Croslis repeatedly stressed to council that the club will not open if it does not meet all those code requirements. That included parking.
“We will either comply with any zoning requirements for parking or we will not open,” said the lawyer.
Croslis said the non-profit Slavonic club was in existence since 1919 and had a liquor license for 70 years, with no citations for liquor law violations.
He said since losing its previous quarters in 2004, which meant giving up its liquor license, the club is down to only four active members.
But he added 20 to 30 people want to become active members again.
He said it’s a private, members-only social club where people will go for inexpensive food and drink and to socialize with family and friends. He said there be will no live music or DJs – only a juke box and some TVs – and that place will not be rented out to third parties.
He indicated Tony El-Chaar, who owns the property and will lease it to the club, will not be a member of the club and will not serve as its cook, as he was going to be.
El-Chaar owned the place when it had problems with crime and city code violations.
“There are over eight bars within a one-mile radius of this property,” said Tom Miller, who owns Boulevard Mobile Home Park behind the property. “People are definitely afraid. It’s very detrimental to our neighborhood there.”
“This is a new group,” said Davis. “We have to keep it separate from what was there in the past.”
The license is being transferred from Lower Milford Township Fire Company No. 1.
City Council rejected the administration’s proposal that adults 60 and older be charged $25 for season passes to the city’s pools.
“I would like to see the senior rate stay at zero,” said O’Connell.
After the meeting, city parks and recreation director John Mikowychok said not charging seniors to use the four pools will cost an estimated $8,250 in additional revenue.
Not counting that $8,250, the change in pool fees will generate an estimated $175,750 in admission fee revenue this summer, according to figures provided by the parks director. He said last summer admission fees totaled $147,790.
That amounts to an estimated revenue increase of $27,960.
The parks director said that additional revenue “is not going to pay for well over $10 million in capital improvements necessary to bring our pools into the 21st century.
“What we have right now is a pool system that ranges in age from 1939 to 1962. We are spending more money for maintaining the systems we have now.”
Mikowychok hopes a capital bond will be issued to enable the city to begin making major improvements to those pools, starting with Mack pool’s filtration system and the bathhouse roof at that pool.
Earlier Wednesday evening, Mikowychok told council’s park and recreation committee that pool fees have not increased since 2005.
Daily admission at the Cedar, Jordan and Mack pools will increase by 50 cents for residents and admission at Irving Pool will increase by $1.
Four- and five-year-old children now will have to pay daily admissions.
Free passes no longer will be issued to disabled people and their families, because the city found it too difficult to define disabled and decided other family members should not get free admission.
Season pass rates for adults are dropping from $75 to $50.