Water Fountain Wasted (and more)

What kind of “work” takes place in Hoboken?

Here’s a follow-up to this story from last month – where we showed how “amenities” like water fountains at parks are just trashed, and become a perpetual liability for property taxpayers.

Now, in addition to shoddy bike rakes just left to rot in public places – we have worsening situations across the board!

Take a look at the fountain now! Completely toppled over! But instead of simply “unhooking” one line and taking this public safety hazard away, what does the city do? Just put two midget orange cones down. How does that help?

water fountain trashed in Hoboken NJ

Patch job looks like complete shit

And additionally – we mentioned a few weeks ago how “snow cleanup” trashed stone pavers over at Stevens Park. (Click to see what it looked like “before…”)

How did the city remedy that? Well, instead of ordering a few bricks (which they should always have “in stock,”) they filled the pathway with asphalt instead. Isn’t that charming?

brick pavers filled with asphalt in Hoboken NJ

Water fountain wasted in Hoboken

3/16/2015:

We’ve already mentioned some busted sidewalks – as well as stupid plowing maneuvers, but how about complete obliteration of public “amenities” like water fountains along the waterfront?

Pictured below is a water fountain that was trashed by some city crew. In addition to the busted doggie bowl, the thing was filled with feces! WTF? Where is the city pride?

Should money be wasted to fix this fountain? Or just get rid of it entirely?

And the question really should be – can we get rid of ALL “amenities” a city has including these fountains? All they amount to is ongoing support costs and never-lower property tax bills. The world doesn’t absolutely need these luxuries. A general waste of time, money and resources.

Plus, they’re so filthy – it is more of a public health hazard than a life-saving stream of water.

Water fountain wasted in Hoboken NJ

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3 Comments on "Water Fountain Wasted (and more)"

Kyle Kelly
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Kyle Kelly

It would be nice if even half of these water fountains worked properly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a run along the waterfront and wanted to stop for a drink only to encounter broken fountain after broken fountain…

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

Infrastructure items are for PR appeal in the Zimmer admin – you don’t actually expect them to work do you? If we had an Environmental Services Director, or ant Zimmer direct report, with experience and guts to use that experience, then the Mayor would feel undermined, as so eloquently stated about the last director who we paid a settlement to.

showme789
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showme789

Isn’t the Director of Soccer also the Environmental Services Director? If he is, he is a disgrace.[quote comment=”224449″]Infrastructure items are for PR appeal in the Zimmer admin – you don’t actually expect them to work do you? If we had an Environmental Services Director, or ant Zimmer direct report, with experience and guts to use that experience, then the Mayor would feel undermined, as so eloquently stated about the last director who we paid a settlement to.[/quote]

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