PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. – Phillipsburg Town Council on Tuesday night took the first step toward stopping the distribution of unsolicited printed materials.
The council voted unanimously on the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit newspapers, shoppers, circulars, leaflets, flyers and handbills from being distributed on public streets, sidewalks or other public spaces. The measure would also prohibit them from being delivered to private premises after the owner has notified the publisher by certified mail to cease delivery.
Joining other council members in support of the ordinance, council member Danielle DeGerolamo said she hoped the maximum fine of up to $2,000 would be imposed on violators.
Council member Robert Fulper, citing the unsolicited distribution of the Warren Reporter, urged residents to send certified letters to the publication to provide additional leverage to help the town enforce the law.
In other matters, Mayor Todd Tersigni, in his report, asked for council’s support to retain a property management firm to oversee vacant properties and assist tenants who occupy dwellings owned by absentee landlords who are based 10 miles or more away from Phillipsburg. The property manager would charge the absentee landlords for the work performed.