Woolwich Discusses Property Purchase as part of Open Space Plan

woolwich twp webBy Alicia Rodriguez

WOOLWICH TWP. — At their April 18 meeting, the Woolwich Township Committee discussed the possible purchase of two properties as part of the township’s Open Space Plan.

Presented by Director of Community Development Matthew Blake, the plan proposed the purchase of two properties off of Township Line Road to accommodate multiple needs of the community.

Blake explained that the first step in the purchase of the property was to determine the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) credits for these properties. The property proposals were accepted at the TDR auction on March 29, and credits were approved to the township.

The next step would be to move forward with the purchase of the properties per the committee’s approval. The properties are currently owned by the Stefano and Moreno families. “These families want to leave a legacy with their properties,” Blake stated that night.

Blake went on to say that purchasing these properties would resolve the issue of lack of athletic fields which was brought up earlier in the meeting.

Ben Komadina, Club President of Swedesboro-Woolwich Soccer Association (SWSA), had expressed his ongoing concerns with lack of athletic fields. Komadina stated that with an active registration of about 800 kids in the fall league and about 650 in the spring, SWSA is 10 fields short as a club.

Blake provided a solution stating that these properties could provide six new athletic fields if purchased. He also went on to say that the properties’ location, across the street from Logan Municipal Park and adjacent to Weatherby, give a great scenic view of the township and therefore, would also make ideal space for walking and hiking trails.

Some concerns on an economic stance were raised about cleaning the land and keeping it maintained once purchased. Committeeman John Carleton asked if the county would be willing to pay dollar for dollar on maintenance costs. Blake answered that that was probably unlikely.

With the expensive clean up bills on already owned land, which is about 400 plus acres, the committee has decided to take some more time discussing the Open Space Plan.

In other news, Mayor Alan Schwager announced that five Woolwich Police Officers have been accepted into a bike program. Officers are given extensive manuals on bike procedures and equipment that they must know in order to complete the program.

Coming up this month is the Locke Avenue Fun Days Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Lock Ave Park. The event goes from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 12 pm. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This two day event includes rides, food, and live music at two different performance arenas. There will also be pet contests sponsored by FURever as Friends. There are three contests: Pet Kissing Contest, Waggiest Tail Contest and Cutest/Best Costume Contest with first, second and third place prizes in each category.

For registration forms for the pet contests, vendor registration and list of times for the live performances please visit http://www.woolwichtwp.org/index.php/events/eventdetail/209/-/locke-avenue-fun-days .

Also mentioned, the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District is finalizing current budget plans, and that 45 of 48 plots have been taken for the Woolwich Township and Swedesboro Community Garden this year.

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