City Council Meeting – 10/7/2009

10/7/2009:

City Council Preview

AGENDA – 10/7/2009
Yup, it’s time for another City Council meeting, and it looks like another long one. The night begins with Public Hearings and Final Votes on four ordinances. One sets the salaries for the Mayor, Council and Department Heads, another begins the process of the mandated re-examination of the Master Plan, and a third involves a loading zone for All Saints School.

Meeting complete. Video Archives after the jump…

The “New” HPU

Another ordinance establishes a “Department of Transportation and Parking” folding the Signal and Traffic Division and operation of the Cross-Town and Senior busses into the Hoboken Parking Utility. Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer picked Traffic Engineer Ian Sacs to do the job. Critics say he doesn’t have the management experience to run the $16 million a year enterprise known as the HPU, so the Transportation and Traffic departments are being folded into the HPU to better fit his resume to the job.

Resolutions: SW6, community funding, Zoning Board

Take a look at the resolution package to see several funding agreements with community agencies, including Hoboken Family Planning several day care providers. There are also more “Emergency Temporary Appropriations” listed (you thought those left when Dave Roberts retired? Haha! Think again pipe dreamers!) and the resolution regarding the SW6 plan your read about on Monday. If you enjoyed the hours spent at the last two meetings on “trying” to pick appointees to the HHA board, watch tonight for the selection of a new Zoning Board member.

See who applied for the ZB job, as well as details on new ordinances up for a first reading after the jump!

(City Council Preview, continued…)

WATCH VIDEO ARCHIVES HERE:

According to records obtained by Hoboken411, 18 people sent in their resumes to be considered for an appointment to the Zoning Board since Councilwoman Beth Mason’s Open Appointments ordinances was enacted. If the HHA appointment circus is any indication, most won’t appear at tonight’s meeting to make their case as to why they should be chosen to replace Randall Underwood, who resigned from the board.

So who is on the list for the Zoning Board?

Several applicants are Zimmer supporters, including Carrie Stefani Phillips, Ann Graham and Carter Craft. Former Board Chairman John Branciforte wants back on the board. Attorney Phil Cohen, ex-Hoboken Parking Authority Chairman Donald Pellicano, Michael Chong and SW6 advocate Joe Garcia may also be considered. Current board member Tony Soares – who was appointed by his on-again/off-again ally David Roberts to an alternate seat – is looking for a bump up to full status. The other alternate – Mike Novak – is not on the list.

Four new Ordinances for First Reading

The first “new” ordinance is just the newest version of Councilman Peter Cunningham’s months-long effort to change the zoning code to allow a doggy daycare/kennel service to operate. Another comes from Acting HPU director Ian Sacs, who is picking up where John Corea left off when it comes to proposing more metered parking. Before the new Clearview Cinemas Theater opens, Sacs wants meters installed on:

  • The West side of Adams Street from 14th to 15th
  • Both sides of Adams from 15th to 16th
  • Both sides of Grand Street from 15th to 16th

Sacs is also proposing the cobblestone 14th street south of the viaduct be closed to vehicular traffic, and more residential parking be removed to accommodate a drop-off/pick-up and taxi zones for 55 feet on both corners of the theater.

All that, a bit more, and the always entertaining “Public Comment” portion of the evening coming up tonight beginning at 7pm at City Hall. Watch it all right here tonight!

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23 Comments on "City Council Meeting – 10/7/2009"

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Regardless of our personal views, the undecided voters will look the the qualities of all the candidates. Remember, this is a gov. race with a larger turnout and with the current acting mayor situation, many local minded voters are undecided. This race is not in the bag for anyone by any means. Who is best to lead our city out of it’s current mess, of which the council is a prime example at times.

BarbaraR56
Member
BarbaraR56

Kim Glatt is a worthy opponent to both Mason and Zimmer. As an ex-judge she will be unbiased, she may be a BNR, but will consider all sides of any issue. Maybe the council meetings will go as they used to 2-3 hours at most.

matt_72
Member

I personally don’t want unbiased, I want someone who is very focused on cutting spending. To me “unbiased” is code for “status quo”. Anyone that supports that won’t have my support.

In response to BarbaraR56 who said:
Kim Glatt is a worthy opponent to both Mason and Zimmer. As an ex-judge she will be unbiased, she may be a BNR, but will consider all sides of any issue. Maybe the council meetings will go as they used to 2-3 hours at most.

BarbaraR56
Member
BarbaraR56

First Dawn sends everything to “Committee” now it appears she is rushing things to prove how worthy she is of holding two powerful positions. Reformer? More like conformer. I can’t wait until this special election is over, you would think she was running for President!! I truly wonder if her appointees will remain in their respective positions if she loses? Probably not.

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Did former Mayor Cappiello call Roberts a piece of s—! at the circus theatre last nite?…I missed this one.

poed
Member
poed

I believe he did.

In response to realstuff who said:
Did former Mayor Cappiello call Roberts a piece of s—! at the circus theatre last nite?…I missed this one.

BarbaraR56
Member
BarbaraR56

Former Mayor Cappiello has been an ally of Mr. Roberts’ for many years, his niece Mrs. LaBruno was a councilperson-at-large
on Mr. Roberts’ ticket. Please don’t take this comment too seriously, he’s elderly and had his day he just doesn’t enough to lie down. Ignore his rants. His supporters (if they are still alive) will go with a BNR.

In response to poed who said:
I believe he did.

poed
Member
poed

I know, I felt bad for him. He seemed a little off that night.

In response to BarbaraR56 who said:
Former Mayor Cappiello has been an ally of Mr. Roberts’ for many years, his niece Mrs. LaBruno was a councilperson-at-large
on Mr. Roberts’ ticket. Please don’t take this comment too seriously, he’s elderly and had his day he just doesn’t enough to lie down. Ignore his rants. His supporters (if they are still alive) will go with a BNR.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

I haven’t been following this very closely. I did not know the theatre did not have parking. I don’t want to see the theatre fail. I live close enough to it to walk. I am being selfish. To approve it without parking. The store was being minded quite improperly.

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