MILLBURN, NJ — When the Millburn Township Committee reconvenes for their first in-person meeting in months later this evening, they will be holding a first reading on an ordinance that would reestablish a special improvement district (SID), in Millburn, headed by a district management corporation.

The township has been without a SID since late-2018, when the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) Board voted to dissolve itself.

Since the dissolution of the SID, the township, chamber of commerce and volunteer groups in town have had to pick up a number of responsibilities previously allocated to the DMDA, including Winter celebrations in Taylor Park, and re-planting flowers throughout the downtown in the Spring

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However, some business owners in town have spoken out against the timing of establishing a new SID, given that their profits have been sliced drastically by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that any such SID would be funded from said profits.

Should the first reading pass, the township will have a second reading and hearing for the ordinance at the next meeting on Aug. 11.

The meeting will be live tonight on Millburn's YouTube channel starting at 7:00 p.m. Residents who can not be there in person and wish to comment may do so by calling in at 339-209-5899 during the comment periods.

In other town business, there will be a Police Department Training Overview, presented at the meeting by Captain Blazinski of the Millburn Police Department.