City Council Meeting – 1/20/2010

1/20/2010 Reminder:

City Council Meeting Tonight at 7pm

The meeting was joyfully short, albeit a snoozer. Many items were “tabled” once again, apparently due to the lack of organization to get things done at City Hall. See the video and chat recap archives after the jump.

Hoboken City Council Meeting January 20 2010

See previous updates after the jump!

1/20/2010 ARCHIVE:

Live streaming video and chat!
Swing back around 7pm to see what goes on at City Hall during the council meetings (video will appear shortly before the meeting starts.) See Agenda and Resolution pack after the jump below…

1/16/2010:

411 here to help you prepare!

For those of you that like to do your early homework prior to each Hoboken City Council meeting – and felt depressed when you went to the City website only to find a bad link – Hoboken411 is here to help!

City Council Documents:

Agenda and Resolution pack for January 20, 2010 Council Meeting

Been quite busy – but did a 10 second scan of what’s on tap. The usual tax overpayments & refunds (around $60k), some appointments, a resolution about moving the elections to November (hopefully), and various contracts awarded.

New landscaper comes to town?

One such contract is to replace the incumbent city landscaper (Hufnagel) with Donofrio & Son. Up front, it appears that the city will pay around a quarter million dollars less over the next two years.

Some legitimate questions off the top of anyone’s head might be:

  • Why such a cost disparity?
  • Were we truly over-paying for Hufnagel?
  • Did anyone, anywhere get free personal services, gifts from Hufnagel in exchange for the contract?
  • Or was that the true cost for keeping the city parks in such great condition?
  • Will we see the park conditions deteriorate with the new contractor?
  • Are there additional terms in the contract? (i.e., overtime, extras?)
  • Is it possible to pay some contractors partially under the table to make it appear that money was saved? Or costs deferred to a later date?

And don’t forget to swing back on Wednesday for the wacky video and chat!

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27 Comments on "City Council Meeting – 1/20/2010"

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Mayor Dave was the leader of the garage fiasco to obtain funds to pay for operating expenses. The committee which consisted of all people in the immediate area (although the cost is born by every taxpayer) with councilpersons Castellano & Del Boccio having big roles. Lane Bijardi was the committee chair and the Mayor even give him the business too. BA England was on the committee but attended few meetings. Oh well! We all have to pay the piper. Some citizens were outspoken against the whole mess but to no avail!

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Seasoned council members should know better…get proactive and use your experience. Stop the delay; for example, the former council president wants to study the election move from May to November. He is a lawyer and a politician. He should have already had some preliminary plan as to the pros and cons. Whatever our opinion is, delay kills initiatives……As I said before, I want Action! Many feel that the council can at least plan a little in advance for their $500.00 a week salary. I can’t wait for the costs of the administrative hearings (PD) to come out and the much delayed ‘wise decision’! Oh! don’t forget the Obs. Highway Garage fiasco which is still costing us over $100K per month….Action please !

KenOn10
Member
KenOn10

“…don’t forget the Obs. Highway Garage fiasco which is still costing us over $100K per month….Action please…”

I completely agree. This needs to be taken care of before the next crisis (i.e. HUMC closing in a couple of months according to the Health sub committee of Christie’s transition team
state.nj.us/governor/news/reports/H...th%20&%20Senior%20Services.pdf)

In response to realstuff who said:
Seasoned council members should know better…get proactive and use your experience. Stop the delay; for example, the former council president wants to study the election move from May to November. He is a lawyer and a politician. He should have already had some preliminary plan as to the pros and cons. Whatever our opinion is, delay kills initiatives……As I said before, I want Action! Many feel that the council can at least plan a little in advance for their $500.00 a week salary. I can’t wait for the costs of the administrative hearings (PD) to come out and the much delayed ‘wise decision’! Oh! don’t forget the Obs. Highway Garage fiasco which is still costing us over $100K per month….Action please !

upyurs
Member
upyurs

At the last meeting Ms Castellano asked again about the garage. You may remember the Mayor when serving as Council President stated she personnally was getting involved in this issue. Yet there does not appear that there is a lan for the garge from this administartion or the piers. I think this administration may be good at appointing members to committees rather then solving the issues after 7 months in office. NO PLANS FOR ANTHING

In response to KenOn10 who said:
“…don’t forget the Obs. Highway Garage fiasco which is still costing us over $100K per month….Action please…”

I completely agree. This needs to be taken care of before the next crisis (i.e. HUMC closing in a couple of months according to the Health sub committee of Christie’s transition team
state.nj.us/governor/news/reports/H...th%20&%20Senior%20Services.pdf)

plywood
Member
plywood

@upyurs
“4. How are we going to fix the piers, there doesn’t seem to be any money in the capital budget for that. Does that mean we borrow more?”

Is there a plan for fixing the piers? Has / will someone sign off for culpability if the repair doesn’t work? The waterfront looks like a train wreck and unless I missed the memo there is no plan in place. Certainly borrowing should be off the list of possibilities, Let’s start with a plan to scrutinize, the pier debacle is unconscionable, and needs to be fixed right the first time.

upyurs
Member
upyurs

I made the meeting last night for the first time in awhile. I usally watch live or 78. This was a boring meeting. However, some things we should be concerned about.
1.First the Council went into closed session to discuss the police contract. I heard from the Reporter guy that the contract was signed off by Judy and the police. Does anyone know what is in the agreement or what action the council did?
2. Ms Castellano seems content to keep asking about the garage. She stated that Ms Zimmer as acting Mayor was personally getting involved and we should have an answer. But none is coming. She mentioned something about debt coming due that Roberts had borrowed. Can we have a surprize coming with the budget?
3. There dosen’t seem to be any urgency with this new majority about the budget. Mr. enz procced to say that is the state process. Yet, when Roberts was late with the budget he was at the mic complaining where is it? By the way where is REVOLT?
4. How are we going to fix the piers, there dosen’t seem to be any money in the capital budget for that. Does that mean we borrow more?
5.With interest rates low and the fact that Ms Zimmer and Mr Cunningham pushed thru a tax for open space, why aren’t we looking to buy the chemical lot?
6.TO me there appears to be no urgency in running the city other then appts, bike lanes, meters, rules and procedures.

mooshu
Member
mooshu

(Uh, I just realized that I don’t agree with ohnoivotedforher’s choices of mayors.)

ohnoivotedforher
Member
ohnoivotedforher

wasn’t always but my man Pete was working on keeping the network strong…lol

In response to mooshu who said:
(Uh, I just realized that I don’t agree with ohnoivotedforher’s choices of mayors.)

mooshu
Member
mooshu

Yep. Your man, Pete, was working on something alright.

In response to ohnoivotedforher who said:
wasn’t always but my man Pete was working on keeping the network strong…lol

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