MILLBURN, NJ - During the last meeting of 2018, the Millburn Township Committee appointed a new police officer, followed up on the DMDA board vote to dissolve itself, and recognized outgoing Deputy Mayor Jodi Rosenberg.
The new officer, Brian Larcom, is 25 years old, recently married, and had previously served with the U.S. Army in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. He was sworn into service with several members of his family present, including his wife. Following congratulations from all committee members, Larcom commented on why he chose to serve in a small town like Millburn after serving in the Army.
"I always wanted to be a police officer since I was young," Larcom said. "And I got the opportunity to work here. [I] grew up in Morristown, small town also, and when I got the opportunity, obviously I was going to take it.”
In the committee report section, the report on the dissolution of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA), Rosenberg, who is the liaison chair to the group, said that she was personally against the decision due to how it would impact local businesses. However, she stressed that steps were being taken to handle the money the DMDA currently possess. Some options being explored with a lawyer are donating the money to a local charity or giving the money back to Millburn Township.
Committeeman Samuel Levy questioned the legality of the board simply choosing to dissolve itself, however Rosenberg commented that the decision was appropriate under DMDA bylaws. Levy also brought up concerns about who is safeguarding the money while decisions are being made about how to spend it. The treasurer of the DMDA, Nancy Stone, who was present at the Dec. 18 Township Committee meeting repeatedly justified Rosenberg's reassurances that the money is being safeguarded until the board officially dissolves.
Before getting to the rest of the agenda, which included discussion on the proposed four-way stop at Hobart and Highland Avenues, Mayor Cheryl Burstein took the time to thank Rosenberg for her three years of service on the Millburn Township Committee, two of those as Deputy Mayor. Beyond recognizing Rosenberg for her accomplishments, Burstein said she “is honored to have served with Jodi and to call her my friend.” Flowers were subsequently presented to Rosenberg and her daughter Sydney as the Committee and the audience gave a standing ovation.
In her speech, Rosenberg said that she “learned a lot.” She enjoyed working with the schools and courts, but more than anything, she enjoyed the ceremonial procedures. She leaves with “confidence” in her work and acknowledged the contentiousness of the past election, losing to Tara Prupis. Rosenberg spoke directly to Prupis, who was in attendance, saying she “is rooting for Prupis,” because if Prupis succeeds, the town succeeds.