Whether Gov. Phil Murphy makes good on his promise to have the state legislature legalize recreational marijuana, it won’t matter much in Secaucus. The mayor and Town Council adopted a zoning ordinance at their Sept. 11 meeting to ban anyone from growing, processing, distributing, or selling recreational marijuana in town.
Originally up for a final vote at the Aug. 29 council, meeting, the council was forced to delay the matter because the county’s planning board had not reviewed the ordinance in time.
The new legislation would not ban anyone from smoking recreational marijuana (if it becomes legal in New Jersey), nor would it impinge on medical marijuana, which the state legalized in 2010. The town wanted to comfort its more conservative base with the new mandate, Town Administrator Gary Jeffas acknowledged. Secaucus is already home to Harmony Dispensary, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Hudson County.
Police Dept. seeks public comments on accreditation renewal
The Secaucus Police Department is seeking public comment in its efforts to renew its current accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, according to 1st Ward Councilman John Gerbasio.
Those interested can comment on the police department based on 105 evaluation standards, such as courtesy and professionalism.
Comments can be emailed to email@example.com. They must be submitted by Sept. 23 at the latest, and can be anonymous. Police Capt. Dennis Miller will also have information on each standard, and can be reached at the email address.
Accreditation is an internal process by which agencies work to achieve high quality in their overall operations through periodic evaluations. Achieving accreditation “results in greater accountability within the department, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to respond to community needs,” Gerbasio said.
“There are some people, when they go to vote, they get a little mixed up…” – James Clancy
Flu vaccinations to be offered in Sept and Oct
Secaucus is sponsoring flu vaccinations on Sep. 28, and Oct. 6, according to 2nd Ward Councilman Mark Dehnert.
The vaccinations will be given at Marra’s Drug Store, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each shot costs $25, unless Medicare approved. The shots are only available to those ages 18 and up. Marra’s Drug Store is located at 1285 Paterson Plank Rd.
Learn to use voting machines properly
On Oct. 6, the town will host an event in conjunction with the Junior State of America and Secaucus High School, teaching and demonstrating to potential voters how to use voting machines, according to 2nd Ward Councilman James Clancy. Topics will include the importance of voting, using the machines properly, and who is eligible to register to vote. The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the high school, located at 11 Millridge Rd. Though some might not think using the machines difficult, they might be surprised.
“There are some people, when they go to vote, they get a little mixed up and don’t know where the columns are,” Clancy said. It’s not uncommon for those voters to exit the booth and ask for assistance.
Town purchases used electric BMW vehicle
A used BMW electric car is joining the town’s municipal fleet, after officials passed a resolution to authorize its purchase at the meeting. Previously, Secaucus had leased two electric cars, but they recently expired. As part of its ongoing efforts to improve its environmental footprint, the town is spending $15,891.35 on a used, 2015 BMW i3 4 door electric vehicle.
Council submits grant application for programs serving disabled youth
A second resolution passed at the meeting authorized the town’s application for a $20,000 grant from the NJ Department of Community Affairs. If approved, the funds would go towards creating an all-inclusive after-school art and social skills program, adaptive swim class, and enhancement to projects serving disabled youth in Secaucus.
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