ROSELAND, NJ — Ordinances introduced during last week’s Roseland Borough Council meeting were ones that would amend a portions of the borough’s “Streets and Sidewalk” ordinance, “Land Development” ordinance and “Police Regulations” ordinance.
An amendment to the “Streets and Sidewalk” ordinance would define where a portable or in-place private basketball hoop may be placed so as not to obstruct the public right-of-way.
An amendment to the current ordinance related to “Land Development” would prohibit “retail or wholesale establishments, businesses, persons or entities from selling or offering to sell marijuana or marijuana products, for medicinal or recreational use, or paraphernalia that facilitates the use of marijuana and to further prohibit the growing, cultivation or harvesting of any type of marijuana plant within the borough.”
The third amendment introduced amends the general ordinance related to “Police Regulations” entitled “Weapons and Firearms Awareness Zones,” which defines language as it pertains to unlawful discharge of weapons as well as parameters for hunting unlawfully.
In other news, the council also adopted three ordinances on second reading: one that defines fire zones as it relates to no stopping or standing; one that amends the Health Code chapter regarding “tobacco sales,” including vapor products and sales to minors; and one that authorizes the expenditure of $63,000 for the purchase of three vehicle plate readers for the Roseland Police Department.
A public hearing for the proposed ordinances will be held during the next council meeting on Sept. 17.
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As part of his mayor’s report, James Spango expressed interest in expanding current borough activities. In addition to the holiday lighting ceremonies in December, he also said he is looking forward to house-decorating contests for Halloween and other upcoming events.
Local vendors are welcome to become involved in the activities by offering prizes for the contests, he added.
Spango is also in the exploratory phase of bringing “Operation Blue Angel” to the Borough of Roseland. This initiative would install lock boxes to the residences of seniors or disabled individuals so that first responders would be able to access the dwelling and assist the resident in the event of an emergency.
Council President Christopher Bardi reminded residents that the tax bills have been distributed, and payment is due Sept. 3.
The public access television systems have been set up and are on board to go into effect next month. The website development is also in progress, he said.
Councilman Roger Freda apprised all that the borough is soon going out to bid for repair on the sewer main on Roosevelt Street. It will be paved after the completion of the project, he added.
Councilman David Jacobs thanked the members of the police and fire departments for their efforts during the “hot humid summer,” specifically acknowledging the weight of the equipment first responders are required to carry and thanking them for “taking care of our town.”
Councilwoman Michelle Tolli spoke of an upcoming initiative whereby students in grades 9-12 may participate in various community service projects. One of those opportunities includes a town-wide community cleanup project to be held on Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
As council liaison to the West Essex Regional Schools district, Councilwoman Jean Perrotti remarked that the district surpassed the state’s Quality Single Accountability Continuum goals in five areas, that the board of education approved its district goals for the year and that the campus is already in full swing with returning staff members, new staff orientation and sport and band students returning. Read full coverage of last week's board of education meeting HERE.
In other news, a handful of residents from Roseland Green also attended the meeting to express the need for the private community off Hyer Farm Road to maintain its current speed humps. Click HERE to read more about the governing body's response to their concerns.