City Council Meeting – 9/16/2009
Mayoral Candidates mysteriously appear
Here’s the full list of candidates that have submitted their petitions to run for Hoboken Mayor. Whether this list remains the same when the ballots are published, remains to be seen: Nathan Brinkman, Sal DeMeo, Kimberly Glatt, Beth Mason, Frank Raia, Patricia Waiters, Everton Wilson, Dawn Zimmer.
Watch / chat about the City Council Meeting here – starting at 7pm.
SEE ORIGINAL COUNCIL PREVIEW AND DOCUMENTS AFTER THE JUMP…
Will it go another six hours?
Two weeks ago, the City Council meeting was a six-hour fiasco that often spiraled out of the control. Tonight’s meeting could be just as bad (or as entertaining) depending on your point of view.
Here is a more detailed preview of the agenda items beginning with Ordinances on Second Reading for a Public Hearing and Final Vote – and don’t forget to come back to Hoboken411 at 7pm for LIVE video and chat!:
Ordinance Z-1 regarding zoning for dog day care and boarding kennel services: Proposed by Peter Cunningham, this zoning change has been on and off the agenda for several meetings while they try to get the wording right. Many items have been rushed onto the new council’s agenda without being fully vetted, which has led to delays like this one. This thing has been kicking around since July.
Ordinance Z-6 removing parking meters on Sinatra Drive north of 5th Street: I told you this was a dumb idea from the beginning, but State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi wanted it done, so it got done. Zimmer’s New Parking and Transportation Utility Director Ian Sacs is a big fan of making urban car owners pay more money for parking (according to his blog), so it probably won’t be long before he finds another place to put these meters.
Ordinance Z-7 CORRECTING Ordinance Z-2 establishing the Hoboken City Council as appointment authority for the Zoning Board and confirming their role as redevelopment agency: Here is yet another correction for the wording of the ordinance that was rushed through by the new majority despite opposition and concern about it’s wording. Haste makes waste people! (Anybody know if Dave Mello passed the bar exam yet?)
Ordinances Z-8, Z-9, Z-10, and Z-12 are easements.
Ordinance Z-11 changes the Hoboken Parking Utility into the Hoboken Transportation and Parking Utility: This change moves the Traffic and Signal division from the Department of Environmental Services and moves the Crosstown Bus over from Health and Human Services in an attempt to make Ian Sacs look more qualified to lead the agency. Sacs is a soccer buddy of Zimmer who is a traffic engineer. He has no experience running departments like the Parking Utility, so they’re sprinkling in some transportation to make him appear more qualified. See more on Zimmer’s director picks here.
Resolution 1: Another Housing Authority Board Seat to be filled
Last week the council went on for an hour and a half show before doing what the Zimmer majority had planned on all along: appointing Jake Stuiver to replace Hector Claveria, a Zimmer choice who stepped down amid corruption charges.
Watch for more acrimony tonight as candidates who put their resumes in and were NOT told by Zimmer to appear at the meeting two weeks ago appear to complain. Apparently about 15 people are interested in the seat up for grabs tonight, which is currently held by holdover Perry Belfiore. Critics say it’s “all for show,” because the Zimmer majority has already made up it’s collective mind to appoint either Lynda Walker or Michael Lenz to the seat. Lenz will get it if the council decides to stay with the current guidelines that only two HHA residents can serve on the board. There are two residents on the board already, so unless they change the rules for Walker they will likely install Lenz instead. Will more six-figure settlements be in Lenz’ future again?
Resolution 2: Appointing Zimmer Interim Mayor
The law says when the Mayor resigns the City Council President serves as Acting Mayor until an Interim Mayor is elected by the council. Since Dawn Zimmer would have to give up her Fourth Ward Seat (and have the council appoint a replacement) if she were to become Interim Mayor, her Council allies have used a loophole in the law against dual office holding to allow her to hold both positions. Mike Russo and Terry Castellano are trying to force the issue with this resolution, which would force Zimmer to pick one job, either Interim Mayor OR Fourth Ward Councilwoman. Russo and Castellano tried to put this up for a vote at the last meeting, but Zimmer refused to call a vote.
Resolution 3: Trying to remove Michael Schaeffer
Peter Cammarano’s alleged “bagman” Michael Schaeffer was appointed by ex-Mayor Dave Roberts to serve as a Hoboken representative on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority board of directors. Zimmer wants to begin proceedings to remove Schaeffer from the board, or at least to put that she tried to remove him on her campaign literature. Though many want to see him step down, attorneys say the city has no just cause to do so because the charges against him do not involve his role as NHSA director.
Resolution 4: More money for 1600 Park Ave
Another leftover from previous administrations, the council will authorize even more money for engineering for the piece of land that was supposed to be a park years ago at 1600 Park Avenue (between the uptown bridges). While the administration of David Roberts was sleeping (or looking the other way) Ursa Development honcho Mark Settembre bought a chunk of this block to build a parkfront home. It will likely be complete years before the park.
Resolution 6: RFQ for a Forensic Accounting Firm
The idea to hire a Forensic Accounting Firm was first proposed by Beth Mason, and shot down by the old council and the state monitor. Now it’s being resurrected again by Peter Cunningham and Carol Marsh ahead of the election. It may be shot down again by the state anyway, or the quotations could simply be ignored after the election.
Pre-election appointments galore!
Six appointments to the Rent Control and Stabilization Board are on the agenda, including the appointment of frequent council speaker Cheryl Fallick.
Robert Phillips is Zimmer’s choice to replace the Marie Bozzone on the ABC board. It was learned last week that Bozzone actually checked out a while ago, but has just tendered her actual resignation. This may finally clear the way for the Clam Broth House to get it’s liquor license.
5 new ordinances proposed for First Reading
Getting back to the story of “Proposed Ordinances that were so screwed up they had to be re-written,” we have the amended ordinance establishing the salaries of Mayor, Council, and Department Heads, and a redundant listing for an ordinance to establish the department of Transportation and Parking, which you can assume will replace the one to create the “Transportation and Parking Utility” on the agenda as Ordinance Z-11.
Another Ordinance would revise the Municipal Tax Maps, which are outdated. This has nothing to do with the proposed re-val, despite what some rumor mongers are starting around town. It is just a map issue, NOT an assessment issue. There is also an ordinance to begin the statutory review of the Master Plan, as well as a new no-parking zone for All Saints Day School.
The meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall. Watch here for fun and mayhem!
Video and chat will be bumped up before the meeting…