MORRISTOWN, NJ - During the public forum at Morristown’s town hall meeting, held on Tuesday, September 22 nd , local residents voiced their concerns regarding the 13 th Amendment, 1 Shady Lane, and health and sanitation.
Morristown High School students Sophia Gonzalez and Evan Haralampoudis, called attention to a loophole in the 13 th Amendment. While the amendment forbids slavery, there is a notable exception “except as a punishment for crime.” Students called for a revision of the 13 th Amendment to prevent it from being further exploited. Council Member Sandi Mayer said that the issue would be put to a vote during the next town hall meeting.
Various residents voiced their frustration as action has yet to be taken against 1 Shady Lane despite complaints raised at previous town hall meetings. Recently, TJ George, a neighbor of the residence, had his private garden tainted by garbage, including a syringe, tossed over his fence. Vija Pawar reassured residents that One Shady Lane hasn’t been neglected. Currently, the home is going through the legal process “at every turn we have tried to streamline the process”. The courts should reach a decision by the end of October.
Thaddeus Kobylarz expressed his desire for stronger health and sanitation guidelines due the recent overflow of garbage and rat infestations. He believes the town could benefit from placing a fine on overflowing dumpsters, organizing more frequent trash pickups, and licensing pest control. Mayor Dougherty and Councilman Robert Iannaccone apologized for being unaware of these matters and reassured that they would be looked into.
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