/occupants are reminded of their responsibility to clear sidewalks according to the city code::

A. The owner or occupant or person having charge of any dwelling house, store or other building or lot of ground in the City shall, within the first six hours after every fall of snow or hail, or after the formation of any ice upon the sidewalks, unless the ice is covered with sand or ashes, cause the snow and ice to be removed from the sidewalk abutting such dwelling house, store, building or lot of land, cause the snow and ice to be removed from the sidewalk abutting such dwelling house, store, building or lot of land, clearing a traversable walkway so that a minimum of four feet or 2/3 of the width of the sidewalk, whichever is greater, is free of snow and ice. In those instances where the traversable walkway is less than four feet in width, the owner, occupant or person having charge shall clear the entire width of the abutting sidewalk.

B. In case the gutter opposite any dwelling house, store or other building, or lot of ground, in the City shall at any time become obstructed with snow, ice, dirt or any matter, the owner or occupant or person having charge thereof shall cause the gutter to be cleaned out to the width of two feet, so that the water may run freely along the same.

C. If more than four feet of sidewalk is available, snow may be deposited between the cleared area and the curbline at a height of no greater than 3.5 feet.

D. At no time shall snow, ice, dirt, or any matter be removed into the street.

E. Where public facilities or public infrastructure are present on a sidewalk, such as mailboxes, phone booths, handicapped ramps at corners, parking meters, bicycle racks, and benches, the owner, occupant or person having charge shall maintain clear access to said facilities or infrastructure so that all public functions may continue unimpeded at all times.

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Mayor Zimmer Introduces 2017 Budget With Tax Cut

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is introducing a municipal budget that continues to keep municipal taxes stable for the 7th straight year. The introduced 2017 budget includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax rate, due to a flat municipal tax levy and an increasing ratable base.

Over the next 6 years, the City will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes the $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway, $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas, and $30 million through the 6-year capital plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

“Since becoming mayor, we have worked with the City Council to restore fiscal discipline and hold the line on taxes, and I’m pleased that this year’s budget will provide a modest municipal tax cut,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Together, we have passed fully-funded, gimmick-free budgets, restored a responsible budget surplus, and improved our credit rating to AA+ from its near junk bond rating. This year’s budget also includes a capital plan to make annual investments to continue upgrading our water main system and additional funding to help maintain our expanding parks and green infrastructure.”

A property owner’s total tax bill includes three main components: municipal, school, and county taxes, along with smaller components for the Library, municipal open space, and county open space. In 2016, municipal purposes taxes made up approximately 31% of total property taxes while County taxes composed 40% and school taxes were 24%.

The introduced 2017 budget can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/businessadmin/CY17BudgetIntroduced.pdf.

A series of budget workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 27, 2017

o   Police – 6:00pm
o   Corporation Counsel – 7:00pm
o   Transportation and Parking – 8:00pm

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017:

o   Community Development – 6:00pm
o   Health and Human Services – 7:00pm
o   Environmental Services – 8:00pm

  • Monday, April 3, 2017:

o   Fire – 6:00pm
o   Administration and Finance – 7:00pm
o   City Clerk – 8:00pm

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Hoboken Snow Emergency Update

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

Parking is currently permitted on Washington Street and will be permitted on all other snow emergency routes as of 5:00pm on March 14.

Parking meters will be enforced starting on Wednesday. Street cleaning is suspended on Wednesday and enforcement will resume on Thursday, March 16. All other parking rules remain in effect.

Important Request to Clear Sidewalks

Temperatures will drop overnight, so property owners are urged to clear snow and slush before it freezes. Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties. It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants. The City is responsible for clearing sidewalks around City-owned properties.

To report an unplowed street, unshoveled sidewalk, or other problem, residents can submit an online complaint via www.hoboken311.com or via the Hoboken 311 mobile application.

“Thank you to OEM Coordinator Sergeant Montanez and the entire OEM team, our Environmental Services snow team, Police Department, Fire Department, Parking Utility, Senior Services team, and CERT volunteers for working together to keep everyone safe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I also want to thank the County for clearing our County roads. We had no accidents throughout this storm thanks to everyone’s great work.”

The Emergency Operations Center will close as of 5:30pm. HPU customer service windows will close at 6:00pm.

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