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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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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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