Hudson Freeholders Address Traffic Issues in North Bergen & Hoboken, Plus Kearny Warming Center

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders, soon to be known as the Hudson County Board of Commissioners, recently approved traffic calming devices on a portion of the Bergen Turnpike in the Township of North Bergen, which is a county owned roadway.

The traffic control signal will be installed in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Transportation standards to protect the traveling public.  The traffic calming devices will be placed on a portion of the Bergen Turnpike at 45th Street, northbound, in the Township of North Bergen.  The traffic calming devices will be “Do Not Block Intersection” markings and sign.

Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri and the members of the Board of Freeholders say, “We are committed to providing the necessary resources needed to reduce traffic congestion, control and lower speed on the roadway to protect the traveling public in the Township of North Bergen and Hudson County.”

In other actions taken recently by the Freeholder Board, a traffic control signal has been approved on a portion of Willow Avenue, at 16th Street, in the City of Hoboken.  This is also a county owned roadway.  As with the North Bergen upgrade, the traffic control signal will be installed in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Transportation standards to protect the traveling public.

With the winter months approaching, the Hudson County Freeholders has announced $478,402 in funding for the operation of a Warming Center in South Kearny on Hackensack Avenue.

Hudson County has contracted with Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, an experienced homeless shelter and service provider to operate a low barrier warming center for up to 75 homeless individuals.  It will provide a warm and safe place for unsheltered homeless individuals to spend the night during the winter months.

The warming center will operate from November 15, 2020 through March 30, 2021.

The warming center is designed to be a place of last resort for unsheltered individuals.  All emergency shelter beds and overflow slots throughout Hudson County should be filled to the greatest extent possible prior to an individual being transported to the warming center.

The term of this award is for one year with an option of four one year renewals.

The Board also took action to approve $587,430 to Integrity House to provide Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for 40 men and 24 women at the Hudson County Adult Correctional Center in Kearny.

The program provides for mental health as well as drug addiction counseling tailored to the residential population.  It will facilitate their re-entry into the community and prevent recidivism.

The program will run from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Integrity House has over 40 years of professional experience providing substance abuse and mental health counseling to its clients.

A press release provided by the County states, “Chairman Anthony Vainieri and the Board of Chosen Freeholders are committed in their resolve in providing the necessary resources needed in providing substance abuse and mental health counseling to inmates who are ready for community re-entry.  This program will assist in reducing recidivism.”

Finally, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently accepted $506,231 from the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness, State Homeland Security Grant Program.

The purpose of the grant is to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events.  This will help prepare the Nation from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States.

The grant will be for the term of September 1, 2020 thru August 31, 2023.

 

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