Oakland council rejects zoning board on expanded auto shop proposal

OAKLAND — The Borough Council voted 4-1 Monday to reverse the zoning board’s July approval of a use variance letting Lukoil/Tire Tech to expand its small business from 357 Ramapo Valley Street to the neighboring Oakland Pharmacy property.

Board attorney Brian Chewcaskie termed it the to start with time in 20 years a zoning board selection had been challenged by the council.

The vote adopted 45 minutes of council discussion about statements made by its scheduling industry experts and board customers all through 5 hearings on the application by Sam Ellahi for Ellahi Fuel Inc. He sought a use variance making it possible for him to transform the extensive-vacant pharmacy at 373 Ramapo Valley Street into a six-bay fix and storage facility.

Oakland Council debate zoning board ruling during Monday night's meeting.

Ellahi is a long-term lessee of the Lukoil franchise.

Councilman Eric Kulmala recused himself from voting at the commencing of the dialogue, criticizing Mayor Linda Schwager for using as well public an curiosity in the zoning board ruling. However, Schwager defended her fascination, stating she was ineligible to vote but wanted the public to know what was involved.

“The zoning board is not elected we are,” Schwager mentioned. “They really don’t answer to the community. We do.”