Letters to the Editor

Millburn Should Not Support Outsourcing Police Dispatch, Especially to Livingston

0a99c10b40c937180f84_letter_to_the_editor.jpg
0a99c10b40c937180f84_letter_to_the_editor.jpg

To the Editor:

Millburn residents should not support outsourcing police dispatch under any circumstances. Millburn administrators already admit they know it will increase response times to Millburn residents. Our police do a good job, and we should not be looking to degrade it, especially with an increase in crime, including home invasions. This is the wrong
place to be looking for cuts.

However, if we had no other choice, Livingston is the last place we should want to send police dispatching!

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston has shown complete disregard for the quality of life and property rights of Millburn residents in promoting the development plans of the TMB Partners property site at the edge of a residential section of Millburn, on South Orange Avenue. This will dump the economic and environmental costs of their own mistakes (related
litigation and zoning decisions) onto their neighbor, Millburn Township. They have rezoned and green-lighted the construction of a massive apartment structure, in a flood zone, next to Millburn Township borders, over the objections of Millburn residents. By restriction, they will force traffic associated with this development through Millburn residential areas. The punchline is they expect Millburn to provide sewer service to the site, in violation of a valid contract between Millburn and Livingston. They relied on that 'assumption' to justify the feasibility of the development.

Millburn should be looking not only at budget reductions, but revenue increases from non-tax sources. In fact, one is available. None other than Livingston Township is underpaying for the sewer service provided by Millburn, under a contract, according to the available information. A contract which Livingston has now clearly signaled they intend to
abrogate by allowing the construction of apartments and more than 10 units of any housing, on the site on South Orange Avenue. The contract expressly excludes service to more than 10 units of housing or any apartments on the site. In 1995, a New Jersey Tax Court ruling found that Livingston was wrong to presume Millburn would provide sewer
service under this contract to a nearby site, should it be developed for any use, without even considering the specific exclusions! Expert testimony was one-sided in support of this conclusion. (East Orange v Livingston, Judgement from Tax Court of NJ Docket No. 07-10-9317-35-91D June 29, 1995)

Among other opportunities to increase revenues, records related to the sewer contract show that Livingston is paying for service to only 350 beds at St. Barnabas Hospital, while the hospital indicates it has at least 597 beds, according to their web-site. Livingston is also likely paying for fewer regular housing units than currently being served
under the contract. The contract specifies per-unit payments with accounting adjustments for volumes. The units have never been adjusted by Millburn since 1991, when the current contract was first written.

Before considering cutting police response capability, Millburn should be looking at maximizing revenue for our services under the existing sewer contract. Our police department should not have to lose jobs before Millburn has evaluated other sources or revenue and alternative cuts. Why not get properly paid by Livingston before we think about cutting police jobs and service?

Should Millburn Township downgrade our own police service? Should we continue to offer Livingston a discount on sewer service during a time of tight budgets?  Should we accept the cost dumping, quality of life and property value crushing development activities of Livingston? Should we, at the same time, reward Livingston with a new police
dispatching contract? No, no, no and no. What has happened to common sense?

Marc Cooperman

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

How Do I Decide Which College to Attend?

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend?

Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b9dfd7fd9ec06f34f8cd_coriphoto

Sat, February 24, 4:00 PM

Lobby - Office Building, Livingston

Gun Violence Prevention & Congressional Candidates

Other

Carousel_image_198d9d8e60fbe2b63cf4_be01635f448f7ee17d10_flyred_photo1

Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

CycleBar, Livingston

Cycle Red for Heart Disease to Benefit Heart ...

Giving Back

Mon, February 26, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: WILD OATS

Arts & Entertainment

NJ Acting Health Commissioner Cites Inglemoor as Example of Best Practices in Flu Prevention

February 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With one of the worst flu seasons in recent history taking a daily toll across the nation, New Jersey Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal visited Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center this week to meet residents and praise clinical staff for their success at keeping the flu at bay.

"There are best practices that Inglemoor has already implemented ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...