2-15-12 EDC minutes Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 15, 2012

8:15AM

Chairman Driscoll welcomed everyone to the meeting and took roll call.

I.       ROLL CALL

Deane Driscoll, Chairman (present)                    Arnold Schancupp – alt #1 (present)      

Ron Soussa, Vice Chair (present)                       Kevin Seidel, Alt. #2 (present)

Jennifer Horowitz (present)                                 

Alexander Kachmar (present)

Margaret Miller – Sanders, Esq. (present)                                                                                              

Ron Cain, Jr. (present)  

Everett “Dick” Vreeland (present)

Also present:

Liaisons:

Township Committee:                Jim Sandham (absent); Scott Gallopo (alt) (absent)

                                                Deb Nielson (present)

Planning Board:                         Tony Speciale (present); Gary Lewis (present)

Environmental Commission:        Monica Mianecki (present)

Township Staff:

Meghan Hunscher, PP - Principal Planner (present)

Adam Brewer - Interim Township Administrator (present)

II.    BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Planning Board - Tony Speciale / Gary Lewis

Mr. Speciale indicated that the February 9 Planning Board meeting was canceled, but that a minor subdivision was scheduled for February 23.  The Planning Board discussed proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance at the January 26 meeting and referred them to the Township Committee. 

Board of Adjustment - Deane Driscoll

Mr. Driscoll indicated that the only item on the agenda for February was the JCP&L resolution of approval.

III.  APPLICANTS / BUSINESSES

There were no applicants or businesses to appear before the Committee.

IV.  SPEAKERS
Ms. Rebecca Feldman, Executive Director, Morris County Economic Development Corporation presented on her new role at the MCEDC.  She replaced her predecessor Maggie Peters, who is now the head of economic development for Bergen County.

Ms. Feldman gave an overview of the new strategic plan that the MCEDC is undertaking and the efforts that the MCEDC have made to work with the state Business Action Center and “Choose NJ.”  Ms. Feldman has as a goal to compile market data and provide clearinghouse for prospective businesses including websites.  She would also like to create a GIS-based program that would assist businesses with finding possible sites to locate in Morris County.  The challenge is funding and she encourages the EDC members to speak with the Freeholders to provide more funding for the MCEDC for these efforts, especially the website. 

In the month since she has started, Ms. Feldman has toured vacancy listings and attending “getting to know” meetings with EDC’s throughout the County.

Ms. Feldman made the following suggestions:

1.  Explore the State’s incentive programs.  Mr. Driscoll indicated that a representative from the state’s Business Action Center - Noel McGuire - has already spoken to the committee.

2. Prepare a Strategic Plan or Economic Development Plan element of the Master Plan.  Ms. Hunscher indicated that the EDC has intended to do this and will create a subcommittee.  Ms. Hunscher requested some examples from Ms. Feldman if she could provide them.

3. Re-evaluate the website since it is often the first thing businesses visit.  Mr. Driscoll indicated that this is an on-going discussion with Administration. 

She indicated that Roxbury, Hanover and Randolph are three examples of active EDC’s in the county.

Ms. Feldman identified potential strengths to market Montville including abundance of water, access to NYC via train, recreational resources, utilities and assistance with permitting. 

Ms. Feldman requested more information about Montville including land area and breakdown, tax ratable base information and breakdown, and vacancy listings, which Ms. Hunscher will provide.

She thanked the EDC and invited everyone to the annual Morris County Municipal Summit on March 14 at the MCCC and also to have a few members to attend the annual MCEDC meeting in April.

Other

Mr. Driscoll asked for volunteers to update the vacancy list.  The following volunteered:

Ron S., Maggie, Dick, and Deane

Mr. Soussa indicated that he would like to obtain some quotes from a professional to prepare press releases. Discussion occurred about how best to reach intended audience, such as an e-mail “blast list,” which Mr. Brewer said is under consideration.  Other publications include the Montville Messenger and the Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly newsletter. 

V.   WORKSHOP

Due to time limitations, no workshop was held. 

VI.   MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 1-18-12 – Eligible: Ron Cain, Jr., Margaret Miller – Sanders, Everett (“Dick”) Vreeland, Deane Driscoll

On a motion made by Mr. Soussa and seconded by Mr. Vreeland, the minutes were unanimously approved as presented.

V.   ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 10:25 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

_____________________________

Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner

Adopted at March 21, 2012 regular meeting.

                                               

 

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