EDC Minutes 6-15-11 Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF JUNE 15, 2011

Start time 8:00AM

 

ROLL CALL

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

Everett Vreeland - present                    Deane Driscoll - present

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

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

Alexander Kachmar - present                                                                                      

Liaisons:

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

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - present

            Environmental Commission:       Monica Mianecki - absent

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP - present

Other

Russ Lipari, PB Chair - absent

Scott Gallopo, Township Committeemen - present

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Board of Adjustment - Deane Driscoll

 

Deane reported that the Lake Valhalla Club continues to be heard by the board.  There are at least fifteen variances requested.  The neighbors are complaining.

Planning Board - Tony Speciale

Tony reports that the Open Space Committee presented their plan to the board.  Home Depot has outdoor storage and display that has not been approved.  A site plan will be submitted for 323 Changebridge.

Bayer update

Jim Sandham reports that Bayer is relocating, however, location is undisclosed. Montville site anticipated to be empty by end of 2012.

·        Lease or sell - Bayer prefers to sell

·        Tax appeal on empty building may occur

Ron S. drafted a letter indicating EDC’s willingness to assist with securing new tenant.  Mr. Bastone reviewed and Ms. Hunscher will finalize. 

Subcommittee Reports

New Business

A subcommittee meeting was held to discuss attracting new businesses.  Deane reported that some new business suggested included Wegmans, Market Basket, and other franchises.  Suggestions include preparing an information packet that gives an overview of Montville, census, demographics, tract size, etc.

Dick indicates broker in Towaco with TR Alter and Associates may be helpful with EDC initiatives.

Business Retention

Will be meeting June 23.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Speaker

Maggie Peters – Morris County EDC Executive Director - Deane gave introduction. She has worked with other Morris County towns. She gave overview of MCEDC which is not a government agency although it receives funding from government sources, but also from members and event fees.  Currently there are65 members, 300 businesses

·        The MCEDC has statistics, brochures

·        Montville is candidate for “Listening to Business” initiative

Towns participated in “Listening to Business” survey include

·        Florham Park

·        Hanover

·        Randolph

·        Parsippany

Maggie matches businesses with state programs and resources, which can be specific to need. Maggie attends trade show and speaks with location consultants

The Committee asked what attracts businesses to Morris County.  Factors include:

·        Workforce

·        income

·        Access

·        Transportation

Retention is current focus of MCEDC due to economic climate

·        Other states recruit. “TEAM PENNSYLVANIA” try to steal businesses out of NJ

·        PNY 280,000 expand Parsippany, for example

o       Wanted to stay in NJ

o       State incentives provided

Suggestion from EDC includes profile in Montville Messenger

·        Insert PDF of data profile as a suggestion

EDC asked what Montville could do better.  Maggie indicated permitting process key – reputation in brokerage community is important

Maggie indicated that the MCEDC works with the County GIS to create maps.  This includes GIS mapping with radius of demographics and income.

Mayor Sandham asked which town does it right?  Maggie indicates that it can be difficult to determine since the quantity of industrial and business space varies by town.  For example Randolph has only 45 businesses.  Roxbury is currently trying to streamline process.  Hanover has a poor reputation. 

Mr. Sandham asked Maggie to speak at a town hall meeting with brokers and businesses.   She said she would. Maggie indicated that typical complaints are about taxes and traffic. 

ACTION ITEMS:

·        Each section profiled – Towaco, Montville, Pine Brook

·        Businesses need contact point

·        Electronic permitting process

·        Highlight turnaround time of permits

Items for future discussion to post on website:

  • Document success stories
  • Morris County EDC – programs and services of business community

·        Vacancy list

·        Business list

·        Survey, monthly newsletter

·        PDF to local realtors

·        Brochure to e-mail or prospects with profile

APPLICANTS

No applicants were scheduled to appear.

MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 5-18-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr., Margaret Miller – Sanders, Everett Vreeland, Deane Driscoll, Ron Soussa, Alexander Kachmar, Jennifer Horowitz

Minutes were approved as presented on a motion by Mr. Driscoll and seconded by Mr. Vreeland.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There be no further items to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher, PP

Principal Planner

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 September 2011 )
 
< Prev   Next >
Joomla School Template by Joomlashack