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November, 2017

Milling and Paving Scheduled for Week of December 4th on Portion of Washington Street

Milling and paving of four blocks of Washington Street between Observer Highway and 3rd Street is scheduled to take place the week of December 4th, weather permitting. Expected hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:30pm. Efforts will be made to maintain vehicular traffic where possible, however road closures will be required at times.
During construction, NJ Transit buses will operate on a detour. Buses heading toward Hoboken Terminal will travel south along Washington Street, detour east on 5th Street, and south on Hudson Street. Buses heading towards New York will leave the bus terminal from Observer Highway, turn north on Bloomfield Street, turn east on 5th Street, and continue north on Washington Street along the regular route.
To facilitate bus detours, parking will be prohibited on both sides of 5th Street between Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street as well as on both sides of Bloomfield Street near Observer Highway and Hudson Street near 5th Street. Police will be on hand to help direct traffic.

Public Hearing to be Held for Sustainability Element of Hoboken Master Plan

The Hoboken Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00pm in the ground floor conference room of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

The City of Hoboken has been actively involved in sustainability efforts for nearly a decade, achieving Bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey, in 2011 and Silver certification in 2017. Sustainability has been promoted through several recent and current efforts that address climate adaptation, flood mitigation, public and environmental health, Green Building, and non-vehicular transportation. The draft Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) discusses these efforts and outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City.

View a draft of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/GreenBuildingEnvironmentalSustainabilityElement.pdf.

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public comments on the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan. Depending on those public comments, the Board may adopt the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element at that time.

Hard copies are available for public inspection at the Hoboken Planning Board Office during regular business hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Brian Crimmins as New Provisional Fire Chief

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins will be appointed as the new Provisional Fire Chief. He will be sworn in this week and will serve until a new Fire Chief test is administered in early 2018. The test will be open to all Battalion Chiefs and Captains, and Mayor Bhalla’s Administration will make a decision on the next Fire Chief after the results of the test have been received.

“I thank Chief Peskens for his service to Hoboken as Provisional Chief and Battalion Chief Crimmins for stepping up to serve as our next Provisional Chief,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Battalion Chief Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked #1 on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and graduated #1 in class at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he received a Master of Public Administration.

City of Hoboken Responds to DEP Permit Application for Former Union Dry Dock Site

After an evaluation by legal counsel, the City of Hoboken has provided formal written feedback to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding NY Waterway’s application for a provisional permit at the former Union Dry Dock site.

In a joint letter, Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla urge the DEP Commissioner to deny the application and ensure that the “entire transaction be fully evaluated in the light of day with full transparency for all interested parties. Unfortunately it appears as though the transaction has so far been conducted in a manner that appears intended to hide information from the public and from the City of Hoboken.”

The full letter from Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla along with a review of legal issues can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/mayor/Letter-Zimmer-Bhalla-DEP-NY-Waterway-Permit-11-28-17.pdf.

NY Waterway’s DEP permit application can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/NJDEP-Waterfront-Development-Permit-Application-NY-Waterway.pdf.

Reminder: Public Design Meeting for Northwest Park to be Held Thursday, November 30th, 7pm

Residents are invited to a public design charrette to work together with the Northwest Resiliency Park project team 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.

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

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.

Hoboken for the Holidays

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken invite you to the Holiday Crafts Fair, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Banding Concert, and Menorah Lighting. See below for details.

Hoboken City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair
Saturday & Sunday December 2nd & 3rd • 11am to 5pm
Handicap accessible. Elevator available.

Unique Handcrafted Gift Items by local artists & crafters. Featuring: art, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, wooden home decor, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters, baby clothes, Silly Chilly hot sauce, holiday ornaments & gift wrap, soap & body products, candles, sachets, dog & cat treats, hot & cold compresses & much more.

  • Meet Mrs. Claus. Shewill be doing face painting both days on the 2nd floor.
  • Nabi Photographyspecializes in life style & family portraits. They will be doing holiday photo sessions at the Hoboken Holiday Craft Fair.

For more information on participating vendors visit: http://hobokennj.gov/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/holiday-craft-fair/

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:00pm

In front of City Hall, 94 Washington Street With MC & host Elvis the Elf (aka Polka Dot), the Hoboken Fire Department and a visit by Santa Claus.

Featuring local school children singing popular Christmas songs, Hoboken High School Choir, Hoboken Middle School Choir, Steven Hunter Taylor & Kristen Hoyt, Hoboken High School Concert Band, Songs from A Hoboken Tale from Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, Cheer Dynamics All Stars  – 2017 ECAEDA All STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, All Saints Day School and BOLD Arts, Daisy Troop 10222, Brownie Troop 12563, prizes and giveaways by radio station CBS FM  101.1, and much more.

 

Hoboken Holiday Banding Concert
Sunday, December 17th
Maxwells, 1039 Washington Street
Doors open at 5:30pm; admission $10
Hear some of your favorite, classic, holiday songs performed and reformed by your favorite local musicians. There are sure to be some new originals as well. Featuring performances by: Abbe Rivers, Jack Skuller (of The Skullers), Deena & Jon of The Cucumbers, Las Vandelays, Lloyd United,  Gene D. Plumber, Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Elena & Boo of Demolition String Band, The Gordys, Bianca Bob, Ed Fogarty, Tom Vincent and The Hoboken Holiday House Band, and many more. Proceeds to support Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars Outdoor Summer Series 2017
The Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 17th • 6:00pm
Outside in front of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street
Sufganiyot (donuts), Levivot (Latkes), dreidels, light up necklaces, chocolate gelt, music and dancing. Free event for the entire Community. For more information: www.chabadhoboken.com

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.