SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A company that distributes “Shopper” advertising booklets had its distribution racks confiscated after it placed them on town property illegally.

The company received a warning about the racks, and after it did not remove them itself, borough employees confiscated them.

“They were an eyesore, and they were placed illegally on town property,” said Councilman Alex Barletta when explaining why the borough removed the racks. 

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According to Barletta, the Borough has an ordinance that allows media outlets to place newspapers racks on public property, but the publisher must obtain a permit. 

“But these aren’t newspapers,” said Barletta. 

Barletta, who heads the council’s Economic Development Committee, said the borough is working hard to be business-friendly.  “That also means maintaining the town,” he said.  “It’s easier to recruit new businesses when we improve the town’s appearance.”