New Jersey municipalities have a lot of power over beer and alcohol sales, ranging from setting hours of operation for liquor stores to outright bans on all sales of alcohol. A restriction on single-container sales would no doubt put a dent in revenues at neighborhood liquor stores, but might prevent the all-day drinking at train stations that undoes the work of volunteer cleanup campaigns..
Resident Timothy Priano expressed frustration at Monday's City Council meeting over the chronic problem of trash at the train stations. He and other Queen City Pride volunteers cleaned up around the Netherwood station Sunday, and Councilman Barry Goode led a neighborhood cleanup Saturday at Clinton Avenue and West Front Street. Priano called for increased police patrols at the train stations, but NJ Transit is actually in charge of the stations. Still, Police Director Carl Riley said city police responded over 100 times to problems at the main station downtown and 70 times to the Netherwood station. He said police have picked up intoxicated individuals, but must take the most severely impaired to hospitals to be treated for possible alcohol poisoning.
(A ban on single sales was not mentioned Monday, it was just a thought of mine later,)
Priano also asked about a NJ Clean Communities grant to Plainfield, which is passed to the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority for cleaning up business districts in the city. Finance Director Ron West said a prior council approved turning the grant money over to the PMUA and promised to research it. The 2016 grant was $85,719.58.
Here is Queen City Pride's message about Sunday's cleanup:
What an amazing weekend of our neighbors that came out and joined in both Clean-ups in our Queen City
A little love and caring goes a long way, people do smile when they see you out in the streets, chasing plastic bags, cutting weeds and making everything looks nice and shiny.
We will leave it up to Councilman Barry N Goode to report on the amount of trash that produced and give us a proper account of the hands that were walking the streets to make Ward 4 sparkle up and down West 7th Street, West Front Street, Clinton Avenue and Grant Avenue.
As far as Queen City Pride, Part one at the Netherwood Train Station on South Street. We were able to Plant in the planters out front, clean and make a big dent on the South Side 14 hands , again the magic number of 20 bags of litter, bottles, 2 tires, and one dead rat ugh
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams was in the thick of the clean-up, moving dumpsters and tossing the bags in!!
So so sad today, people are still just tossing down litter, as residents need to say something, be kind like “Sir you drop your cup” or do what we do, carry plastic bags with us when we are commuting, Dog walking and Running! make a sport of picking up litter, you will be surprised by the reactions!
A few of us have taken it upon ourselves to take down the “we buy” signs on the corners of the intersections of the city, they are getting tricky by putting the signs up higher, but never fear, we have tools to knock them down too, just have to work a little hard to pull them down, if you see the signs, send us a message atQueenCityPrideNJ@gmail.com