Anadromous Streams Ordinance Continues to Raise Tension At Assembly

After months of debate, the Borough’s Anadromous Ordinance is moving forward with a public hearing set for June 18. Assembly Member Kelly Wolf, who was elected in October with the promise to…

 

Wolf: “I’m not going to make any bones about it, you know, the habitat anadromous ordinance came from a hole, and it needs to be pounded back in to the same hole. And yes, I want to bring the whole borough assembly on record, and I’m going to do whatever means I know how, to make the borough assembly, and I’ll be very candid with the other fellow borough assembly members, that I’m going to bring it up at the first opportunity available to have this ordinance repealed and do away with it. If it means stepping in front of the Mayor and task force, so be it.”

 

continued the push, requesting a postponement on the hearing until August. That motion failed 7-1, though fellow Member Charlie Pierce agreed with the need to see a fiscal note for the ordinance…

Asm. Pierce(Sterling): “There’s a number of individuals that’re very confident that well it’s not going to be very much, it’s going to be fine. Trust me. Well, I don’t trust you. I don’t trust your judgment tonight. And some of us up here claim that we’re fiscally responsible and we’re conservatives and we’re going after that savings, and yet they’re willing to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll do this, this is a feel good thing.’ And I don’t feel real good about it. I want a number. I want to know what it’s going to cost and I want to tie you down to something, so that when you’re going forward, when you add four or five more bodies, we can come back and look at the minutes and say, ‘Hey, you said you weren’t going to add four or five more bodies.'”

 

Public testimony on the topic continued, with residents speaking against the ordinance and the way it has been introduced. Assembly Member Wolf’s ordinance to repeal the ordinance will also be heard June 18th.

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