Merchantville merger effort ends, for now
The question of whether Cherry Hill and Merchantville ought to merge won't be on the November ballot. Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn has effectively pulled the plug on a planned municipal-consolidation study that Merchantville Mayor Frank North didn't support earlier.
No study, no public vote; no public vote, no merger. That's state law. "No one from a Cherry Hill perspective . . . saw the advantage" of proceeding, Cahn says. North adds: "I think shared services are the thing to do." Cahn took office in January, succeeding longtime Mayor Bernie Platt, a merger champion. Merchantville's government, North says, was excluded from the process by a grassroots merger group that allied itself with Platt and other political leaders in Cherry Hill. http://bit.ly/RvgCxf