Thursday, August 2, 2012
Jeff Grayzel will no longer have a vote in the Honeywell process after township discovers his wife is a former employee and still holds a pension fund with the company.
Committeeman Jeff Grayzel will no longer have a vote in the Honeywell redevelopment planning process, which has lasted more than two years, after he recused himself Wednesday night at the receiving a request of the township attorney. Grayzel, the only Democrat on the committee, was asked by Attorney John Mills to voluntarily recuse himself because his wife is a former employee of Honeywell and still holds a pension fund and retiree savings plan with the company, which Mills said could pose a conflict of interest. After the meeting, Mills said the information was brought to his attention in mid-July when he received a call from someone related to Honeywell. Mills did not disclose any other details as to how he received the information. "I…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Jeff Grayzel may recuse himself from future proceedings for potential conflict of interest.
Morris Township Committeeman Jeff Grayzel announced that the potential conflict that delayed the scheduled hearings on the Honeywell redevelopment zoning ordinance is his. This potential conflict, Grayzel said in a statement Wednesday morning, is that his wife is a former employee of Honeywell International. Grayzel said his wife holds a pension fund and retiree savings plan with the company. Although Grayzel said his wife has no voice in the management of the funds and is unable to divest them, he said that he and township attorney John Mills are still concerned about the public perception in his participation, and he may recuse himself from future proceedings. "Since even the hint of personal gain is sufficient to undermine public trust…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Nearly 100 employees of the Fortune 100 company in Colorado will receive aid.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Honeywell International announced Tuesday the company will provide funding to nearly 100 employees affected by the wildfires in Colorado. The Honeywell Humanitarian Fund will support those employees displaced in the Colorado Spring area with food, clothing, and shelter. The fund will also help the employees with longer-term needs once the rebuilidng process begins. Through the fund, the company will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar to support the relief efforts. “We are grateful that all our employees in the area are safe, but there is still an immediate need for assistance to help those who have been evacuated,” Eric Doremus, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. program director said in a statement. “We are deploying immediate …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Morris Township-based company applied for tax credits last month as it reconsiders to move its global headquarters.
Honeywell International is considering moving its headquarters to Pennsylvania for the second time due to rising redevelopment costs, according to an article from njbiz.com. The article states the $38 billion company recently applied for more tax credits under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program due to expanding renovation plans. The company said that several factors have impacted their decision, including the assessments of the building systems and infrastructue that was impacted by the JCP&L power outages, particularly during Hurricane Irene. "The significant increase in the project costs for Morris Township, and the high renovation costs associated with the recently added surrounding facilities further widened the gap between the New…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Race will benefit a program that helps prevent child abduction.
On Sunday, April 29 there will be a 5K run and walk at the Honeywell Campus to benefit Got 2B Safe, an abduction prevention program for elementary school students that teaches kids how to stay safe. Got 2B Safe is a partnership of Honeywell Hometown Solutions and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Christina Sanclimenti, a race organizer and Honeywell employee, said this is the first 5K ever held at the corporate headquarters in Morris Township to benefit the program. "We are looking forward to bringing our neighbors and the local community together for a fun-filled day," Sanclimenti said in an e-mail. The race is US Track & Field Certified with rolling hills and water stops along the course. The whole race will be on …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
But some say redevelopment plan will serve real needs in the community.
Area residents told the Morris Township Planning Board Monday they don't want to see more traffic on Park Avenue, Columbia Road and in the Normandy Heights section of the township because of Honeywell's plans to redevelop its corporate campus. Traffic was dominant amoung several converns raised by residents of Morris Township and neighboring towns, as the board considered a master plan ammendment that would make the redevelopment possible. According to the company's own description of the project, it would take an underdeveloped property and make it a "mixed-use site that may include office facilities, residential units, and open green space. A learning center, childcare center, and cafeteria will remain on the site for Honeywell employees…
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Don't believe Honeywell when it says it would move, former committeeman urges.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The letters keep coming in about Honeywell International's statements it would consider a move out of Morris Township if it isn't able to plans to expand the company's corporate campus, as reported by the Daily Record. Before Honeywell could begin redevelopment, township officials would have to rezone the area it's in, a process that would first begin with amendments to the township's mater plan; the next planning board hearing on those amendments is April 2. But former township committeeman Ron Goldberg says in a letter to Patch, printed below, township officials shouldn't be intimidated by such talk. In fact, he says, it's just a bunch of hollow threats. His letter: Honeywell is now threatening to move out of Morris Township if it doesn'…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Says open governance with public participation works best.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Late last week, the Daily Record reported Hanover officials say they'd welcome Honeywell International, if Morris Township shoots down plans to expand the company's corporate campus. In response, the Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township group, which has watched Honeywell's plan closely and raised concerns to municipal bodies, sent us this letter, saying it should be possible to meet Honeywell's needs and still protect the community. Whay do you think? Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township, Inc. (CBPMT) seeks to increase awareness of planning issues and the planning process used to resolve them in our Township. We advocate for balanced, open, evidence-based planning. Rational planning decisions benefit the Township as …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
At planning board meeting, they make arguments about traffic, environmental impact, need for continuing care facility.
Morris Township residents worried about Honeywell International's plan to redevelop its corporate campus made arguments and inquiries on several fronts Monday night, hoping to keep the township's planning board from giving approvals they say could hurt the surrounding community. The board met in front of an overflow crowd as it considered a change to the township's master plan that would be necessary for the Honeywell redevelopment to take place. It faced questions about environmental impact and traffic, as well as arguments a proposed continuing care facility could be a bad fit for the property. No vote was taken. Residents will next have a chance to comment on the matter April 2, at a meeting entirely devoted to the master plan amendment…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Planning Board considering master plan amendment that would let company redevelop its HQ.
The Morris Township Planning Board is scheduled to discuss a proposed amendment to the township master plan at its Monday, March 5, meeting. The amendment would make it possible for Honeywell to redevelop its property on Columbia Turnpike and Park Avenue. The planning board has conducted a number of public hearings on the proposals for zoning changes. Honeywell reduced its initial requests and has proposed a mixed use development for its international headquarters property. The company says a reduced need for manufacturing and research and development caused it to choose other uses for the site of the former Allied Chemical/Allied Signal research facility. An original plan for stacked townhouses met with resistance because of its 50-foot …