SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After controversey earlier this year, the gas meters on Park Ave. have been removed.

Soon after the meters were placed in front of Apple Blossom Florist, the Little Shop of Comics, John's Meat Market and other storefronts in March, business owners were upset by the decision to place the meters at these locations in the first place.

Following the business owners' reaction and after weighing safety issues (in the past, cars have crashed into the buildings that are perpendicular to Front Street in downtown Scotch Plains), Mayor Kevin Glover reached out to Elizabethtown Gas.

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"The unsightly meters have been removed from some of the promineent buildings in town. I want to thank Elizabethtown Gas Company for being good corporate citizens," said Mayor Glover in a phone interview. "I said I would get involved, and I am pleased that the meters are now gone. A promise made is a promise kept."  

Now, the sidewalks along Park Ave. are gas meter free, four months after the meters were installed.