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Montville Township Committee Discusses Condemnation, JCP&L and Hydrant Care

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Montville Kiwanis President Douglas Cooper and First Vice President Michael Johnson. Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ – At the Montville Township Committee meeting on Oct. 13, the Committee voted unanimously to pass an ordinance designating three businesses on Route 46 as an Area in Need of Redevelopment.

Mayor Scott Gallop stated, “The Planning Board had a hearing [about this] last Thursday and designating this area ‘in need’ gives the Township Committee much more powers with respect to Land Use and includes PILOT programs, tax abatements, and incentives, for that section to be redeveloped. It’s the [former] Suppa’s building through Pine Brook Motel, including Evergreen Realty. If you go to the website, there’s a link to the study [that was performed].”

A link to the study about the three properties can be found HERE. The full ordinance can be read HERE. The ordinance grants the power of eminent domain.

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JCP&L

Township attorney Fred Semrau reported that, “The case has begun to move.”  He said the Township has requested documents from JCP&L regarding its proposed construction within the Township, received the documents, and has requested further documents. During the Township Committee meeting, an ordinance was passed allowing a budget of $20,000 to hire an additional expert witness, DNV-GL Power Solutions, Inc., based on the recommendation of Maser Consulting, in order to examine the actual need for the construction.

Kiwanis

Montville Kiwanis President Douglas Cooper, First Vice President Michael Johnson and Board of Directors member Tom Mazzaccaro presented their “Adopt a Hydrant” program to the Committee.

“Hydrants around town are getting pretty rusty and dirty,” said Cooper. “We would like to partner with Montville Water and Sewer, civic associations and youth groups to get the hydrants painted. We will get kits with half a pint of paint, a brush, and other materials to paint the hydrants. Our goal is about one-third of the hydrants per year."

“Safety is important to us, so adults will be with the kids, and the kids will be painting side-street hydrants. We also have reflective vests for the adults to wear for safety,” said Cooper.

Mayor Scott Gallopo stated he appreciated the Kiwanis’ efforts, and Committee Member Deb Nielson said her family participated in the program years ago and it was a “great civic experience.”

The Township Committee approved the program.

Administrator’s Report

Township Administrator Victor Canning reported that the Township’s goals are now posted on the Township website, along with the project status list.

Canning stated that the Township filled out the State’s “Best Practices” worksheet and achieved a score of 43 out of 50, resulting in no penalty or impact to financial aid. One area that needs to be worked on is contract negotiations, stated Canning.

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board is interested in providing grant money to preserve the Conklin Farm at the corner of Vreeland and River Roads.

Sequicentennial

The year 2017 will mark Montville’s 150th anniversary and Nielson encouraged the formation of a steering committee to plan celebratory activities.

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