Jersey Shore Council seeks ordinance for medical marijuana dispensary

JERSEY SHORE — Borough Council plans to draft regulations addressing the possible siting of a medical marijuana dispensary in the borough.

Council voted 8-0 this week to have its solicitor draft an ordinance for review that would allow such a business in the commercial district under conditional use.

Voting “yes” were Marguerite Dyroff, Janet Barnhart, Sean Simcox, Barbara Schmouder, Mike Zellers, Kenneth Scheesley and Denise Hurlbutt. Paul Garrett was absent.

Borough Manager Joseph Hamm told council that an unnamed company has contacted Jersey Shore officials about locating such an enterprise.

By law, medical marijuana dispensaries cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school or day care.

Solicitor Denise Dieter noted the state plans to license 50 such sites.

In other action, council approved the use of land on South Broad Street for a new police station.

The parcel at Richmond Park has been reviewed by Larson Design Group and deemed a suitable site, according to Hamm.

A previous piece of land considered for the police station was not adequate due to low elevation.

Borough officials noted that the present police headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue is aging and too small for the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department.

Council hired Bassett Engineering for design and construction of the borough’s curb cut project at a cost of $9,470.

The borough has allocated a total of $71,314 out of Community Development Block Grant funding for the curb cuts.

Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, the agency administrating funding, said the number and location of the curb cuts have yet to be determined.

Council voted to declare Allegheny Street a hazardous roadway.

The Jersey Area School District approached borough officials about making the designation following concerns about students crossing the street from the north side of the road, according to Hamm.

He noted that the school is looking to reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph and/or allow those students to be bused to school.

In a personnel matter, council appointed Jodi Heck to the recreation committee for a two-year term.

Council recognized Keith Zerby for his 33 years of service as a borough employee.

Council met in executive session prior to the regular meeting to consider personnel issues.