MONTVILLE, NJ – Restaurant owners are asked to reach out to the township committee about expanding and/or creating outdoor dining capabilities. Normally this would require a formal approval process through the planning board, but during the COVID-19 crisis, government officials want to ease the abilities of restaurants to serve more diners.

Mayor Frank Cooney said at the May 26 Montville Township Committee meeting that he and other officials will be forming a committee to aid businesses in this transition as restrictions ease any day now in the state.

Restaurateurs, retail business owners, personal care businesses, childcare business owners and summer school and day camp owners are urged to reach out about the transition; contact Township Administrator Victor Canning at vcanning@montvillenj.org or 973-331-3302.

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State Aid Cuts

Canning said the township committee had been concerned about memos regarding budget cuts in state aid.

“The township receives $2,146,059 in state aid in payments split up across the months of August, September and October,” Canning said, and he did not think cuts would occur in funding to the township. The last payment might be delayed, but “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said.

He said all full-time staff has been brought back to work at the municipal building. They have been provided with personal protective equipment. The building is still closed to the public, however.

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