Moorestown Council discusses potential uses for Old Library space

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When residents pass along the intersection at South and Second streets, just before the Moorestown Municipal Building and library, they now have a clear view of the complex, as the old library has been demolished.

The Moorestown Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 25 saw discussion of what the space could be used for in the future.

“I’m just planting the seed for the council to reach out to me if you have any additional thoughts on this (space),” Township Manager Scott Carew said. “We have talked on multiple occasions to create a green space in the spot the old library is quickly disappearing from.”

Mayor Phil Garwood suggested an extension of the parking lot, as space is kind of tight as it is. Carew said, a portion of the property has been designated for eight additional parking spaces.

Though there wasn’t disagreement on the need for more parking, Councilman Manuel Delgado suggested potentially using the space as additional outside space for the library or recreation center. Councilwoman Stacey Jordan agreed, saying the spot could be ideal for park benches.

“There are libraries, adjacent to us in other towns, that have an outdoor space where the library itself has an additional amenity outside of it to read a book or do a puzzle,” Delgado said. “It would be nice to have something like that.”

After discussing the matter further, council members agreed to have the manager meet with the township’s landscape architect, Scott Taylor, to come up with design concepts for the site and hopefully a concrete plan.

In other news:

– Carew gave an update and information on snow removal in town. According to Carew, there was frustration by some residents about the time it took for public works to clear the town. Carew said public works worked hard, but understands the frustration and apologized. Carew said the township will have a meeting with a small group of officials and administration members to review the snow removal standard operating procedure, review the township’s resources and identify areas of improvement. According to Carew, the current snow removal procedure is as follows: it doesn’t plow until at least four inches are on the ground; when plowing begins, the township does the red and green routes first, which are main throughways; and once those are finished, it moves on to side streets. Carew said it is helpful for people to call the Public Works Department to tell the township a road isn’t plowed. Council thought the snow removal went well and thanked public works for its hard work, but agreed to the meeting to see if improvements can be made.

– Council decided to go with Telvue as a possible host for a channel for Moorestown. The Telvue option provides a hybrid/cloud-based broadcasting and streaming solution, which allows for a channel on television as well as an online system for residents to view video from the township. Telvue would cost the township $27,327.90 to start and $5,118 per year for maintenance and hosting.

– The next town council meeting is Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, with a 7 p.m. workshop.

When residents pass along the intersection at South and Second streets, just before the Moorestown Municipal Building and library, they now have a clear view of the complex, as the old library has been demolished.

The Moorestown Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 25 saw discussion of what the space could be used for in the future.

“I’m just planting the seed for the council to reach out to me if you have any additional thoughts on this (space),” Township Manager Scott Carew said. “We have talked on multiple occasions to create a green space in the spot the old library is quickly disappearing from.”

Mayor Phil Garwood suggested an extension of the parking lot, as space is kind of tight as it is. Carew said, a portion of the property has been designated for eight additional parking spaces.

Though there wasn’t disagreement on the need for more parking, Councilman Manuel Delgado suggested potentially using the space as additional outside space for the library or recreation center. Councilwoman Stacey Jordan agreed, saying the spot could be ideal for park benches.

“There are libraries, adjacent to us in other towns, that have an outdoor space where the library itself has an additional amenity outside of it to read a book or do a puzzle,” Delgado said. “It would be nice to have something like that.”

After discussing the matter further, council members agreed to have the manager meet with the township’s landscape architect, Scott Taylor, to come up with design concepts for the site and hopefully a concrete plan.

In other news:

– Carew gave an update and information on snow removal in town. According to Carew, there was frustration by some residents about the time it took for public works to clear the town. Carew said public works worked hard, but understands the frustration and apologized. Carew said the township will have a meeting with a small group of officials and administration members to review the snow removal standard operating procedure, review the township’s resources and identify areas of improvement. According to Carew, the current snow removal procedure is as follows: it doesn’t plow until at least four inches are on the ground; when plowing begins, the township does the red and green routes first, which are main throughways; and once those are finished, it moves on to side streets. Carew said it is helpful for people to call the Public Works Department to tell the township a road isn’t plowed. Council thought the snow removal went well and thanked public works for its hard work, but agreed to the meeting to see if improvements can be made.

– Council decided to go with Telvue as a possible host for a channel for Moorestown. The Telvue option provides a hybrid/cloud-based broadcasting and streaming solution, which allows for a channel on television as well as an online system for residents to view video from the township. Telvue would cost the township $27,327.90 to start and $5,118 per year for maintenance and hosting.

– The next town council meeting is Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, with a 7 p.m. workshop.