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Open Space Lawsuit Dropped, But Questions Linger

Members of STEM withdrew their lawsuit against the township after council voted to bond for improvements to Wesley Bishop rather than use money from the Open Space Trust Fund.

Open space supporters have dropped their lawsuit against the township, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"suit-filed-against-township-over-open-space-spending"} --> after council walked back its decision to use the Open Space Trust Fund for field improvements.

Elizabeth Endres, a member of STEM (Save The Environment of Moorestown), said the organization contacted attorney Jeffrey Baron last Tuesday—the day after for improvements to Wesley Bishop North—and asked him to withdraw .

On Monday, Mayor John Button confirmed the lawsuit had been withdrawn, saying, “It’s good. We’re moving forward with things that have been outstanding.”

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MotownFan September 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Elizabeth and Mark Hines, You shouldnt feel vindicated but ashamed for they way you and your group went about trying to get what you want. You attacked the character of good people and spread lies all over town with your signs addressing the use of OS funds. Council wanted to bond from the get go and your original position was dont touch any of our money. The result is how it should have been all along. Shame on you and your crew for wasting so much of the township and council time.
Ed Nice September 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hold on Im confused....is it legal to use the fund on lands not acquired again?? LOL!! Afraid to lose again??? Hey Hinesy stop with the lies...the fund isn't in jeapordy and it should be used for all purposes...learn the definition of the word share already. Come on Mark man up and admit you were wrong all along...like MtownFan said the voters know you are not trustworthy already.
Ann DiBlasio September 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The lawsuit should have been allowed to go to it's logical conclusion. The question should have been decided by the judiciary and become part of our legal system by precedent.
Patricia White September 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As stewards of the Open Space funds, the Open Space committee and its supporters did the responsible thing: they tried to protect the funds for the uses delineated in the Open Space ordinance, which did not include rubber fields. Council's defense was that they wanted to hold the line on taxes. Admirable? Perhaps, but that doesn't justify raiding other piggybanks to fund their pet projects.
Ed Nice September 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Really Pat...raid our fund for all the legal uses?? The ordinance does delineate its uses just like state and county does and the judge ruled. “This court disagrees with STEM’s argument that the definition of recreation and conservation clearly does not include or contemplate artificial turf fields or the type of athletic activities which would occur on artificial turf fields,” he wrote.
Chris Welch September 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
@ PW - And where were these "stewards" as the fund was "raided" year after year to maintain and repair parks not purchased with the funds( the basis of the lawsuit) to begin with ?
Most Interesting Man in MTown September 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I would bet a Moorestown Liquor license that the Open Space Zellots fall into the same 47% that Mitt has been talking about!
MotownFan September 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Not getting mine... and neither is Mark Hines

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