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August, 2016

Hoboken in Final Negotiations to Acquire 6-Acre BASF Property

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The City of Hoboken is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the BASF property, a 6-acre property in northwest Hoboken on which the City seeks to create a 5-acre ‘resiliency park’ and a parking garage. The total cost to acquire the property would be $30 million, which the City intends to fund through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program (NJEIFP) for the park portion and with a bond from the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) for the parking garage portion. The debt service will be financed through the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund for the parkland acquisition and with revenue from the parking facility for the HPU bond.

“After years of work, we are near the finish line on this rare opportunity to acquire a large contiguous property and preserve it for open space,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to providing the growing northwest neighborhood with much-needed park space, the park’s underground detention system, combined with the separation of the sewer system in the surrounding neighborhood, will play an important role in alleviating flooding in the area.”

If negotiations conclude successfully, the City Council will be asked at the October 5, 2016 meeting to introduce multiple ordinances to authorize the agreement to purchase the property, a bond for the NJEIFP, and an HPU bond.

A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system.

As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition.

The City’s NJEIFP low-interest loan application includes $26,633,416.50 for acquisition of the 5-acre property, $2,530,000 for planning, engineering, and permitting for the park design, and $2,130,673.23 for NJDEP administrative fees and a contingency. The HPU bond will be for $3,366,583.50 for land acquisition and $650,000 for soft costs including planning and design for a parking garage.

The largest portion of the BASF property is Block 107, a 4-acre property bounded by Madison Street, Adams Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Additional space for the park is south of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. The parking garage is proposed for the property north of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street.

Hoboken Opens Two Soccer Mini-Pitches Under 14th Street Viaduct

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined representatives from the New York Red Bulls, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, County Executive Tom DeGise, other elected officials, and members of the community for the unveiling of two new mini-pitches underneath the 14th Street Viaduct. Special guests included General Manager of the New York Red Bulls Marc de Grandpre, Red Bulls players Aurélien Collin and Felipe, and Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst for MSG Networks.

“These soccer pitches are the latest new recreation facilities in our city and will support over 1,000 children in our soccer programs and our active adult community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York Red Bulls, and Hudson County for their partnership on this project.”

The pitches are located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Adams Street and Jefferson Street and will be open to the public for pickup games 8am to 10pm every day, year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. At times, they can be reserved for organized activities such as futsal tournaments.

The pitches are part of the New York Red Bulls’ and U.S. Soccer Foundation’s commitment to offer safe places to play in communities across the New York/New Jersey area and to provide a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities in order to support the continued growth of the game in North America.

Suez Responding to Water Main Break at 1st & Harrison

Suez Water is making repairs to a broken water main at 1st Street and Harrison Street. The break has been isolated and pressure should be restored city-wide.

Harrison St is closed from 2nd St to Paterson Ave and 1st St is closed from Paterson Ave to Jackson Street.

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign

HOBOKEN – New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown will be here soon. Law enforcement officers from Hoboken will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advice:

• If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
• Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Cooling Center Open At Multi Service Center Through Monday 8am Due To Excessive Heat

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through 10:00pm on Sunday. Heat index values Friday through Sunday of up to 110 are forecast.

The City of Hoboken has opened a cooling center at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street, which will remain open through 8:00am on Monday, August 15th.

Residents are urged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with disabilities and to consider the following heat-related emergency safety tips:

· Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
· If you do go outside, stay in the shade
· If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library or other public place
· Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
· Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration
· Never leave children or pets alone in the car
· Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
· Take a cool shower or bath
· Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities who may need assistance keeping cool

Parking Enforcement to Resume on Observer Highway Starting August 12, 2016

Drivers are advised that enforcement of permit and street cleaning regulations will resume on Observer Highway starting Friday, August 12, 2016. New parking regulation signage has been posted on the north and south sides of Observer Highway between Hudson Street and Henderson Street.

Both sides of the street are Resident Only parking, which prohibits parking at all times by anyone without a Hoboken Resident parking permit. Street cleaning on both sides of the street takes place on Fridays.

Observer Hwy (Hudson Street to Henderson Street) Parking Regulations
Permit: Resident Parking Only (both sides)
Street Cleaning (North): Friday, 11am-12pm
Street cleaning (South): Friday, 1pm-2pm

Hoboken to Invest Millions to Upgrade Water Main System

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The Hoboken City Council voted unanimously yesterday to support a $5.2 million bond ordinance to fund priority upgrades to the city’s water mains.

“We are taking a proactive approach to repairing our century-old water system to make it more reliable and save money in the long run,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “These priority upgrades are in addition to the replacement of the water mains along all of Washington Street and build upon our commitment to improve all aspects of our city’s infrastructure.”

Suez Water conducted an evaluation to identify 50 pipe segments with a total length of 32,200 linear feet (6.34 miles) as the highest priority areas for refurbishment. The analysis considered historical main breaks, conducted a hydraulic evaluation, and included a risk-based prioritization.

The $5.2 million bond would fund the replacement of approximately a third of the highest priority water mains in the first year of the upgrade process. The segments to be upgraded in 2016-2017 include:

• Park Avenue (6th St to 8th St)
• Garden Street (Observer Hwy to 2nd St)
• Garden Street (12th St to 14th St)
• Madison Street (4th St to 6th St)
• River Street (1st St to 4th St)
• Clinton Street (6th St to 7th St)
• Jefferson Street (Newark St to 1st St)
• Grand Street (6th St to 8th St)
• 7th Street (Adams St to Grand St)

Hoboken Launches Pay-by-Phone Parking & Free Parking Promotion

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Starting today, drivers who park at all on-street metered spaces throughout Hoboken will be able to use their mobile phone to easily pay for parking using the Parkmobile application. The first 1,000 customers to use the app in August can receive up to 2 hours of free parking using the code 2FREEHOB.

“We are excited to partner with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with an easy and convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The app makes it easy to pay for parking, know how much time you have left, and add more time directly from your phone without going back to your car or the meter.”

The Parkmobile application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones. Drivers can also call 877-PARK304 and will continue to have the option to pay at meters with credit card, debit card, smart card, coins, and bills where available.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Signage on parking meters will indicate the zone number, which in Hoboken range from 4710 to 4722. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters. A 35 cent fee will be charged for each transaction.

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.