Agreement Reached Between Montville Township and JCP&L

Montville Township Mayor James Sandham Credits: Melissa Benno
Robert Perkins is Honored at Meeting Credits: Melissa Benno
Construction Official Pat Calabrese Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – Mayor Jim Sandham announced an agreement has been reached between Montville Township and JCP&L regarding the power line project the utility company had proposed to build traversing township land.

The announcement, made at the regular township committee meeting held May 10, was that the company has tentatively agreed to move power lines as the township had requested, and reimburse “a significant portion” of the costs necessary to litigate the project, according to Sandham.

“I'm happy to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with JCP&L that addresses concerns expressed by residents along the proposed route, particularly those at the Meadows and Chase condominiums,” Sandham said. “We also incurred legal and professional expert fees in pursuing legal action and will be able recoup a significant portion of those expenses from JCP&L."

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Sandham stated at the meeting that the details will be forthcoming because the agreement is still in attorney review.

“This is how local government should work -- hearing residents’ concerns, addressing the issues and an extremely collaborative effort among residents, township committee members, administration and our legal team to bring about a great resolution,” Sandham told TAP into Montville. “We also have to thank JCP&L and John Anderson, in particular. While the initial road was a rocky one, both sides eventually removed the obstacles in order to address each other’s needs and derive a great answer. I think we have set a dispute resolution model for JCP&L to use going forward.”

Later, during the public input portion of the meeting, resident Scott Russell asked what the litigation had cost, and Township Administrator Victor Canning said approximately $200,000.

The township’s new Construction Official, Pat Calabrese, was introduced at the meeting. Calabrese is a Parsippany fire fighter and recipient of a Meritorious Team Award for resuscitating a woman whose husband had brought her to the station.

Canning welcomed Calabrese to the administrative team and said Calabrese’s experience is excellent.

Retiring Computer Services Technician Robert Perkins was also honored at the meeting. Perkins began with the township in August 2005 as the computer services technician. He retired at the end of March 2016 after 12 years of service. Perkins has been an active member of the Montville First Aid Squad for many years.

Canning announced that road improvement projects have begun in the township as of May 9; 16 roads will be improved between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. although this may vary. Letters will be sent to the residents on each street, and Nixle alerts will be sent to alert all township residents of detours.

To sign up for Nixle alerts, which tell recipients of warnings, alerts and information, via text message or email, go to Nixle.

The following is a listing the roadways included in the resurfacing project:

1)           Beverly Road

2)           Midvale Road (Longview to #8 Midvale)

3)           White Oak

4)           Kramer Drive

5)           Dog Park Parking Lot

6)           Two Bridges Road (Peace Valley Road to Lincoln Park Line)

7)           Cloud Drive

8)           Highview Court

9)           Indian Lane

10)         Ward Witty Drive

11)         Waughaw Road (Stony Brook to Ward Witty)

12)         Country Lane

13)         Lalique Drive

14)         Toby Terrace

15)         Douglas Drive

16)         86 River Road Parking Lot (Phase 2)

The committee passed a bond ordinance to finance $1,282,000 of the total $1,355,000 cost of: (costs given are total estimated costs)

  • purchasing computer hardware and software for the administration department ($25,000)
  • metal shelving and microphones for the clerk’s department ($8,000)
  • metal shelves for the finance department ($7,500)
  • improvements to the sidewalks on Changebridge Road ($100,000)
  • 202/Changebridge, Brittany, and Waughaw improvements ($459,000)
  • police utility vehicles and equipment ($100,000)
  • a dump truck ($150,000)
  • signs and a snow plow ($17,500)
  • carpeting the municipal building and purchasing tables and chairs ($60,000)
  • purchasing clinical and nursing equipment for the health department ($2,500)
  • adding air conditioning to the Eckhardt wrestling barn ($20,500)
  • purchasing a P.A. system for the court ($1,200)
  • flooring for the Senior House ($30,000)

To read more about this bond, click here.

The committee voted to accept the resignations of Tracy Schuly from the Historic Preservation Review Commission and Renee McCue from the Dog Park Advisory Committee.

The next regular meeting will be May 24 at 8:00 p.m.


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