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Somerville Planning Board Approves New Metery Amidst Zoning and Public Safety Discussions

Overview: The Somerville Planning Board convened on February 14, 2024, granting approval for a minor site plan for New Jersey Elixir Company LLC to convert a property into a metery, while deferring discussions on firearms retail zoning due to pending litigation, and highlighting community concerns regarding public safety and the town’s zoning policies. The board’s decision-making process took into account expert testimony, public opinion, and legal considerations.

Overview: At the latest Somerville Borough Council meeting, members faced concerns from residents regarding the proposed opening of a gun store near a local school, stirring a debate over community safety and zoning laws. The public comment period saw residents advocating for changes to protect children and address traffic safety near schools. The meeting also recognized the tragic passing of Mary Rose Fely with a moment of silence, followed by the promotion of three police personnel.

Overview: The Somerville Planning Board convened on January 24th, 2023, to address a range of issues, including public concerns over a proposed gun shop, the reorganization of board members, and the approval of property improvements that came with specific conditions.

Overview: At the recent Somerville Zoning Board meeting, the board discussed a variety of matters including the swearing-in of new member Eric Alvarez and the election of Arthur Adair as chairman. Additional noteworthy topics included the proposed site upgrades for the Bank of America building and the appointment of Michael Cole as planner and engineer. The upgrades include new signage, HVAC equipment, and other site improvements, with discussions on the requested variances and design waivers. The appointment of Mr. Cole raised concerns about transparency and the impact on ongoing applications.

Overview: In a gathering of the Somerville Board of Education on January 3rd, 2024, new members were sworn in, a board president was elected, and a vice president appointed. The meeting underscored the importance of ethics in education with a detailed presentation on the School Ethics Act and the Code of Ethics for board members. Additionally, the session involved the approval of various reports and the acknowledgment of student and staff achievements.

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