MAHWAH — A movement to undertake an ordinance permitting retail hashish gross sales at 231 Routh 17 north was tabled till subsequent yr by the Township Council at a Thursday assembly.
Ordinance 1956 drew objections from 20 of 24 residents and its police chief at a public listening to Monday. It could permit retail gross sales a half-mile from Ridge Street on the west or southbound facet of the freeway. 4 of the township’s six faculties are on Ridge Street, beginning with the highschool a half-mile drive from the positioning.
Mayor James Wysocki, who served two years as an undercover narcotics officer with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Workplace and 29 years with the township division, spoke favorably in regards to the proposal initially of the dialogue Thursday.
“The financial advantages to be gained are very constructive,” Wysocki stated. “Edgewater, Colorado, opened six dispensaries in a single sq. mile and tax positive factors have been $200,000 per retailer. The damaging impacts have been further visitors, overcrowding and a slight spike in crime.”
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Councilwoman Janet Ariemma objected to the proposal, saying $200,000 would have little impression on the township’s funds and known as for an instantaneous vote. Nevertheless, Councilman Robert Ferguson moved to desk the movement till 2022 to permit extra time to collect data and educate the general public.
“There’s a lot to digest,” Ferguson stated. “We need to defend the model of Mahwah.”
The movement to desk handed with solely Ariemma voting no and Councilwoman Michelle Crowe-Paz abstaining.
Rob Anzilotti — a retired chief of detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Workplace who now heads a nationwide safety and investigations consultancy — testified to quite a lot of safety precautions ADPP Enterprises would undertake on the positioning of the previous gasoline station to promote solely to authorized patrons.
Anzilotti described a system of a number of safety doorways and license scanning tools to stop underaged patrons from coming into the shop. A 3-sided enclosure would stop pedestrians from strolling to the shop — an often-mentioned concern by residents about kids strolling throughout the overpass after college.
Council President David Could cautioned that even when the ordinance is permitted, ADPP would nonetheless must get Planning Board approval of its mission, and that points equivalent to visitors research and safety can be addressed at the moment.
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