Thursday, December 20, 2012
The new Moorestown council members will be sworn in on January 7.
- Rob Scott
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Holding elected office oftentimes is not an easy job, and the three outgoing members of town council drew praise for their four years of service at their final meeting Monday. Just as they ran as a team four years ago, Mayor John Button, Deputy Mayor Greg Gallo and Councilman Mike Testa will leave council together at the end of this year. Though their tenure was occasionally marked by controversy, their colleagues, including fellow council members Stacey Jordan and Chris Chiacchio, lauded their service. “I challenge anyone who thinks it’s easy to come down and give it a shot,” said Chiacchio. “It’s called a political arena; it’s not called a political day at the park. So you have to have respect and admiration for anyone who comes down …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Complaint citing conflict of interest found to "lack factual basis."
The Ethical Standards Board, in a special meeting Wednesday night, voted 5-0 to dismiss a complaint of conflict of interest lodged against a council member. “It is appropriate to dismiss the complaint as it lacks factual basis,” said board member Dan Posternock. The complaint, based on an April 11 vote by council to use up to $217,845 in Open Space funds for engineering, design and bidding expenses for Phase I of the K.I.D.S. Initiative, was found to have no basis of fact. "I'm thankful that the members of the ethics board took their roles seriously, followed the law and found the claim to be without merit," said councilman Michael Testa. "Moorestown taxpayers deserve results for their tax dollars. We can save open space, fix fields and …
Monday, April 11, 2011
Town council will be voting to use Open Space funds for engineering, design and bidding expenses for the K.I.D.S. Initiative.
Town Council will vote on a resolution tonight to allow Open Space funds to be used for engineering, design and bidding expenses for Phase I of the K.I.D.S. Initiative for improvements to Wesley Bishop Park and Pryor Park. Improvements include: The council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the William Allen Middle School auditorium. A $2.7 million bond referendum to fund the project did not receive the four votes it needed to pass at the April 4 meeting. John Button, Greg Gallo and Michael Testa were the three yes votes. A resolution requires a majority of three or more yes votes to pass. There is approximately $1.6 million in the Open Space Trust Fund. Open Space is funded through a tax of 1¢ per $1,000 assessed value. In the past two …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Second reading, and possible adoption, will be April 4.
At a special meeting Monday night, council voted 3-2 on the first reading of ordinance 4-2011, appropriating $2.85 million in funding for the K.I.D.S. Initiative. With the vote, the ordinance will move to a second reading on April 4. At that meeting, the ordinance will need four votes to be adopted. If adopted, a bond for $2.7 million will be issued. Chris Chiacchio and Stacey Jordan were the no votes. “There are a number of priorities we need to deal with before we spend this money,” Chiacchio said. “It also came down to affordability and the impact to the average taxpayer. “The foundation of the K.I.D.S. proposal, which was thoughtfully put together, is to make the fields safe. The reality is we are only making a couple fields safe. This…
Monday, February 7, 2011
Owned and operated by Moorestonians, RuffLax offers lacrosse players a chance to train year-round.
Katie Lee sits in her office at RuffLax and says she is jealous of today’s youth. “If I had something like this available to me…,” she says, trailing off. “The fact that they can play and train all year round is great.” Lee, 24, is head coach of women’s lacrosse at Chestnut Hill College. She played at Camden Catholic High School before hitting the field at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Division II school. She finds herself now offering area youth the opportunity to train for lacrosse year-round in her new position at RuffLax, a lacrosse-specific retail store and training facility on the Moorestown-Maple Shade border on Kings Highway. “We didn’t want our facility to be lost in an industrial park,” said Moorestown native and player …