City Council 1/17/2007 – Preview

Budget and redevelopment battles are looming on the Hoboken City Council’s horizon. Here’s a preview of tonight’s meeting.

Budget Battles

It’s January, and the Hoboken budget is now over six months late. That means more “emergency temporary budget appropriations” need to pass for the city to stay open.

At the last meeting 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo offered a resolution to cut $1.5 million from the Mayor David Roberts’ proposed $75 million spending plan. It was rejected because council members said they did not have enough time to review it, but will be back on the agenda Wednesday night.

No one would be surprised if it turns out that once again the budget gap is much larger than the $3 million Roberts first announced. For one thing, the Mayor’s plan to raise revenue by charging restaurants and bars a trash recycling tax is still in the budget, but was never considered by the council.

Parking in front of your driveway

Second reading, public hearing, and vote on this long-discussed issue is finally at hand. It looks like they took out the $15 administrative fee for permits the parking utility will issue. The ordinance states people can not sell the right to park in their curb cut, and the cars are not allowed to block the sidewalk.

There is a stipulation that the homeowner should be prepared to prove their curb cut and driveway is legal under city zoning, but this line has no teeth. It says the Parking Utility Director “may require an applicant to provide evidence the driveway was legally established,” but it doesn’t say it “must” be required. This opens the whole ordinance up to Hoboken’s famous selective enforcement.

Illegal no parking signs?

The Council will consider updating it’s “Emergency and Temporary Regulations” to allow the Parking Utility Director to put up those “Emergency: No Parking” signs you’ve seen so much about here on Hoboken 411, including “Reader Mail: Towed Away” and “Privileged Parking”.

This may come as a bit of a surprise to people who have seen these signs stamped with the signature of Parking Utility Director John Corea’s name on them. By lawonly the Mayor, Police Chief, Commander of the Bureau of Transportation, Public Works Director, and Superintendent of the Traffic and Signal division are now allowed to put those signs up. This despite the fact many people’s cars have been towed following the posting of signs stamped “Corea.”

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It is possible if you were ticketed and towed after your car was posted under “no parking” sign posted by Corea that it was ticketed and towed improperly, since according to the law the council is being asked to change tonight, Corea did not have the authority to put those signs up. Check with your attorney. You may now have grounds to appeal and get your money back.

Redevelopment Issues

None are on the posted agenda, but any could come up at the meeting. There is still no sign of the Southwest Redevelopment Plan that was supposed to be on the City Council agenda in December. The rumor mill is active with word the Mayor will soon try again to toss the redevelopment plan for the Municipal Garage site put together by a community committee in favor of a developer proposal for a much larger building,

The New Jersey Transit Rail Yards Redevelopment Zone is not on the posted agenda either, but since the Planning Board accepted the planner’s report indicating the area qualifies under the state regulations as “in need of redevelopment,” the council may be asked to accept the Planning Board’s recommendation and move forward with a plan to redevelop the site.

And, as always, the council reserves the right to add items at the last minute, and there is a public comment portion at the end of every meeting if you have a complaint about something (like bright lights or noise keeping you up at night.)

The Caucus begins at 6pm, followed by the regular meeting at 7pm at City Hall.

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9 Comments on "City Council 1/17/2007 – Preview"

MidnightRacer
Member

[quote comment=”10530″]I am a huge fan of Mike Bloomberg – he was the first mayor of NYC in a long time that took the approach of running it like a business (something our town should pay attention to) – simply put, if a business ran like that, it would be out of business in no time… You need to have a budget that runs WITHIN the amount of tax receipts collected, not the monster that roberts has created…[/quote]

this post was so right on, that I had to use this emoticons:

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I guess there’s someting to be said for government. Run a city like a business, and the few ideological minded complains about lack of humanity. Run a city like politics, and everyone complains.

rapperd
Member

[quote comment=”10580″]Sorry, there goes my hair-trigger response. I think you were referring to Mike R., I was referring to Anthony R. Never mind![/quote]

Yes, that’s who I was referring to – his initiative to cut $1.5 million out of the current bloated budget… It’s shameful that the other city council members jumped down his back last time because they weren’t given enough time to read his proposal… Yet they jump on the bandwagon to issue $52 million of bonds for a failing hospital.. Great…

Let’s bring back Carol Marsh … Maybe she’d get enough support to beat out Roberts this time around… At least she isn’t the old school hoboken guy who puts all his friends into city positions despite having no experience..

estevens
Member

Sorry, there goes my hair-trigger response. I think you were referring to Mike R., I was referring to Anthony R. Never mind!

estevens
Member

Just so we’re clear, in 1994 Russo raised the municipal tax rate from .464/$100 to .901/$100 assessed value. He practically DOUBLED our municipal tax rate. I don’t want to hear any more about him lowering taxes or “stabilizing” taxes, as he euphemistically referred to the aformentioned increase.

rapperd
Member

[quote comment=”10525″]Rapperd, you were probably trying to do that from memory, but I just happen to have my tax bill here [/quote]
haha, I should have known you’d have something like that simply ‘laying around’ ! 😛

I was dealing with taxes yesterday, and just remembered seeing how much money was going to places other than the city of Hoboken.. amazing…
And yet, they still pump up the budget like they do…

I am a huge fan of Mike Bloomberg – he was the first mayor of NYC in a long time that took the approach of running it like a business (something our town should pay attention to) – simply put, if a business ran like that, it would be out of business in no time… You need to have a budget that runs WITHIN the amount of tax receipts collected, not the monster that roberts has created…
I guess the city council really just doesn’t care about what is proposed and they simply approve anything that comes their way..
I applaud Russo for at least attempting to cut the budget ever so slightly – it’s a start at the very least…

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