EDC minutes 7-20-11 Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF JULY 20, 2011

Start time 8:00AM

 

ROLL CALL

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

Everett Vreeland - absent                     Deane Driscoll - present

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

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

Alexander Kachmar - absent                                                                                       

Liaisons:

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

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - present

            Environmental Commission:       Monica Mianecki - absent

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP - present

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Board of Adjustment - Deane Driscoll

 

Deane reported that the Lake Valhalla Club continues to be heard by the board. 

Planning Board - Tony Speciale

Tony was absent at the last Planning Board meeting.  Ms. Nielson reports that the updates to the master plan continues.  

Other Updates

There is a rumor that the Pine Brook Motel may be purchased and redeveloped.  A member indicated that there may have been a sale within the current family that owns the property.  Also, Suppa’s Restaurant closed.

Ms. Hunscher indicated that Maggie Peters, formerly executive director with the Morris County Economic Development Commission, resigned and has taken a position with Bergen County.

Subcommittee Reports

New Business

No report.

Business Retention

Mr. Driscoll indicated that in 2008, the then-chair of the EDC sent a mass mailing of surveys to businesses in town and there was a very low response rate.  The surveys were sent to the business list provided by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Ms. Miller-Sanders suggests that in light of this, it may be prudent to wait until the Morris County Economic Development Commission can handle the survey since it appears there will be follow-up required.  Ron Cain, who had been on the EDC at the time of the original mailing, was also concerned about going forward with this mailing without the County's assistance. There was no opposition to delaying project by the members present.  Ms. Hunscher requested that Ms. Miller-Sanders contact Mayor Sandham. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Speaker

Maggie Miller-Sanders, Esq. is a member of the Chamber of Commerce (past President) and attorney.  She interviewed two dozen chamber members for feedback on customer service at Montville.  The feedback was generally negative and respondents asked to remain anonymous.  She indicates that this is what businesses’ experiences were like in the past, and may not be entirely representative of existing conditions.

Feedback included the following:

  • Employees are not friendly
  • Businesses do not feel that they are listened to
  • The answer always seems to be “No”
  • Businesses feel as though they are treated like enemies
  • The culture of town hall is to stall projects
  • Planning and Zoning Boards are daunting and scary
  • The process in Montville is too expensive and businesses would rather relocate
  • Businesses do not ask for escrow or bonding to be returned due to fear of retaliation or being asked to do something else to their property
  • Employees are unwilling to pass files to other departments
  • Businesses do not like the threat of a new site plan if a use changes
  • Businesses would like a “how to” guide to each department
  • Businesses request that an organization chart be presented in the front lobby so people know who are the department heads and staff

APPLICANTS

No applicants were scheduled to appear.

MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 6-15-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr., Margaret Miller – Sanders, Everett Vreeland, Deane Driscoll, Ron Soussa, Alexander Kachmar

Minutes were approved as presented on a motion by Mr. Driscoll and seconded by Mrs. Miller-Sanders. So carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Hunscher, PP

Principal Planner

 

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