MILLBURN, NJ – The majority of the board members of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) voted last night to dissolve the organization during a regularly scheduled board meeting. The unexpected announcement comes only a month after the Millburn Township Committee approved the organization’s 2019 budget and just weeks before the election of new board members.
According to DMDA vice president Harry Roth, a discussion ensued after board member Nancy Stone made the motion for dissolution, as no one seconded. Before the meeting’s end, however, the motion carried.
Committeewoman Jodi Rosenberg, the Millburn Township Committee liaison to the DMDA, argued against dissolving the organization and argued the importance, value and benefits for the DMDA to continue. Among the 10 reasons she stated at the meeting include the DMDA being an economic development vehicle, an agent in public/private partnerships and being the representative of property and business owners.
“I have worked hard with all of you this year to support this new board in all of its efforts, which have culminated with adoption of the budget for 2019. Why give up all of this hard work now?” Rosenberg said at the meeting and in a memorandum.
The impact of the dissolution of the DMDA is still uncertain. There are several legal processes that must be adhered to before permanently shutting down the organization. The target date to cease operations is December 31, 2018.
The vote in no way, according to Township business administrator Alex McDonald, impacts the ordinance that established the Special Interest District. As the decision was made only last night, Millburn Township is currently consulting with legal counsel to assist in the way forward.
The DMDA was established after passage of an ordinance establishing a Special Interest District (SID) on May 19, 1992. The SID is an area of Millburn Township in which a special assessment is imposed on property for the purposes of promoting economic and general welfare of that area. No public tax dollars fund the management or operations of the SID, property owners directly fund the district.
The DMDA is a nonprofit organization managed entirely by Millburn Township volunteers whose principal mission is to enhance the economic vitality and improve the visual appearance of the Special Interest District (SID). Millburn Township Ordinance 12-92 created the SID, articles of incorporation established a district management corporation and DMDA by-laws guide its operations.
The Snowflake Stroll (formerly the Snowflake Parade), the farmers market and Millburn LIVE are some of the events that the DMDA had sponsored in the past.
To learn more about the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, please visit www.downtownmillburn.org