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are (equal) and that as a com­mu­nity we should re­ally try to be kin­der to one an­other. So that’s my public ser­vice an­nounce­ment for this meet­ing. Let’s all try to be kind. You are en­ti­tled to your opin­ion but that doesn’t mean you need to share it all the time.”

Chair­man Kevin McDe­vitt voiced his agree­ment with DeSanto.

“That’s def­i­nitely up­lift­ing. We have older cit­i­zens and younger res­i­dents that are just try­ing to make their way in life. They should not be treated as sec­ond-class cit­i­zens,” McDe­vitt said. “They may want to be renters and not own prop­erty. That’s why we have Tim­ber­lake Apart­ments or DeKalb Apart­ments or other apart­ments we have in the town­ship.

They’ve all been ap­proved. We wel­come all of our res­i­dents. That’s not ac­cept­able at all,” he added, re­fer­ring to DeSanto’s re­mark about so­cial me­dia posters crit­i­ciz­ing renters.

By vot­ing unan­i­mously for Or­di­nance 586, which de­crim­i­nal­izes the pos­ses­sion of small amounts of mar­i­juana, the town­ship is fol­low­ing the lead of sev­eral other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the state.

Town­ship So­lic­i­tor Sean Kilkenny said it’s an­other tool for the East Nor­ri­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, “who may be deal­ing with mi­nors who may be in pos­ses­sion of small amounts of mar­i­juana. This has been sup­ported by our chief of po­lice and many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” he added. “West Nor­ri­ton has also in­tro­duced this or­di­nance and many other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Com­mon­wealth are tak­ing this ap­proach. It strongly en­cour­ages com­mu­nity ser­vice, as op­posed to any kind of pun­ish­ment, giv­ing the per­son the op­por­tu­nity to re­hab and pro­vide valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity rather than (dam­ag­ing) some­one’s record for us­ing a small amount of mar­i­juana or be­ing in pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana para­pher­na­lia.”

The board ap­proved pre­lim­i­nary land devel­op­ment for a three-lot sub­di­vi­sion at 3018 Whitehall Road, fea­tur­ing houses that will roughly be 2,950 square feet each.

A res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the de­struc­tion of public records

that are archived in the base­ment of the town­ship build­ing was ap­proved.

“What we’re try­ing to do is free up space in the base­ment,” noted Dave Krist, direc­tor of fi­nance. “We have a lot of other records that we’ll need to be able to pro­vide stor­age for, and just as a mat­ter of gen­eral house­keep­ing it makes sense to be do­ing this.”

McDe­vitt asked if an elec­tronic ver­sion of those records would be made avail­able, to which Krist said no, adding that a de­ci­sion hasn’t been made about some older records.

“We’ll be re­view­ing those case by case,” he said.

Town­ship Man­ager Bob Hart noted that, while the tra­di­tional Trunk or Treat event at Stan­bridge Street Park was can­celed this year due to the pan­demic, plans are in the works for a drive-by Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tion, with de­tails to fol­low.

“I’ve been fol­low­ing very closely about the county pos­i­tiv­ity rate and the good news is it’s go­ing down. We were down (2.79), from a 3.3 or 3.4. The coronaviru­s is still wind­ing around. It’s not tak­ing a hol­i­day, so ev­ery­body keep up what you’re do­ing. Keep up the so­cial dis­tanc­ing, keep wear­ing masks, keep wash­ing your hands and try to stay safe.”

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