The Hoboken City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the county to resurface and repave of all their streets located in the Mile Square City.
The resolution, which first focused on First Street, was amended by 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti after listening to the concerns of the council and one very concerned resident.
“Why is there to be a resurfacing and repaving of this street, when I am going ask: 1. has all of our pipes been moved in that street? And 2: there are other streets that need to be repaved, obviously, so what’s the hurry on this one?” asked Hoboken resident Mary Ondrejka.
With last week’s water main burst, Ondrejka was also concerned about the cost of repaving roads before replacing the water main pipes.
During the meeting, both Occhipinti and Councilman-a-Large David Mello explained that First Street is a county road.
“As far as the water mains, we need to have a plan in place. We can haggle and debate and talk about who should be paying for it, or how it should be portioned out, but it’s painfully obvious that our water infrastructures – our clean water infrastructure – needs work,” Mello said.
5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham suggested that “there are lots of streets that are county owned throughout the city that needs to be done, so I would respectably request that we would include all the streets that are owned by county.”
Both 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason and Mello further agreed that if the resolution was to pass, it should be sent directly to the county executive, administrative members of the county executive, as well as the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The resolution that was passed included the amendment “… the county of Hudson to effectuate resurfacing and repaving the entirety of First Street in the city and other county owned roads in need of repair…”