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Wesley Bishop Field Project Addition Rejected

Members of council denied the Moorestown Lacrosse Club's request to add another playing field.

Town council shot down an addition to the Wesley Bishop North field project Monday, wary of increasing the cost of the project without private dollars to fund it.

The Lacrosse Club requested a $36,815 change order for the project to add a third, natural grass field so it has more room for games and practices.

When the project was initially conceived, the engineer designed the field so it would have two 165x210-foot turf fields side by side—a design supposedly agreed upon by all the parties involved, including the township and the athletic clubs.

However, due to the immense popularity of the Lacrosse Club—which currently has between 450 to 500 kids enrolled, according to recreation director Theresa Miller—the organization is seeking a third field.

"They're struggling now with where to put everyone," said Miller, "and they're growing leaps and bounds."

Township manager Scott Carew explained the Lacrosse Club, in addition to using the two synthetic turf fields already underway, wants to extend the playing area to include a natural grass field on the eastern side (near the skate park). Doing so would require excavating and regrading the ground there—hence the $36,815 price tag.

But council wasn't inclined to approve the change order, citing the fact that the athletic clubs have yet to come through with any money for the $1.4 million field project. Carew said the Moorestown Youth Football Association and the Lacrosse Club .

The clubs haven't started paying that money, but financial officer Tom Merchel clarified that the township hasn't begun to pay down the debt service yet either. He said the money from the clubs should start coming in this year. 

Still, council members were not swayed.

"At this point, I'm not inclined to commit another $37,000 for a change order when we haven't seen a single dime for the project that's already approved," said Councilwoman Victoria Napolitano.

Council unanimously rejected the change order request. 

Last month, council approved two less expensive change orders: $5,104.56 for utility work, and $16,325 to install fixed football goalposts.

The president of the Lacrosse Club did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Wood Yee February 15, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Keith Omlor should be citizen of the year for the next decade when he delivers that $1 million check to the town. How do we help him raise this money?
Joe Johnson February 15, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Good call by our town council.
Mary Nelson February 15, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Soccer - Supporters are jumping all over Council for this decision because it's both short sighted and unfair to the clubs that approved the KIDS plan. Specifically, LACROSSE IS NOT ASKING FOR A NEW THIRD FIELD. THEY ARE ASKING COUNCIL TO HONOR THEIR ORIGINAL AGREEMENT. What do I mean? The plan that the clubs agreed to was different from the plan that went to bid and was approved. Too bad Rob Scott didn't bother to say this in the article. Carew unilaterally changed the plan and never shared the changes with the clubs. That's why we needed a change order for the football goal posts. It wasn't an ADDITION, it was an oversight. "Ooops - we forgot to include goal posts on a football field." Same with the extension of the field. Lax currently has three fields. This would leave them with two. If you promised to contribute $10k a year for three fields and then you find out that there will only be two, what would you do? Naturally, you'd say please fix this.
Wood Yee February 15, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Is there a way to do a sports census, so we can end these arguments? Every sport should list where their players live so we can eliminate this class warfare. Maybe break it down by neighborhood.
Concerned Town Person February 15, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The news in Cinnaminson circles is at least 2 members of Moorestown council are being considered for the Assembly but no one from our council and that joe donnelly is going to face a huge challenge to keep the freeloader board in Republican hands. Joe will face an uphill battle to carrynhis hometown this time
Roger February 15, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Show me the money...... Below are the commitments made by the various groups as outlined in an earlier Patch article. Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation (MYBF): Annual contribution — $15,000/year for 15 years; sponsorships — $72,500 Moorestown Lacrosse Club: Annual contribution — $10,000/year for 15 years; sponsorships — $45,000/year for 10 years Moorestown Youth Football Association: Annual contribution — $10,000/year for 15 years; sponsorships — amount not yet committed I call on Patch and/or Council to prepare a chart that is on display at every Council meeting or Patch homepage showing contributions received to date. By the way, where is Ed Nice who kept telling us that these fields were not going to cost us anything. I hope he is healthy and well as I do not recall him chiming in yet.
Moorestown Republican February 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
The news in Cinnaminson is wrong. I hear Burlington is going to be a target for a deep red swing in District 7 and to keep the Clerk, Freeholder, and Sheriff seats Republican. Also, there are apparently 4 people from Moorestown going for Assembly according to my sources.
Moorestown Republican February 15, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Thanks for your commitment to help raise the money, Keith. Those of us who know you know you are sincere in your offer.
Bill February 15, 2013 at 05:34 PM
@ Wood Yee, I don't know either. I'm not involved with either sport. But I think this discussion will get ridiculous if we start nitpicking every club over the money. My point was simply this. No child in this town will be denied an opportunity to play a sport do to financial issues. Yes, he/she may not be able to play at the top level. But also keep in mind there are expenses involved with traveling sports that obviously can't be helped by the club. That's just a fact of life. But back to the fields. These fields can be used by anyone in town.
Bill February 15, 2013 at 05:38 PM
And now for something completely different. Today a government employee screwed up *Que the Monty Python flying circus music*
Quaker Made February 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I am glad council said no too but they better be careful. Our self-righteous snooty lacrosse parents are nothing to mess with. They think they run our town. Before you know it, they will start another petition and get their way.
Concerned Town Person February 15, 2013 at 05:46 PM
If 2 of the council is wrong do you mean all 4 are being considered? You wish the district will go red. Joe is gonna lose mark my words. Cinnaminson is very unhappy with him
Goatee February 15, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Roger - Mr. Carew town manager said it wouldn't cost us anything. Are you really telling me you believed him or the politicians? Seriously, they are spending $20 million on town hall, millions more on fields and the old bathrooms at the rec center and you thought it was free? I am amazed anyone lets you vote!
Mary Nelson February 15, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Roger - The clubs should make good on the annual contributions. As far as the sponsorships are concerned, Scott Carew and Stacey Jordan decided to make that a township program. So, it seems the sponsorship piece is now on us taxpayers. If this is true, who is going to go out and get this money? Are we going to hire a full time fundraiser? I don't get it.
Mary Nelson February 15, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Mod - Do we need two libraries? Just wonder how this is a necessity? Would be good to have some sort of a formal process to help prioritize projects so we can avoid these arguments. I realize any process would have some level of subjectivity but right now it seems whoever yells the loudest or has influence on our elected officials wins the day. Do you really think we need new office space on 2nd street for a handful of Twp employees? Who goes to Town Hall? The police and courts won't be there. Rec offices will be in the renovated rec building so - what are we really getting?
Tom February 15, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Mr. Moderate, you have perplexed me. A multi-million dollar new building for government employees, many of whom could work from home with a new PC, is a necessity but the township should eliminate the under-performing parks/recreation department that will be located in the much needed building? And what was wrong with fixing up the old library anyway? We already pay more annually for the library than any other thing except police. Is that really the #2 spending priority in our small town?
Where's Walton February 15, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Show me the money! Library gets $15 million and fields get $2 million but sports clubs I mean taxpayers of kids who play sports should pay for fields and then pay for a new Library. That makes a lot of sense doesn't it! "Finally, Mr. Carew advised that since the last meeting, he and Mr. Chiacchio met with the President of the Friends of the Library, from which there is still no financial commitment. However, he and Director Galbraith believe they will be able to bring forth fundraising ideas that will be acceptable." Board president Glen Walton told council Tuesday the board has had conversations with roughly a hundred “movers and shakers” around town who have verbally committed to supporting—on some level—the new library. He said the board’s internal goal is to raise no less than $500,000, with an eye on $1 million if it’s feasible. OK, SHOW ME THE MONEY Mr. Carew, Mr. Chiacchio and Mr. Walton!! You promised so where is it?
Eric Stratton (Rush Chairman) February 15, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Anyone know who the four people are from Moorestown???
Judge Smails February 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Saying Lax parents are "snooty" is like someone saying that the library people are a buch on unrealistic tree-hugging out-of-touch tool bags....and that is not fair...
Karen Binter February 15, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I thought this was supposed to be about children, safety, and physical responsibility. The whole time my children were involved with sports in this town, my family participated with whatever was needed --including fertilization of fields, picking up trash, and recycling at the fields. Now is the time for each of us to say, stop bickering and do the best for all involved. Let's finish the projects we have and not commit to new ones until we have some more money for newer projects. No one said never to a third field; just not right now. How long did it take to get moving on what we have now? Perhaps it is right to suggest more improvements because of the length of time it takes to actually get them started. I think what you should be more concerned with is the backstop wall that our manager says will take $27,000 to build. For a cinder block wall? Is it made of gold? Ask a couple of the contractors in town to get together to donate and construct the wall. Bet it goes up fast and does not cost $27,000. And if you want, put the donated by signs on it.
Coach February 15, 2013 at 08:47 PM
That may be part of the problem, the democrats ignored the rec dept, and after years of neglect, that's what you get. It wasn't that case before 2006. The rec sept did well, the fields were in above average shape. They used what Garwood is favor of the rotation of fields . You don't fix everything at once. But the last group of republicans felt since it was in bad shape we push to privatize the rec dept and then a need for a second turf field. With all of these club sports everywhere the need is there, which wasn't easily 10-30 years ago. The rec dept has a purpose and the crew is short staffed and underfunded.
Poggop February 15, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Wait a minit! 1. Chiachio is from cinnaminson.. 2. The guy who is supposed to replace Brian Write is from cinnaminson 3. They were both on town council. connectin the dots... Did Chiaccio throw Brian Write under the bus to appease the county and get a run at the Assembly? Just spekulation ... Wow! I am sure 1300+ voters will be pretty angry if they figure that out... no wonder they were so quiet last week!!
Ed Nice February 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Rodger I'm bored with all the BS on here. You guys come on here like your going to change each others mind ( between the say 7 people really posting) Hey Pete argues back and forth with himself with all the screen names he has! You all know where I stand on the subject. Tired of rehashing the same info. You don't want it to cost you new tax dollars? Pay for it with the tax dollars already collect from the approved fund! There, I said it! Have fun crying over this post!
Tyler Durden February 15, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I've always wondered something: All the people who throw around conspiracy theories and engage in political speculation on here and claim you have "sources"-do you actually have sources, or are you just full of it? Because I'm guessing mostly the latter.
His name is Robert Paulson February 15, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Tyler....what's the first rule of blogging on the Patch?
Bob Paulson February 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Ty my sources tell me that fight club will take place in mt holly tomorrow and supposed exiled party bosses will have seats in the luxury box. I think its Time for project mayhem
Kathy S. February 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Victoria Napolitano is quickly becoming my favorite politician!
MotownFan February 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
My guess is they are their own source, hence the fake names. What better way to churn discussion or deflect is to start political conspiracy stories...
Sparky February 17, 2013 at 07:36 PM
No sources on this end of town, but if you'd like to share your sources and speculation or facts let us know who's in the running for assembly, spill the beans then..
Phil February 18, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Pheasant Run is in Cinnaminson so they'd never ask Moorestown council for anything.

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