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March, 2018

Update on Milling and Paving on Washington Street

Beginning on Monday, April 2nd, the City of Hoboken will begin milling and paving on Washington Street between 1st and 5th Streets.

During the milling process, traffic will be maintained on Washington Street, however during paving buses will be detoured.

Please be advised of “Temporary No Parking” signs posted during these dates, on or near Washington Street.

NJ Transit will be continuing the 126 Bus Route along Washington Street on Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday through Friday, the 126 Bus Route will be running along Hudson and Bloomfield Streets to 7th Street.

Work hours for the project will be from 7:30am-7:30pm.

Mayor Bhalla Proposed Budget With No Municipal Tax Increase

Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla has introduced a municipal budget that keeps municipal taxes stable for the 8th straight year, with a zero percent increase in the municipal tax rate.

In the proposed budget, the City will invest $5 million in water main improvements and $2.2 million in road resurfacing projects. Additionally, the city is planning to acquire the Union Dry Dock property, valued at $11.63 million, to advance the City’s plan of a contiguous waterfront.

“As your mayor, I’m committed to making fiscally sound decisions on behalf of our taxpayers,” said Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “This budget’s stable tax rate fulfills a promise I made to residents last year on the campaign trail, while allowing us to make new investments in quality of life projects, including infrastructure upgrades and additional open space.”

In addition to a stable tax rate, revenue to the City will increase by 3.8%, due in part to the City’s growth in property tax ratables. The City will also maintain a healthy budget surplus to help protect Hoboken’s finances in case of an emergency, so taxpayers are not faced with hardship due to any unforeseen circumstances.

Statement from Mayor Bhalla on the Acquisition of Union Dry Dock Property

Dear Residents,

As your Mayor, I promise to be open and transparent with you about how best we can continue to move our City forward.  To this end, on Friday, March 23, I made an offer to New York Waterway Chairman Armand Pohan to purchase the Union Dry Dock property for $11.63 million.  This purchase by the City of Hoboken would advance our collective vision to transform this property to an open public park for everyone to enjoy.

Allow me to provide you with some background – on March 15th, the Hoboken City Council authorized me, in my capacity as Mayor, to acquire the Union Dry Dock Property by friendly acquisition or by eminent domain, as a last resort.  At that time, the City also conducted a thorough evaluation of the property and received an appraisal valuing it at $11.63 million. The appraisal report can be seen in its entirety here.  With this information in hand, I felt that it was in the best interest of the City to make a fair and friendly offer to NY Waterway.  I now await their response.

In my letter to NY Waterway, which you can see in its entirety here, I stated that condemnation or the use of eminent domain would only be implemented if all parties are not able to engage in voluntary negotiations. The City’s goal in these negotiations are two-fold: to (1) secure the Union Dock Property and advance our long envisioned plan of a contiguous waterfront; and (2) work cooperatively with regional public and private stakeholders to assist NY Waterway in securing an appropriate location for their refueling, repair and maintenance operations.  To be clear, NYWaterway’s intentions for this property is not to add another ferry stop in Hoboken, but rather to use the facility solely as a refueling, repair and maintenance location.

As both your Mayor, and a fellow resident of Hoboken, I see firsthand how beneficial NY Waterway is to our City and the region’s mass transit infrastructure.  However, I also firmly believe that the Union Dry Dock property is not an appropriate location for the use intended by NY Waterway, nor does it serve the greater public, regional interest in expanding mass transit options for New Jersey residents.  I have made it clear that I will do everything within my lawful authority as Mayor to ensure this land is secured as open space for the public benefit, and my offer to purchase this property is a means towards this end.

As always, if you ever have any questions or thoughts regarding our City, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office as my staff welcome and appreciate your support and involvement in this critical issue for our City’s future.

Very truly yours,

Ravi S. Bhalla

Mayor, City of Hoboken

 

Mayor Bhalla Announces New Communications Manager For the City of Hoboken

Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla announced today that he has appointed Santiago Melli-Huber as his Communications Manager beginning March 28th.

“I welcome Santiago to my Administration and I thank him for stepping up to serve our community,” said Mayor Bhalla.  “Santiago will play a key role in connecting city government with the Hoboken community at large.  I look forward to him helping move the City forward.”

Santiago most recently worked as an on-air TV reporter for an NBC affiliate.  He earned a B.A. in Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and a Masters in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Mr. Melli-Huber’s prior experience also includes freelance reporting for the Washington Blade and managing communications for the national non-profit Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

“I am looking forward to serving the City of Hoboken and bringing new ideas for improving communications with residents, businesses, and visitors,” said  Mr. Melli-Huber.

March 27 Community Meeting on Northwest Resiliency Park Design Alternatives Rescheduled for April 9

The community meeting to discuss the final design concept for the Northwest Resiliency Park originally scheduled for March 27, 2018 from has been rescheduled to April 9 from 7-9pm at the Wallace School.

On February 27, 2018, community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark. After the meeting, residents were invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the proposed design concepts. Nearly 1,000 residents completed the survey.

The project team is currently using the community feedback from the meeting and online survey to create the final design concept, which will be discussed at the community meeting in April.

For more information on the Northwest Resiliency Park, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

Special Screening – Anti-Bullying Film on Tuesday, April 10 at 6pm

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, the City of Hoboken, and the Hoboken Public Library invite you to attend a free screening of the film, “Alone with The Darkness” Written by Michael Alfredo and Frank Gigante and directed by Frank Gigante. The program will begin with a Bully themed dance by Natasha Luccia and the Louie Dance Crew, followed by a screening of the film Alone with The Darkness and a Q & A with filmmaker Frank Gigante. This screening is recommended for children 10 years and older & adults.

Please join us and bring a friend. For more information please call 201-420-2347.
This program will beheld in the lower level at the library’s main branch, located at 500 Park Avenue.

Hoboken Snow Update

As the snow continues to fall, please be advised of the following updates as crews from the Department of Environmental Services and the County of Hudson continue plowing and salting all roadways.

Parking is Still Prohibited on Snow Routes
Drivers are reminded that parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes when streets are snow covered or when a snow emergency is declared. Vehicles parked on snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing.

This is necessary to move police, fire, ambulances, and snow plows throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” A map of snow routes is available at www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

Snow Emergency Routes & No Parking Permitted:
Washington Street (Both Sides)
Observer Highway – (Both Sides) Henderson St to Hudson St
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 River St
9th Street – North Side – Jackson St to Castle Point Terrace
13th Street – North Side – Washington St to Madison St
13th Street – South Side – Washington St to Hudson St

Discounted Garage Parking
The City of Hoboken will continue provide reduced rate $5 per day parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard through Thursday, March 22nd at 8:00am. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who possess either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period. Residents who wish to park in the garage outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during non-discount hours.

Street Cleaning
Street cleaning enforcement is suspended for Thursday, March 22nd and is scheduled to resume on Friday, March 23rd.

Keeping Sidewalks Clear
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.

The City performs proactive inspections and also relies on citizen complaints to help identify those property owners that are not meeting sidewalk safety requirements. The vast majority of property owners comply with these regulations, but the City will issue fines to those who do not keep sidewalks clear.

Hop Service
Hop Service has been suspended for the remainder of March 21st and will resume its regular schedule tomorrow morning, March 22nd.

City Council Meeting
Per City Council President, tonight’s meeting of the Hoboken City Council WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED.

Reporting Problems
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

NJ Transit has Suspended Bus Service Beginning at 3pm Today

NJ Transit has announced that they will suspend all bus service at 3:00pm with all buses being off the roadways by 5:00pm

Winter Storm Warning Issued; Drivers Reminded to Move Vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area with a forecast for 12 to 15 inches of snow. Crews from the Department of Environmental Services will be pre-treating the city streets with brine and have made preparations to begin salting and plowing operations when accumulation of snow begins.

Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes
Drivers are reminded that parking is prohibited on snow emergency routes when streets are snow covered or when a snow emergency is declared. Vehicles parked on snow routes are subject to ticketing and towing. The decision on when to tow vehicles from snow routes is made by the Office of Emergency Management based on weather forecasts and road conditions.

Based on current forecasts, the Office of Emergency management expects to issue the order to begin towing during the overnight hours. Since the decision to tow could be made while residents are asleep, drivers are strongly urged to move their vehicles from snow routes before 8pm on March 20th.

This is necessary to move police, fire, ambulances, and snow plows throughout Hoboken in time of emergency for the safety and welfare of all our citizens. Emergency Snow Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” A map of snow routes is available at www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

Snow Emergency Routes & No Parking Permitted:
Washington Street (Both Sides)
Observer Highway – (Both Sides) Henderson St to Hudson St
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 River St
9th Street – North Side – Clinton St to River St
13th Street – North Side – Washington St to Madison St
13th Street – South Side – Washington St to Hudson St

Discounted Garage Parking
The City of Hoboken will provide reduced rate $5 per day parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard beginning Tuesday, March 20th at 8:00pm through Wednesday, March 21st at 8:00pm. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who possess either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period. Residents who wish to park in the garage outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during non-discount hours.

Street Cleaning
Street cleaning enforcement is suspended for Wednesday, March 21st and is scheduled to resume on Thursday, March 22nd.

Keeping Sidewalks Clear
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.

The City performs proactive inspections and also relies on citizen complaints to help identify those property owners that are not meeting sidewalk safety requirements. The vast majority of property owners comply with these regulations, but the City will issue fines to those who do not keep sidewalks clear.

Reporting Problems
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

COMMUNITY INVITED TO COMPLETE ONLINE SURVEY AND ATTEND 2ND COMMUNITY MEETING ON NORTHWEST RESILIENCY PARK DESIGN ALTERNATIVES

Residents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the proposed design concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.

On February 27, 2018, community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

After compiling community feedback from the meeting and survey, the project team will host another community meeting to discuss the preferred design alternative. The next community meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 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.

For more information on the design process, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark