Jaclson is also the president of the Mosaic Community Land Trust which, he said, has two community gardens close to the proposed convenience store.
"We are trying to teach people how to grow their own healthy food and I think we have enough places selling unhealthy food and tobacco products," said Jackson.
At the end of the council meeting, resident Ross Belovich said the borough needs to encourage "mon and pop businesses" like the two seeking conditional approvals that night. "I just wish they had a better business plan."
Mayor Sharon Valentine Thomas also noted that the businesses seeking conditional use permits are exactly the kind of businesses envisioned in the traditional town neighborhood zoning.
"We hear a lot, sometimes on-line and sometimes face-to-face in person about the revitalization of Pottstown and bringing back the traditional things, and then when we're presented with the traditional thing, we say we don't want it," Thomas said.
As a result, Thomas said, "it makes the situation that should be an easy call, a tough call."
Check out how the second dog, Guiness, starts wandering around the council chamber while Shaffer is talking and soon enough, has charmed both Councilmen Joe Kirkland, Travis Gery and Joe Kirkland.