More Ethical and Fiscal Seizures Tonight!


Special Council Meeting Tonight at 7pm

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called a special meeting of the City Council tonight.

Two items are on the agenda, one in open session and the other behind closed doors.

Hoboken city council meeting May 10 2010 special - More Ethical and Fiscal Seizures Tonight!

The first is a continuation of the debate from last week’s regular meeting regarding two and a half million dollars in money shifting within the FY2010 budget moving dollars from overfunded line items into underfunded line items. Critics charge the money changing is no different than how former Mayor Dave Roberts moved millions around before the close of the fiscal year to make the budget appear more sound than it is. Now Zimmer is doing it, with the blessing of outgoing fiscal monitor Judy Tripodi. The council approved only part of the money last week, and will be asked to move the rest tonight. Why the rush? Why an emergency meeting?

The Mayor wants it done before her appointment Wednesday with the Local Finance Board.

Closed session for “contracts” (New Municipal Garage?)

Following a vote on the one open session item the public will have a chance to speak before the council goes into executive session to discuss “contracts”. What contracts you ask? Zimmer’s agenda doesn’t say. We hear a contract to buy or lease land for a new Municipal Garage may be discussed. Will the garbage trucks and snow plows be coming to your neighborhood? City Hall still isn’t saying. The Zimmer administration wants the location kept quiet until there is nothing the public can do to stop it. At the next regular meeting a hearing and final vote will be held on nearly $2 million in borrowing to build a temporary garage structure, but the city refuses to say where.

Tonight’s “emergency” meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 11:35 am

Restaurant? Isn’t the area zoned industrial? Next thing you know you will want a park back there and elect a candidate running on a Park for the 4th ward platform! 🙄

The lot between Harrison and Jackson Observer and Paterson is ideal for the Muni Garage. There are lots of floods there every month so the HPD and HFD can test out their dingys. The area is congested with cross tunnel hopper commuters and cross county trucking and just plain noisy with all of the traffic. There is already a stench in the air in that neighborhood as well so the Muni garage would fit right in with little notice by anyone.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:33 pm

Just leave the garage where it is and cancel the contract to sell. If you own property in the city and you know that the city needs your proerty for the garage, you are in the driveing seat. This could be a big number to the city. I ask is it worth it? Bear in mind it creates a comp for any future purchase of land for any future parks the Mayor may want to purchase going forward under her watch. Has anyone though of that implication? Like the chemical plant for fields for our kids.

Monday, May 10, 2010 9:08 pm

The lot between Harrison and Jackson Observer and Paterson would be ideal.;spn=0.000442,0.001206&z=20

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:06 am

Yeah thanks a lot! I live near Harrison and Paterson. That lot needs to be converted into something useful, like a restaurant or something. [quote comment=”192027″]The lot between Harrison and Jackson Observer and Paterson would be ideal.[/quote]

Monday, May 10, 2010 9:00 pm

The Steven’s property is way too small to house the city’s municipal garage. There are alot of trucks and vehicles that are parked there and I believe they do all the mechanical work on the city’s fleet there. Two things: For an administration that says they are sooo transparent, what’s the big secret over where this garage is going to be placed. Second, Let’s have our first poll with the new graphics and let’s guess where the next garage site will be. Can out of town be one of the options??? 😳

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