TONIGHT: City Council to Decide Whether or Not Hoboken Should Flood on a Regular Basis
For the record, hMAG does not support any particular political faction—we just think flooding sucks.
We love Hoboken because of its spectacular waterfront, we’d just prefer the water stayed on the waterfront. When it’s flowing down our streets, it’s decidedly less of an asset.
As we reported in December, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to move forward on the funding for an H-5 wet weather pump to combat Hoboken flooding.
As we reported last week, the Hoboken City Council failed to secure the 6 votes needed to pass the funding for the pump.
The vote came up 5-2, with five for the pump and two against the pump, with two councilpersons not in attendance.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer has called a special meeting of the Hoboken City Council TONIGHT, to allow all members of the Council to vote. The meeting will take place in City Hall Council Chambers at 7:00pm.
Here are the facts of the matter:
-The pump has a capacity of 40 million gallons per day featuring a built-in emergency generator, and would alleviate flooding in western Hoboken—including the area around ShopRite.
-The pump was to be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, which includes 19% principal forgiveness.
If you have an opinion on this matter, please take a moment to reach out to your councilperson and let him or her know how you feel before 7:00 tonight. If you have the time these evening, please stop by City Hall and take part in the discussion.
(featured image courtesy of HobokenHorse.com)