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By Linda Boker-Angelo

NEWS Correspondent

The Gloucester City Planning Board officially, and regretfully, accepted the resignation of Chairman 6a00d8341bf7d953ef0120a6adb288970c-800wi and City Councilman-elect Daniel Spencer Jr. (photo) at its December meeting.

City Councilman Nicholas Marchese Jr. thanked Spencer for giving his time and efforts to the board, stating that the chairman brought an air of professionalism to the board which he feels board members will carry forward with them.

In other business, local resident and business owner Glenn Hastings withdrew his application for a use variance on his North King Street property.

Hastings had originally intended to seek approval to have a shed and storage trailer to accommodate one of the businesses he currently runs.

He operates a coffee shop at 28 N. King St., where he and his family also reside. He also runs a paintball business and sells portable hot tubs, in addition to his wife’s candle business.

Hastings was using the storage structures to keep stock for the spa business.

He told Board members that he has since moved the trailer and shed off the premises to a location in

Voorhees. He said that his paintball business is strictly a paperwork operation run out of his home office; the entire inventory is housed in Seattle.

He added that his wife’s candle enterprise is also a “paperwork only” situation, with all of the stock being shipped directly from the manufacturer to customers.

Hastings said that he had previously allowed prospective hot tub customers to try out the spa experience in his own personal tub, which is located on the patio atop his roof.

He told the board, however, that if this was a problem, he would discontinue the practice.

Hastings also wanted to request permission to serve coffee and pastries on the uncovered patio off his coffee shop, on a seasonal basis. He said he was planning on two tables with eight chairs so customers could sit outside with their drinks and desserts.

Board Planner Larry Waetzman said the application was very complicated due to some “murky” title and parking issues. He said that a current title report would need to be supplied, along with a survey and accurate legal description.

A neighboring resident, represented by legal counsel, gave some testimony as to the current use of the coffee shop patio, but Spencer cut off the discussion due to pending litigation between the parties.

Board Solicitor Anthony Costa advised Hastings that he will need to reapply and re-advertise for a site plan approval in order to utilize the patio in the manner he wishes.

The Board approved an application submitted by homeowners for a roof repair on the 100 block of Middlesex St. City Historic Commission Chairman David Munn said the property owners would replace the roof with the same materials that had previously been used, thereby preserving the historic integrity of the home.

The Planning Board’s next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 in City Hall, 313 Monmouth St.

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