Stop texting! Stop emailing! Prosecutor Warns Town Officials

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Lots of people in Marlton don't want a helipad to be built on a parking lot off Route 73.  The copters are  noisy.  Geese might fly into the rotors.  Motorists who look up might crash.    

While the complaints swirled, the town council and mayor were messaging each other on smart phones to figure out how to get the project off the ground. 

Now, Burlco's top prosecutor is scolding the officials for resorting to emails to debate the project.  They violated a state law that says town business should be discussed out in the open.  Sure, emails and texts are faster.  But whatever happened to public meetings? 

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20110805_Evesham_officials_emails_illegal.html

And here's the background.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20110721_Prosecutor_checking_Evesham_e-mails_for_Sunshine_Law_violations.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20110617_Evesham_Township_OKs_heliport_for_Connor__Strong___Buckelew.html

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