502 Palisade Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsThe tall slide on the jungle gym closest to Palisade, some of the pieces are starting to disconnect and cause gaps. I saw a few kids hurt their fingers going down because they got caught in the gaps. It's currently a hazard and will only break completely in a short time. The biggest pieces coming apart are at the very top and very bottom of the slide.
38 Congress Street Jersey City, NJ - The HeightsThere was a bench that was put in front of the Cliff restaurant? coffee spot. This bench was to be removed by the end of November it is still there. The neighbor's and the constituents want to know who allowed this to take place again taking up valuable parking spots.
189 South Street Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsA whole week went by and nothing has happened here they know people in the city is that why no one does anything from what i hear the whole house is filled with things fire hazard for sure something need to be done child services was called allready now the city needs to step up
17 Beach St Jersey City, NJ 07307 - The Heightsis it legal to store a food truck trailer on the sidewalk? this is not a driveway. if a motorcycle can't be parked on a sidewalk why can a food truck trailer? just curious.
207 Bowers Street Jersey City, New Jersey - The Heights
I have a disconcerting issue that I would like brought to your immediate attention:
I currently manage the property on behalf of my condo association. I am one of six owner occupants and our 6-unit residential dwelling is located on Bowers Street. In early November my condo association received our quarterly water/sewer bill from Suez and we were extremely startled to see our usage and fees exponentially high compared to the previous quarters. I called Suez to see if there was a mistake and was advised the current charges were based on an actual meter reading, not an estimated charge. Moreover Suez was not able to provide answers as to why our usage vastly increased or explain how our building incurred such a high charge for one quarter when compared to our annual aggregate. Suez only offered the following advice: ‘there could be a broken pipe or, potentially, a continuously flowing toilet causing the increased usage.’ All occupants confirmed their toilets were in fact operating properly nor did we notice a water breach or leak in any unit, the basement was dry and there were no visible leaks on or around the property.
I was not given any further options but to pay the bill and consequently unable to identify the cause of the usage uptick. Specifically we average approximately ~160 units per quarter [approximately $1,500 quarterly] compared to nearly 430 units in parallel to our last quarter [$4,200 for 3 months]. I asked if I could make 3 consecutive monthly payments of $1,400 because at that time our Association did not have enough funds in our HOA account to cover the full $4,200 charge and the customer service representative reluctantly agreed, or so I thought. I followed through and immediately made the $1,400 payment. Unfortunately ~7 business days later I received a letter back from Suez who not only returned the check but also placed our account into a tax lien auction against the HOA if the amount was not paid in full by December 19th. It’s also worth noting that our account was in a “current status”, i.e., there was no outstanding late charges or previous balance due from the prior quarter.
In attempting to remediate the unknown cause of our extremely high bill I randomly asked about the possibility of the meter being compromised. Suez agreed to switch the current meter with a new one, which they did last Friday, December 8th. Initially the very cordial and knowledgeable technician said we could have a major leak in the building that's contributing to the spike in usage and proceeded to replace the water meter. Immediately after installing the new meter, he realized we do NOT have a leak and the old meter was in fact defective.
I have a copy of his remit after he finished his work indicating the meter was faulty. The technician more or less confirmed the meter caused the erroneous consumption report, not us. As soon as he installed the new meter, the water dial stopped calibrating, which as he explained is a direct indication the old meter was faulty. We are currently waiting on the results from Suez.
As I understand the process Suez is going to run diagnostics on the old meter in the ensuing week and issue a report on the findings.
Here's what I don't understand: back in July 2017, at the behest of my NJ state licensed plumber I contacted Suez to see about having our meter replaced. Due to a separate ongoing issue in our building we had our plumber conduct an independent water pressure test and after his preliminary test he recommended we contact Suez to initiate replacement of the water meter as a first step in abating our ongoing problem.
Here is my original request on July 25th:
Hello, I’d like to talk to a customer service representative to see about having the water meter in my residential building replaced. The current meter is approximately 15 years old and no longer operating to capacity. Our building has been experiencing significant water pressure issues, including severe decrease and total lack of flow throughout all units in the building for extended periods of time. This occurs frequently throughout the day and evening and we have numerous situations where water flow literally ceases with 20-30 minute time spans before resuming. A recent water pressure test was performed by a licensed plumber and upon testing was instructed by him to contact you (Suez) to initiate replacement of the water meter as a first step in fixing. Who can I call or contact to start this process ?
Here is Suez's response on July 25th:
We are in receipt of your email dated 7/25/17 regarding your account. The water at this location is not old and does not need to be replaced at this time. It was only installed in 2009. They don’t replaced for at least 15 – 20 years and even then only if we send you a letter. If you have issues in regards to water pressure, it would not be caused by the meter. The meter is just a register for the water consumption. Low water pressure is caused by the internal plumbing at the location.
The only thing I can advise is that you contact our CSB department to see if there is any work in the area that could cause this issue. If there isn’t, then it is most definitely an issue with the property. They can be reached at 201-487-0011.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions or if I can be of any further assistance.
Customer Service Representative
SUEZ North America
What I find disturbing about this entire situation, is that Suez and Jersey City did NOT hesitate one moment to seize the opportunity to place our account into a tax lien auction, which they were fully committed to following through with, had I not intervened and pushed for a meter replacement despite being told no from an earlier request. Moreover our account was current, we did not owe any previous charges and the billing cycle and auction date are succinctly aligned within a 90-day timeframe. I could understand this action if an account is more than 6 months late, but only 90 days ? Really ?!
We weren’t given any opportunity to make payments or even given a chance to defend ourselves by proving the meter was in fact, faulty. Most alarming is the rapid pace at which Jersey City moved in order to ensure we were on course to have our account scheduled for the auction on December 19th. No benefit of the doubt, no instructions on options, no chance to explain ourselves or even remotely consider that Suez’s billing charges were wrong. The entire situation is nothing short of an egregious attempt by the city to hold us financially accountable for charges that we were wrongfully accused of.
Who’s going to rescind the utility tax lien that we’re now have auctioned on December 19th ??
Why couldn’t Suez replace the meter when I initially asked ?!
This entire situation is both alarming and disturbing to say the least!
Palisade And South St Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsThere someone selling fruit out of a truck here all day, every day. I don't understand why they are allowed to take up a parking space for a commercial venture like this? Shouldn't this follow the same rules as a food truck, not being allowed 'to remain in any location for a period exceeding one hundred twenty (120) minutes during a four-hour period'?
380 New York Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsTHE FIREHOUSE ON THE CORNER OF PALISSADE/CONGRESS & NEW YORK AVE DESPERATELY NEEDS FOR THE LINES TO BE REPAINTED. CARS ARE CONSTANTLY BLOCK THE DRIVE WAY ACCESS AT THE NEW YORK AVE EMERGENCY EXIT. THE FIREMEN HAVE TO SET OUT CONES WITH UGLY YELLOW CAUTION TAPE TO KEEP IT CLEAR. IT MAKES FOR AN UGLY EYESORE AND IMPEDES THE STREET SWEEPER FROM DOING IT’S JOB CORRECTLY. ABOVE ALL THIS KIS A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT NEEDWS TO BE HANDLED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE... 2 MONTHS OF INACTIVITY ON THE CITIES PART IS... CRIMINAL... YOU RUN RIGHT OUT AND SCRAP UP A DEAD POSSUM WHEN REPORTED ON THIS SITE... BUT... SOMETHING THIS IM;PORTANT IS IGNORED... NOT COOL... NOT COOL AT ALL!
Prospect Street Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsHow is it the sidewalks look like even more of a disaster after recycling days? Walking along Prospect this morning all I saw was plastic containers and boxes all over the sidewalk around the recycling containers they were in last night. God forbid there is a windy day or something falls over when getting picked up. Why is it just left there? These sanitation workers don’t look like they’re doing anything. On top of that I saw at least 4 massive piles of dog poop. There’s only so much that can be enforced there but these conditions are disgusting. This picture is what it looked like almost every other house. It really adds up when it’s not just one property with a mess.
463 Palisade Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307, USA - The Heights454 Palisade building is noticeably collapsing. the bulging facing Palisade avenue has grown in size and you can see parts of front structural wall giving major cracks. please investigate. the building is also not properly boarded up. all windows must be boarded and only the first floor.
47 Prospect St Jersey City, New Jersey - The Heights47 Prospect just poured a new concrete sidewalk in front of their house removing a planter which was required when they built this house a few years ago. They are now using the full width of the house as a carport. Planter should be reinstalled. Also the sidewalk was poured too high creating a tripping hazzard at neighboring houses
421 Palisade Ave Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsI recently moved to Jersey City Heights from Hoboken in order to buy a home this upcoming year with my fiance. I love the neighborhood, however the public transit has been awful. Every morning the 119 is so full that I have to wait for at least 1, and sometimes 2 buses to pass by because they are so full. On top of this, because the buses run every 10 minutes, this means waiting for 20-30 minutes some days. When I finally do get on a bus, it's basically full to an unsafe level. I've been late to work every single day since moving to the Heights and this is seriously making me reconsider settling down in the area. I've called NJ Transit numerous times about expanding service to no avail. I understand there is a jitney service, but it's cash-only so that doesn't help with the pre-tax commuter benefit my company provides.
394 Central Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey - The HeightsEvery time I go to the Permit Dept why is it only one person works and the other three are always talking joking or texting on their phones. What only the blonde lady knows how to do the job. I hate going there and I have to wait cause she is the only one working and the rest do nothing.