Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Vision Equities seeking to purchase Bayer's Montville and Wayne sites as Bayer is consolidating three North Jersey offices to Whippany.
Wednesday, March 20
A developer is looking to buy Bayer HealthCare’s Montville and Wayne campuses, NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday. Bayer HealthCare, the U.S. subsidiary of BayerAG, is re-locating its three North Jersey offices to Bayer's new East Coast headquarters in Whippany along with 2,500 jobs. The Montville campus, located at 340 Changebridge Road in the Pine Brook section of the township, includes two office buildings. Bayer's decision to consolidate in Whippany was announced in early 2011 and Montville officials immediately began discussing what kind of economic loss the major pharmaceutical company leaving town would mean. In addition to losing one of the largest employers in Montville, the community has been proud of maintaining a positive …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Committeeman: Township should not be charging the maximum amount allowable to hook up to the municipal sewer system.
After discussion that spanned several meetings on the topic, the Montville Township Committee voted to freeze the connection fee users pay to be able to hook up to the municipal sewer system, at least for now. The committee began discussing lowering the proposed 2013 fee, $6,628 for sewer, last year, as Committeeman Scott Gallopo took issue with the township charging the highest amount allowable under state guidelines. The township's connection is higher than other, neighboring communities. Sewer customers pay the fee to be able to connect to the sewer line and then incur additional fees to actually hook up. As conversation has continued on the topic, though, and even at Tuesday's township committee meeting, some officials have said that …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Rides, parade may be cancelled in 2013 but mayor said he is hopeful a group of volunteers will come together to make holiday tradition bigger next year.
The fireworks show will go on, but the extended celebration Montville Township has been used to celebrating around Independence Day for the past several years will be limited in 2013. "It will not be a three-day event," Mayor Tim Braden said. The township announced last week that this year's event will include fireworks at the Montville Community Park. But past that, Braden said he is unsure whether most of the activities, including the parade and flea market, will be a part of this year's celebration. What Braden was fairly certain would not be included this year are carnival rides. Township officials said the event has been scaled back after the not-for-profit corporation that organized it each year, the Montville Township 4th of July …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Mark Mantyla has worked in Montville for the past 27 years.
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Monday, February 4
After serving in the assistant township engineer role for more than 15 years, Mark Mantyla was appointed as Montville's new township engineer. Mantyla was appointed to the role during the township committee's Jan. 22 meeting, according to Neighbor News. He has worked in Montville for the past 27 years.
Montville Township Historical Society to host discussion based on mother's letter about sons at war.
The following was submitted by the Montville Township Historical Society. Have something you'd like to announce to the community? Upload it here. “Civil War Soldiers–My Only Three Boys” is the subject of the next Montville Township Historical Society program, Feb. 11 (Monday), 7:30 p.m. in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main, Montville. The title of this talk comes from the letter of a mother writing about her three sons that mustered into the Civil War. They were the lucky ones as they all made it home. We tend to think the Civil War did not happen here as no battles occurred in the local area. But the area was very much affected and many men served from the area. Many local volunteers filled the ranks of the 27th regiment, …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Township committee members unsure whether having a Technical Review Committee examine land use applications would shorten the process.
The installation of a new land use subcommittee is under consideration by Montville officials, but township committee members are unsure whether having a Technical Review Committee for land use applications would lengthen or shorten the development process. Discussion on the Technical Review Committee began earlier this month after Mayor Tim Braden brought the recommendation for its creation from the Land Use Advisory Committee, a group that includes members of the township's land use boards, before township committee members. Braden said that the Technical Review Committee was presented as potentially being able to shorten the application process for developers looking to build in Montville. But at the Jan. 15 meeting, when township …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Volunteer helps bring in $14,000 grant from Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals.
Montville volunteer Deane Driscoll was chosen as Citizen of the Year by the Montville Township Chamber of Commerce. Driscoll was honored as a result of the chamber's annual awards selection. "Anyone that knows Deane knows how hard he works in this town on a number of fronts and I think you'll all agree that it's well deserved," Mayor Tim Braden said. The chamber began soliciting nominations for several categories of awards in September. According to information provided by the organization, the Citizen of the Year honor would be awarded to "an outstanding, well-rounded citizen who lives or works in Montville and has demonstrated exemplary service by way of volunteerism and community involvement." Driscoll serves as vice chairman of the …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Montville company to donate artificial turf field to high school in exchange for naming rights.
A year-and-a-half after voters rejected a referendum for the school district to fund the project, Montville Township High School will soon have an artificial turf field thanks to a donation from a local company. Montville Township Public Schools Business Administrator Jim Tevis said contractors will be meeting within a few weeks to officially kick off construction on the project. While Tevis did not have an exact timeline for when the turf field would be complete, as much of the work depends on the weather, he said the project is moving ahead. "We'd love to see it done by the end of the school year," he said. The turf field is being made possible through a donation from Applied Landscape Technologies, a Montville-based landscaping company…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Developers will price retail units beginning in February.
Driving on either side of the Towaco train station, it's hard to miss the large building starting to take shape next door. That building is the Towaco Crossing development that broke ground last spring. Included in the project is 1,200 feet of space for six retail businesses and six residential units and the development's centerpiece, an 18,000-foot restaurant called Rails Steakhouse. April's groundbreaking was an important day for many elected officials as the development is planned to become a "destination" in Montville. The project, even currently in its construction phase and continuing after the establishments are open, is expected to bring dozens of jobs to the local area. Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce said projects like Towaco …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Technical Review Committee would make land use boards 'more user-friendly,' mayor says.
Montville Township's land use boards have asked the township committee to consider adopting an ordinance that would create a new sub-committee to speed up the development application process. The committee, called the Technical Review Committee, would assist with applications that come before the Montville Township Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment. The ordinance calling for creation of the Technical Review Committee was presented by the Land Use Advisory Comittee. "The purpose of this committee would be to expedite applications for land use for both boards," Mayor Tim Braden said. "This would effectively reduce the cost for applicants and make, I think, our land use boards more user-friendly." Even recently, some officials …