MILLBURN, NJ - The long-standing partnership between Millburn Township and the Millburn/Short Hills Youth Baseball League will continue unabated.

At Tuesday's meeting, the township committee passed ordinance 2536-19, ensuring the township's continued support for the program. The roots of the cooperation stretch all the way back to August of 1999 when the township, and what was then known as the Short Hills Little League came to an agreement for a location at Gero Park.

The existing lease in place between the organizations is set to expire in July of this year, adding a slight urgency tot he proceedings. At Tuesday's meeting, the committee agreed that it was in the best interests of the township to continue the long-standing partnership.

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Resolution2536-19 authorizes the township to execute a flexed 20-year lease with the youth program at Gero Park, for the cost of $1 per year, plus maintenance costs to be paid by the tenant of the maintenance fund for the common area.

The initial lease will run for 10 years, through July of 2029. Following that time frame, the committee will have the authority to either extend the lease another 10 years to 2039 or look to renegotiate a new deal.

One of the main conditions of the lease is the youth baseball organization will provide an annual report each year to the township's business administrator, detailing how the leased space was used throughout the year. The township can also use this information to determine whether or not the activity merits field use.

Additionally, the township committee also noted that the Millburn/Short Hills provides the opportunity each year for over 60 players to learn such key skills as sportsmanship, while also allowing them to develop their skills in baseball while playing in a supervised environment.

Following discussion, the ordinance was passed.