EDC minutes 5-20-09 Print E-mail


Minutes of May 20, 2009



Ron Cain, Jr. - present                         

Everett Vreeland - present                   

Ron Soussa - present                           

Jennifer Horowitz - absent                   

Margaret Miller – Sanders - present

Mark Tabakin - present

Deane Driscoll - present

Alexander Kachmar – Alt. #1   - present

Greg Milazzo – Alt #2 - present


Township Officials:  Linda White, Land Use Administrator - present     

Planning Board Liaison:  Gary Lewis & Tony Speciale - present



Update: Pending Board of Adjustment & Planning Board applications Mrs. White updated the membership on pending applications at Board of Adjustment noting Lowe’s is on again for June agenda, as well as several cell tower applications. The Board of Adjustment approved a use approval to allow demolition of existing law offices on Rt. 202 for Eli's Bagels, the Pine Brook       motel retail redevelopment is still alive, and rescheduled to end of July agenda, and the new deli/bagel site is almost completed on what was once Kay's market.   

Update:  Master Plan update – Mr. Lewis indicating that the Planning Board Master Plan subcommittee continues to meet monthly on this important task, noting that he would like the agenda to keep this item on regularly so that the EDC subcommittee consisting of Jennifer Horowitz, as chair, with Greg Milazzo and Deane Driscoll could bring some thoughts and ideas on areas that should be addressed at this level so when future meetings coordinated, there is substance to discussions. 

To date the areas discussed were:  Emery Road, Kokora, run down homes on Changebridge Road.  As more areas discussed, the minutes and agenda will have this running list. 

Mr. Lewis noted that the master plan subcommittee meetings are workshop meetings, and citizens are welcomed.  Although they are not legally open to public discussion, generally these types of meetings are very informal.  These meetings and this committee will set the framework for discussions at the Planning Board level with full hearings at that time.



Letter to Mayor from Morris County EDC:

Members discussed the letter requested that the township joining with the Morris County EDC in conducting a Listening to Business     Initiative program to gain a better understanding of the local economy, local companies and future opportunities.  Questions evolved as to what is the benefit of this program to this community and what goals would be achieved by our participation?  The letter noting that the information collected would be compiled in an aggregate form, analyzed and developed into a report identifying specific strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement in the township.  At the conclusion of the programs, breakfast would be held for all participated to hear mayor address findings in report.  No cost in involved in township.  Many questioned what is the ultimate  benefit to our community since we had did a similar program last year and little results obtained, most that did were satisfied noting they would like more retail on main corridors.  Discussion ensued.  Since the request was made to the Township Mayor, this information should be given to Ms. Nielson.  Other issue that cannot be addressed by this survey is the economy factoring in.  Little programs we can offer to new businesses or existing businesses.

Mrs. White indicated that the office still gets requests for businesses relocating to the town, but most will ask about tax abatement programs.  After a lengthy discussion on what types of grants and/or programs may be available from the state and/or federal level, it was noted that Jasmine Lim had received some grants for economic redevelopment purposes and perhaps we should ask Adam Brewer to contact her and find out what she got and how she got them. 

Mrs. White will call Morris County and pass this information along to them from our EDC as well as bring the Mayor up to date.    


Adoption of EDC minutes of 4-15-09 – Eligible: Mr. Cain, Mr. Driscoll, Ms. Sanders, Mr. Kachmar, Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Soussa, Ms. Horowitz, Mr. Milazzo

Adopted unanimously.


Mrs. White noted the township applied for a grant to try and get the streetscape installed in Towaco.  Discussion continued on projects pending at land use level (i..e. Milan renovation and pending file). 

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda M. White

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