City Council – 2/20/2008 preview
It’s time to prepare another Hoboken411preview for the city council meeting tonight, but that is a job that has become very difficult lately. Why you ask? How can it be easy when the city of Hoboken is supposed to have the agendas and resolutions from all meetings up on the taxpayer-funded website several days in advance? Because someone at City Hall is apparently too busy turning Hobokennj.org into DaveRoberts411.com to get the latest public information up on the web for everyone to see.
What happened to the information?
For a while last year agendas and information about meetings seemed to be getting up pretty regularly. That took a massive nosedive this winter. As I write this on the day of the council meeting only the agenda is posted with none of the resolutions, ordinances, and claims available on the website. That’s hardly enough to write a decent preview. By design perhaps?
It gets worse if you are looking for information about the Planning and Zoning Boards. Just take a look at this screen grab.
That’s great if you want to know when the ZBA met LAST year. Same goes for the Planning Board page
Guess what? The Planning Board has already met several times this year with NO Information given on their web page. How about the City Council? You guessed it.
If you click on the agendas link you get some more information, but not all. Lately information has been delayed until mere hours before a council meeting in violation of the city’s electronic information ordinance.
Why is this information lacking? Perhaps because the city’s internet guy is too busy posting flashy puff pieces about the Mayor. Scroll down the main page and there are dozens of pictures of the Roberts cutting a ribbon here and giving a proclamation there. Lately these new posts have been coming fast and furious as Roberts tries to rehab his image before the 2009 election that he is now telling people he WILL be running in.
So what IS on the agenda?
- The public hearing on the overdue city budget continues as the council is asked to approve more “temporary emergency appropriations” for a budget year that is now nearly three-quarters over.
- a resolution authorizes the city to auction 7 new taxi licenses
- two change orders for the (“almost certain to be over budget at some point”) Pier C project
- amendments to the budget “to be available at the meeting”
- adopting new rules for the City Council
- an ordinance to change the fire department’s table of organization
What are the details of all these resolutions and ordinances? I’d love to tell you, but instead of posting the information on the website like they are supposed to, we are stuck looking at yet another flier from the Mayor telling us how wonderful it is that we are getting a W hotel.
The council meets tonight at 7pm at City Hall.