Ogdensburg discusses sanctuary resolution

Ogdensburg. The Ogdensburg Borough Council discussed a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution on Jan. 13, but decided not to take action immediately because officials wanted to do more research on it. A similar resolution was passed in Franklin and West Milford, but was tabled by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

| 20 Jan 2020 | 02:29

The Ogdensburg Council discussed a potential Second Amendment/Lawful Gun Owner Sanctuary resolution on Jan. 13.

Councilwoman Rachel Slater recommended the council pass a resolution similar to West Milford’s recent Second Amendment Sanctuary Township resolution. She said the resolution would support lawful gun owners’ rights, in case the state of New Jersey were to ever advocate taking guns away from law abiding citizens.

Mayor George Hutnick said he researched the resolution and spoke with Police Chief Stephen Gordon, who would like to verify the wording.

The Sussex County Freeholder Board, Hutnick said, tabled a similar resolution until they, too, may complete more research.

Hutnick said he believes in and supports the Second Amendment, but he thought they needed more information about the proposed resolution. Furthermore, he said, Ogdensburg is a firearms supportive community, and around three quarters of the residents own firearms, hunt, and support the Second Amendment.

Council President Michael Nardini suggested the council find out why the county tabled a similar resolution.

Hutnick said the freeholders wanted more information from law enforcement. In the end, he said, they would probably move forward after obtaining the proper information, and then more communities will move forward.

Other business

Nardini said the Ogdensburg DPW has made “good progress” with the Brush Clean Up/Tree Removal project. He added they had almost finished the Presidents neighborhood and were continuing toward Borough Hall.

Nardini also said DPW Supervisor Chris Ross explained they are not “chipping” the brush, because it would slow down their process. Instead, Nardini said, the DPW is hauling the wood away with a dump truck. Nardini also recommended residents bundle their brush, so workers can grab and remove bundles quickly.

Hutnick further explained the DPW is not chipping because they would first need to untangle the piles of brush, which are like “balls of knots.” Instead, he said, the project is a quick cleanup and take away, possibly leaving a little debris behind, but the DPW is “doing a fantastic job.”