TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
OF FEBRUARY 20, 2008
Nick Cifaretto - Present Ron Cain, Jr. -
Vreeland - Present Mark
Tabakin - Absent
Ron Soussa - Present Deane
Driscoll (Alt #1) - Absent
Jennifer Horowitz - Present Carol Ann Soroko (Alt
#2) - Absent
Anthony Speciale – Present
Township Officials: Linda White, Land Use Administrator -
Planning Board Liaison:
Mr. Cifaretto asked Mrs. White to remind those board members
of the need to ensure attending the EDC meetings, advising them that the if
there are three absenteeism’s in a row, the Chair is required to notify the
Township Committee. Some members have been
Upcoming Seminars –
Morris County EDC – Wednesday March 19th @ County College of
Morris 5PM to 8PM – Registration $30 - Mrs. White registered Mr. Soussa, Mr.
Vreeland and Mrs. Nielson.
Redevelopment Forum - Mr. Cifaretto indicated he would like to be
registered for the his attendance at the NJ Future Redevelopment Forum being
held February 29, 2008 at the Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center in New
– Discussion ensued that this web still has to be updated and that it is still
too cumbersome to navigate. The mayor is
still reflected as
Art Daughtry. Mr. Speciale indicated the Chamber just moved
to appropriate $5,000 to upgrade their website and that these two sites should
Coordination of Survey
for Business owners – Survey reviewed.
It was agreed this one page survey would satisfy the EDC’s needs. The EDC would use the Chamber’s and Township
Business listing, and Mrs. White would coordinate getting this survey out. Only changes made today were minor wording
changes, as well as adding fax number to allow answers to be faxed to Land Use
– Master plan adopted. Draft ordinance
anticipated for February 28th meeting. EDC supported this planning study at a prior
Changebridge Road study and Rt. 46 &
Old Bloomfield Avenue – scheduled for
March 13th meeting of Planning Board. Ms. Horowitz expressed concerns over delay
with having the Changebridge project go forward especially in today’s
environment. Discussion ensued on Board
of Adjustment process and whether or not this process would have been faster in
Support for State DOT involvement along Rt. 46 – Mr. Cifaretto noted that
the letter did go out and contact was made to those businesses (GI/Kevah
Konner) to move towards working together on improvements along the Rt. 46
corridor in this area.
Permit Processes –
DCA – Mr. Cifaretto indicated that since last meeting, there has been active
involvement as it relates to having in house review vs. going to the state,
also noting that Mr. Laird is attending class for higher license level to
support same. It appears the permit
process will move much more smoothly in view of cooperative efforts of all
Concerns raised that the
Highlands map shows
areas that have either been developed or subject to further development along
Rt. 46 (Kevah Konner/GI site) and that the EDC should take a strong position on
this and asked Mrs. White to draft a letter to Highlands asking them to reassess
their position in view of our need to further economic revitalization and the
existing developments on this stretch of land.
Master Plan Update
– Planning Board will start with a re-examination to address the various
rezoning requests received as part of their overall approach. The budget has not been adopted to address
the Master Plan, but this element will start since many of these rezoning
requests have adequate funds to begin review process. The Master Plan itself will take about 18
months to complete.
Stiles Lane Update
– Mr. Cifaretto indicated he would like a copy of the proposed roadway
improvement in this area, acknowledging that this will stay as an item on
agenda to see what happens during the budget review cycle. Mrs. White will get a copy of the map from
Form Letter for
‘Welcome to Montville’ – Discussion
ensued on developing a letter that would welcome new businesses into the
community, letting them know that the EDC is here to serve their needs and/or
assist them in their relocation to the community. Ms. Horowitz thought that this type of letter
was better if it were sent to new applicants filing in the community. Mr. Speciale indicated that the Chamber sends
a welcome package to the new residents and businesses and wouldn’t have a
problem working with EDC on this. After
a general discussion, it was decided that Ms. Horowitz would work with Mrs.
White on a letter that would be sent to new applicants coming into township.
Scheduling for Inviting Potential Developers to EDC meeting
– not discussed
Adoption of EDC minutes of 12-19-07 – Eligible: Mr. Cifaretto, Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Soussa, Mr.
Speciale, Mr. Cain, Mr. Tabakin, Ms. Soroko
Adoption of EDC minutes of: 9-19-07 Eligible: Mr. Speciale, Mr. Cain, Ms. Horowitz, Mr.
Soussa, Mr. Tabakin, and Mr. Cifaretto
Adoption of EDC Minutes of 10-24-07 – Eligible: Mr. Speciale, Mr. Cain, Mr. Soussa, Mr.
Cifaretto, Ms. Soroko and Mr. Vreeland
Adoption of EDC Minutes of 1-16-08 – Mr. Cifaretto, Mr.
Vreeland, Mr. Soussa, Mr. Speciale, Mr. Cain
Approved and adopted unanimously in a Motion made by: Mr. Speciale and seconded by Mr. Vreeland.
Linda M. White