Take Five Briefing – August 6, 2019 Council Meeting
We understand that our residents lead busy lives and may not be able to make it to Council meetings, yet they still want to be informed. The newly minted Take Five briefing will touch on five key topics from the most recent Council meeting and detail any future actions that may be taken on the matter.

  • Master Plan Reexamination: Councilwoman Welkovits reported a reexamination of the Borough’s Master Plan and Land Use Plan elements is underway. Next steps include an online survey that will be circulated to residents, business owners, and property owners beginning the week of August 12th as well as two scheduled community meetings to be held on Tuesday, September 10th and Wednesday, October 2nd. 

  • National Night Out: Councilwoman Foster-Dublin reported Highland Park’s 2019 National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Irving School (121 So. 11th Avenue). The event is an opportunity for police and residents to come together in the spirit of fighting crime by promoting safety and building community and includes free refreshments, giveaways, and children’s activities. 
 
  • Bulk Trash Collection: Council President Phil George reported that the next scheduled Bulk Trash Collection will be September 17th (North, Triangle, Business) and September 19th (South). Residents who received new trash toters and want to get rid of their old rubber and plastic trash cans should put them out during bulk collection. Each trash can should have a short note with your name, street address, and explicit permission for DPW to take the can with bulk trash. 

  • Redevelopment Plan for Cleveland Avenue: Borough Council approved a professional services agreement with Borough Planner Looney Ricks Kiss to prepare a Redevelopment Plan for the Cleveland Avenue corridor. The plan will include recommendations for land use & zoning, traffic, pedestrian & bicycle safety improvements, and transition issues related to the existing residential neighborhood. 

  • Medical Marijuana: Borough Council approved a resolution confirming the willingness of Highland Park to host an alternative treatment center that will dispense medical marijuana. Members of Council, the Mayor, and the Borough’s attorney met with Sunrise Organic Wellness NJ, LLC on July 30th in a meeting, which was attended by a few members of the public, to discuss this opportunity. The next step will be for Sunrise Organic Wellness NJ, LLC to apply to the NJ Department of Health for a permit naming Highland Park as its host community. The state has determined that up to eight new dispensaries can be situated in Central New Jersey. 

Interested in watching the Council meeting in its entirety? Go to HPTV’S Youtube channel where the recording of the meeting will be posted as soon as it’s ready. 
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