Cost to replace missing Xmas Decorations

1/6/2011 Update:

Editorial: Do not forget the actions of the city

Shame on Hoboken NJIf you were one of the less than 200 residents that watched the Hoboken City Council meeting last night – you would have witnessed an embarrassing display of political divisiveness. The council spent hours debating the $25 recreation fee imposed on residents (i.e., the hidden tax to provide a “slush fund” of money for Zimmer-appointed officials to spend without any approval).

Besides the Zimmer-coached phony “public speakers” that blabbered at the meeting last night, there were some extremely valid points made by honest, real Hoboken residents.

One resident in particular made the point of the night: She said that it’s unfair to compare Hoboken to other municipalities that charge for recreational sports. Because those cities actually have bonafide fields, state of the art facilities, multiple pools, and much more. Meanwhile, Hoboken’s fields are sinking into the river or locked most of the time. The fee is actually a GIANT INSULT to constituents in Hoboken. In fact – many of those cities with premium facilities DO NOT even charge residents! (Union City, Weehawken, etc.)

The bottom line is: The fee does nothing to improve the recreation program in Hoboken. It just gives more financial freedom to those at city hall to play with your hard earned money. And – have you heard one single explanation or apology why well over $10,000 of your tax dollars were doled out because the Zimmer Administration threw out the Christmas Decorations? Or the millions LOST on the Municipal Garage Debacle?

Why the simplest and most honorable programs in Hoboken were targeted for this political attack is 100% something to be ashamed of. And should be recognized come election time in May.

1/3/2011 Update:

Hoboken Snowflakes cost taxpayers 12 thousand dollars

Xmas decoration gaffe costs Hoboken taxpayers 12 grand

Hoboken411 learned how much the blunder for tossing out the Christmas decorations from the botched Municipal Garage cost: $11,830 (not including shipping costs).

The city ordered (74) three-foot “Silhouette Snowflakes” from a company called Christmas Spectacular in Lyndhurst, NJ.

But no need to worry, right? The kids who play sports in Hoboken will pay for it!

Hoboken Christmas Decoration Snowflake Order 2010

See original update after the jump…


Hoboken City Hall neglects Christmas

Most likely the only NJ city without Christmas Decorations

No Christmas Decorations in Hoboken NJ

Hoboken411 has received dozens of emails regarding the absence of the usual Christmas decorations that line Washington Street. The general sentiment being “The streets look sad without the usually lit up snowflakes or wreaths.”

Well, sources tell Hoboken411 that the reason the streets aren’t decorated this year – is because they were thrown out during the big purge in the mad rush to vacate the Municipal Garage downtown. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayer-funded holiday cheer wasted – and a town full of disappointed residents.

Another sign of inept government. You can always visit the neighboring cities like Jersey City, Union City and Weehawken, where their Mayors wouldn’t let something like this happen.

In the meantime, enjoy this musical display over at 12th & Hudson Streets instead!

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Angry Bird
Angry Bird
Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:28 am

So the city received $32,000 worth of fees from hard working residents. That’s nice. You can easily triple that amount annually by cutting just one of Zimmer’s over-paid and under-qualified appointees. Interesting. An entire city of children would be relieved of this embarrassing fee and have over $60,000 worth of money to improve the recreation program. Sounds like an excellent proposition to me!

Even better, why not two, three or four of Zimmer’s bloated staff? Maybe then we can get some premium facilities that other municipalities have?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:15 am

I like the new red overlay with the text for captions. It’s a better font that the old captions.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:13 am

Had Zimmer listened to the people whom over see the decorations at the city garage would have known that the majority of the decorations were not only in excellent condition, stored well and marked, but at least 1/2 were relatively new with some never even used. In fact I would be curious to know what else was tossed that could have been used or sold off to offset the cost of new materials and or decorations.

Monday, January 3, 2011 9:30 pm

What is with this sense of entitlement that kids shouldn’t have to pay a small fee to play a sport?

Reply to  homeworld
Monday, January 3, 2011 11:46 pm

When I was a kid, I paid a small fee (something like .75 in dues) per week to an after-school club I joined.

Maybe all the kids in Hoboken are poor, struggling, and starving…[quote comment=”201623″]What is with this sense of entitlement that kids shouldn’t have to pay a small fee to play a sport?[/quote]

Monday, January 3, 2011 5:51 pm

So if this is right, will we also be dishing out an additional $$$3000 for them to remove the lights or did our Frankenstein looking MAYOR also get rid of the bucket truck we also had????

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