EDC Minutes 3-16-11 Print E-mail






Ron Cain, Jr.-present                                         Margaret Miller – Sanders - present

Everett Vreeland -present                                  Deane Driscoll - present

Ron Soussa -present                                          Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 - present

Jennifer Horowitz -present                                 Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 - absent

Alexander Kachmar - present                                                                                       


Township Committee:                Jim Sandham; Deb Nielson (alt) - both present

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - present

Environmental Commission:        Monica Mianecki - present

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP

Other present:

            Russ Lipari, Planning Board Chairman

            Real estate broker from Remax




A.                BoA & Planning Board applications update

a.       Deane Driscoll - BOA

b.       Tony Speciale - Planning Board                   

Mr. Driscoll indicated that Holiday was approved and that Lake Valhalla Club has an on-going application.  Mr. Speciale indicated that the Planning Board had light agendas. 

B.                Master Plan & Zoning Ordinance Update

a.       Optional elements - Meghan

b.       Meeting with Chamber on signage - Maggie

Ms. Hunscher indicated that the Chamber members met with Mr. Burgis, planning consultant, to discuss signage.  The Chamber felt that neon signs should be permitted but with restriction as to size and amount.

C.                Subcommittee Reports

a.       Retail Analysis - Maggie, Deane, Dick

                                                                           i.      Suggested research: amount of retailers in Montville

Mr. Speciale indicated that the fire districts keep records of every business in town and that Ms. Hunscher should contact them for the list.

b.      Commercial realtor event - Fall 2011 - Kevin, Ron S, Dick, Deane

                                                                           i.      Location, agenda, tour, hand-outs, timeline

The real estate broker present indicated that the brokers open houses are typically not well attended and she did not recommend that the EDC host a brokers event.  The subcommittee was disbanded.

c.       EDC comparable research - Alex

                                                                           i.      Websites, events

Alex compiled a list of example website of other EDCs.  Ron S. suggested that the EDC set up a stand-alone website.  Suggestions for the website include visual tour of the Township, slogan, vacancy listing. 

d.      Farmer’s Market - Jennifer, Deane, Tony

Tony had spoken with a number of local farmers and it appears they would not be interested in selling at a Farmer’s Market in Montville.  The subcommittee was disbanded.

Ron S. suggested that the Township consider organic farming of Township-owned preserved open space.  The proceeds would be placed in the open space trust fund.    Ms. Hunscher indicated that should would call the Morris County Agricultural Board to inquire.

D.                Speakers - Deane

a.       Glenn Buie, Maggie Peters, Stan Omland - status

Deane and Dick will line up speakers, one per month.

E.                Other initiatives

a.       Bayer

b.       Slogan


Mr. Sandham indicated that he and Mr. Bastone would be meeting with Bayer representatives later in the month. 



A.                Mission / Vision Statement for EDC

Suggestions for a vision statement and mission statements included:

“The Montville Economic Development Committee encourages new development and supports the retention of existing businesses while preserving the quality of life of our community.”

Mission statements include:

1.   To enhance Montville Township's quality of life through the creation and preservation of healthy businesses and jobs;

2.      To be mindful that one unique feature of our Town is that it is comprised of many separate and distinct areas that require careful consideration to keep its future growth desirable;

3.      To assist new and old businesses with municipal requirements and acts as a liaison between economic enterprise and municipal entities;

4.      To welcome and encourage businesses that might consider Montville Township a place to relocate to and creates a community culture that attracts and supports ratables;

5.      To help local businesses remain healthy and in town by assisting in their expansion and promotion;

6.      To facilitate landlords in renting space;

7.      To encourage the use of vacant buildings;

8.      To increase Montville Township’s ratables; and

9.      To keep in mind our residents needs and wants.  

10. Promotes growth and development that is line with our resident’s needs and guided by our community’s master plan.

B.                Target goals of EDC

C.                Subcommittee formation discussion

a.       Outreach subcommittee

b.       Business recruitment

c.       Target areas

These will be discussed further at a later date.

D.                Intern - Meghan

Ms. Hunscher indicated that she has placed an ad at Rutgers for an unpaid summer intern.  Part of the intern’s work would involve support of EDC efforts. 

E.                EDC dinner with Chamber honoring business person


The Chamber currently has an annual banquet. 



A.     Rene of Petals to discuss proposed café on same property (Chux)

Ms. Simon did not appear due to a scheduling conflict.


Adoption of EDC minutes of 12-16-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr., Margaret Miller – Sanders, Everett Vreeland, Deane Driscoll, Ron Soussa, Kevin Seidel, alt. #2, Jennifer Horowitz, Arnold Schancupp – alt #1, Alexander Kachmar     

Motion to approve: Deane Driscoll

Second: Ron Soussa

Roll call: unanimous


The meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher, PP

Principal Planner



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