Minutes: February 4, 2020

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Economic Advisory Committee meeting was convened at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in the Vernon Municipal Building, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey.

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, adequate notice of this regular meeting has been provided to the public and the press on January 3, 2020 and was posted on the bulletin board the municipal building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

SALUTE TO THE FLAG

ROLL CALL

Sally Rinker, Chairperson—P
Jennifer Lubliner—P
John Perry—P
Edward DeYoung—P
Elmer Platz—A
Ron Williams—P

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Open Meeting to the Public

Ed DeYoung motioned to open the meeting to the public. Ron Williams seconded the motion. All were in favor. There were no members of the public wishing to speak. John Perry motioned to close the meeting to the public. Seconded by Jennifer Lubliner. All were in favor.

VOTE ON JANUARY 7, 2020 MINUTES

Ron Williams motioned to approve the minutes. Seconded by John Perry. All were in favor.

DISCUSSION

Chairperson, Sally Rinker, asked all committee members to review the EDAC mission statement and the confidentiality and disclosure agreement for final edits. Ed DeYoung asked to add the words “council” and “approved” and Jennifer Lubliner requested to delete “township email addresses” to the mission statement. Edits and deletions were made on the “Agreement” and chair, Sally Rinker, agreed to finalize all edits and submit a copy to Mayor Burrell for the township attorney to review. Jennifer Lubliner motioned to approve the “Agreement” and John Perry seconded it. All were in favor to accept the “Agreement” as amended. All EDAC members agreed to sign the approved “Agreement.”

In addressing short term goals, Ron Williams stated concern for dealing with the township in regards to permits and inspections. Ed DeYoung suggested looking at the processes in the municipal departments and asking the department heads and employees what ideas they may have to improve and streamline the processes. And he advised asking Mayor Burrell how department heads could be more efficient. John Perry suggested asking them what they can make better. Jennifer Lubliner suggested looking at what other towns do.

Chair, Sally Rinker, stated we need to sell our mission to the township’s department heads, the public, and the press. Jennifer Lubliner suggested contacting realtors to get the word out that we are here to help.

Jennifer Lubliner and John Perry spoke of “Welcome to Vernon” flyers. Sally Rinker volunteered to create flyers for town hall, businesses, and realtors. Ron Williams suggested bringing some to the businesses at a Chamber of Commerce meeting so they could display them. Jennifer Lubliner passed out a “mock-up” copy of the draft web pages she worked on. Ed DeYoung suggested the BOE could help. John Perry suggested that we be sure to add that Vernon was voted the safest town in the county. Sally Rinker asked Jennifer Lubliner to email the draft web pages thus far to all members and let’s try to plan an April finish.

Ed DeYoung left the meeting at 8:50.

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

Ron Williams stated he was glad to see good progress on our committee. Jennifer Lubliner stated she was excited everyone is willing work together, sharing ideas. John Perry stated that the committee is working in a positive direction.

Sally Rinker stated she would complete the final drafts of the EDAC mission statement and confidentiality agreement for attorney review. She would reach out to the director of marketing for Mt. Creek to come to our meeting. She stated she reached out to the German Christmas market looking for a new location.

All members discussed the potential list of agenda items for our next meeting, such as, a scenic byway presentation, the web pages, business “road show,” questions and points for a town meeting. Ron Williams motioned to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by John Perry. All were in favor.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Sally Rinker EDAC Chairperson

Approved March 3, 2020