Millburn Township Committee Sets Oct. 9 for Presentation on Police Dispatch

Short Hills native Peggy Arnold, posing with her husband, Bob, receives the community service award. Credits: Patricia Harris

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Committee last night set its Oct. 9 meeting as the date for a presentation on the feasibility of merging police dispatch with Livingston Township.

Co-chairmen of the subcommittee investigating that feasibility, committee members Theodore Bourke and Thomas McDermott, said they are still waiting for data from Livingston they need for their presentation.

In a meeting that lasted less than half an hour, the committee also passed two ordinances, introduced another one and awarded a community service award. One of the ordinances that were passed regulates the coverage of Dumpsters or other refuse containers that are outdoors or exposed to stormwater. In presenting the ordinance for final passage, committee member Robert Tillotson said the measure relates to commercial properties.

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The other ordinance that was passed regulates the retrofitting of existing private storm drain inlets. Mayor Sandra Haimoff explained the measure, which seeks to prevent water pollution, is required by the state. The governing body also introduced a traffic ordinance adding a three-way stop sign at Glen Avenue and Lackawanna Place.

At an earlier session, the committee decided a stop sign is needed to regulate additional traffic generated by a new parking deck being constructed at the corner of Lackawanna Place and Essex Street. The public hearing for the proposed ordinance will be held at the next meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

The community service award—the 68th one that has been given—went to Short Hills native Peggy Arnold. She has been involved in the PTA and the Boy Scouts, where she organized a successful plant sale. At Christ Church, Arnold and her husband, Bob, helped found a social group, the Highlanders, and she has been a director of the Altar Guild for the past 10 years.

After learning that that their son Tim had juvenile diabetes, Arnold has organized a group of supporters for an annual walk and has raised more than $154,000 for research in the field. She is co-chair of blood services for the Millburn-Short Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross. She helps manage the monthly blood drives held in the township and maintains the computer database of donors and their history. She herself has given 7 gallons of blood in her lifetime.

In the reports section of the meeting, Bourke said the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) has decided to reorganize to free up more of its funds for its activities.

The position of executive director will be eliminated. “They are in the process of looking for a different organizational model,” he said. Haimoff reported that the governor has stated that the Board of Public Utilities has completed its study of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and the results can be seen on the state’s website.

“From what I can gather, [the utility] can be fined up to $2 million for any disruption in service,” she said. The issue is of interest to the township, which suffered lengthy power outages during last year’s tropical storm.

Haimoff also said mayors from seven area towns involved in the Rahway River Coalition will meet this week to sign an interlocal agreement for an engineering study not to exceed $30,000. The study will look at the possibility of creating dry detention basins in the South Mountain Reservation, which could help reduce flooding in areas downstream.

The coalition is seeking about $380,000 in funds from the Department of Environmental Protection for the project. The mayor also announced a meeting on stormwater management to be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Millburn Free Public Library. The meeting will be hosted by the Rahway Basin Conservancy, the Essex County Environmental Commission and the mayors of all the towns along the river.

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