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What Would You Improve in Cinnaminson: Mayor Answers 2013 Wish List

A new community center, a farmer's market and an updated township website are among the issues talked about.

 

A few weeks ago, we asked our readers what you would like to see improved in Cinnaminson in 2013.

We read every single comment and picked some of the most popular answers and chatted with Mayor Ben Young about them.

We didn’t want to let those ideas to go waste.

Here is a Q&A with Young with the topics you inquired about: 

New township website/Updated community calendar/Message board

“Committee agrees that we need to improve our website,” said Young. “We need to improve our entire communication on the Internet. How to do that exactly seems to be the problem.”

Over the years, several residents have asked about an online community calendar, a township website which has agendas and meetings minutes and just an overall improved look of the site.

Young said he thinks a community calendar, minutes and more should be posted. He would even like for there to be building permit and planning board applications.

“To do something that well,” he said, “you’re either going to hire a professional or have someone on staff.”

That costs money.

“Do I expect to have something done before the end of the year? Yes,” Young said. “Will it be perfect? No.”

 

Farmer’s market

Although having a farmer’s market in our town would be something to brag about, Young said he wouldn’t even think of duplicating what the county is already doing four miles away.

The Burlington County Community Agricultural Center on Centerton Road in Moorestown is open on Saturdays from May to October.

“The county is already providing this service,” Young said. “It’s regional. Why would you spend dollars duplicating something that is four miles away?”

There are also options in-town, Young reminded residents. Taylor’s has the option to garden with them if you can’t garden at home and neighbors near Extension Park have a community garden started two years ago.

 

Township welcome signs

Mayor Ben Young admits the signs could be “freshened up” but was quick to say that all the welcome signs going into Cinnaminson are intact with the exception of one.

Over the years, Young said, committee has talked about a new design for the signs but nothing had been decided upon.

Three years ago, Eagle Scouts refurbished the signs. 

 

New community center

Young knows the Cinnaminson Community Center isn’t ideal. “By any stretch of the imagination,” Young said.

Township committee has talked about a new community center—most recently a few years ago, when they bought the former Cinnaminson Home and brainstormed its possible future uses.

“We ran the drill and there was no practical way to make it cost effective,” Young said.

People kept suggesting features of a new community center, including indoor basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, conference rooms, etc.

“Pretty soon, it’s a huge facility…and you’re talking about the YMCA,” Young said. “Now you’re competing with the local businesses. I don’t think that’s the goal of government—to compete with the people who pay taxes in this town.”

But out of all the issues plaguing Cinnaminson, a new community center hasn’t been one brought up too many times, Young said.

“I think there’s people who would like to see a community center, but I think of the logistics,” Young said. “I’m wide open to looking at it but when push comes to shove, there’s not enough support to make it happen.”

 

Sharp turn on Forklanding Road near bridge

“There’s been a lot of things talked about down there,” said Young.

The sharp turn in question is right by Winner’s Farm stand before it moved. If you’re driving toward Route 73 from Church Road on Forklanding Road, longtime residents know the need to slow down, take the turn very carefully and then wait at the bridge until it’s safe to drive over.

The township doesn’t own property right at the turn so nothing can be done right now, Young said.

“There would have to be some negotiations to purchase property to fix it,” he said.

The township did however buy property nearby, known as the Kay Property. Something could be done with that package to turn part of that into more park space and parking lots for Memorial Park.

As far as the turn goes, Young said there’s been talk about bright yellow lines or signage.

 

What other issues and improvements would you like to see Cinnaminson tackle in 2013? We’ll keep a list going and ask the mayor once a month. 

Cindy Pierson February 01, 2013 at 10:56 PM
@Skitch - Sorry, I get defensive about my alma mater/place of employment. What with living in a house that's over 100 years old, and having a distorted sense of time to begin with, I forget that the parts of the school that I still think of as "new" were actually built prior to the construction of the high school in Cinnaminson in the late 60s. The funds that the Palmyra School District received were used to make the schools handicapped accesible, update the heating and cooling system, and thankfully, we no longer have a mold problem.
Maria February 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The problem is that paying more money in taxes does not necessarily mean that it goes to the school kids. Rather, the extra money goes toward the inflated salaries of school administrators (do you know how much they make?), teacher's salaries and stipends, and a lot of other wasteful spending at the schools.
lori weldon February 05, 2013 at 02:14 PM
A sidewalk needs to be placed on Lenola road from Forklanding rd to the light on Church road. Many People travel this road to the warehouses and businesses that have taken a bus on rt 130 into town to go to work . They are walking along with cars 24/7. Mothers and their children seen walking hand in hand with baby strollers being pushed along side cars rushing to work. People walking their dogs heading to Memorial Park. There are children on bicycles and skateboards, I watch them weave in and out of the line on the road goofing off. Drivers speed constantly. It is very dark on this road at night. Kids love to wear black . More and More traffic has occurred on this main road. I understand it is considered a County road. Yes I have called but as you see nothing has been done. Your Cinnaminson residents use this area of road in Burlington County, in your town. All I can say is I yell to kids every week about how dangerous the road is and to parents that are not holding a child's hand.. to be careful of the cars. I know the road, I do not see people walking at night til I am right up on them, especially at the bend. I am requesting that a township member get involved in this venture to place a sidewalk on Lenola road. Let's help prevent a horrible accident involving one of Cinnaminson's residents. Deadly accidents have occurred at both corners for years. It is time to take care of the safety in between. Let's not do this too late. Thank you
Ruth Mays April 17, 2013 at 07:03 AM
As we learned when there was a plan to build a community center at Wood Park, the land is deed restricted. No permanent buildings can be built there or it reverts back to the Westfield Meeting. Memorial Park is a different issue, but I would hate to see a park turned into a school.
Ruth Mays April 17, 2013 at 07:12 AM
About the township website- it ranks 517 out of 600 in the state. That is truly pathetic. It would not take much to bring it into the 20th century. Putting a link to PDF forms takes minutes; having actual web forms is a bit harder, but can be done. There are even free calendar applications. Putting in links to PDF copies of meeting minutes, agendas, and proposed ordinances is easy too. Yes, it could use a visual update, but these small things could be done very cheaply and would be a great improvement. It does seem to be much easier to just say things are impossible or that the committee is talking about them than to actually do anything about the problems people bring up.

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