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December, 2013

Holiday Notices: Christmas Tree Disposal, Parking Regulations & Viaduct Closure

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Municipal government offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25. Street cleaning/alternate side parking, permit parking regulations, and parking meters will not be enforced on Wednesday. The Parking Utility will close at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. The Hop bus will also stop running at 4:00pm on Tuesday and will resume on Thursday morning.

Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled. Christmas trees may be placed at the curb on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. Residents with any questions may call (201)-420-2385 or to report a location where a tree needs to be picked up.

The second closure of the 14th Street Viaduct will occur either Thursday, December 26, 2013 or Friday, December 27, 2013 (from 9am until 7am the following day). The closures will allow for proper placement and curing of concrete for the Stage 2 (north side) deck with the Stage 1 (south side) deck. The full closures are necessary to minimize vibration due to vehicles traveling on the existing bridge thus reducing the potential for cracking. The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. A detour will be posted. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

Parade on Wednesday to Celebrate Redwings Back-to-Back State Championships

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The Hoboken High School Football Team won their second State Championship in two years on Saturday, December 7th. The Redwings defeated Shabazz 13-7 to win the Group I North II Championship and their 10th State Championship in program history. The team, led by Coach Lou Taglieri and his staff, will be honored in a parade down Washington Street on Wednesday, December 18th. The parade will begin at 11th Street and Washington Street at 3:00pm and will conclude at City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

“Congratulations to Coach Taglieri and the Redwings on their back-to-back championships,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I invite our community to come out and celebrate their great accomplishment.”

Jersey City, Hoboken & Weehawken Partner on Regional Bike Share Initiative

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Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announced today that the three cities are partnering on a Regional Bike Share initiative that will see a minimum of 650 bikes placed in strategic locations throughout the three Hudson County municipalities.

As part of the initiative, the three municipalities as one entity will issue an RFP for a vendor to install solar-powered bike share hubs.

In Jersey City, a minimum of 300 bikes will be installed in 30 locations throughout the city. In Hoboken, there would be a minimum of 250 bikes and a minimum of 100 bikes in Weehawken.

Hoboken Offers Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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The City of Hoboken is providing four hours of free garage parking to encourage shopping at local businesses during the holiday season.

Free parking is available in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) from December 16, 2013 to January 1, 2014. To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts for at least $20 from any Hoboken business(es). Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

Winter Storm Warning Issued; Drivers Reminded Not to Park on Emergency Snow Routes

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 6am Saturday, December 13 until 6am on Sunday, December 14. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches along with up to one quarter inch of ice are currently forecast.

Drivers are reminded that vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes are subject to towing when the streets are snow covered. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.”

Emergency Snow Routes
Washington Street (Both sides) – from Observer Highway to 15th Street
Willow Avenue (West side) – from Observer Highway to 11th Street
3rd Street (North side) – from Jackson Street to River Street
4th Street (South side) – from River Street to Jackson Street
5th Street (South side) – from Clinton Street to River Street
9th Street (North side) – from Jackson Street to River Street
13th Street (North side) – from Washington Street to Willow Avenue
17th Street (Both sides) – from Willow Avenue to Jefferson Street

A list and map of emergency snow routes is also available on the City website: www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

Hoboken Issued AA+ Credit Rating by Standard & Poors


Expected to Result in Immediate Additional Cost Savings

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has assigned a credit rating of AA+ to the City of Hoboken, a dramatic and unprecedented improvement from the City’s prior near junk bond rating. In assigning their second highest obtainable rating, S&P cited Hoboken’s “very strong economy,” “strong management,” “very strong budget flexibility,” “very strong liquidity,” “very strong debt and contingent liabilities profile,” and “good financial management practices.”

“In four years, we went from a city under State fiscal monitoring with near junk bond status to a thriving, financially strong urban center that is the envy of our state,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I’m proud that since becoming Mayor, we righted our fiscal ship so we can now stand on our own two feet and finance our infrastructure needs so our great City can continue to improve. I want to give a special thank you to Council President Peter Cunningham who has been fighting this fight with me since 2007.”

The most recent credit rating was in 2008, when Moody’s issued a Baa3 rating (the S&P equivalent of BBB-), one notch above junk bond status, to hospital bonds guaranteed by the City of Hoboken. Moody’s cited the City’s “significant deferred charges, annual cash flow borrowing, and a history of financial mismanagement.”

City of Hoboken Announces Hoboken Huddle to Celebrate the Big Game

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The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 27 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.

The centerpiece of the Hoboken Huddle, which will include activities, food, and entertainment, will be a large 16 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

“We invite visitors to Hoboken to complete their Super Bowl experience with an iconic photo only available on the New Jersey side of the river,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With Hoboken’s restaurants, nightlife, easy access to Manhattan, and train access to the stadium, there is no better place to celebrate the big game.” 

Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

emergencysnowrouteUPATE: Street sweeping is suspended and alternate side parking rules will not be enforced on Tuesday, December 10.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, December 10. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are forecast.

With the City of Hoboken expected to receive the first measurable snowfall of the season, 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.

Hoboken Installs High Tech Solar Trash and Recycling Compactors

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The City of Hoboken is installing 40 BigBelly Solar compacting trash and recycling bins along the South Waterfront from Pier A to Pier C as a first phase of broader rollout along high-traffic areas. BigBelly bins have five times the capacity of regular trash cans, are more sanitary, require fewer pickups, and are equipped with wireless technology to automatically notify staff when they need to be emptied.

“This is an important part of making Hoboken cleaner and greener,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are dramatically expanding public space recycling, keeping our environment cleaner, and further establishing Hoboken as a leader in sustainability. I thank Director Pellegrini and the South Waterfront Board for giving us a chance to pilot this along our waterfront and look forward to expanding the use of this system to our other high traffic areas.”

Additional phases will include bins at Sinatra Park, Washington Street, near Hoboken Terminal, and potentially other parks, commercial districts, and high traffic pedestrian areas. Businesses interested in sponsoring a Big Belly Solar compactor can contact Director Leo Pellegrini at lpellegrini@hobokennj.gov

Hoboken City Council Seeks Applicants to Fill Zoning Board Vacancies

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Applicants Also Sought for All Other City Boards and Commissions

The Hoboken City Council, the sole appointing authority for the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), seeks to fill five regular vacancies and four possible alternate vacancies at its January 7th meeting, to serve as a member of the Hoboken Board of Zoning Adjustment. Applicants who would like to be considered by the Council for one of these seats must submit a notarized application to the City Clerk no later than December 30, 2013.

On Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm, the City Council will host an open house, information session, at the City Council Chambers, 94 Washington Street, for interested candidates to the ZBA.