Sunday, January 27, 2013
Township seeking volunteers to make recommendations for how Montville should handle future storms.
Montville residents spoke after Superstorm Sandy and township officials listened. But now they want to hear more from residents about what kind of response is necessary following major emergency events such as the October storm. As dozens of residents remained without power, township officials hosted a special meeting to gain input from residents on how advanced preparation for the storm and communication and resources during and following Sandy could be improved. After gathering recommendations made by the public at the meeting, Township Administrator Victor Canning presented the township committee with a post-storm assessment including action items to address the issues raised. One of those recommendations is now being carried out as the…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Township committee to continue discussion on sewer connection fee.
Monday, January 21
The Montville Township Committee will discuss repairing sidewalks that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy during Tuesday's township committee meeting. The committee will also discuss maintenance of specific private roads, according to the township committee agenda. Discussion on lowering the sewer connection fee the municipality charges new customers to hook up to the municipal sewer system will continue. Also at Tuesday's meeting, the committee will vote on a resolution to accept an updated Camp Dawson Master Plan. The committee will meet at 8 p.m. at the township municipal building on Changebridge Road. See the full agenda for Tuesday's meeting here.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Trojan War talk to be held at Montville Public Library.
The Montville Township Municipal Building will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Montville Township Committee will be meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the township municipal building on Changebridge Road. The Montville Township Public Library will host the first in a three-part series on ancient Greece Thursday at 1 p.m. Dr. Christopher Bellitto, chair of the History Department at Kean University, will lead the lecture. Montville DAC will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the youth center.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Township committee mulls lowering fee, but questions fairness to existing users.
After seeking legal advice on the issue, the Montville Township Committee learned that the township is able to lower the fee it charges new users to connect to the municipal sewer system. The question committee members are now considering is whether lowering the fee would be fair to existing users. There is still information to be gathered on the topic before committee members make a decision to either lower the fee or approve the 2013 fee at the proposed $6,628 for sewer and $3,752 for water connection. Committee members began discussing the issue in 2012 after Committeeman Scott Gallopo said he would like the committee to look into whether the fee was able to be lowered. Gallopo said he noticed neighboring communities imposing much lower…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Budget process kicks off with discussion of appropriations.
With the beginning of a new year also comes the beginning of a new budget season. Montville Township officials have already put hours of work into developing the 2013 municipal budget. Budget appropriation estimates were discussed at Tuesday's township committee meeting, with general appropriations anticipated to increase in 2013 by about $405,372 over last year's budget, representing a 1.42 percent increase. Township Administrator Victor Canning said Thursday the figures presented to the township committee were preliminary and that there is still much work to be done in determining the municipal budget and how it will impact taxpayers. "By state statute, we're supposed to, within the first week of January, convey a budget message, as …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Chief said police officers 'were there when people needed someone the most' during their careers.
If the number of plaques piled high at the beginning of the township's reorganization meeting Thursday night was any indication, Montville, and those who have spent years working in the town, have a lot to be proud of. Dozens of retiring police officers, borough employees and township volunteers were honored with kind words and awards of recognition for serving the residents of Montville. Five police officers who retired at the end of December were included as Chief Richard Cook spoke about the changes many of them have endured with the department throughout their time with the force. "Gone are they days when we were just given a firearm and sent on the road before going to the academy," he said. "We have come a long way since you guys …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Don Kostka appointed deputy mayor during township's reorganization meeting Thursday.
Tim Braden will serve another year as Montville's mayor after the township committee unanimously voted in favor of his selection at Thursday night's reorganization meeting. Don Kostka, who was sworn in at the meeting by state Sen. Joe Pennacchio, was appointed by unanimous vote to serve as deputy mayor. Kostka won re-election to a second term in November. In his State of the Township address, Braden said Montville is unique in its form of government in which committee members select one of their own to serve as mayor. Montville government has operated this way since a charter was signed in 1867, he said, and the township is one of only 12 municipalities in the state that governs in such a fashion. "None of the five of us has any additional…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Re-elected Township Committeeman Don Kostka to be sworn in.
Five retiring Montville Township police officers and several borough employees will be honored during the township's reorganization meeting Thursday night. From the police force, Capt. Wayne Guarino and Lt. Roger Atkinson, who both served the township for 35 years, will be honored, along with Capt. Ed Rosellini (34 years), Lt. Letitia Huffstutler (26 years) and Ptl. James Polachek (26 years). All five police officers retired at the end of December. Donald Cole, an employee of the Department of Public Works for 32 years, also retired, as well as Andrew Davanzo (27 years) of the Health Department and Robert Menzel (21 years) of the Construction Department. All three will be honored Thursday night. Presentations will also be made to the …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Tim Braden was named Montville Patch's Person of the Year.
Tim Braden will be serving his final year on the township committee in 2013, as he has said he does not plan to seek re-election. "Six years, for me, is the right number. Other people have their right numbers, but that is... 15 percent of my life," the 53-year-old mayor of Montville said. Braden was recommended by commenters to be named Montville Patch's Person of the Year for 2012. He moved to the township in 1973 after growing up in Lyndhurst and has one daughter, a Montville Township High School sophomore, currently in the school system. While Braden already knows he does not plan to continue to serve on the committee next year, he said he has been proud of the work he and his fellow committee members have been able to accomplish …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Montville received $3,500 matching grant for update to township's resource inventory.
Montville is in the process of gathering information and photographs of the township's environmental resources and officials have asked residents to help. The township will be updating its Natural Resources Inventory (NRI, also known as an Environmental Resources Inventory), a comprehensive document that catalogues all of Montville's typography, vegetation and natural features. Municipalities utilize NRIs for planning and development purposes and look to the document for answers about the restrictions applicants may face in the approval process for new construction. According to the township's Principal Planner Meghan Hunscher, Montville's NRI has not been updated since 1992. The township has already begun drafting the new document, which …