|Everybody in the uh... flooded basement! Don't mind the voltage.|
Folks, we are fighting a war of attrition.
The question is how much STOO-PID can Reform take before we throw our hands up and say, "you win."
We learned last night about a monsoon of STOO-PID that blew into the City's Construction Office.
At long last, the HHA applied for permits to install HHA generators and subpanels. Great, no? What could be wrong with that? Well... the HHA application showed generators located several feet below the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and new electric sub-panels (which feed the generators) located in the building basements.
Apparently this was flagged, and so permit applications were revised to raise generators above BFE.
What about the electric panels?
Glub-glub-glub... still in the basement.
In fact, this is technically code-compliant. The HHA can install these panels in the building basements. But is it smart?
No, it is STOO-PID.
Yesterday, Mayor's office sent this letter to HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and the HHA Board, (with a Resolution (No. 30) to the City Council) offering to fund an engineering study and raise the panels above the BFE:
GA watched the meeting until it lulled me to sleep- literally. I hear that there was some disagreement about the funding of the engineering study and the Resolution was pulled. Well, one hopes this matter is resolved at the HHA this evening.
I did wake up once- during a heated exchange over the appointment of David Denning to the HHA. (Did you know he was white?) David Mello let loose on the anti-Semitic rantings of an aide to Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia at the last HHA meeting. Amidst this heated exchange, someone on the dais cried out my name... you'll never guess who.
Well, back to STOO-PID...
WHY would the HHA put electric sub-panels in building basements, when flooding would render them useless? Unless of course... that's the idea.
Because the HHA web site tells us that Phase One of the Vision 20 20 Plan- a building at 333 Harrison "will be elevated above the flood plane to prevent damage such as that caused by Hurricane Sandy".
If the HHA is designing Vision 20/20 ABOVE the flood plane, why would they locate new electric panels BELOW the flood plane?
One possibility is that one wants the HHA to be vulnerable to flooding, wants the generators to fail, one wants a reason to say 60 year-old buildings are "obsolete."
The other possibility: a raging case of STOO-PID and/or DUH.
So which is it?
GA laughs at the spin that 60 year-old buildings are "obsolete" when many Hobokenites live well in 100+ year old buildings. The difference it seems between an "obsolete" 60 year-old building and a 100+ year old "non-obsolete" building is MAINTENANCE. In fact, GA had a nasty roof leak on my 135 year-old house; this Tuesday my roofer fixed a torn seam and cleaned my gutters.
You see, if a 60 year-old building is either poorly maintained (pissing allowed in elevators, for example) or a victim of STOO-PID (electric panels installed in basements), those buildings might be called "obsolete."
But they really aren't.
So, anyway. We'll see where those panels end up. Oh, and good luck to the white guy on his first night as an HHA Commissioner.