Report On Today’s Downtown Merchants Commission Meeting

downtown merchants meeting 4-21-10The following is a report of today’s Merchant’s Commission meeting, sent in by the Chairman: Today’s Downtown meeting ended up being extremely productive. We started off discussing what our Township Committeemen did with the first three suggestions given. Everyone agreed, whether they stayed in the room or not, that there is a feeling of noncooperation on behalf of the Township Committee in regards to implementing our suggestions. There are businesses suffering because our Committeemen refuse to sign off on allowing signs for limited time parking next to certain stores. The ordinances are in effect, yet they are not willing to allow them. One Committeeman told me they are not allowing the farmer’s market, which is an excellent  idea to promote business, because one person complained, and it was not the produce store next door, he thought it was a good idea, and plans to participate.

New topics were discussed.

Removal of free magazine racks on Clifton Avenue that have turned into garbage receptacles was discussed. Steel gates closed at all times, and the need for a review of all signage and facades prior to receiving an approval were talked about as well.

Businessmen from other parts of town came to discuss the new ordinance that our committee enacted requiring stores to make a court appearance, and pay a fine for any false alarms in their stores. The common sentiment was that it is unfair to require a court appearance for a false alarm being set off in ones store.

The overall agreement was to stop requiring a court appearance for a non offensive occurrence such as this. There will be further discussions regarding how and when to fine a merchant for repeated false alarms that cause an unnecessary police response.

The overall feeling at the meeting was that our Committeemen are once again ignoring the needs of small businesses.

I would like to invite the readers of the Scoop to attend tomorrow night’s Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m in the Municipal building. We will be giving our Committeemen some food for thought.

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  1. Correction:
    It seems like our Committee enacted the new law that requires a court appearance for a false alarm.
    It was actually our Township Committeemen. They have such a keen understanding of how a business is run. Of course a store owner should be required to make a court appearance for the reprehensible act of having a false alarm. One store on 2nd street needed to pay 750 dollars because their alarm went off every time someone tried to open their door at night. We hope they will reconsider this law that will hurt small businesses all over town.
    Although, I doubt they will.

  2. H for mayo r…..I’m still very troubled at your cynical approach…since the position that you would like to assume represents…the public……its crucial to have a positive tone of voice….(Recently a friend of mine made a Bar mitzva…the music was a refreshing alternative to the electric sounds that have comprimised the integrity of what we call music….thus we see the power of a duvur hamoisheich….words ca impact too…

  3. HH, I told you so. They were never going to take you seriously. They thought by giving you a platform you would vent and go away. Boy are they wrong. Keep up your fight for the good of all.

  4. Don’t forget to file with NJELEC. This is regarding filing your campaign expenditures, and donations to your cause. It is crucial that you file these papers as part of your open and transparant camaign. This needs to be done even if you won’t take or spend a penny. The deadline to file is in just a few weeks!! B’Hatzlocha!!

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