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Municipal Complex on the Agenda at Tonight’s Council Meeting

The township architect will give a presentation on plans for the new municipal building.

Moorestown Township architect Rick Ragan will give a power-point presentation on the municipal complex project at tonight’s council meeting.

The meeting will be held in the Media Center at the William Allen Middle School, 891 N. Stanwick Road, at 7:30 p.m.

Ragan will present information about the four components of the project—library, administration, police, and recreation—and what uses go best together. He will also address whether the existing recreation center should be rehabilitated.

“Council is anxious to make a decision about what we’re going to do where,” said Mayor John Button.

A special meeting between Council and the Town Hall-Library Task Force has been scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the township offices at 2 Executive Drive to address any questions that are unanswered at tonight’s meeting.

Three other items are up for discussion at tonight’s meeting.

  • Acting Township administrator Tom Merchel will seek direction from council on what to do about the deteriorating light poles at Jeff Young Memorial Park.
  • Council will review the Best Practices Survey, which is linked to the release of of the final 5 percent of state aid to municipalities. Merchel has completed that survey, which indicates Moorestown should receive 100 percent of its state aid.
  • Council will seek to fill the vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees created when Kim Ferrie resigned last month.

Council also plans to introduce an ordinance that will allow the police department to hire part-time police officers at $20 per hour, and an ordinance to allow a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk on Whittendale Drive.

utr August 09, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Was it me or did the Mayor of our town proclaim himself more educated than the 1400 plus people who signed the open space petition during last night's council meeting. I hope this group deposes the township manager and solicitor about whether or not they were pressured to quash the open space ballot petition when MSOS finally sues the town. Can you recall a mayor in our town? Us uneducated peoples would likes to know.
West Side Story August 09, 2011 at 07:19 PM
He didn't say he was more educated in general but he did suggest that he was better educated on this particular issue and I am sure he is right. Misrepresenting his comments is unfair...but then again, I heard that there is an email going around today where the Mayor called people "ignorant". You were there, did you hear him use that word? Me neither. I would love to poll the folks who signed the petition to see who knows the facts....
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I think given the lack of truthful and honest information which was the basis for most of those signatures Mayor Button has a point. I am again saying that I am willing to bet that most who signed now wish they hadn't and will not support it in November. The MSOS leaders lied and omitted vital information and played on the fears of rabid developers eating up open space. I think the signatures were given with good intention based on bad information!!!
utr August 09, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I wasn't misrepresenting his comments. From my point of view, he pretty much said his stance is the correct one since he is more familiar with the issue then anyone who signed the petition. I have a feeling he will be proven wrong at our expense when the MSOS sues the town over this issue. Why is he afraid to put this issue on the ballot? I'll give him credit for one thing he said correctly, I paraphrase, "every four years we get to decide who makes the decisions in town" He is correct and the town GOP better realize that his hubris is going to cost them their majority on the board unless they denounce his stance and replace him on the ticket.
utr August 09, 2011 at 08:19 PM
What's the harm in putting it on the ballot and letting the chips fall where they may?
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Pete P, I mean UTR, I have a feeling you will be the one proven wrong. It is legal and given the tax increase we are facing over TH, I'm confident tax payers will more eager use available resources. I assume you undetstand the facts and therefore wish i understood why your sticking your feet in concrete. Why are you so against using OS funds. It will NOT change the ability to protect our town.... Don't you want your flag foot ball fields fixed or are you going to continue to personally take that on that expense?
utr August 09, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Sorry Peter P is a friend but not me. See my response in the other thread. I am for using open space money for fixing the fields. Fixing being the operative word not replacing them with synthetic turf that only lasts 8-10 years. I also support MSOS's right to petition and let the people decide how our money is spent.
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 08:34 PM
honestly i wouldn't mind seeing it on the ballot. I think the facts will support the referendum as originally voted on if not make it more clear that active recreation is acceptable, legal, moral ......use of the shared OS funds.
utr August 09, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Then we are in agreement. Having the vote eliminates sour grapes. Democracy is a good thing.
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 08:39 PM
I guess but we cant petition for all spending. That's why we have a town council. Talk about gridlock. It's already been decided.
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Btw.. My appologies to "your friend". Point remains the same however
utr August 09, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Sort of took it as a compliment. Should Pete run I'd strongly consider voting for him. He does a lot for the community. But I assure you I am not him. He lives in the rich part of town, I don't.
utr August 09, 2011 at 09:01 PM
You're right post deleted. At least I admitted it was a cheap shot though it still didn't make it right.--Sorry
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Thanks for that UTR but I am still disappointed you actually feel that way. Would you appreciate all of your hard work and personal expenses already shared with the twp attacked as having an agenda other than civic kindness?
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 09:09 PM
I meant your friend Pete's work
utr August 09, 2011 at 09:12 PM
I bet you're a great mother, Ginger.
Ginger Hayes August 09, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Thx I hope so. Time will tell. I just hope you didnt just set me up for Elliott to say something snarky...lol. He doesn't care for me very much.
utr August 09, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I'm sure there are many people who would defend you here including me. Every decent person here whether they disagree or agree with you, can tell you have a good heart.
West Side Story August 09, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Yes, you did misrepresent his comments. The Mayor sounded to me like he believed he is better educated on this particular issue than many of the folks that signed the petition and I sure as hell hope so since he is the Mayor. Now that you have repositioned your statement as "from your point of view", you are just stating your opinionas you are entitled, no matter how flawed it is but thanks for the correction. What makes you think he is afraid of seeing the petition make its way to the ballot? I didn't hear him say that, did you? As a matter of fact, the issue hasn't even gotten to him yet since it has not yet passed the Solicitor and Clerk.
West Side Story August 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Hey utr, did you catch the part of the letter that Snorr read at the meeting that said that indoor recreation is an allowable use of Open Space Funds? So the town puts a dome over the turf fields, it is legal? Or better yet, how about if Council uses Open Space to fix the Rec Center and use the money earmarked for the Rec Center on the fields? Oh wait, the lovely senior woman that spoke said somethinf along the lines of "no compromise, acquisition only"...so that means no maintenance? no historic preservation? no farmland preservation? Oh wait, maybe she misspoke...or more likely, she represents the majority of the petition signers that do not understand the entire picture and what their "vote" will actually cause.
West Side Story August 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM
and if you don't recall those comments being made at the meeting, give MSOS a call....they can sell you a copy of an audiotape they made of the meeting...
utr August 10, 2011 at 01:54 PM
West Side (Shark or Jet?) I really don't have a side in this issue other then from my perspective last night the mayor had a diatribe on since he has more information on the legalities of the use of open space funds then his stance is the correct one and 1400 people are wrong. BTW if you don't like it vote me out next election. Is that rational or even handed? That my friend is pure unadulterated hubris and I hate that. These people gathered the appropriate amount of signatures and the solicitor is parsing their language to stop them. Let me be clear, I am in favor of using the open space funds to FIX the fields. I am not in favor of the synthetic turf solution which is only an 8-10 year fix. I am also in favor of letting anybody who takes up a cause, the way MSOS has, to be heard, again I disagree (mainly because I don't want my taxes to increase for a $1.5 million field which is bad for the environment and fabric of this community in so many ways) with them but they still should have their day at the ballot box. The alternative will be in court which will cost all of us more money. Give people the right to vote on this issue, what is wrong with a little clarity?
utr August 10, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Hey West Side, check this out. http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/open-space-petition-rejected-again Are you sure his royal Mayorness had nothing to do with this? Where do I contribute for the law suit? Sad day for this town when the government quashes the people's voice with nit-picking terminology.
GWashington August 12, 2011 at 03:54 PM
How much is this TOwn Hall Project going to cost? How is This Town Hall Project going to be paid for? Will taxes increase????

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