Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Democratic candidates for Moorestown council give credit to the current council for bonding the Wesley Bishop project, and ask that they fund it without using Open Space dollars.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
To the editor: We are thrilled that the Moorestown council has reversed course, and is now supporting the action we proposed in our July 30 letter to the editor on funding the field improvements at Wesley Bishop North Park. In our letter, we advocated paying for this project through the fiscally responsible process of bonding, and not by taking the entire amount from the Open Space Trust Fund. Last night, the council voted 5–0 to move this project forward by approving, on first reading, the bond ordinance. The community has come together admirably and found significant sources of alternative funding, including sponsorships, which will significantly reduce the burden on the taxpayers. We applaud this action. The funding for the debt …
After council approved three major capital projects—including town hall—last night, the Republican candidates for council give them a pat on the back.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
To the editor: Our team applauds the five members of town council for their willingness to put aside their past differences and come together in the spirit of community to address a number of our town’s most pressing issues. Moorestown has waited five years to see movement on the town hall project, and we are glad to see that the members of council realize that our citizens have waited long enough. As our team has been knocking on doors and meeting voters, we have heard many of them express a strong desire to see town hall back in the center of Moorestown where it belongs. We are grateful to see that the members of council agree. In addition, we are encouraged by the efforts of council on the Wesley Bishop improvement debate. We hope this…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Moorestown council voted unanimously to bond $1.4 million for improvements to Wesley Bishop North, but Mayor John Button left open questions of how it would be paid.
Following last week’s talk of compromise on the Open Space debate, township council voted Monday to bond $1.4 million for the Wesley Bishop North project. But anyone looking for assurances that council won’t use the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for it will have to wait. Council was full of positivity Monday night after approving unanimously—on first reading—a $1.4 million bond for improvements to the park, seemingly clearing the path for progress on the long-stalled project. Prior to the vote, township manager Scott Carew ran down a list of all the major capital projects before the township—Wesley Bishop North, the municipal complex, recreation center improvements, etc.—and their total price tag: roughly $19 million. Over a 20-year bond, …
After last week's talk of compromise in the Moorestown Open Space debate, an ordinance to bond the Wesley Bishop project is back on the agenda, along with one for the town hall project.
Township council will consider bonding the $1.4 million Wesley Bishop North project tonight, after two council members hinted at a compromise in the longstanding debate over how to fund it. In a letter to the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) last week, council members Chris Chiacchio and Stacey Jordan sought the group’s support for a plan that would involve “an annual contribution from the OS fund to be applied to the debt service” for Wesley Bishop. Reacting to that development, Mayor John Button and township manager Scott Carew added a bond ordinance for the project to tonight’s agenda. Jordan and Chiacchio have previously voted against bonding for the project, but last week’s letter indicated a shift in their position. “We’ve gotten…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A letter from Moorestown council members Chris Chiacchio and Stacey Jordan to the Open Space Advisory Committee may signal a turn in the conversation on Open Space spending.
UPDATE: Check out the attached PDF for the full text of the letter from council members Chris Chiaccio and Stacey Jordan to the Open Space Advisory Committee. ___________________ In a letter to the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), Councilman Chris Chiacchio and Councilwoman Stacey Jordan seem to signal the potential for a compromise in the ongoing, increasingly contentious debate over how to spend the Open Space Trust Fund. Chiacchio and Jordan have long opposed the use of the Trust Fund for the Wesley Bishop North project. But they struck a different tone in a recent letter to OSAC chair Maura Dey. Dey, reached for comment Tuesday night following an OSAC meeting, paraphrased the council members’ letter, stating, “(They) didn’t think …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Township council approves some field improvements, but will wait a little longer to commit on the full package.
After an exhaustive discussion Monday night, township council took action on two components of the athletic field improvements project, but once again held off on moving forward with the biggest chunks of the long-gestating project. Council adopted—on first reading—an ordinance to bond $422,000 to pay for improvements to Pryor Park, and also came to a consensus on replacing the lights at Maple Dawson and Jeff Young parks. The township is hoping to offset part of the $890,000 combined price tag for those projects by applying for a $250,000 recreation grant from the county, as well as commitments—in the form of annual contributions and sponsorships—from the Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation (MYBF), which so far come to roughly $300,000. …