Monday, November 23, 2015

City: water valve failure complicates repair, urges conservation

City of Hoboken announces:

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Monday November 23, 2015

City of Hoboken

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Dear Horsey & MSV readers,

After working to isolate a water main break on a transmission line in southwest Hoboken on Sunday that led to widespread water pressure loss throughout the city, an additional 36 inch valve failed last night and disrupted a transmission main which feeds water from Jersey City into Hoboken. This has further delayed full repairs to our water system. The City of Hoboken purchases its water from Jersey City, and it normally flows into Hoboken through large transmission mains.

Excavation of the site was completed overnight and highly specialized equipment will be used to conduct this repair.

Repairing the valve is a complex procedure, due to its size and location underground, and could take several days. As a result, the City of Hoboken will have lower water pressure than usual, and residents, especially those on higher floors, should expect to have lower water pressure, discolored water, or at times no water while repairs are ongoing and as water demand changes throughout the day. The discoloration is caused by high levels of naturally occurring minerals in the water and a buildup of harmless sediment in the water mains.

Until the Jersey City valve can be repaired, water at the site of the break will continue to flow from underground. After repairing the valve in Jersey City, only then will Suez Water (formerly known as United Water) be able to conduct an assessment and make repairs in Hoboken. Delays for full restoration could potentially last through Thanksgiving. We will provide an update tomorrow regarding timing as we know more about the repairs.

In order to lessen demand on the system, residents throughout Hoboken and Hudson County are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible or consider changing schedules to use less water during peak hours in the morning and evening.

The boil water advisory remains in effect for the City of Hoboken until further notice. Residents should continue to boil their water for one minute for consumptive purposes. This includes drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, etc. Water does not need to be boiled for washing clothes or dishes. It is important that residents continue to boil water until further notice.

Water trucks with clean drinking water are available at 333 River Street, the intersection of Newark Street and Adams Street, Hoboken High School (900 Clinton Street), Fox Hill Gardens (311 13th Street), and 14th Street and Sinatra Drive.

The Hoboken Fire Department is fully operational and has the necessary resources to address any emergencies that may occur.

Residents are also urged to use public transportation as the City of Hoboken has diverted traffic from the area. Drivers are urged to enter and exit Hoboken through the north due to several street closures in southwest Hoboken. Observer Highway is closed west of Henderson Street to Jersey Avenue, and Harrison Street is closed from Paterson Avenue to Newark Street. Jackson Street is also closed from Newark Street to Paterson Avenue.

Old Guard on the brink of irrelevance sees faint hopes in a Sully Mile Square vision

Fading appeal to Old Hoboken and zero to professionals opens door to question of new leadership

The trauma of reality after the November council election seeing the Old Guard council's influence dwindle to negligible is upon us. A 7-2 council starting January means projects will come to finality of approval in some shape or form and no amount of jabber this or that will matter.

Washington St.'s overhaul is high on the list and Sinatra Drive not far behind. There's no quarters, not a million not a handful available to any south Jersey mob companies or in a back room in town anywhere. Reform with Mayor Zimmer at the helm has shut the money faucet.

That faint chattering you hear in the distance is the sound of Old Guard gnashing of teeth. The rumor mill will be churning out mounds of hooey in a desperate bid to create a reality the election results could not and a dream default alignment of a Jabberwock third way alliance connected to Ruben Ramos, a brief ally in the Old Reform camp more than a decade back.

The Hudson Reporter never enthusiastic in reporting on the nefarious activites of its Old Guard allies is sucking down this drivel fostering a new kind of comic book super hero zealotry: Reform recruitment!

If you find your best laid plans for the November council elections gone awry, one's left in the realm of fantasy to save the Star Wars Old Guard Death Star any way possible. With a 7-2 deficit on the City Council, there's no easy road to survive the next two years in the wilderness.

Last weekend's "Between the Lines" comedy which can't get Hoboken half-right in a good week is promoting vain Old Guard hopes across the Mile Square with a rancid stew of Jabberwocky saying they will appeal to Councilman Dave Mello and Councilman-elect Michael DeFusco for some unheralded opportunity.

DeFusco said he'd listen and work with everyone but the jabberwocky which failed to defeat him leading into the election now sees him the target of more bitter attacks in a style reminiscent of Hoboken411. He's being pegged as Ruben Ramos' double agent and he hasn't attended a single City Council meeting as the first ward councilman yet.

Councilman Dave Mello who has water infrastructure on his mind with the downtown water main break over the weekend is pegged to be a lackey to the Ramos-Russo grand design for Mile Square City domination. Russia's guy Putin would sooner get hugs in the Oval Office before Mello and Mikie Squared hug it out on the council dais. Mello will be Council President come January if his busy schedule allows it not because of any jabbering into Sully's ear.

All this mad scrambling with the holidays upon us means only one thing. Next week, it's second ward Councilwoman-elect Tiffanie Fisher flipped to Team Jabberwock and deals with the Old Guard council are imminent! Dreams of Michael Russo and Ruben Ramos come to pass with 30 story buildings dotting the Hoboken landscape. Alright, apologies to Sully for stealing his comic material. Fisher will not suddenly materialize into Monarch Man (or woman).

As Public Safety Director Jon Tooke is winding down his role to the end of the month, the history under Mayor Zimmer suggests there are resumes under evaluation if not interviews concluded. Anticipate a public safety professional with solid experience to emerge as a replacement not the current parking director.

With an eye to the future, Ruben Ramos is being touted as the future for the Old Guard but what can he do in two years to make Hoboken voters forget his previous stint on the City Council and change his fortunes in a potential rematch with Mayor Zimmer come 2017?

A looming immediate obstacle for Ramos is Anthony "Stick" Romano who is taking credit for the BoE's results putting former BoE employee John Madigan on to the school board and washing his hands of the City Council race. It's a little late for that spin but he's the main challenger to Ramos in any 2017 mayoral run in addition to the incumbent.

Who would be the better candidate to try to stop if not simply lose to Mayor Zimmer in 2017 is the real question in Old Guard circles. The mayor is eyeing public input and the process implementation for the Rebuild by Design plan and is not likely to walk away from that legacy incomplete.

Which means you'll be reading more comic book Old Guard Jabberwocky tragicomedy for quite some time.

Probably best to hit the snooze button unless you need a laugh along the way.  And that my friends is no jabberwocky.

Talking Ed Note: A recount is slated today at the Hudson County Board of Elections. There's not a great likelihood the last Board of Education trustee seat changes in the difference of 36 votes between third place Britney Montgomery and fourth place Addys Velez.

While a problematic voting machine in Councilwoman Jen Giattino's sixth ward at Calabro cost her a bigger win with a ballpark 100 votes "lost," it may have cost the Reach Higher BoE ticket a second seat in the election.

Unless further challenges are put forward, the third seat in the BoE election will go to Montgomery.