Shocking: Doggie light pole hazards remain
Hoboken resident Brian Wagner discovered how bad the dangerous exposed wire situation is getting..
Dangerous Hoboken wire situation worse than imagined
Following up to my previous letter which Hoboken411 published on March 14th. When writing the previous letter I was not fully aware of the magnitude of the potential problem pertaining to unprotected wiring among the street lamp and traffic light posts lining Hoboken’s Washington Street. It saddens this resident to watch Washington Street start to crumble. As you may remember, back in 2010 the American Planning Association named Hoboken’s Washington Street one of the top 10 great US streets in the US.
I guess now that we’ve won that fabulous distinction and have milked the heck out of the public relation’s machine; hence the throngs of visitors to our city each. Someone needs to shake up our city leadership, they cannot just sit back with a blind eye as both potential trouble and a lawsuit is just lurking around the corner. With the warm weather upon us corrective measures need to be taken.
When will appropriate action be taken?
The question is when will the Hoboken Environmental Protection Office (EPO) and PSE&G take appropriate action? It has been a week since this concerned pet parent first contacted Hoboken’s EPO; only to find out today that no action has yet been taken pertaining to the three unprotected lamp posts I first reported on March 14th.
On Sunday March 20th I surveyed the entire length of Washington and to my horror our dogs and small children (to my horror I watched a small boy today playing with exposed telephone wires in the phone/utility junction box at the southwest corner of Washington and 9th just as strangers stepped in to stop him) are in grave danger of electrocution or near electrocution.
Currently there are a total of 17 unprotected street lamp posts (3 of which have some form of short term remediation) and a total of 4 unprotected traffic light signal posts just along Washington Street alone. These figures most likely would grow after a review of all the lamp posts in the city’s parks and along the waterfront. Take action, join me in calling the Environmental Protection Office at 201-420-2049 and contact your council person to report this potential hazard. The more noise we all make the sooner this issue will be rectified.
Together we will make a difference and protect Hoboken’s pets and children.
Irate and Concerned Pet Parent
Dangerous light pole plague continues in Hoboken
Hoboken resident Brian is a very concerned pet parent – and sheds light on the ongoing issue of exposed electrical wires around town:
“How many more of Hoboken’s best friends need to be carelessly electrocuted in Hoboken by uncovered street lamp posts? When will PSE&G and Hoboken’s Environmental Protection Office do their job and protect our city’s four legged residents. I was outraged to still find three exposed street lamps: at the corner of Washington and 13th Street (south west corner), corner of Washington and 8th (both the north west and south west corners) during my dog’s recent walk at 2pm on Sunday 3/13. The city instructed residents to call a provided phone number (201) 420-2049 to advise the Environmental Services Dept of such issues.
Not that I expected to find anyone there on a Sunday, but oddly enough to not have an answering machine to leave a message in this day and age? How backwards is our City Hall?”
411 note: There are many other exposed wires – not just on light poles, but traffic lights as well (14th & Wash).
Zapped dogs a regular occurrence in Hoboken NJ
Third time in four months…
An update to this post from October of 2010 – when Hoboken411 told you that a dog was zapped on an improperly maintained light pole over at Elysian Park.
It’s apparent that the city doesn’t heed any warnings until something bad happens. Just like how Mayor Zimmer knew full well that the waterfront was in danger back in 2009 – but only acted after it collapsed.
Pei-Sze Cheng from NBC New York reported about another dog that got shocked over in Church Square Park last week. “Teddy Bear’s owners think the city can do a better job alerting residents of this problem. “It’s been over 24 hours since I reported this incident, and there isn’t even some yellow caution tape to let others know.”
Other Hoboken hazards remain
Well – that situation remains UNFIXED – and it’s located within a dog run – where hundreds of pooches run freely every day. When in God’s name will this be fixed? After more dogs get hurt?
Keep your dogs away from light poles
Light pole zaps pooch at Elysian
Playing with electricity should be avoided at all costs – for both yourself and your dogs. One dog was zapped this week by a light pole at Elysian Park.
Hopefully someone can fix this dangerous situation before some living being gets seriously hurt.