MONTVILLE, NJ - “Democracy works best when the citizens are involved,” said Montville Township Mayor James Sandham. He’d much rather have people come forward at Committee meetings and have their questions answered and get correct information than to spread false information and “innuendos.”
At the Tuesday, June 27 meeting, Sandham said, “This is good tonight,” speaking about residents coming forward to ask their questions on important township matters, including the Pilgrim Pipeline, the aquifer and the ordinance that was introduced that would allow townhouses in the Towaco Center 1 Zone (TC1).
Usually when an ordinance is introduced, such as ordinance No. 2017-26 that will allow townhouse dwellings in the TC1 Zone, the public hearing and final adoption occurs at the next Committee meeting. However, since the ordinance had to go before the Planning Board on July 27 to assess if it conforms to the township’s master plan, the public hearing on the ordinance will take place at the Tuesday, Aug. 15 Township Committee meeting.
Sandham also apologized that the man who was going to make a presentation on the Pilgrim Pipeline was not able to make the meeting. A new meeting will be scheduled.
Victor Canning, township business administrator, explained that the mayor and he, along with the Economic Development Committee, got to sit with the prospective business who is interested in developing the land along the Rt. 46 corridor as part of township’s Economic Development Plan. It is a three to five acre parcel of land. If using three acres, it will be used for the selling of automobiles only. If using five acres, it will be for sales and a full service facility. The facility will open up 100 new jobs for Montville Township. Canning said, “It was an informative meeting as we continue on the redevelopment of that area.”
Lucy Tullo, a Democratic candidate for Township Committee, June Witty, a Republican candidate for Township Committee and former Mayor John Rosellini addressed the Committee on issues concerning the Pilgrim Pipeline, aquifer, and the newly introduced ordinance on the TC1 Zone.
Tullo wanted to know if at this point in time there was anything more the township could do to deter the Pilgrim Pipeline. The mayor explained that the Pilgrim Pipeline has not even sent in an application to the DEP. There can be no legal action until there is an application. The mayor is looking for support from the New Jersey Highlands Council in getting a favorable outcome.
Rosellini had a legitimate question on how the TC1 Zoning ordinance was worded. Sandham said they would look into the wording.
Witty also was concerned about the new proposed ordinance and building of more townhouses along Rt. 202.
As for the aquifer, the Township Committee understands its importance to the community and will protect it. The Committee is very willing to discuss any matter concerning the aquifer to the public.
More information on these issues will be discussed at the July and August Township Committee meetings. Sandham invites residents to come to the meetings to pose their questions and have their questions answered.