MILLBURN- When the Democratic Party didn’t have a candidate to run for Millburn’s Township Committee, Dianne Eglow stepped up as a write-in candidate and secured her place as the Party’s nominee. On November 3rd, Millburn voters will have the opportunity to choose the next Township Committee Member to fill a seat soon to be vacated by current Committeewoman, Sandra Haimoff.
Eglow’s love and passion for Millburn is quite evident. She has called the neighborhood of South Mountain her home for nearly 24 years where she and her husband, Dr. Michael Eglow, raised their three children, Ross, Jordan and Samuel. After graduating from Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, she worked in New York City. After only a few years, they decided to set roots in Millburn and remained ever since. After her second child was born, she left her job to dedicate more time to her family. However, that didn’t stop her from working.
In addition to being a certified court mediator in the State of New Jersey, she has volunteered with the Millburn/Short Hills First Aid Squad for 14 years and with their Board of Trustees for six years. This is addition to many years of other volunteer work at her children’s schools and three years as the Co-Chair of the MHS Speech and Debate Team. When asked why she decided to run, her response was “ this is something I can do. I have the time, the wherewithal, the commitment and I certainly have the love for the town.”
Safety is one of Eglow’s top issues. She points out that the town’s streets are not just for cars, but also for pedestrians and cyclists. She believes there should be numbers on every house, crosswalks should be better aligned to better meet the needs of pedestrians and traffic signals should be calibrated more effectively. Traffic is very congested in downtown and speeding in some residential areas need to be addressed.
Town communications is also a top of mind issue and believes that town leaders need to create better ways to address residents’ concerns to include more user friendly web sites and LED signage at the town hall to notify the township of important announcements and meetings. If elected, Eglow intends to continue the practice of office hours that would allow residents to meet her, face to face.
“ I don’t believe the current board…are being held accountable for some of the decisions that are affecting the residents,” said Eglow. She believes, for example, that the current planning board is not asking the right questions in regards to the highly controversial Advanced Accelerator Applications’ (AAA) request for a subdivision approval. Accountability of town leaders to its residents should be a priority.
The next Committee member must “be able to listen, formulate what’s important from all sides, put it together, come to good decisions and work towards consensus”, commented Eglow. “ I believe the town has had too much of the status quo”. Candidate Eglow believes her message of enhanced communications, her safety concerns and greater accountability is what voters’ desire and believes she can deliver.