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Council to request traffic studies at North Church Street, Westfield Road

Items to be assessed include speed limits and crosswalks.

Moorestown Township Council adopted a pair of consent agenda resolutions last week that will allow traffic studies to be performed at two locations.

If the Burlington County traffic engineer complies, one study will be performed on North Church Street between Main Street and Flynn Avenue to consider reducing the speed limit, and another will be performed at Westfield Road between Borton Landing Road and Bridgeboro Road for speed as well as requesting a pedestrian crosswalk be installed between the Swedes Run Dog Park and the adjacent walkways. Council voted unanimously to approve the resolutions.

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Resident Kathy Sutherland, who lives on North Church Street, thanked council for its efforts.

“The truck traffic is astronomical now,” said Sutherland, who says she has seen trucks driving well over the speed limit. “It didn’t used to be like that years ago.”

Councilwoman Lisa Petriello agreed.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Petriello said. “We need to do whatever we can to help.”

In keeping with conversations about safety, the Moorestown Township Police Department swore in two patrol officers at the meeting — Dennis Chesney and Michael Angelus. Both officers are Moorestown residents.

“Patrolmen Angelus and Chesney, both graduates of our SLEO II program, showed us they had the initiative and temperament to make the step up to the full-time positions that had become available due to recent retirements,” police chief Lee Lieber said. “We all have confidence that both officers will continue to serve the residents and visitors to Moorestown in an exemplary manner.”

The Special Law Enforcement Officer, Class II program, a program for part-time officers, was instituted several years ago to provide manpower to allow full-time officers to concentrate on priority incidents.

“The program had expanded utilizing them as additional officers on the street when not handling court or special event details,” Lieber said. “Our SLEO II officers go through the same field training as our full-time officers.”

Upon successful completion, SLEO II officers frequently respond to and handle the same calls as full-time officers. This allows the department to evaluate them for full-time employment if they score high enough on the NJ CSC entry level test.

The next regular township council meeting will be held on Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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