MILLBURN, NJ - With construction of a parking deck to begin next spring, Millburn Township officials are making plans to move parking around in the downtown.
Township Administrator Timothy Gordon made a presentation to the Township Committee at Tuesday night’s meeting in which he described the status of the public works yard and the lots where business permit holders and shoppers can be accommodated.
The parking deck is to be located on Lot 2, at the corner of Essex Street and Lackawanna Place and will be used during the week primarily by commuters.
During construction, shoppers will essentially be moved into Lot 1, at the corner of Essex and Main streets, Lots 5 and 6, next to Town Hall, and Lot 16, located by the recycling yard.
All permit parkers will be moved to the recycling yard, where additional space will be freed up as a result of a contract the municipality entered into for curbside recycling. As of Aug. 1, according to Gordon, cardboard and newspapers, plastics and glass will no longer be accepted at the yard. Other items--including bulky waste, herbaceous waste and discarded electronics—can still be brought to the yard.
In addition, the municipality will create more spaces on the site of the former Rimback building on Essex Street. The now vacant building will be demolished and the site will be paved this fall.
In all, Gordon said, 161 parking spaces needed to be relocated for business parkers, and 150 have been identified. For shoppers, 95 spaces needed to be found and 90 have been provided.
The administrator noted that curbside recycling will save the township about $43,000 over the next five months. With fewer public works employees needed, that figure might rise to $50,000 by the end of the year, he estimated.
In other business, the Committee introduced an ordinance that changes environmental regulations to accord with current practices. Mayor Sandra Haimoff said the measure is part of the Green Team’s quest to receive a silver certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
A hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 16.
Also at the session, the governing body passed two ordinances without public discussion. The first vacates public rights in a certain portion of Long Hill Drive. Council member Robert Tillotson explained that the area is a circle that once was a cul-de-sac. Now that the street has been extended, existing pavement can be removed and new curbing installed that will enlarge homeowners’ front yards.
The second ordinance that was approved provides for the assessment of fees for the connection of sewer facilities with the municipal sanitary sewer system. The measure will apply only to new building and will not be retroactive. The fee for such a connection will be $1500.
Also, the Committee accepted a federal grant for construction of a riverwalk in the downtown. The walk, which has been in the planning stages for more than five years, will connect downtown stores and restaurants with the Paper Mill Playhouse and will feature new sidewalks and additional lighting.
The grant is for $535,000, and construction could begin in September.
The Committee also heard a petition from two residents urging reinstatement of the Maplewood jitney service for Millburn residents. The service, which brings commuters to the Maplewood train station, previously made several stops within the township.
John Livingstone and John Connor asked township officials to speak with Maplewood’s business administrator to determine what could be done. Gordon said he has already reached out to his counterpart in Maplewood.
The residents said they had worked hard to double ridership from the township over the past year and indicated they would be willing to pay an additional amount for the convenience.
“I think this is the way to go,” Haimoff suggested. “The residents will fill Mr. Gordon in and then he will have the full picture.”