Filming Ordinance to be Introduced by Town Council
Town code amendment to add 'required fees, conditions of issuance of permits, reimbursement of certain costs and violations and penalties' to be voted on at Tuesday's council meeting.
We have a busy Town Council meeting on the agenda for Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Here is just a taste of what to expect (you can also view the full agenda with this post).
- Would Snooki Approve? Oh, no, let us not bring that up again. Before you break out the pitchforks, those most up in arms about two Jersey Shore spinoff players potentially filming in Morristown a couple months ago, listen up: There finally is an ordinance—to be introduced Tuesday—that would add to the town code a "filming" subsection that would include "required fees, conditions of issuance of permits, reimbursement of certain costs and violations and penalties." Happy now?
- SNAP to it: Anyone familiar with Morris Township resident Zachary Certner knows this Morristown High School junior has big ideas. The co-founder and president of SNAP (Special Needs Athletic and Awareness Programs), which provides autistic children with sports clinics to improve their social and athletic skills, will present his program during the council meeting.
- Department of Code Enforcement: At the last council meeting, the Department of Code Enforcement was introduced, which would consolidate the building and uniform construction code, health, property maintenance and inspections, rent leveling and zoning divisions—and would also dissolve the department of human services, shuffle recreation into the department of public works and create a senior services office in Business Administrator Michael Rogers administration department. Approved on introduction 4-2 (councilwomen Raline Smith-Reid and Alison Deeb voted against it), its public hearing and final adoption is scheduled for Tuesday's meeting.
- Certain Public Improvements: The Speedwell Avenue Redevelopment Plan moves along. A bond ordinance is on the agenda to provide $1.8 million to finance the design and construction of "certain public improvements related to" the Prospect Street extension portion of the plan.
- Pool Work: Cauldwell Playground at Clyde Potts Drive and Flagler Street was particularly hard hit in the wake of Hurricane Irene last year (we have photographic proof). Much of the park was fixed up after the storm, but the pool there has remained not in use. On Tuesday's agenda, the town is expected to vote on appropriating $210,000, which would finance work for that underutilized pool.