GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 9, 2023)--Gloucester City residents interested in voicing their opinion on two ordinances to allow a section of the Southport area to be developed into a marijuana zone should attend the public hearing on Thursday, February 23, at 7 PM. The meeting is being held at the Police Administration Building, 313 Monmouth Street, in the council chambers.
Last month after the ordinances were introduced on first reading, CNBNews asked Mayor Dayl Baile if anyone had applied to open up any businesses related to marijuana in that area.
"As of right now, no one with a license has approached the City. This process will take the City a couple of months to complete the zoning. First, the person who applies for a permit from the state has to have an agreement with the local town where it will be located. I think this whole process will take some time. I wouldn’t expect anything till later this year."
The first ordinance allows for six different classes of cannabis businesses to operate in the City's Southport area.
The six "Pot" types of establishments allowed include:
marijuana delivery service
Those types of businesses are not allowed to operate within 250 feet of a church, school, or daycare.
The second city ordinance that pertains to marijuana will allow the city to charge a two percent municipal transfer tax on revenues generated by the sale of marijuana by Class 1, II, and V license holders and a one percent municipal tax on revenues generated by Class III license holders.
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PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH--Residents on Barnard Avenue in Gloucester City will have to wait until spring to get their street repaved. According to sources, CTS, the infrastructure contractor, finished their part of the job on February 1. CTS installed new sewer lines and water mains and connected the new pipes to residents' homes. The remainder of the work, which includes new curbs and driveways, won't be completed until the spring because the weather is too cold. Our sources said that CTX told residents at the beginning of the job in September it would take them eight weeks to do the infrastructure. They didn't finish until February 1 or three months past the promised date. The cost of the construction was $500,000 plus.
The City had canceled the first bids that were received because they were over $700,000, which was one of the reasons the job started late. One saying comes to mind when you look at this fiasco: "Penny Wise and Pound Foolish," or you get what you pay for. Theresa Graham, who has lived on Barnard Avenue for 50 years, said she has been complaining about the condition of the street for over a decade. "The acting city administrator promised me he would have the repaving work started in January of last year. Another year has passed, and it is still not paved."
Only half of Barnard Avenue is repaved because the contractor doing the infrastructure work didn't finish their part of the job on time. As a result, residents will have to continue to live with the construction dirt, dust, and uneven paving on the street until the spring.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC'S BASKET AUCTION APRIL 20
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