Township Expecting Big Crowd for Reorg Meeting

Moorestown council's annual reorganization meeting, scheduled for Monday night, has been moved to the Lenola Fire House.

Moorestown Township Council is expected to make history Monday night by getting its first female mayor—along with three new council members—so township officials have moved the venue to accommodate a larger crowd.

The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, has been moved from the high school to the Lenola Fire House. 

Councilwoman Stacey Jordan is expected to be named mayor, while Councilman Chris Chiacchio will likely be named deputy mayor. Both will be sworn in by Sen. Diane Allen.

Council will also make a number of board and committee appointments, including designating council representatives for the following groups:

  • Appearance Committee — Greg Newcomer
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee — Stacey Jordan
  • Low and Moderate Income Housing Oversight Committee — Phil Garwood
  • Open Space Advisory Committee — Victoria Napolitano
  • Planning Board — Chris Chiacchio
  • Recreation Advisory Committee — Phil Garwood
  • Telecommunications and Technology Committee — Victoria Napolitano

Council will also vote to appoint attorney Anthony Drollas, of Capehart Scatchard, as the township solicitor, replacing attorney Thomas Coleman. 

Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Council will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the IT room at Mooretown High School. 

Purple Kush January 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Is it true town officials have confirmed that Mayor Jordan broke the sunshine laws to authorize the rfps but only some and not others? How come she didnt ask for bids for the zoning board attorney? is that because Vicky and Phillips campaign manager is on there? or Planning board because Ciachico is on. Something sure smells fishy.
john whitney January 06, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I agree with Jean Perry
Zzzzz January 06, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Ok purple did you get "appointed" to anything? Are you one of these democrat consultants? Or are you just stirring The pot? Is button appointed?
wool over your eyes January 06, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Remember preit and capehart created the 2nd referendum question to help get planes trains and automobiles passed but only at the mall. They knew all along it wouldnt hold up but they got their liquor and now the they get the payback.
Zzzzz January 06, 2013 at 07:21 PM
So wools, you think Coleman should have been reappointed so as a across the board reappointments? Does it matter what the town employees think or it is just what the town council thinks in reappointments for consultants and vendors? If its just councils decision, then did all 5 members look at every appointments on their merits and past record in what's best for the town? If not would they reconsider?
G. Williams January 07, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Purple, You need to know the facts before you start rumors. The Zoning and Planning Boards each select their own professionals, including attorneys. Council has nothing to do with it. The selection for professionals will be made following a review of the submitted proposals by various professionals. What violation of the Sunshine law are you talking about? I think you owe Council an apology.
Zzzzz January 07, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Mr Williams is right on planning and zoning professionals. As for the other consultants and vendors, ""the selection for professionals will be made following a review of submitted proposals.." Has council reviewed all professionals yet fully or are some on the agenda going to be tabled or not voted on Monday night? Can council table any if these proposed appointments and vote on them or change a vendor/consultant at a future council meeting after further review?
G. Williams January 07, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Lets take political preferences out of professional services. Almost all professionals serving municipalities serve, or have served both Democrat and Republican Councils. It is certainly not in their interest to work with one party only. Professional services are not required to be bid. In Moorestown however the boards generally select from among several applicants. On a final note, all five members of the Council participate in the selection of their Solicitor. Fact are the fuse that blow up fiction.
Zzzzz January 07, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Thanks mr w, hope all goes well tomorrow night!
G. Williams January 07, 2013 at 03:31 AM
ZZZZ, If Council has not reviewed and/or discussed appointments, they could table if they feel they need to. They cannot appoint at reorg. and then change a professional a month later without cause. Guess we'll find out who's who on Monday night.
Observor January 07, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Mr. Williams, if that is correct than why did they ask for RFPs for some but not all Planning and Zoning Board Professionals or even the Water/Sewer attorney? You seem to be mistaken. http://www.moorestown.nj.us/filestorage/207/243/245/2254/446/Request_for_Proposals_for_Professional_Services_for_TC_PB_ZB.pdf 1/3/2013 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - 2013 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Township of Moorestown is accepting proposals for 2013 annual professional service contracts. Proposals are sought for the following professional services: Township Attorney Planning Board Engineer Township Engineer Planning Board Planner Alternate Engineer Planning Board Landscape Architect Water and Sewer Engineer Zoning Board Engineer Township Auditor Zoning Board Planner Affordable Housing Planning Consultant Zoning Board Landscape Architect All proposals must be submitted no later than 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at which time they will be publicly opened and announced in the Conference Room of Town Hall, 2 Executive Drive, Suite 9A, Moorestown, New Jersey 08057. Deliveries made after this date and time will not be accepted. Please call 856 235 0912, if you have any questions.
Sideshow Bob January 07, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Are we to believe that proposals were received on Jan 3 and somehow the five members of council got together and reviewed them so they could be put on the agenda that was released on Jan 4? Was there a special meeting that took place and someone has a record of the decisions for the public to see? It is sure strange to only ask for some but not all professionals submit proposals and under. Does anyone know if these bids comply with the state pay to play laws specifically under fair and open bids? Chapter 19 - Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is a “fair and open process”? Under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., a “fair and open” process is a competitive process compliant with the rules and restrictions set forth by the State’s Local Unit Pay-to-Play law. Specifically, the “fair and open” process shall include, at minimum: • Public advertisement (either conventionally in newspapers OR posted on the entity’s website) with “sufficient time to give notice,” and • Award under “a process that provides for public solicitation of proposals OR qualifications,” and • Established on the basis of an award and disclosure process documented in writing prior to any solicitation, and • Publicly opened and announced when awarded. Were all the awards publicy opened and awarded according to the law?
Accountability January 07, 2013 at 11:41 AM
as the self appointed defender of the mayor and deputy mayor, you are to be commended for your loyalty. However, you should also be careful that your good name does not get besmirched by the actions of your friends in the past and future. your party battered itself last year and is off to a very bad start again this year. With at least one sincere and honest voice on council, your friends will be less protected. OPRA is a wonderful tool
Shemp & Lerch January 07, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Huge mistake Chris and Stacy. U cost us a year for the turf to be built and then only voted yes after Button elected to step aside. now the Mt. Holly Repub bosses want paulsen and you give in. Zero credibility to due whats right for m'town. Please enjoy ur remaining 2 years.
Deeply Concerned January 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Stacey and Chris owe Paulsen and the BurlCoGOP machine. Their chance to be mayor and deputy mayor was in jeopardy. Enter the machine, which brokered the deal last September. Button got his legacy, turf, and the money-bleeding town hall project. He dropped his bid, which allowed the politically ambitious to move up and pursue their dreams of higher office. Debts are owed.
The Firm January 07, 2013 at 03:37 PM
The Firm January 07, 2013 at 05:12 PM
http://njcitizenaction.org/news/cra123.html It is customary for Capehart to lend money to his friends who later pay him back.
Dienstag January 07, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Look folks, let's be honest here. Nobody wanted to see Coleman come back after the last few years of him, now we have a better firm that was the only other bid from what I hear around the town. So between the 2, why pick the Coleman guy who failed before? This is a good move, and rumor has it that Newcomer is okay with it to, so is that not the case? Who knows that answer? Looking ofrward to tonight and to the party that will follow!
Dienstag January 07, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Who do the Democrats even have to run next time? Hines and Satinger said they were both never gonna run again, and they are all they could come up with over the last few cycles. Are there new people? What do you hear?
Dienstag January 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
What town officials confirmed this? Where is your source? Or is this just more slander? By the by, I hear they dont go by Vicky and Phillip, they go by Victoria and Phil
Dienstag January 07, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Yes it is!
Dienstag January 07, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Backwards? We are moving forward!
TC Historian January 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Cb, correction, this will be the second time that two women will be on town council, not the first. The first time was in 1997.
Hausgebraut January 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Could it be you mean capehart failed by writing the non dufunct and spot zoning question #2 that was supposed to keep liquor at the mall. Mit Erfolg mögen Sie das, wir sollte Angst haben, sehr ängstlich.
HomeBrew January 07, 2013 at 08:18 PM
The joint campaign committee for GOP Town Council candidates Peter Palko, Phil Garwood, and Victoria Napolitano raised nearly $50,700 for the 2012 general election, according to reports filed with the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission. http://www.elec.state.nj.us/ELECReport/StandardSearch.aspx The total included nearly $10,000 in in-kind contributions from the campaign committee of incumbent GOP BurlCo Freeholders Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien. Garwood and Napolitano won council seats in November; Garganio and O'Brien fell short in their reelection bids.
Hausgebraut January 07, 2013 at 08:32 PM
2 out of 3 for $50k is not bad. Garganio/Obrien 0 for 2. Must be the great leadership of the party bosses. Did Governor Krispy Kreme contribute anything to them?
HomeBrew January 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Noteworthy: Kevin Loftus, dogged proponent of rubberized syn turf, resigned after only one year on the Open Space Advisory Committee. Claire Adair is slated to fill his unexpired OSAC term. http://www.moorestown.nj.us/filestorage/207/243/271/2264/4109/4111/7-2013_Open_Space_Advisory_Committee.pdf
Donnerstag January 07, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Whoa that's my line.. Look folks, lets be perfectly honest here. It is what it is. I'm just going to say it the way it is. Lets hope everyone has a good night tonight. Its a difficult process, btw, Why are there two home brewers here? and who should be afraid of what?
Donnerstag January 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
okay, Leute, lets ganz ehrlich zu sein hier. besten Wünsche an unsere Stadträte in 2013!
Stiffler's mom January 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Is it noteworthy because you are happy that Kevin resigned?


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