EDC 12-21-11 minutes Print E-mail

MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF DECEMBER 21, 2011

8:00AM

I. ROLL CALL

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

Everett (“Dick”) Vreeland - present                   Deane Driscoll - present

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

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

Alexander Kachmar - present                                                               

Liaisons:

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

Planning Board Liaison:             Tony Speciale - absent

Environmental Commission:        Monica Mianecki - absent

Township Staff:            

Meghan Hunscher, PP - Principal Planner - present

Meeting was called to order at 8:10 a.m. by Ron Cain, Chairman.

II. OLD BUSINESS

BoA & Planning Board applications update by Deane Driscoll - BOA and Tony Speciale - Planning Board

PB - Tony Speciale was absent.  Jim Sandham reported that there was no meeting in December. Reorganization will occur in January.

BOA - Deane Driscoll indicated that the BOA continues to hear the JCP&L application for a sound wall to block noise from the transformers and a use variance for a day care center on Park Ave at Route 202 in Towaco.

Other updates

Jim Sandham handed out minutes from the “Meet and Greet” held on December 1, 2011 with local businesses.  He indicated that the function went very well and the Township is making improvements to be more “customer friendly”

Mr. Driscoll would like the EDC to make a firm commitment to “do something” in 2012 and move forward.  Mr. Sandham suggested an open house for brokers to view commercial properties.  Ms. Hunscher asked Ms. Miller if there ways that the Chamber of Commerce could complement the work of the EDC.  Maggie indicated that there is a graphic artist who is a member of the Chamber and may be willing to provide inexpensive assistance to create a marketing brochure for the Township. 

Deane indicated that he will reach out to Vinny Costello, VP of Finance at Bayer, to see what movement if any there has been to market the property.

Subcommittee Reports

1. New Business

Update regarding prospective businesses including grocer

Ms. Hunscher indicates that she will be following up with Mr. Larry Anderson, broker for proposed grocer.  They are currently looking to purchase property between Changebridge and Route 202.  She will have more information at the next meeting.

Overview of waiver list

Ms. Hunscher indicated that there have been over 50 waivers this year, most approved and a handful requiring full site plans.  Despite the economy, Montville is still a desirable place to be located.

2. Business Retention

There was no discussion.

II.  NEW BUSINESS

Overview of presentation by MCEDC speaker Mark Waterhouse regarding economic trends in New Jersey and importance of strategic plan

This was tabled and postponed to a later date.  Mr. Driscoll will reach out the MCEDC to get a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Discussion regarding preparation of Montville EDC’s “Strategic Plan”

This was tabled and postponed to a later date.

Review of 2012 proposed dates and budget

Mr. Driscoll suggested a start time of 8:15 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. to accommodate the “working moms.”  The committee unanimously agreed to this time change for 2012. 

Jim Sandham showed the committee a brochure from a town in North Carolina that is used for business recruitment and as a welcome packet.  Maggie Miller indicated that Boonton has a brochure for their Main Street. (Both brochures were passed around) The committee decided that creating a similar packet for Montville was a good idea and unanimously agreed to recommend an increase in the budget from $600 to $3600 to cover expenses for the publication. 

Discussion regarding “Community Insights” proposal

Ms. Hunscher asked the Committee to decide whether or not to recommend to the Township Committee to pursue proposals from Community Insights consulting firm for attraction of new businesses.  Ms. Miller indicated that she recommends that the EDC first identify consultants located in town that may be able to perform the same services, but perhaps at lesser cost.  The members unanimously agreed to this approach. 

APPLICANTS

Ms. Hunscher indicated that the Montville Diner and Bedroom Place were invited, but they did not confirm and were not in attendance.

OTHER DISCUSSION

Ron Cain asked Ms. Nielson about the ombudsman position that the EDC recommended.  Ms. Nielson indicated that the Township Committee considered the recommendation, but felt that there are still unanswered questions that need to be explored.  For example whether the position should be held by a volunteer, or be a part-time or full-time position.  The TC felt that the position should be held by someone with a substantial level of expertise. There were suggestions that perhaps additional greeters or a rack with forms in the vestibule would also meet this need.  The item is still open for discussion.  Ms. Nielson indicated that the TC is also awaiting the recommendations of the Land Use Advisory Committee, which are expected by January 2012 prior to making any decisions on the matter. 

MINUTES

Adoption of EDC minutes of 11-16-11 – Eligible: Ron Cain Jr.; Dick Vreeland; Margaret Miller-Sanders; Deane Driscoll; Jennifer Horowitz; Ron Soussa; Arnold Schancupp

On a motion made by Mr. Driscoll, and seconded by Mr. Vreeland, the minutes were adopted as presented. 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

_____________________________

Meghan Hunscher, Principal Planner

Adopted at January 18, 2012 regular meeting

 

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