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Byram Township Council Discusses Parking Ordinance, Liquor License Resolution and Ordinance For Immediate Notification of Sex Offenders in the Community

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Members of the Byram Township council discuss ordinances. Credits: Alley Shubert
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BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ --- The council of Byram Township met together on October 16 to discuss matters.

Councilwoman Marie Raffay brought up section 240-37 in Chapter 240 Zoning from the agenda.

According to the council agenda for the night, this ordinance read: “The purpose of this ordinance is to amend the Township’s existing ordinance that prohibits parking of commercial vehicles in a residential zone. It has been recognized that residents may need to park certain commercial vehicles in residential zones. This amendment will establish the types of commercial vehicles and the conditions under which said commercial vehicles can be stored in a residential zone.”

“I brought this to the planning board and there was much discussion so I brought it back to the council,” explained Raffay.

The planning board had asked Raffay questions such as, “Can they have personal trailers, and one trailer? Is it personal or commercial vehicles?”

“I think it’s a matter of changing the sentences around,” said Raffay, who also stated that it has been a while since the ordinance was discussed as a council.

“We can reintroduce it and go back to the planning board again,” said township manager, Joseph Sabatini.

“You can give a definition of what a commercial vehicle is. The council can also adopt differently then the planning board,” said township attorney, Thomas Collins.

Overall, the council had agreed on changing the sentence structure of the ordinance to make more sense for the planning board.

“We will polish it and reintroduce it,” said Sabatini.

“We will reintroduce it and discuss it a later time,” Mayor Jim Oscovitch reaffirmed.

The information on this particular ordinance had yet to be released to the public.

In that moment, Oscovitch had asked the public if they would like to participate in speaking on this matter, however, no one had addressed the council with concerns.

Another important item that was discussed from the agenda was Resolution No. 141-2012 which was a resolution for extension of liquor license to trustee.

An auction is set on November 5, 2012 to sell the liquor license of Barone’s Restaurant in Byram Township which is currently closed.

Once a liquor license is gone, it cannot be redeemed.

Collins explained the main purpose as, “Covering any values the assets have. If it does not sell, it goes in the trustee’s estate.”

For the person who may receive the license, they must go through a very intense background check which can take up to several months before even being able to use the license, Collins said.

The council also passed ordinance S180-640.

“All throughout the state, a sex offender can be living in our community for up to one year without any notification,” said Byram Township Police Chief, Raymond Rafferty.

Dozens of other towns throughout the State of New Jersey have been trying for almost five years to have it approved so there is notification immediately about a sex offender living in the community, Rafferty said.

“I did some research on this and I find it very odd that it has not been approved,” said councilman Scott Olson.

“We are more than happy to say 'yes,'” said Oscovitch.

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