City Council – 2/20/2008 preview

2/20/2008:

It’s time to prepare another Hoboken411preview for the city council meeting tonight, but that is a job that has become very difficult lately. Why you ask? How can it be easy when the city of Hoboken is supposed to have the agendas and resolutions from all meetings up on the taxpayer-funded website several days in advance? Because someone at City Hall is apparently too busy turning Hobokennj.org into DaveRoberts411.com to get the latest public information up on the web for everyone to see.

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What happened to the information?

For a while last year agendas and information about meetings seemed to be getting up pretty regularly. That took a massive nosedive this winter. As I write this on the day of the council meeting only the agenda is posted with none of the resolutions, ordinances, and claims available on the website. That’s hardly enough to write a decent preview. By design perhaps?

It gets worse if you are looking for information about the Planning and Zoning Boards. Just take a look at this screen grab.

That’s great if you want to know when the ZBA met LAST year. Same goes for the Planning Board page

Guess what? The Planning Board has already met several times this year with NO Information given on their web page. How about the City Council? You guessed it.

If you click on the agendas link you get some more information, but not all. Lately information has been delayed until mere hours before a council meeting in violation of the city’s electronic information ordinance.

Why is this information lacking? Perhaps because the city’s internet guy is too busy posting flashy puff pieces about the Mayor. Scroll down the main page and there are dozens of pictures of the Roberts cutting a ribbon here and giving a proclamation there. Lately these new posts have been coming fast and furious as Roberts tries to rehab his image before the 2009 election that he is now telling people he WILL be running in.

So what IS on the agenda?

  • The public hearing on the overdue city budget continues as the council is asked to approve more “temporary emergency appropriations” for a budget year that is now nearly three-quarters over.
  • a resolution authorizes the city to auction 7 new taxi licenses
  • two change orders for the (“almost certain to be over budget at some point”) Pier C project
  • amendments to the budget “to be available at the meeting”
  • adopting new rules for the City Council
  • an ordinance to change the fire department’s table of organization

What are the details of all these resolutions and ordinances? I’d love to tell you, but instead of posting the information on the website like they are supposed to, we are stuck looking at yet another flier from the Mayor telling us how wonderful it is that we are getting a W hotel.

The council meets tonight at 7pm at City Hall.

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26 Comments on "City Council – 2/20/2008 preview"

matt_72
Member

sorry – meant to say “news flash”

matt_72
Member

Actually, here is a referendum idea that I think would work. Lets see if a referendum that prohibits the city council from passing any fiscal appropriation for a current fiscal year until AFTER they pass a budget for that fiscal year. Lets get rid of all the emergency appropriation nonsense. The mayor and city council should be working on next year’s budget already, not still stuck debating this year’s budget. News flask Roberts – you need to CUT SPENDING! Layoffs, pay cuts, benefit cuts, hiring freeze, competitive bidding, etc…..

matt_72
Member
[quote comment=”69063″]hopefully those who want to add a new highly paid “parks czar” read this post and now appreciate how the taxes we are paying are so poorly spent to serve us. i remember volunteering last summer at one of the free kayaking days and the organizer asked me “hey, do you think you could find someone to open the bathroom?” I went back behind the Sinatra Park “cafe” and of course the bathroom doors were locked. I went down to Pier A where there was some kinda festival going on and there were FIVE (5) parks employees trying to open THAT bathroom. At this point it was almost NOON on a beautiful summer Saturday, and fully HUNDREDS of people along the waterfront between Sinatra Park and Pier A and NEITHER public bathroom in this stretch even open. Finally the FIVE employees realized that NO ONE had the key to the Pier A bathroom and they proceeded to punch out the lock. Now, the guys who empty the trash and turn the fountains off and on at Church Square are great, i think. And one of the guys riding around in the three wheeler helped me scrape up a dead cat last year, which was very,very nice of him. But to have a busy Saturday when you’ve got a family festival and free boating – two events that were surely scheduled weeks if not MONTHS in advance — and no public bathroom open at noon and none of 5 employees… Read more »
elvisroberts
Member
hopefully those who want to add a new highly paid “parks czar” read this post and now appreciate how the taxes we are paying are so poorly spent to serve us. i remember volunteering last summer at one of the free kayaking days and the organizer asked me “hey, do you think you could find someone to open the bathroom?” I went back behind the Sinatra Park “cafe” and of course the bathroom doors were locked. I went down to Pier A where there was some kinda festival going on and there were FIVE (5) parks employees trying to open THAT bathroom. At this point it was almost NOON on a beautiful summer Saturday, and fully HUNDREDS of people along the waterfront between Sinatra Park and Pier A and NEITHER public bathroom in this stretch even open. Finally the FIVE employees realized that NO ONE had the key to the Pier A bathroom and they proceeded to punch out the lock. Now, the guys who empty the trash and turn the fountains off and on at Church Square are great, i think. And one of the guys riding around in the three wheeler helped me scrape up a dead cat last year, which was very,very nice of him. But to have a busy Saturday when you’ve got a family festival and free boating – two events that were surely scheduled weeks if not MONTHS in advance — and no public bathroom open at noon and none of 5 employees with… Read more »
road
Member
road

[quote comment=”68923″]In a city with so many rules, regulations, stipulations and permits, its INSANE that Hoboken’s website is what it is. It’s nearly impossible to find any information about department hours, regulations, procedures, etc.

I’ve found the only way to get any information is to physically walk into city hall & even though the department may be closed, out to lunch, or leaving early. If I’m lucky enough to find a department open, you’re often shuffled from window to window.

I cannot understand why Hoboken’s website looks like it was designed in 1992. Can not one single person figure out how to update things like hours, procedures, etc.????[/quote]

I heard they just found out about millions of colors, they’re very excited.
😯

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