Montville, New Jersey
Montville, New Jersey
|Township of Montville|
Census Bureau map of Montville, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 11, 1867|
|Named for||Mandeville Inn or terrain|
|• Type||Special Charter|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||Richard D. Conklin. (R, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator||Victor Canning|
|• Municipal clerk||Leena Abaza |
|• Total||19.056 sq mi (49.354 km2)|
|• Land||18.480 sq mi (47.862 km2)|
|• Water||0.576 sq mi (1.492 km2) 3.02%|
|Area rank||148th of 566 in state|
11th of 39 in county
|Elevation||279 ft (85 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||119th of 566 in state|
7th of 39 in county
|• Density||1,165.0/sq mi (449.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||359th of 566 in state|
25th of 39 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882207|
Montville is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 21,528, reflecting an increase of 689 (+3.3%) from the 20,839 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,239 (+33.6%) from the 15,600 counted in the 1990 Census.
In Money magazine's 2013 Best Places to Live rankings, Montville was ranked 13th in the nation, the second-highest among the three places in New Jersey included in the top 50 list. The township was ranked 17th in the magazine's 2011 ranking of the "Best Places to Live", the highest-ranked place in New Jersey, after having been ranked 13th in 2007. In 2009, Money magazine named Montville the 21st best place to live in the United States; the 2nd highest ranked community in New Jersey.
The area now known as Montville Township was first settled by Dutch farmers from New Amsterdam (now part of New York City) in the very early 18th century. Part of New Netherland, the town was originally called "Uyle-Kill" (the Dutch spelling of "Owl-Kill"), a name given to the creek and valley, which ran through the area. By the 1740s, the settlement had grown in size and construction of the first road was begun. The early road, now known as U.S. Route 202, connected various farms with Montville's first gristmill, sawmill and tanneries. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded in Old Boonton in 1756 and moved to Montville in the early 1800s after land was purchased here for a parsonage.
During the American Revolutionary War, Montville was on a major military route from Morristown to the Hudson River. General George Washington's troops often took this route and Washington stayed in the Towaco section of what is now Montville Township in June 1780. The French troops under the leadership of General Rochambeau spent four days passing through Montville Township on their way to the War's final victory at Yorktown, Virginia, as part of a group of 5,000 soldiers, 2,000 horses, 500 oxen, possibly 900 cattle, artillery, boats and followers.
Montville was officially named with specific boundaries April 1800. The name came from the Mandeville Inn, which was established around 1770 and was pronounced "Mondeveil" by the Dutch, which in turn was corrupted to Montville. The Montville Inn was, up until July 2006, located at the site of the pre-Revolutionary War Mandeville Inn, which burned down in the early Twentieth Century. Other sources attribute the township's name to its location in the mountains of Northern New Jersey.
The construction of the Morris Canal in this area was completed in 1828, bringing commercial navigation to the Montville/Towaco area. The mid-19th century saw the development of two smaller village centers set apart from Montville: Pine Brook, a fertile agricultural area in the Township's southern end, and Towaco, situated on the Morris Canal.
The Pine Brook Speedway, which operated from July 1962 until October 1989, was designed for midget car racing and became one of the earliest sites for microstock racing. Mario Andretti raced at the track and had some of his earliest success as a race car driver at the Speedway.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 19.056 square miles (49.354 km2), including 18.480 square miles (47.862 km2) of land and 0.576 square miles (1.492 km2) of water (3.02%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Horse Neck Bridge, Lake Valhalla, Lower Montville, Pine Brook, Taylortown, Towaco and White Hall.
Camp Dawson is a small camp area in Towaco that is home to a variety of recreational events such as hiking, sledding, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football. In 2007, Camp Dawson was described by Money (magazine) as one of reasons for ranking Montville as the 13th best smaller population place to live in the United States. Many Montville sports teams use the fields at Camp Dawson, which include two turf fields mainly used for football, soccer and lacrosse. These fields have lighting available for these teams to play at night. There was a flurry of concern in 2008, when testing of Dawson's new artificial turf playing fields showed what turned out to be false positive finding of dangerously high levels of toxic lead.
The lowest recorded temperature in Montville is −25 °F (−32 °C), set in February 1943, and the highest recorded temperature is 105 °F (41 °C), set in July 1936 and 2011.
|Climate data for Montville, New Jersey|
|Record high °F (°C)||71
|Average high °F (°C)||36
|Average low °F (°C)||15
|Record low °F (°C)||−24
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.34
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,528 people, 7,485 households, and 5,988.000 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,165.0 per square mile (449.8/km2). There were 7,823 housing units at an average density of 423.3 per square mile (163.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 78.04% (16,800) White, 1.28% (275) Black or African American, 0.10% (22) Native American, 18.07% (3,890) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.86% (186) from other races, and 1.64% (353) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.18% (900) of the population.
There were 7,485 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the township, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $119,493 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,959) and the median family income was $143,811 (+/- $17,082). Males had a median income of $102,178 (+/- $5,041) versus $66,933 (+/- $6,419) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $54,618 (+/- $3,849). About 2.6% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Montville has had a growing influx of Asian-Americans In 2010, 7.1% of Montville's residents self-identified as Indian-American, while 6.4% identified as Chinese-American and 2.7% of residents were Korean-American.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 20,839 people, 7,380 households, and 5,867 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,104.3 people per square mile (426.4/km²). There were 7,541 housing units at an average density of 399.6 per square mile (154.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 84.95% White, 0.93% African American, 0.04% Native American, 12.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.
There were 7,380 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $94,557, and the median income for a family was $105,394. Males had a median income of $71,356 versus $45,427 for females. The per capita income for the township was $43,341. About 2.6% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Montville is one of 12 municipalities statewide governed under a Special Charter, which was granted by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1867 and retains many characteristics of the Township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. The Township Administrator serves as the chief administrative and executive officer for the organization and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all municipal departments.
As of 2016[update], Montville's Township Committee consists of Mayor Richard D. Conklin. (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2019; term as mayor ends 2019), Deputy mayor Frank Cooney (R, term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2019), Frank W. Cooney (R, 2018), Scott Gallopo (R, 2016) and Deborah Nielson (R, 2017).
A Charter Study Commission was approved by the voters on November 8, 2005, to investigate possible changes to Montville's form of government. The commission voted 4-1 against making any modifications.
Federal, state and county representation
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Montville) and in the General Assembly by BettyLou DeCroce (R, Parsippany-Troy Hills) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large in partisan elections, to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni. As of 2019[update], Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Douglas Cabana (Boonton Township, 2019), Deputy Freeholder Director Heather Darling (Roxbury, 2020), Kathryn A. DeFillippo (Roxbury Township, 2019, John Krickus (Washington Township, 2021), Thomas J. Mastrangelo Montville, 2019), Stephen H. Shaw (Mountain Lakes, 2021), and Deborah Smith (Denville, 2021).
Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). As of 2019[update], they are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (Parsippany, 2023), Sheriff James M. Gannon (Boonton Township, 2019) and Surrogate John Pecoraro (Mendham Borough, 2019).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 14,170 registered voters in Montville Township, of which 2,708 (19.1%) were registered as Democrats, 5,372 (37.9%) were registered as Republicans and 6,083 (42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 60.4% of the vote (6,460 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 38.3% (4,101 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (142 votes), among the 10,749 ballots cast by the township's 15,001 registered voters (46 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 71.7%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 57.8% of the vote (6,720 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.0% (4,761 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (84 votes), among the 11,623 ballots cast by the township's 14,890 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.1%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 59.0% of the vote (6,605 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 40.0% (4,483 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (77 votes), among the 11,203 ballots cast by the township's 14,582 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.8.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 74.7% of the vote (4,703 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 24.1% (1,515 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (74 votes), among the 6,389 ballots cast by the township's 14,958 registered voters (97 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.6% of the vote (4,679 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 30.0% (2,278 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.8% (513 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (69 votes), among the 7,593 ballots cast by the township's 14,526 registered voters, yielding a 52.3% turnout.
The Montville Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's seven schools had an enrollment of 4,026 students and 362.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.11:1.
Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are five elementary schools — Cedar Hill Elementary School (grades K-5; 358 students), Hilldale Elementary School (K-5; 369), William H. Mason Jr. Elementary School (K-5; 281), Valley View Elementary School (PreK-5; 372) and Woodmont Elementary School (K-5; 329) — along with Robert R. Lazar Middle School for grades 6-8 (969) and Montville Township High School for grades 9-12 (1,348). Montville Extended Day Learning Center is an after-school program available at all the elementary schools in the district. In 2016, Cedar Hill Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School were two of ten schools in New Jersey recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.
Private schools include Trinity Christian School, a Christian day school founded in 1986 that serves students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. St. Pius X School is a K-8 Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 121.75 miles (195.94 km) of roadways, of which 100.98 miles (162.51 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.91 miles (22.39 km) by Morris County and 6.86 miles (11.04 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
As part of its Midtown Direct expansion program, NJ Transit, with supplemental funding from the Township of Montville, renovated the Towaco train station using a design hearkening back to the early 1900s. Service is provided on the Montclair-Boonton Line from Towaco to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via a transfer in Montclair through Newark to Manhattan.
NJ Transit offers bus service to and from Newark on the 29 route, with local service available on the 871 and 874 routes, replacing service that had been offered on the MCM1 route until 2010, when subsidies to the local provider were eliminated as part of budget cuts.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Montville include:
- Omar Amanat (born c. 1972), entrepreneur, investor and chairman of the Aman Resorts Group.
- Lester Archambeau (born 1967), former professional football player.
- Stacey Bradford, financial journalist, author and commentator; author of The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents.
- Chris Brauchle (born 1967), retired professional soccer player.
- Hector A. Cafferata Jr. (born 1929), United States Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic service at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
- John H. Capstick (1856–1918), represented 5th congressional district from 1918 to 1919.
- Albert Stanburrough Cook (1853–1927), professor of English.
- Bruce Driver (born 1962), former professional hockey player for the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.
- Dilly Duka (born 1989), soccer player who currently plays for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.
- Ulric Ellerhusen (1879–1957), sculptor best known for his works of architectural sculpture.
- Lauren English (born 1989), swimmer who set the United States Open Record in the 50m backstroke.
- Ashley Lauren Fisher (born 1975), actress, model and spinal cord injury activist.
- Ron Galella (born 1931), photographer called "the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture", known for his photos of (and battles with) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Marlon Brando.
- Teresa Giudice (born 1972), featured on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Hank Lyon (born 1988), member of the Morris County Board of chosen freeholders, who became the state's youngest freeholder when he took office in 2012.
- Kristen McNabb (born 1994), soccer defender who plays for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League.
- Carol Murphy (born 1932), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 2000.
- Dan O'Dowd (born 1959), General Manager of the Colorado Rockies.
- Joseph Pennacchio (born 1955), member of the New Jersey Senate.
- Jim Price (born 1966), former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys.
- Alan Sepinwall, television reviewer.
- Olivia Blois Sharpe, cast member of reality show Jerseylicious.
- Dena Tauriello, drummer for the rock band Antigone Rising.
- Buddy Valastro (born 1977), celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality who is the owner of Carlo's Bakery and star of the TV series Cake Boss.
- James P. Vreeland (1910-2001), former mayor of Montville who served for 10 years in the New Jersey Senate.
- Travis Warech (born 1991), professional basketball player for Hapoel Be'er Sheva of the Israeli Premier League.
- John Wurts (1792–1861), member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
- Pete Yorn (born 1974), singer-songwriter.
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