MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Minutes of November 18, 2009
Ron Cain, Jr. - absent
Margaret Miller – Sanders -
Vreeland - present
Mark Tabakin - absent
Soussa - present
Driscoll - present
Jennifer Horowitz - present
Alt. #1 - present
Greg Milazzo – Alt #2 - present
Township Officials: Linda White, Land Use Administrator
Planning Board Liaison: Gary Lewis & Tony Speciale
Website Development – update
Discussion ensued on ways to promote
economic growth, noting that our
website does not address many features of our community that are important to attract new businesses to
community. Since the budget for EDC has remaining funds of
approximately $600, members thought that
half of these monies should be encumbered to hire someone to create and design the EDC webpage. Members would prefer having their own page and discussed different ideas of
how this page could be developed, mentioning
different pictures of existing
companies located in our community, and the sharing of businesses already existing.
Also discussed future breakfast
meetings with realtors, keeping the vacancy
list current, and making sure that the “How To” document is put on the web since it is a valuable
tool for the community.
The members, in a Motion made by Dean Driscoll,
seconded by Dick Vreeland moved that we encumber half of the
monies towards this goal. Mr. Soussa and Mr. Driscoll will see if they can find someone that can provide this service.
Shop Local Campaign
Ms. Sanders indicated the Chamber is
piloting this program summarizing
the different activities in mind for upcoming year. After discussion,
the Board members in Motion made by: Dean Driscoll, seconded by Dick Vreeland moved that the remaining half of the
EDC monies be encumbered to support
the Shop Local campaign.
for 2010 – Mrs. White reviewed proposed budget with membership which was given to the Township Administrator.
2010 (Terms Expire) Mark Tabakin,
Jen Horowitz and Alex Kachmar as
well as Margaret Miller-Sanders are up.
Each was asked to fill out
the clerk’s form, and that the Chair is to write his recommendation to Clerk.
discussed the need to address the welcome letter developed and update it to address sending to those
businesses interested in our community. Mrs. White asked to email the prior Welcome
letter to Ms. Horowitz to update. It was felt there should be two different letters: one that offers EDC assistance, and the other
a welcoming letter. Ms. Sanders noted that the Chamber already
provides the welcome type of letter to
all new businesses moving into community.
Adoption of EDC minutes of 10-21-09 – Ron Cain, Dick Vreeland, Deane Driscoll, Alex Kachmar, Ron Soussa, Margaret Miller-Sanders – Adopted
Mrs. White updated members on
activities pending at the Board of Adjustment
and Planning Board, noting that the Board of Adjustment is heavily involved in many of the applications that are
filed for use approvals, noting
Quick Chek, cell towers. She also noted
Lowe’s would be presenting their
request to the Township Committee for roadway improvements
in accordance with the Board of Adjustment’s approval resolution November 24th.
Discussion ensued on restrictive
zoning the changes that should belooked
at to assist promoting reutilizing of existing buildings or vacant warehouse buildings. Mrs. White indicated the Planning Board is addressing the corridors and many of
these areas as part of their Master
Mr. Soussa indicated we should keep a
running listing of all areas that are
being investigated for ease in review for the EDC.
subcommittee created consisting of Ron Soussa, Alex Kachmar and Greg Milazzo to review documents and keep
EDC abreast of items relevant to EDC.