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March, 2017

Hoboken Shade Tree Commission To Give Away 2,500 Small Trees

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The Hoboken Shade Tree Commission will be giving away 2,500 small trees (saplings) to Hoboken residents. The trees are suitable for backyards and large pots but are currently too small as street trees.

The trees will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm at the Hoboken Public Works Garage located on Willow Avenue between Observer Highway and Newark Street.

The following are tree species for the April 8 free saplings event:

  • Black Cherry
  • Black Gum
  • Persimon
  • Sycamore
  • Chestnut
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Swamp White Oak
  • White Oak
  • Norway Spruce
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Red Maple
  • Scarlet Oak

Available for sale will be Organic Compost sold by Hudson Soil Company (www.hudsonsoil.com) in 1 cubic foot bags.

Finished compost is environmentally produced on farms in the Hudson Valley by Community Compost Company.

 

Hoboken Residents Invited to Apply for Community Garden Plots

Hoboken residents are invited to apply for the waiting list for community garden plots at three locations throughout the city. The online waiting list application is available at: https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/communitygardenwaitlist.

Garden plots currently exist at the community garden at 3rd Street and Jackson Street and behind City Hall. An additional 30 community garden plots are planned for this summer as part of the temporary Northwest Pop-Up park located at 1201 Madison Street.

Community garden space is limited and will be available to Hoboken residents on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of one plot will be provided per household for a two-year period, after which the gardener may choose to reapply to the wait list. Priority at the 3rd & Jackson Community Garden will be given to Hoboken Housing Authority residents. Priority at all community gardens will be given to current gardeners, followed by those on the wait list. The City already has a substantial wait list for the 3rd & Jackson Community Garden. One City Hall plot is reserved for a community group.

When a plot becomes available, the community garden administrator will contact the next resident on the wait list, and the resident will have three business days to complete the community garden agreement.

City of Hoboken Invites Community to 6th Annual Irish Festival

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, The City of Hoboken and Irish Network New Jersey present the 6th Annual

Hoboken Irish Festival
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
12pm to 6pm at Sinatra Park

Featuring performances by: Gold N’ Brown, Colin Nisbet, Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire, Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more TBA

Vendors selling: Irish food, crafts, clothing & more

Activities for children including: pony rides, petting zoo, moonwalk, inflatable obstacle course, face painting and more.

• Beer Garden sponsored by Finnegan’s Pub

• Gaelic Games, Demos & Youth Clinic

• Irish Soda Bread Contest (to compete contact gfallo@hobokennj.gov)

• Vendor spaces are available

For more info call: Geri Fallo, 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.gov

Mayor Zimmer Thanks Hoboken Police Department

Statement from Mayor Dawn Zimmer: “Thank you to the Hoboken Police Department for the response to yesterday’s bomb threat at the All Saints School and for keeping everyone safe. Officers evacuated the school, escorted the children to a safe area, and completed a thorough search of the building utilizing specially-trained dogs in order to make sure everyone was safe and the building was clear. To ease concerns of parents and staff, our Police Department continues to have a strong presence at the school. The Hoboken Police Department is continuing their investigation to identify the source of the threat, and we ask anyone with information to call the HPD Investigative Bureau at 201-420-2110 or 201-420-2100.”

Hoboken Introduces Post Office Redevelopment Plan for New Hotel & Improved Waterfront Connectivity


The City of Hoboken is introducing a redevelopment plan for the Hoboken Post Office Rehabilitation Area that includes a new hotel and improvements to waterfront access and connectivity. The plan, which will be introduced at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, would redevelop the underutilized parking lot behind the Post Office as a hotel with unique architecture while preserving the Hoboken Post Office as an important landmark. It would also require the redesign and reconstruction of Newark Street with wide sidewalks and streetscape features to improve connectivity to the waterfront and would activate the block of Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and First Street.

“I thank Council President Giattino and Redevelopment Committee Chair Councilman Cunningham for advocating for this project and working very hard to address some of my initial concerns,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With the W Hotel often fully booked, there is a clear need for more hotel space for our families, friends, and everyone who visits Hoboken. This world-class hotel would improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to our waterfront, replace an eyesore with a vibrant, active streetscape with public amenities, and also provide much-needed meeting and event space for our community.”

It is estimated that the plan would create more than 100 permanent jobs and generate over $1 million annually in real estate taxes in addition to hotel taxes on a site that is currently exempt from taxes.

“This project will bring tremendous benefits to the neighborhood, create jobs in Hoboken, and generate significant real estate and hotel taxes that will help to keep our taxes stable,” said Council President Jennifer Giattino. “I want to especially thank City planner Jessica Giorgianni who has done an amazing job on this plan.”

The Hoboken 2004 Master Plan encourages hotels in the area near Hoboken Terminal to “provide a needed service for residents, businesses, and visitors.”

“As Council Subcommittee Chair, my projects have always strongly supported diversifying our tax base from residential towards more commercial, and this project does just that,” said Councilman Peter Cunningham. “I am confident we have met these challenges which will result in a win-win for Hoboken and its local businesses and residents.”

Setback requirements for the hotel, which must use high quality design materials and architecture, are designed to narrow the building to maximize light, air, and open space and minimize shadows on Pier A Park. The implementation of the plan would terminate the existing easement with the Post Office which provides angled parking for Post Office vehicles along Newark Street where there currently is no sidewalk. All Post Office and hotel loading activities would be moved to First Street and take place inside of a building and the hotel would be required to have lease agreements with private parking garages.

The Post Office Redevelopment Plan is available online at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/communitydev/Post-Office-Redev-Plan-2017-03-27.pdf

 

Street Cleaning Suspended on Friday, Resumes Monday, March 20

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.

Street Cleaning Suspended for Thursday, March 16

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.

Mayor Zimmer Introduces 2017 Budget With Tax Cut

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

Hoboken Snow Emergency Update

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.

Hoboken Offers Free Long-Term Off-Street Parking for Snow Emergency


In anticipation of the blizzard and declared snow emergency, the City of Hoboken is providing residents who have valid parking permits and who will not need access to their vehicles for a week with free parking on a first-come, first-served basis starting at immediately. Parking will be provided at the surface parking lot located at 12th Street & Madison Street.

Municipal parking garages are currently at capacity.

Parking is being provided as a courtesy to residents who will not need access to their vehicles for at least a week in order to help clear streets of vehicles and to avoid the need for residents to move their vehicles for street cleaning. The gates to the parking lot will be locked at 10:00pm or when the lot fills until Tuesday, March 21st. The City of Hoboken will not be plowing the parking lot and residents who need access to their vehicle sooner than Tuesday, March 21st will not be able to access their vehicles and should not park in the lot.

The gates to the parking lot will be opened on Tuesday, March 21st at 8:00am. Vehicles must be removed by no later than Friday, March 24th at 4:00pm. Vehicles remaining on the lot after that time will be towed.

The City of Hoboken will be using the larger center lot for snow removal and snow melting operations.