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Dems' Lay Out Plan to Revitalize Retail Districts

In a letter to the editor, the Democratic candidates for Moorestown council advocate using a fraction of the liquor license revenue to hire a Main Street manager.

To the editor:

The Newcomer Sattinger Hines team strongly supports economic development in Moorestown. Economic development generates revenue, and relieves the burden on residential taxpayers. Economic development revitalizes our retail districts. Economic development creates prosperous retail districts and fills empty storefronts. Retail dollars are spent in Moorestown, not in other communities, and Moorestown residents benefit by having valuable retail services close and convenient.

The Newcomer Sattinger Hines team is about results. We are about Results for Moorestown, thus our website, results4moorestown.com.

Every two years, at election time, we hear talk about revitalizing our Main Street and other retail districts. But talk has been without specifics, and the results have lacking in recent years.

Unlike other years, and other candidates, we have a plan. Our plan is to contract, not hire, services for a “Main Street manager.” A Main Street manager will be the portal to retail businesses wanting to locate in Moorestown. A Main Street manager will work to revitalize all retail districts of Moorestown, including the Lenola district, Young Avenue, the Route 38 corridor and Main Street. A Main Street manager will actively seek good businesses for Moorestown, help streamline the processes for opening businesses, and ensure a healthy mix of businesses prosper in our retail districts. Other area communities have had a Main Street manager, with great success, and have been able to consistently fill empty stores.

Our proposal is to contract the Main Street manager position for two years to prove it works. We do not advocate adding additional staff to the township for this position, but contracting these services. The two-year period is to demonstrate that it works. The contracted position will have aggressive metrics to measure performance, and if the position does not achieve those results, will not be renewed.

Our proposal will relieve the burden on taxpayers, by minimizing the cost and generating additional revenue. We propose investing a very small portion of the one-time funds from the sale of liquor licenses, which will generate $5-6 million of revenue for Moorestown, to fund contracting this position. If successful, the position will readily pay for itself in additional revenue for the community and additional vitality for Moorestown. We estimate the cost for the Main Street manager will be between 2-5 percent of the revenue generated from the sale of liquor licenses. We believe firmly this is money reinvested wisely for Moorestown's economic health and future.

The Newcomer Sattinger Hines team’s proposal is a proposal to reinvest economic development dollars for greater economic development. It is time to stop the talking and start acting and create results for Moorestown. Elect the Newcomer Sattinger Hines team and make a positive step towards economic development in Moorestown.

Greg Newcomer, Brian Sattinger and Mark Hines
Democratic candidates for Moorestown council

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Honeybee September 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Who is writing this stuff for them? It reads horribly.
Joe Johnson September 18, 2012 at 06:10 PM
"Thus," why I am voting Republican this year.
Amy Tozzi September 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
As a taxpayer, I find this insulting. We get $5-6 million, and your solution is to spend 2-5% of that money on this? That would be at LEAST $250,000! Are you joking? And what are the metrics you are using to judge performance, exactly? My blood is boiling.
Dienstag September 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
While we're at it, let's spend the rest of the booze cash on solar panels and a television station! Spend, spend, spend!
Tornado Ted September 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Hey I eat at larosa chicken and ribs, and am not happy they are being aroused by these democrat guys! You tell them to take down that picture of that fine establishment. My neighbor saw that was consisting the dems but was outraged and will now vote for garwoods team.
Town watchman September 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Ted, the democrat candidates are grasping at straws? Is that what you think? Problem is that that "establishment " doesn't sell turkey. All I see is wild turkeys running around town. Hopefully, they don't run into those green lawn signs. Believe me there are "enough to share" which signs you interested in?
Ex-Republican September 18, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I think we know the real truth here. If everything in this article was identical, except that it was proposed by the Republican ticket, we would have nothing but accolades on these comments. What is the Republican plan to revitalize Main Street?
Townie September 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The plan....dig a big moat, put armed guards at the crossings and don't allow "imported" goods. The idea above sounds good in planning, but has too many strings to private business. Instead of using the liquor money to pay for the huge capital improvements we just approved, we'll take that money and pay a consultant....for the next 20 years (the debt service on the capital borrowed to pay this consultant instead of pay for infrastructure). Metrics are great. Can I have an example. Define success of a revitalization? Are you going to reward the economy recovering or chastise great performance in the face of a continued horrible economy? The people who wrote that letter wouldn't appear to have the experience to set appropriate performance measures. I would love to see downtown busier, but just don't think paying someone to figure it out is the way. The market and business owners will determine if it can be improved.
The rent is too damn high September 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
And why are they charging high rent ? A retail manager is such a bad idea. They claim they are about results. What results are they referring to?
Chris Welch September 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
"Our proposal is to contract the Main Street manager position for two years to prove it works. " Why do tax payers need to fund this position for two years when you made this statement ? "Other area communities have had a Main Street manager, with great success, and have been able to consistently fill empty stores." Just provide us the information you have that lead you to make this claim.
ConcernedQuaker September 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
If there is a need to streamline the process of opening a business, or even attracting businesses to our town, why do we need to pay a consultant to do this? (This sounds like something a township manager could be tasked with??) Do we not have qualified people on our payrolls already for this? In these economic times, we in the private industry are all wearing multiple hats in our jobs, doing tasks that used to be done by positions that were eliminated over the past 5 years. Identify a qualified town employee, add this to his list of responsibilities and then measure him or her towards your objectives. If they fail to achieve the objectives, and can not show reasonable reasons why they were not achieved, replace them with an individual who can. Please don't view our liquor revenue as a free pot of gold to play with...
Kitchen Table September 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Look fellas, the plans were placed already. You tried to rally an independent party by the slogan, "The Rent is Too Damn High" party and it didn't hold water. The fact is the rents are high. A retail manager won't resolve the problems of high rent. Why the chicken chef owner is taking pictures with the dems is beyond me. They must have paid for a lot of bird and ribs after that photo shoot. So what next we'll see the republicans stand in front the mall with its owner? maybe that rent isn't too high if a new restuarant could sign a lease? Lets hear the candidates plan on how they are going to blow the booze money on high rents?
Townie September 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Chris, Collingswood has something set that everyone holds up as the example. It was done in the late 90's I believe.
Town watchman September 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Battleground of polls... Look out for where the wild turkeys trot in the next 2 weeks. that could show the early signs of where they think this campaign may be going. After all, the Harvest Moon will be shining on the light lost by our daylight hours.
Lifer September 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
These guys have no chance. They seem like nice guys but this is the same place Sattinger had in 2010 (which he stole most of from Stacey Jordan)
Lifer September 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
*Plan not place
Bill September 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM
So the plan is to hire someone to come up with a plan ? Brilliant ! I have a better plan. Why don't you not waste $250K of tax payer funds. Instead, talk to these people. http://www.moorestown.nj.us/content/207/209/213/default.aspx Hint: Moorestown Economic Development & Advisory Committee Look, they have a plan for parking: http://www.moorestown.nj.us/filestorage/207/209/213/2270/2839/3__Main_Street_Town_Center_Shared_Parking_Study_Final_December_2011.pdf And a 30 page Master plan: http://www.moorestown.nj.us/filestorage/207/209/213/2270/2841/Economic_Element_of_Master_Plan.pdf I think the only item missing is a plan for better Christmas Lights on Main St. I'm pretty sure someone could come up with ideas , and not charge the town $250k to do it.
MotownFan September 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
As a registered Dem I am saddened by this ticket. I will cross the isle and vote for the better candidates.
Pete September 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
@Townie: “Define success of a revitalization?” We’ll use the same successful metric as grading the teachers in the school district
Chris Welch September 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
@Townie - Collingswood has something Moorestown will never have. A train station ( 2 blocks from the Restaurants, and less then a mile from Cooper River park) on the Patco line that's a 10 minute ride from CC Philadelphia. Same for Haddonfield.
G. Williams September 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
There is ample evidence that all of the candidates for town council are dedicated volunteers, well qualified, and would strive to do well for Moorestown, albeit, I do not agree with all that the Democrat candidates are proposing. My underlying reasons for supporting the three republican candidates go beyond the borders of Moorestown. When I see a state government that has been rife with corruption (countless indictments), and who serve under the strong arm of union leaders who have brought us to edge of financial disaster; When I personally feel the wrath of absurd state regulations, unpresidented taxation, and a legislature who has only distain for business and industry, is It Is any wonder that the State of NJ has been in Democrat control for almost all of the last century. I would need to take a seditive before discussing details of what I feel towards the national Democrat party, headed by Wasserman, Pelosi, Ried and Obama. Suffice it to say, they are systematically destroying the american dream, and undermining our self-esteem and pride as a country. They have divided us against ourselves with class warfare, and have brought us to mediocrity and even disappointment among our peer nations. How do you feel these days? While I do respect our local Democrat candidates, why would I in any way, add to the strength and control of the state and national socialist, I mean, democrat party. Sorry fellas, good people, wrong party.
Ed Nice September 19, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Hey George, weren't you the Democratic Mayor of Maple Shade? But now you are part of the MRMC? Just scratchen my head!!!! LOL
G. Williams September 20, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I'm glad you asked, Ed. Yes, I was the Democrat Mayor of Maple Shade, and I was also a Democrat state legislator, that is, until I was instructed by party boses to sell my integrity, by pressuring local elected officials to hire favored and obviously generous professionals. In fact, I was even (less than politely) asked to give up my own legislative seat so my running mate, who lost his election could replace me. Coincidentally, he was from Pensauken, you know, Camden County..., George Norcross... That's another looonng story. Well, that didn't work, so they forced another winning candidate off the ticket (you don't want to know what they did there) just so they could have their own Camden County Legislator in Burlington County's 7th. district. Guess I wasn't a team player, Ed. Near the end of my term, I switched and threw my support behind Diane Allen, who is still our Senator, 18 years later. They almost had Senatorial courtesy in Burlington County, a big loss for Camden County George. Does that satisfy the itch on your head, Ed? Or, would you like to know more about the Democrat powerbrokers? You might be embarrased; I would be thrilled.
flip flop September 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
do you fish ed? isnt watching this guy like watching a fish on the deck flipflop im a democrat im a republican im a loge guy im a solaman guy im a button guy im a jordan guy
Mtown person September 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Are you talkin' about the Hulkster? Are all your people you stated going to the night in Camden? Sounds like it ought to be interesting ..
Red Alert September 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Seems to me George Williams is like many Americans who changed parties in one direction or another. A number of Republicans became Democrats and Democrats became Republicans. Good for him for leaving a party that was asking him to sell his integrity as he stated above. No politician should need to bow to party bosses who think they own our system.
G. Williams September 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Flip flop, You can call me a flip only, since I never flopped back to the democrats. I assume by your flip response that had I succumbed to the unscrupulous demands of the democrat boses that would be fine with you. Party loyalty always takes precedent over honesty and integrity? Everyone has a right to change their mind and their direction, especially when they discover that the path they were following was deceitful and crooked. If you're just trying to be insulting, man up and use your name.
Jimmy September 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I agree, I'm sure the latest polls still have the republican candidates ahead.
Ed Nice September 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
George sounds a lot like what the MRMC was asking of BGT. They got kicked to the curb because certain people lost control of them. Funny how BGT were more worried about doing what was right for the town instead of doing what a handful of people on the MRMC wanted them to do. Now I certainly don't claim anyone wanted BGT to do anything underhanded like apparently you went through, but still the same idea of people with out the balls to run them selves wanting to control the people that won the race. If what you say is true George I commend you for standing up to them. Maybe you will be a good addition to the MRMC and straighten out some of the shenanigans. Personally I hate politics and I support what is right be it a dem or rep. I think my vote this year will be split among both parties.
G. Williams September 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Ed, When BGT were first elected to office, the MRMC was there to give them advice, and only advice. They can offer ideas, provide insight and background, and basically bring the beginners up to speed.That is part of their responsibility, to help newly elected officials catch up to the challenges and issues they will face as town leaders. To my knowledge, no one associated with the MRMC ever coerced, or dictated to any member of Council. I know there were rumors of back-room politics conducted by so-called party boses. That was pure hogwash, put out to serve the agenda of the few people who created that rumor. You say certain people lost control of BGT, and, I say on one ever had control of them in the first place. People will disagree on issues and proposals, but only Council votes on them. I completely understand your frustration with politics, especially at the state and national levels where the pros reside. You may not see it as I do, but often there is a good side to politics at the local level where elected officials connect closely with their supporters and the public. That changes drastically with higher office where the public often becomes just a poll number. You would laugh at most of the thousands of bills in the "Hopper" in the legislature. Gee, I always thought we had too many laws.

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