Ogdensburg bans all cannabis trade


The council of Ogdensburg unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting any category of cannabis trade in the borough.

City Councilor Alfonse DeMeo was absent from the July 12 meeting and public hearing.

New Jersey voters broadly endorsed legal recreational marijuana last November.

Unless a municipality passes an ordinance by August 21 to prohibit or regulate the six categories of land use – cultivation, manufacture, distribution, packaging, retailing and delivery of cannabis – the municipality loses its jurisdiction. power to pass an ordinance affecting those uses for the next five years.

However, a municipality which prohibits all or part of these categories can always adopt another ordinance to authorize some of them in the future.


Parks and Recreation: City Councilor George Hutnick said the borough will move forward with the Parks and Recreation Committee, which will be a borough-focused committee that will organize community and senior events. Borough attorney Robert McBriar said the idea would be formalized by ordinance. He said City Councilor Michael Nardini has proposed that the committee be called the Community and Cultural Events Committee, as directed by the mayor.

French Drain: City Councilor Nardini said the French drain at the corner of Glenbrook Road and Place Thomas is expected to be completed within the next few months.

Lifeguard hut: City councilor Nardini said the Ministry of Public Works painted the side walls of the guard hut and would apply clear epoxy to seal the walls. The DPW had used epoxy before, he said.

Water treatment operator: The board unanimously approved the update and publication of the call for proposals for the post of water treatment operator.

Fire Marshal and Zoning Officer: Council chairwoman Rachel Slater said Mayor Hutnick had arranged a meeting with the state to take over the duties of fire marshal and zoning officer in the borough . The council will update its ordinance to identify the state as an executing agency. Additionally, Slater said, the penalties collected will consist of two parts: one will go to the state and the other to Ogdensburg. The Ogdensburg penalty will be used by firefighters to purchase equipment. The state will issue bonfire permits and conduct inspections.

Family Fun Day: The Fire Department will be hosting a Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, on October 9, with a rain date on October 10. Council chairman Slater said there will be: games and groups. A liquor license will go to a local business.

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