City Council Meeting – 10/7/2009
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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!
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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!