City Council Preview – 6/17/2009

6/17/2009 Reminder:

Oh, one thing I left off tonight’s meeting was three “Proclamations” from departing Mayor David Roberts, as he shares pleasantries with his at-large counterparts. A rare sight to see the Mayor at our council meetings. Will Peter Cammarano attend more meetings than his predecessor?

6/16/2009:

The last meeting of the Hoboken City Council in its present form takes place Wednesday night!

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Curtain Calls for two

All three Council-members-at-Large will be behind the big desk for their last time with this crew. Peter Cammarano leaves to become Mayor on July 1st. Assemblyman Ruben Ramos gives up the Council chair he’s had for 10 years to once again become a single-office holder. Terry LaBruno departs after four years as Mayor Dave Roberts’ most loyal soldier, and the only one of his 2005 team to stick with him through thick and thin.

Still no vote ahead on the Western Edge

The controversial Western Edge Redevelopment Plan is listed on the agenda again, but won’t be voted on because it still hasn’t gotten Planning Board review. It’s future is very much in doubt following the election. The current council wasn’t crazy about it in it’s present form, and the next council is likely to boot the thing altogether. If they do, the developer (Ursa/Tarragon) could then turn to the Zoning Board for variances. Then they won’t have to build the swimming pool and community center they’ve included in the project, which is ironic since one of the resolutions on the agenda would be to enter into an inter-local agreement to give Hoboken residents a modest discount to use the Secaucus pool. Since they’ll still have to pay hundreds of dollars (and drive to another town) it’s unlikely many of Hoboken’s youth will be making the trip.

Other noteworthy items…

See the rest of the agenda and resolution pack here. The meeting begins at 7pm Wednesday night at City Hall.

6 Responses

  1. Biffy B For Mayor says:

    I think it’s generally perceived as hostile, to have the mayor at a council meeting, unless invited, usually for a special occasion.

    The whole idea of a council is that it acts as a seperate entity to the Mayors office.

  2. jtor says:

    I think the Mayor should be at all council meetings. We need to have our entire governing body on the same page. Maybe if this had happened in the past we would not be in the situation we are in today.

  3. Biffy B For Mayor says:

    Makes sense, but the Mayor is not the one that makes laws. The Council does and should be free of a Mayors presence.

    You don’t see Obama chilling out on the floor of the house do you? Council and Mayors office are two seperate branches of power.

  4. PJIII says:

    Although I am expecting more civility from the new Council, I do think they should invite him to address issues publicly but not make it a grandstanding expedition for council members (whether actively seeking election or not). In part, the Council should address and resolve issues directly with the Mayor before Council meetings but it might be good to have the Mayor in attendance occasionally, maybe to give the public a deeper perspective on an agenda item. He should not use Council meetings for a “State of the Union” address and should not be invited so as to “stand trial”.

    • Colin says:

      Well said. It would be good to have an opportunity to address concerns to the mayor like there is with the council though. Is there such a thing in place now? The only time I saw Roberts the last year was in a parade. Screaming from the side of the road is not the place for addressing concerns as I found out

      In response to PJIII who said:

      Although I am expecting more civility from the new Council, I do think they should invite him to address issues publicly but not make it a grandstanding expedition for council members (whether actively seeking election or not). In part, the Council should address and resolve issues directly with the Mayor before Council meetings but it might be good to have the Mayor in attendance occasionally, maybe to give the public a deeper perspective on an agenda item. He should not use Council meetings for a “State of the Union” address and should not be invited so as to “stand trial”.

      • Biffy B For Mayor says:

        I believe that during the first mayoral debate, all mayoral candidates agreed to meet with the public in an open forum, quarterly.

        In response to Colin who said:

        Well said. It would be good to have an opportunity to address concerns to the mayor like there is with the council though. Is there such a thing in place now? The only time I saw Roberts the last year was in a parade. Screaming from the side of the road is not the place for addressing concerns as I found out

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