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Five Things to Know About Tonight's Council Meeting

A reorganization/regular meeting mash-up yields a loaded agenda. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at WAMS.

1. Tonight’s council meeting is a combo: Reorganization and regular. There will be 54 appointments and (mostly) reappointments to various township boards and committees, as well as the appointment of several other positions, including township solicitor and engineer, and the election of the deputy mayor (currently Greg Gallo).

2. Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on an ordinance amending the township code “governing the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages”—in other words, to allow the sale of alcohol in Moorestown for the first time in a century and to do so. It is the first real action council has taken on the matter since via referendum in November. Tonight’s ordinance is only a first reading.

3. Township manager Scott Carew said council will also likely discuss progress on the municipal complex project and improvements to the athletic fields. Carew is still of a shared municipal court with neighboring municipalities, he said. “We’re still in a data-finding mode.” He’s aiming to have a memorandum of understanding drafted by the end of the month. If that’s approved by the other municipalities, Carew said Moorestown would be able to move forward with its plans for town hall—which could include the placement of the court and police department outside the downtown—even though negotiating the details of a shared court system would probably take a “significant period of time.”

4. Council is expected to pass a resolution opposing New Jersey American Water’s (NJAW) proposed rate hike. Per its contract with NJAW, Moorestown buys 315 million gallons annually from the water supplier, according to utilities superintendent Bill Butler, costing a little more than $2.1 million a year. Township financial officer Tom Merchel said NJAW is proposing a rate increase of between 20 to 25 percent, so “you’re talking about a half million dollar (increase) … which is huge.” The resolution in opposition to the price hike was drafted by Burlington County freeholders and distributed to all the municipalities that buy from NJAW.

5. The meeting tonight starts at 7 p.m. and is being held in the media center at .

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