The Hoboken City Council authorized the application process for New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust projects for the Southwest Resiliency Park ($4.7 Million), the Northwest Resiliency Park ($11.99 Million) and the replacements and drainage for the Washington Street project. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7itMNdVOso&feature=youtu.be [/fve]
According to Steve Marks, Director of Hudson County Division of Planning, and Alan Whelan, Director of Engineering at United Water, the main concern is that if the Washington Street project goes forward with a resurfacing without addressing water main issues, this can cause additional water main breaks and leaks.
Mike Leahy, System Maintenance Manager of United Water, continued by saying that since 1994, when United Water entered into a public-private partnership with Hoboken, it has experienced a total of 9 main breaks and 62 service leaks.
This would average a main break every 1.5 years and 3 service leaks a year.
The estimated cost of construction is $3.9 million, plus $590,000 in engineering costs, but despite the low interest loan rates, Councilman Michael Russo believes that a low interest is still more than paying the actual utilities for the projects.
The City Council agree that relationship terms with United Water should be revisited and incorporate the cost of water main upgrades to Washington Street.
“As we finalize engineering plans to repave and renovate our main commercial corridor next year, it is critical that we upgrade our brittle, century-old water mains so we don’t find ourselves immediately patching up our newly repaved street,” Mayor Dawn Zimmer told Hudson County View in a statement.