|Advocating for development while ignoring unsafe conditions now for HHA residents|
Those softballs keep coming!
Yesterday, Fernando Uribe of HCTV let ad-buyer 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason filibuster her advocacy of Vision 20/20 because the proposal addresses 'flooding' in that part of Hoboken-- while 14 brand new model generators specially-designed for Hoboken's flooding conditions languish uninstalled in an HHA parking lot.
FM Generator, the generator sales and services company hired by the HHA, described how its new model generators were designed to 'survive' the next flood in Hoboken in their November 1, 2013 blog post:
The new generator sets are constructed with specialized stands which raise the vital components 36 inches from the top of the generator cement pad. This will help keep the water out should it rise again. FM Generator field engineers worked with Blue Star Generator set manufacturers to custom-design the enclosures to be sound attenuated and mounted on the special bases. The generators needed to be shipped on special pallets and trucks to accommodate the extra height. Construction and installation will begin shortly.According to FM generator, installation of HHA generators was expected to be complete in May 2014.
Um, yeah. Here's what the softball throwers at The Hudson Reporter wrote last February:
The risk that the current cold weather poses to residents is not worth taking right now, said Garcia, who added that for the time being, there is no rush to install the new generators. Because of the larger size of the new generators, and because rewiring that must be completed to accommodate their increased power, the HHA must wait until the snow has melted before engineers can begin the installation process.No rush.
Back-up generators power exit signs, emergency lighting, fire alarm systems, electric motor pumps for sprinklers, smoke isolation dampers, smoke evacuation fans, handicap doors.
So while the media tosses softballs at Beth Mason for advocating a redevelopment proposal to allegedly provide 'flood safe' buildings for HHA residents over an estimated 10-year construction schedule, HHA buildings can be made flood-safe NOW with the installation of the brand-new model generators designed for Hoboken that will keep the buildings powered in a flood emergency and a fire emergency.
Hey Fernando, how about growing a pair and getting Garcia and Mason on the record about why these generators are still sitting in plastic wrap in the HHA parking lot?
How about asking why no one is advocating to make the HHA buildings safe for people living there NOW?
G-d forbid there is a fire.