Moorestown manager gives update on water restrictions, township clerk talks district polling places change

At the Moorestown Council meeting on Monday, May 4, Township Manager Scott Carew gave an update on Moorestown’s water emergency order that was issued last week, while Township Clerk Patricia L. Hunt also gave an update on the changing of some district polling places.

To encourage water conservation and to reduce peak water demand, the township found it necessary to impose mandatory restrictions to conserve the municipal water supply. Carew felt there was some misunderstanding with the order and wished to let residents know this is a permanent policy and the township just sends this order as a reminder each year.

“I think it was misunderstood by some. We had put out the annual water conservation policy that the township has. This is the same water conservation policy that we enact every single year,” Carew said. “We just put this out each year to remind residents.”

According to a release the township sent recently, these restrictions are effective immediately and will remain in effect. A ban on the use of automatic sprinklers and sprinkler systems between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily is in effect. Hand-held hoses, however, are allowed at all times on permitted days.

Homeowners or businesspersons with addresses ending in odd numbers are permitted to water or sprinkle their properties on odd numbered days. Homeowners or businesspersons with addresses ending in even numbers are permitted to water or sprinkle their properties on even numbered days.

In regard to polling, Hunt sent a notice of a permanent polling place change for all elections for voters in districts 8, 10, 14, 18, 19 and 20. This change was brought about by the school administration asking that voting not be held in schools.

The school district has come to the township before to ask for a change of location, but was denied. This year, its reason for change was brought about by concerns with security with the schools and ease of access to the polling locations. With the new construction happening at the schools, access to the schools would be a lot more difficult, which would be an inconvenience to voters. In the spirit of cooperation, the township decided to look at alternate locations. After visiting various locations, the township decided on four different locations.

“Voting is all about convenience to the voters,” Hunt said.

The township posted a release to the website and sent postcards to those affected by the change. The school district will also send an email blast to all parents.

If you are a voter in one of those six districts, beginning with the June 2 Primary Election, residents will vote at one of these new locations:

District 8: First United Methodist Church, 446 Camden Ave.

District 10: First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Road

District 14: The Evergreens, 309 Bridgeboro Road

Districts 18, 19 and 20: Burlington County Agriculture Center, 500 Centerton Road

“One of the positive things that came about from this change is that it would bring out residents to places they might not normally visit,” Hunt said.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, contact Hunt at the Township of Moorestown, 111 W. Second St., or by calling (856) 235 0912.

In other news:

• Council gave proclamations to Moorestown Theater Company for its 100th production, for Autism Awareness Month and to the Moorestown Special Education Agency Advocacy. Members of the MTC were there to accept the proclamation.

• Two ordinances on second reading were approved. The first increased the required escrow for conditional use applications from $300 to $1,200, and the second was on a sign ordinance and defined a billboard sign and prohibited the same.

• The next Moorestown Council meeting will be on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. workshop in Town Hall.