MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER
Ron Cain, Jr., Chair - present Margaret Miller – Sanders - present
Everett Vreeland - absent Deane
Driscoll - present
Ron Soussa - present Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 -
- present Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 - present
Alexander Kachmar - present
Township Committee: Jim
Sandham - present; Deb Nielson (alt)
Planning Board Liaison:
Tony Speciale - absent
Environmental Commission: Monica
Mianecki - present
Meghan Hunscher, PP - Principal Planner - present
Planning Board Chair: Russ
Lipari - present
BoA & Planning
Board applications update
Deane Driscoll -
BOA - Mr. Driscoll reported that the Lake Valhalla Club withdrew its
Tony Speciale - Planning Board - Mr. Speciale was not
Mayor Sandham reported that the businesses along Changebridge Road
that experienced flooding may be looking walk away from the properties. The businesses are looking to Montville Township for a solution to the
problem. The EDC members expressed
concerns about this affecting tax revenue if the businesses are not viable due
to frequent flooding and the cost associated with clean-up.
The Mayor indicates that the Township Committee held a
hearing to discuss the matter. There are
a few possible solutions, which include raising the foundations or purchasing
the properties. The Mayor indicated that
there is state and federal money available and it is being investigated. Adam Brewer
has a list of properties that were affected by the flood.
Discussion regarding the EDC business survey - Ms. Hunscher
asked for clarification as to process.
Mayor indicated that he would like the surveys to be issued first and
have the businesses respond as to whether they would like a follow-up
meeting. Ms. Hunscher will have Trudy
have the Township Committee members sign the letter.
Ms. Hunscher indicated that she found “welcome to Montville” letters in
Linda’s old files and she would like to update them with new statistics. Ms. Sanders indicated that she would see
where the Money Magazine reprints could be perchased.
A member indicated how attractive the new Q Glass façade
was. Another member asked whether Kevin Bowell would be willing to speak to the
EDC. Ms. Hunscher indicated that she
will reach out again, but his initial response was “no.” Ms. Hunscher has not heard of any interest
for the G.I. Auto site.
Ms. Hunscher asked that Mayor Sandham give an overview of
the technology initiative. The Mayor
indicated that the Committee members received laptops and the new agendas have
hyperlinks to the documents that will be discussed. Hard copies of documents will still be
A discussion ensured regarding a reverse 911 system similar
to that which is provided by the school district.
Ms. Hunscher discussed that she met with a developer and there
is an upscale grocer interested in expanding into Montville.
They have asked that the properties and end user be kept confidential at
this point in time.
Speaker - SCOTT GALLOPO - Committeeman. Committeeman Gallopo will speak about
technology and transparency initiatives.
Mr. Gallopo did not present at this meeting.
There were no applicants to present to the Committee.
Adoption of EDC minutes of 8-17-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain,
Jr.; Margaret Miller-Sanders;
Everett Vreeland; Deane Driscoll; Ron Soussa;
On a motion made by Ms. Sanders and seconded by Mr.
Drsicoll, the minutes were unanimously adopted as presented.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was
unanimously adjourned at 9:15 a.m.
Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner