Economic Development Committee Minutes 9-21-11 Print E-mail






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

Everett Vreeland - absent                                 Deane Driscoll - present

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

Jennifer Horowitz - 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

Township Staff:            

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 application.

Tony Speciale - Planning Board - Mr. Speciale was not present.

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.                    

Subcommittee Reports

New Business

Business Retention

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 available. 

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; Arnold Schancupp

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.

Respectfully Submitted,


Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner



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