Millburn Allocates Nearly $1 Million for Improvements Due to Hurricane Irene

Committee member Robert Tillotson, right, congratulates Jake Silverman after his family received a community service award, while his friend Ethan Stupp looks on. The family worked with a foundation to create “Jake’s Ride,” an annual event raising funds for research into dystonia, a neurological disorder.     Credits: Patricia Harris

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn officials are putting aside nearly $1 million to make improvements to the stormwater drainage system, roads, curbs and sidewalks due to Hurricane Irene.

The Township Committee last night introduced an ordinance setting aside $800,000 from its capital improvement fund.

Under questioning from residents of the South Mountain area, committee members assured those attending the meeting they will spend as much as necessary for flood mitigation.

Sign Up for E-News

“We will either bond or allocate more money to it,” said Committee member Robert Tillotson.

Several residents also suggested municipal officials solicit a second opinion on planned improvements being designed by Hatch Mott MacDonald, the engineering firm the township has been using.

Mayor Sandra Haimoff explained that Hatch Mott MacDonald has worked in the South Mountain area before and is the most knowledgable of the systems there. She did, however, endorse the idea of passing the suggested improvements by another firm.

Officials also reported on progress on several flood-related fronts. The township has posted a report on its Web site,

Township Administrator Timothy Gordon said he met with municipal, county and state officials regarding the Morris Avenue bridge to determine what could be done to desilt the Rahway River south of I-78. State officials are looking at whether or not the bridge is designated as historical, he said.

He said he also has spoken with officials for the City of Orange to get a written agreement allowing Millburn to reduce water levels of ponds in the South Mountain Reservation when there is a threat of flooding.

Haimoff said a meeting of communities located in the Rahway River watershed is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Millburn Town Hall. Members of the public will be allowed to observe.

In other business, the committee introduced a bond ordinance to put aside $8.5 million for the construction of a parking deck on Lot 2 in the downtown. Committee member James Suell explained the ordinance moves money to have it available. He said the committee is months away from starting the actual project.

The governing body introduced another ordinance amending the wording of its policy on indemnification for township officials.

In addition, the committee passed an ordinance authorizing an easement on township lands to Jersey Central Power & Light. Committee member Thomas McDermott explained the utility wants to tie into a transformer near the Hilton Hotel and the line will cross township property. Under state law the municipality is obligated to give the right of way.

Following the open meeting, the committee went into closed session for anticipated litigation against JCP&L in connection with the extended power outages that occurred as a result of Hurricane Irene.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township

June 30, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for a heat advisory for Millburn Township through 12:00 pm Sunday. However, an excessive heat watch runs through Monday evening. 

According to the NWS, the heat index values are projected in the mid to upper 90s today and ...

Millburn Police Issue Multiple Summons Based on Outstanding Warrants

July 17, 2018

On July 11, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Shanahan stopped a 2014 Honda Accord on Millburn/Vauxhall for speeding. The investigation led to the arrest of 22 year old Lyes Yakoubi of Jersey City on an outstanding traffic warrant out of West Windsor. Mr. Yakoubi was issued a summons and released with a new court date.

On July 11, 2018 Millburn Police Sergeant Delrusso observed a 2007 Acura MDX on ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Mon, July 23, 9:00 AM

Millburn High School, Millburn

DevKit App Development Summer Camp


Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...