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November, 2017

Hoboken Municipal Offices Closed & Street Cleaning Suspended November 23rd & 24th

Hoboken municipal offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th. Regular garbage and recycling pickup remains on schedule, however there will be no garden/yard waste, furniture/appliance, or electronic waste pickup on Friday.

Street cleaning will be suspended Thursday and Friday. Hoboken Parking Utility customer service windows will close at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd and will reopen on Monday, November 27th.

Community Update on Union Dry Dock

Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla are completely committed to moving forward with acquiring the Union Dry Dock site for public open space now that it is no longer being used by Union Dry dock as a boat repair facility.

The City is working expeditiously to complete its own appraisal and will pursue all options necessary to acquire the property from NY Waterway. The following joint letter was sent to NJ Transit and its board members to ensure that the existing NJ Transit leadership and the new Administration understand Hoboken’s clear position on this urgent matter: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/mayor/Letter-Zimmer-Bhalla-Santoro-11-21-17.pdf.

NJ Transit has advised the City that it will be entering into an agreement with NY Waterway for the option to purchase the property. The City was also advised that NJ Transit intends to allocate $12 million in its budget for acquisition of the property.

Residents may speak at the next NJ Transit board meeting which will be on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:00am in the Board Room at NJ Transit’s Headquarters, One Penn Plaza East, Ninth Floor, Newark, New Jersey.

Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla Announce New Chief of Staff

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she will appoint John Allen to serve as Chief of Staff effective December 4, 2017.
 
“In consultation with Mayor-Elect Bhalla, I am appointing John Allen as Chief of Staff,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “John will help ensure that there is a smooth transition between administrations and will be a tremendous asset to Mayor Bhalla and the City of Hoboken.”
 
“John has all the right qualities and experience to take on this important role in City Hall,” said Mayor-Elect Ravinder S. Bhalla. “I look forward to working with John as my Chief of Staff in 2018.”
 
Mr. Allen is an attorney who specializes in the representation of governmental bodies, including boards of education and municipalities. He serves on the Board of Directors of Easterseals New Jersey, one of the state’s oldest and largest charitable organizations dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities.  He is a graduate of Rutgers University and earned his law degree at Rutgers School of Law.

Update on Open Space Projects & Monday City Council Meeting

This message provides updates on three open space projects – the expansion of the Southwest Park, acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site for public purposes, and design of the Northwest Park. Two of the projects involve matters that will be considered at the upcoming Council meeting. Please note next week’s City Council meeting will take place on Monday, November 13th at 7:00pm.

Union Dry Dock

The City Council will consider an ordinance on second reading to authorize the use of eminent domain if necessary for the acquisition of the Union Dry Dock site. The City was just advised by NY Waterway that a subsidiary of NY Waterway had acquired Union Dry Dock for $11.5 million with the intention of using the property as a repair facility for its ferry fleet. NJ Transit advised the City today that it will be entering into an agreement with NY Waterway for the option to purchase the property. The authorization of eminent domain provides the City with the tools necessary to facilitate negotiations and does not mean that eminent domain will be implemented.

“Now more than ever, the City needs all the tools available to be in the strongest position to negotiate in the best interest of our residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Southwest Park

The City of Hoboken is seeking to acquire Block 10, Lots 1-7 and 30-36 for the expansion of the Southwest Resiliency Park for open space and stormwater management. The City’s first appraisal determined a value of $3.975 million, which the City Council previously approved as an offer price to the property owner. A second appraisal determined a value of $5.3 million. An ordinance to accept the second appraisal and authorize a new offer amount was approved on first reading by the City Council and will be considered for second reading at Monday’s Council meeting.

“This appraisal will enable the City to move forward with acquiring the property to create a larger Southwest Park separate from the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Northwest Resiliency Park

Residents are invited to complete the online survey for the Northwest Resiliency Park at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.

The project team will also host a public design charrette to work together with the community on design concepts for the park. The public charrette will be held on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

Hoboken’s largest park will provide recreation and public space for our community. It will also be a fundamental part of Hoboken’s resiliency strategy by integrating green infrastructure and innovative stormwater management measures to mitigate flooding from rainfall events. In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. The park is located between Adams Street, Madison Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street.

General Election to be Held Tuesday, November 7th


The General Election is on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. Polls will be open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Municipal offices will be closed and street cleaning will be suspended. All other parking rules remain in effect.

Find your polling place: https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/jsp/PollPlace/PollPlaceSearch.jsp

View a sample ballot: http://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Hudson-Sample-General-Election-Hoboken-Form-5.pdf

For inquiries, complaints or problems, call the Board of Elections: 201-369-3435. For voting machine malfunctions or questions, call: 201-369-7794/7797/7799.

City Seeks to Make Offer for Land to Expand Southwest Park


The Hoboken City Council will be asked to authorize a higher offer for Block 10, a nearly 1-acre vacant property for the expansion of the Southwest Park. An ordinance to authorize the new offer will be on today’s agenda, Wednesday, November 1st, on first reading.

The proposed increased offer is based on a second appraisal of the property conducted by the City, which the City received yesterday afternoon. The appraisal will be reviewed in closed session with the City Council and made publicly available after the closed session. The City’s first appraisal determined a value of $3.975 million, which the City Council previously approved as an offer price. Following the initial offer, the City has been attempting to negotiate with Academy Bus, which owns the property. Academy Bus had committed to conducting its own appraisal by October 13th, but has failed to meet the agreed-upon deadline.

Two appraisals are required as part of the City’s application for low-interest funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Approval of the appraisal and the increased offer are a necessary step for the continuation of the negotiation process and ultimately for the expansion of the park. The park expansion will enhance the new Southwest Resiliency Park by facilitating the addition of important amenities including more active play space for children and adults and expansion of the neighborhood’s flood protection.