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Lakehurst Petitioners Granted Request for Public Discussion of Hunting Concerns

Residents want council to help facilitate an agreement with gathering of hunters

Members of the Lakehurst Borough Council agreed to hear publicly the concerns of Cedar Street residents who content that an annual winter gathering of hunters at a nearby home creates a disturbance.

A petition signed by 33 residents was presented to the council weeks ago asks that the mayor and council define the acceptable amount of hunters who can gather at a private residence and the parameters for hanging the day's kill there. Cedar Street resident Janie Baranyay told the council during its Thursday night regular meeting that she objects to the issue being discussed by the governing body during a Sept. 20 closed session.

"I'm gravely disappointed in the council," she said.

The meeting agenda stated that the closed session would be used to discuss personnel matters and contract negotiations. The discussion of the petition request "does not meet any of the exceptions for that meeting," Baranyay said.

"I protest it and think it was wrong. I think it was done because the council didn't want to have an open discussion about this issue," she said.

Baranyay and others are concerned that a gathering of hunters — many of whom are not borough residents — on their street the first week of December for the past about four years is a disturbance. 

"This isn't a backyard barbecue. This is a gathering of about 25 to 40 people or more, every night for six nights with open fires and deer hanging in the yard," Baranyay said. "When is this disturbing my peace and the peace of the neighborhood?"

In response, Mayor Harry Robbins said that the council will hear the concerns in an open forum.  

"We will put it on the agenda for the next meeting," he said.

Baranyay and others have said that they are not opposed to hunting or hanging the day's kill at a residence so long as it is done in a way that is not a disturbance to neighbors. 

"But when you're disturbing other people it's another story," Robbins said after the meeting. 

A letter from Borough Attorney Sean Gertner addressed to the petitioners states that the hunters must stay within existing nuisance ordinances and police should be contacted if a resident feels they are in violation.

The hunters who typically gather at the Cedar Street home are invited to the council's next meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss the issue with the council and neighbors. 

"I'm hoping it's something they can work out," Robbins said.

Daniell Earley October 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Dave, Welcome to the blog. You are correct most of what was stated in the article above to the reporter was true but not all. You are more then welcome to pass that video tape to them or ATF. It is a little discerning to know you held on to a tape of my house for 3 to 4 years.. Not to mention the fact that you even videotaped my house. I'm sorry.. I'm assuming 3-4 years because you moved 3 years ago?? Nice to hear from ya, and I hope the family is doing well.
Dave McCloud October 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Daniell, I was recently contacted and told about the upcoming council meeting. I told the person who contacted me that I had some videos. I also told them I wasn't going to any council meeting. The reason I recorded the "gang" at your house was out of safety concerns considering firearms were present where alcohol was being served. This isn't my fight as I get along with all the parties involved. I hope everyone can come to a common ground.... Best Regards,
Southern Piney October 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Give them hell Daniell, NRA, ATF what do they got to do with anything.Sounds to me like they are done hunting at this time and unless they are making moonshine and sitting around the fire with thier guns out. The NRA or ATF has nothing to do with it
onthecuff October 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I get it with the hunters and hunting down in this area is a huge thing. My question would be this.... All towns around here, have hunting clubs where they gather and have BBQ's, hang their deer, I guess some of them have a bar so they can have a few drinks after hunting etc. Lakehurst has a lot of wooded area that is off the beaten path. Can't we build a "club" for these guys somewhere in a wooded area? They would have their own space, they could hang their deer and sincerely have their own club. The VFW does in town and those guys are often outside drinking and BBQ'in. Similar to the one thats in Jackson on Bowman Road. Lakehurst should have an official "club" for these guys instead of them having to go from residence to residence and it would solve everyone's issue...... Not to mention these guys would have their own "home " so to speak... and its something they can return to yearly or whenever....
tax paying concerned citizen October 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Welll...most of the "members" of this "club" hang out at the VFW also. And most of them are not even Veterans. Figure that one out!

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