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January, 2016

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.

Open Letter and Invitation from Mayor Zimmer regarding Rebuild by Design


Thank you to all the residents of Hoboken for your participation in the Rebuild by Design community process. As a result of community feedback, my Administration’s advocacy, and the screening criteria, there is a path to substantial modifications to the original concepts. I hope that as a community, we can continue to work together to determine an alignment that protects Hoboken as much as possible from the real threat of coastal flooding and is well integrated into the urban fabric of our beautiful City.

Under the federally-required process for the $230 million grant, the State of New Jersey will make the final decision on the three preferred alternatives that will be explored more fully from a design, engineering, and cost analysis.

My Administration is meeting with neighborhood groups across the City to share information on what is under strong consideration by the State and to hear feedback and ideas from residents. Several meetings have already been set up for residents that reached out directly to make the request. If you are interested in having us come and discuss the project with you and your neighbors, please email my Chief of Staff Vijay Chaudhuri at vchaudhuri@hobokennj.gov to arrange a time.

The State is in the process of preparing for meetings that will be announced shortly. The meetings with my Administration and me are being set up to help residents understand what is under further consideration by the State, discuss the different possible options and reasons for exploring a range of alternatives, and most importantly to hear residents’ feedback and ideas.

Thank you.

Dawn Zimmer
Mayor

Joint Statement from Mayor Zimmer and Chief Ferrante


Our deepest sympathies are with the Genovese family as they mourn the loss of their loved one, Matthew, a young Hoboken resident at the prime of his life. The Hoboken Police Department did everything possible to locate Matthew when he was reported missing by his family.

This unfortunate loss of life on our waterfront has raised concerns within the community and we write to clarify a few important issues.

First, while this particular case remains under investigation, it is important to understand that in this case and in all past cases of entry into the Hudson River from Hoboken over the years, there have been no indications of foul play in any instance. Every case has been determined to be accidental or voluntary entries into the river. In the several unfortunate situations where death arose from the incident, the State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined all of those to be death by accidental drowning and in some cases drowning aided by intoxication. The State Medical Examiner’s Office makes the final determination on all deaths. In the case of Matthew Genovese, the Medical Examiner’s case is still under investigation until toxicology reports come back, which can take several months.

It is also important for the public to understand that the security cameras, which were operational when Matthew went missing, are intended to help the Police investigate what has occurred after the fact. While the cameras can help with an investigation, the cameras unfortunately cannot save lives. The City is conducting a review of the camera system to determine where additional cameras might be appropriate and helpful for future investigations.

Under Chief Ferrante’s leadership, a new Waterfront and Parks Unit was established last year which operates 24/7 along our 1.3 mile waterfront and 20 parks to ensure that our waterfront is as safe as possible.

Dog License Renewal Extended Through May 31

Attention Hoboken dog owners: Renewal for dog licenses has been extended through May 31, 2016. The rabies clinic will be held in May. A date for the rabies clinic will be announced in the near future. Please call 201-420-2040 with any questions. Please sign up at www.hobokennj.org/alerts for updates.

Alternate Side Parking Enforcement To Resume Monday, February 1st

 

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Enforcement of alternate side parking/street cleaning regulations will resume on Monday, February 1st to allow for crews to plow snow from parking lanes. Currently, snow removal operations are prioritized along snow emergency routes. Additional crews are also clearing snow from around schools, bus stops, and at corners.

Snow removal has currently been completed and parking is permitted on the following snow emergency routes:

  • Washington Street from Observer Highway to 15th Street
  • 4th Street from Washington Street to Clinton Street ONLY (parking is prohibited west of Clinton Street and east of Washington Street)
  • Willow Avenue from 9th Street to 11th Street ONLY (parking is prohibited south of 9th Street)

As snow removal work continues, updates on snow route parking regulations will be posted on the City website, www.hobokennj.org and through the City’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/hoboken) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/cityofhoboken) pages.

Parking remains prohibited on all other snow emergency route segments until snow removal is complete. While snow remains against the curb, vehicles parked on these street segments will narrow the roadway and prevent or delay the passage of emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked on uncleared snow routes remain subject to ticketing and towing.

Suez Water Responding to 6th Street

A crew from Suez Water is responding to a water leak on 6th Street between Garden Street and Park Ave. Customers on the block may be without water service temporarily while repairs are made.

Alternate Side Parking Suspended Through Wednesday, January 27

Snow Removal
Discounted garage parking for $5/day in municipal garages will be extended through Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm for residents who are already parked in the garage. Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes with the exception of Washington Street between Observer Highway and 2nd Street. Illegally parked vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances for the safety and welfare of all our citizens.

As snow removal continues north along Washington Street, parking will be permitted to resume on blocks along Washington Street where snow removal has been completed. Crews will continue to prioritize snow removal efforts along snow emergency routes, so alternate side parking will be suspended through Wednesday, January 27. With the exception of alternate side parking regulations, all other parking regulations remain in effect.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. City inspectors have been and will continue issuing fines to property owners in violation of city code. Residents can report unshoveled sidewalks and curb ramps through www.hoboken311.com and the Hoboken 311 mobile application. City employees and Bobcat loaders are being used to clear out corners where property owners have failed to do so.

Discounted Garage Parking Extended; Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes

Washington Street

Discounted garage parking for $5/day in municipal garages will be extended through Monday, January 25 at 8:00pm for residents who are already parked in the garage..

“Thank you to our entire team for working 24/7 to keep our city safe,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Employees from Environmental Services, Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, Parking Utility, Hudson County, Board of Education, and the volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team did an amazing job throughout the storm. Thank you to Stevens Institute of Technology for advising us on the risks of coastal flooding from a storm surge. Today and in the days ahead, we will be focusing snow removal efforts on clearing snow emergency routes to ensure the safety of our community. I urge residents to clear their sidewalks and corners and to help neighbors who are unable to clear their sidewalks. I also ask residents to keep fire hydrants clear for the safety of our community.”

Snow Removal Effort Begins
Earlier today, crews focused snow removal efforts to create access to the PATH station and will be prioritizing snow removal efforts in the days ahead on snow emergency routes. Alternate side parking enforcement will be suspended on Monday, January 25 since crews will be working to remove snow from emergency routes.

Property Owners Must Clear Sidewalks/Ramps
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. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. Please keep storm drains clear to ensure drainage when snow melts. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants.

Public Schools Closed
All Hoboken public schools will be closed on Monday, January 25.

Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes
Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice, and vehicles parked on snow routes will be subject to towing. An announcement will be made when parking is permitted on snow routes

Snow Emergency Routes & No Parking Permitted:
· Washington Street – Both Sides
· Willow Avenue (West Side) – Observer Hwy to 11th St
· 3rd Street (North Side) – Jackson St to River St
· 4th Street (South Side) – River St to Jackson St
· 5th Street (South Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
· 9th Street (North Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
· 13th Street (North Side) – Hudson St to Madison St (Snow route + Temporary No Parking Signs posted from Hudson Street to Washington Street and Willow Avenue to Madison Street)
· Observer Highway (Both Sides) (Temporary No Parking signs posted)

Hoboken Travel Ban to be Lifted at 7AM; Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes Until Further Notice

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Travel Ban To Be Lifted At 7:00am
The travel ban in Hoboken will be lifted as of Sunday, January 24 at 7:00am. The travel ban remains in effect overnight while plowing operations continue.

Street Cleaning/Alternate Side Parking & Parking Meters
Alternate side parking rules will be suspended on Monday, January 25 while crews work on snow removal from emergency routes. Parking meters will be in effect on Monday.

Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes
Parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Vehicles parked on snow routes will be subject to towing. Crews will be working in the days ahead to remove snow from snow emergency routes. An announcement will be made when parking is permitted on snow routes.

Snow Emergency Routes & No Parking Permitted:
· Washington Street – Both Sides
· Willow Avenue (West Side) – Observer Hwy to 11th St
· 3rd Street (North Side) – Jackson St to River St
· 4th Street (South Side) – River St to Jackson St
· 5th Street (South Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
· 9th Street (North Side) – Clinton St to Hudson St
· 13th Street (North Side) – Hudson St to Madison St (Snow route + Temporary No Parking Signs posted from Hudson Street to Washington Street and Willow Avenue to Madison Street)
· Observer Highway (Both Sides) (Temporary No Parking signs posted)

Property Owners Must Clear Sidewalks/Ramps
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. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. Please keep storm drains clear to ensure drainage when snow melts.

It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants.

Travel Ban Remains in Effect

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A state of emergency and travel ban remains in effect in Hoboken until further notice. The Hoboken Police Department will be very proactive in enforcing the travel ban and removing non-emergency vehicles from the roadway. As plows continue to operate throughout the night, pedestrians are urged not to walk in the street for their own safety and so snow removal crews can properly clear our streets and emergency personnel can continue to respond effectively.

PATH train service is operating between Grove Street and 33rd Street via Hoboken in both directions and Grove Street and the World Trade Center in both directions. All Port Authority bridges and tunnels are closed until further notice. NJ Transit bus, rail, and light rail remain suspended and will resume as conditions permit and mandatory federal inspections are done.