While we would love for you to attend the Town Council meetings, we understand it can be tough for many of you, especially on Valentine's Day. So, we've done the heavy lifting. And, now, we let you know what went down.
Call it "5 Things: The Results Show."
- You Need to Know About the New Fire Captain: Joseph SanFelice was sworn in as fire captain in Morristown at the beginning of the council meeting. Good thing, too, as the place was nearly to bursting with friends, family and other well-wishers.
- You Need to Know About : A lot of the other people in attendance came in support of the Early Street Community Garden, which the council voted to remove from the town's redevelopment zone. What this does for Grow it Green Morristown, which manages the garden, is allow them to pursue the parcel as open space by filing an application for Green Acres funding in order to preserve the plot. While the application to be filed is for $525,000, Grow it Green member Myra McCready noted it will take more than that to preserve the land, and the organization plans on also raising money from other sources. At one time, what now has been growing lettuce and tomatoes for several years had been earmarked for 79 affordable housing units. From Samantha Rothman, also of Grow it Green: This is a moment where it feels so good to be part of this community. Thank you.
- You Need to Know About Picadilly Circus: Mainly, you need to know the council shot down the idea of it potentially coming to Morristown for a week later this year. Proposed at Coal and Center, off Martin Luther King Avenue, Mayor Tim Dougherty quickly said the administration was not in favor of it, citing a need for all of its employees to get background checks. "It would not be a good fit," he said. Council members cited several issues, including water usage, parking, as well as some concern over what has been viewed as some unfavorable treatments of animals by some circus programs.
- You Need to Know About a Big Clean Up: Apparently 100 bags of trash were collected in and around that same area of town, by well over 100 volunteers organized by Patty Brown, a woman who has organized similar cleanups elsewhere in the state. It happened so quickly, the press (read: us) weren't even informed about it. But, they have video and pictures that we hope to share with you soon. Mainly, though ... 100 bags of trash! Good job!
- You Need to Know About Valentine's Day: If only the majority of people were interested in wrapping up the meeting as soon as possible every week. Whether it was because of the holiday, or for whatever reason, Tuesday's meeting lasted 38 minutes.