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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.

Blizzard Warning in Effect; Snow Emergency Declared for Hoboken; Parking Prohibited on Snow Routes as of Monday 8pm

The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management has declared a snow emergency in advance of a major winter storm forecast to impact our area. Parking will be prohibited on snow routes effective 8:00pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 until further notice. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning from March 14 12:00am until March 15 12:00am. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are possible with accumulations of 12 to 18 inches and wind gusts up to 50mph. Salt brine will be applied to streets prior to the storm.

Emergency Snow Routes
Vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes are subject to ticketing and towing as of 8:00pm on Monday, March 13. 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. Snow Emergency Routes in Hoboken are labeled with street signs that read “No Parking When Road Is Snow Covered.” Please note that as of this year, both sides of Observer Highway between Henderson Street and Hudson Street have been designated as snow emergency routes. A map of snow routes is available at http://hobokennj.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/HobokenSnowRoutes.pdf.

Temporary No Parking signs will also be posted on 12th Street between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street, the north side of 13th Street west of Clinton Street, and Jefferson Street between 14th Street and 15th Street to accommodate buses and snow removal operations.

Discounted Garage Parking
The City is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Monday, March 14th at 8:00pm through Wednesday, March 15th at 8:00pm for $5 per 12 hour period for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. 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 space is limited and available on a first-come , first-served basis, and garages will frequently fill before the discount takes effect. Regular rates will apply at other times.

Municipal Court Cancelled

Hoboken municipal court is cancelled for Tuesday, March 14 (morning and night)

Secure All Loose Objects & Construction Sites
Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are currently forecast. Be sure your property (including construction sites) is secure. Construction sites must secure or take down cranes and scaffolding and secure all materials. Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
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Trash Pickup On Schedule
Garbage and recycling pickup remains on schedule.

Street Cleaning
Enforcement of alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15.

Emergency Operations Center
The City will open an Emergency Operations Center starting on Monday, March 13 at 8:00pm. Residents may call the Command Center at 201-216-3987 to report unplowed streets, unshoveled sidewalks, or other non-emergency issues. Please do not call the Police Department with non-emergency issues. For all emergencies, please call 911.

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 call the Emergency Operations Center or submit an online complaint via www.hoboken311.com or via the Hoboken 311 mobile application.

Municipal Offices Open
City of Hoboken municipal offices will be open on March 14, 2017.

Volunteers Invited to Hoboken Spring Fling Community Cleanup Day


To celebrate Earth Month the City of Hoboken Shade Tree Commission and Green Team will host Hoboken Spring Fling, a community-wide day of service dedicated to cleaning up our parks and public spaces. Spring Fling will offer Hoboken residents, businesses, and community groups the opportunity to work together on a “hands-on,” high-visibility service project.

Hoboken Spring Fling will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, April 30, 2017). Volunteers will meet at the gazebo in Church Square Park and disperse to cleanup projects throughout the City. Projects may include: removing debris from a park, roadway, walkway, school, or other public property; planting or landscaping a public area; and painting benches or other public amenities.

Volunteers are invited to sign up as teams or individuals at www.hobokennj.gov/springfling. A team could be a scout troop, community group, coworkers representing a Hoboken business, group of friends, or any other group. All ages are welcome, but volunteers ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Individuals who register will be paired with existing teams in order to maximize volunteer capacity. The final day for team registration is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Volunteers should contact Jennifer Gonzalez at jgonzalez@hobokennj.gov with any questions.

Community Invited to Complete Survey for Maxwell Park Playground

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Members of the public are invited to take a brief survey on 3 proposed concepts to add toddler equipment at the Maxwell Park playground: www.hobokennj.gov/maxwellparksurvey. The survey will be open through March 26th and will be followed by a public hearing.

Community Invited to Complete Online Survey for North End Plan Vision


Members of the community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback on the vision for the North End Rehabilitation Area. The survey is available at www.hobokennj.gov/northendsurvey. The survey is the initial step in gathering community input and will remain open through Friday, March 24th. After analyzing the results of the survey, a community workshop will be scheduled to gather additional feedback.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson Bergen Light Rail tracks.

The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

The City is looking to develop a redevelopment plan that will be a complement to our established community and is expected to primarily include commercial and non-residential types of uses that will allow Hoboken to expand the tax base, support businesses, and expand economic growth. Through this planning process, the City will consider the transportation and parking requirements to both support our existing community and help it grow. The City is also considering the various facilities that may be necessary to address the growing population, from schools to parks to infrastructure improvements.

First Section of New Water Main Installed Today Replaces Century Old Washington Street System

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This morning crews working on the $7 million Washington Street water main upgrade installed the first sections of 12-inch pipe to replace the century-old water mains. As part of the $17.5 million Washington Street redesign project, all of the old water mains from Observer Highway to 15th Street will be replaced.

“This investment will move Hoboken towards a more resilient and reliable water main system,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Beyond the initial $12 million investment in our water system that we are making, we are planning to make at least a $5 million investment every year in order to ensure Hoboken has a reliable system. Unfortunately, Hoboken is facing the result of financial mismanagement from the past together with a complete lack of investment in infrastructure going back decades. Now that we have resolved the city’s serious financial problems, we are in a strong position to continue making long-overdue and critically-needed annual investments while also keeping our taxes stable.”
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The City’s $7 million investment includes upgrading the 12“ main on the west side, the three 8” main sections on the east side, and fire hydrants on Washington Street. The project will also upgrade 531 service line connections to new valve boxes at the curb.

“It is important that the service lines be upgraded as well so that we can prevent having to dig up Washington Street after it is newly paved,” explained Mayor Zimmer.

The City is also currently working on a $5.2 million plan to upgrade water mains in other priority areas and has issued an RFP for engineering design for this work.

Additional information on the Washington Street project is available at www.washingtonstreetproject.com.
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