Millburn Township Committee Introduces the 2013 Budget; Appeals Tutor Time Decision; and Changes Parking Rules

Millburn resident Fred Polakoff expressing his anger with the TMB Partners Credits: Jason Cohen

MILLBURN, NJ - On Tuesday evening, the Millburn Township Committee introduced a resolution to approve the 2013 budget and set a public hearing date for May 7.

The total amount of operating expenses in the budget is projected to be $245,236,000 which includes $711,748 of nondiscretionary funds and $466,512 of discretionary money. Also, the township saw a decrease of $500,000 in capital and $42,050 in revenue.

The committee also approved the closed session following the meeting on litigation pertaining to TMB Partners; pending or anticipated litigation. Although they could not comment on this issue, they did inform the public that the town has filed its appeal with the Essex County judge.  

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TMB Partners plan to construct 62 multi-family homes on the former Tutor Time site at 650 South Orange Avenue, near White Oak Ridge Road. It proposes to set aside 12 of the units for rental to low-and-moderate-income families with the remainder going for market rates. In addition to the housing units, the proposed complex would include a swimming pool, two levels of underground parking and common areas that are solely for the use of the residents of the market rate units.

However, some residents are still not pleased with the results of the TMB Partners litigation. Fred Polakoff said he is furious and in utter disbelief at what is taking place.

“By allowing 30 units per acre, the Township of Livingston has taken away liberty from the low income underserved population it seeks to move in, and placed these unfortunate souls in a prison bordered by their refuse containers, blacktop jungle and the 50 mile per hour South Orange Avenue throughway,” Polakoff said. “TMB Partners is taking the Township of Livingston on an unchartered voyage.”

In other business, the committee presented a proclamation recognizing April 26 as National Arbor Day in the Township of Millburn.  

The committee also approved two ordinances that will improve parking in the town.  One ordinance will make the areas available for the parking in every municipal off street parking lot maintained by the town to be suitably subdivided by pavement, markings and into single meter controlled spaces. They addressed complaints that commuters park all day on Woodland Road, Oak Hill Road and Oakview Terrace and there are now time limits to park on these streets.

The next Millburn Township Committee meeting is Tuesday April 16 at 8 p.m.

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