For those who couldn’t make it to this week’s township council meeting, there were a few interesting items that didn’t make it into a full story, but were nonetheless noteworthy. Here are a few leftover tidbits from the meeting:
- Township manager Scott Carew said the township engineer, as well as traffic safety officer Sgt. Randy Pugh, have recommended the township not install a temporary crosswalk on Second Street to accommodate library patrons during the town hall construction. Carew said Pugh and the engineer advised that pedestrians should continue to use the existing crosswalk at Church and Second streets. (Read more about this story here.)
- Though it wasn't discussed at the council meeting, Moorestown Police Sgt. Lee Lieber said the department is still waiting on documents from the state before it can approve East Gate's application for a liquor license. He anticipates being able to approve the application within the next few weeks. East Gate submitted a proposal for a liquor license for $1,030,000 last year, and is eyeing the Friendly's location as a potential spot for a new restaurant.
- Councilwoman Victoria Napolitano said the Telecommunications & Technology Committee has recommended the township undergo a technology audit to find efficiencies and cost savings before it hires a new IT employee. Carew advised council the audit would probably cost between $10,000-$15,000, which would likely have to be included in this year's general operating budget. He added, "Council has to be prepared that the recommendations that come out of (the audit) could cost more than what we're already doing."
- An updated timeline for the town hall project was added to the township website. Check out the attached PDF to view the construction schedule.
- Architect Rick Ragan said he would likely advertise bids for the Church Street Recreation Center improvement project either today or Monday.
- Councilman Phil Garwood recommended council hold some future meetings at the Lenola Fire Hall, a suggestion seconded by Napolitano. "Seeing as how we don't have a permanent location, I don't see why we can't get around town," she said.
- Councilman Greg Newcomer introduced a "Code of Civility" he wanted council to adopt that would provide guidelines for council members' interactions with each other. However, while no one argued with the spirit of the idea, Carew said legislating such matters isn't wise because it's "very subjective." Solicitor Tony Drollas suggested council could pass a "Civility Pledge."
Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the IT room at the high school.