Letters from Mayor Lieberberg

Mayor's Message 8/7

Good afternoon Millburn Township residents, today is Friday, August 7, 2020.

This message will be an update on both the Township’s COVID-19 situation as well as an update for our nearly 1,800 properties that remain without power following Tropical Storm Isaias.

COVID

Essex County is reporting 19,715 residents having tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 164 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. At times these numbers can change when contact tracing is complete and it is verified that a positive result should be counted in another community or county.

Please keep in mind the following important items:

  • Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain states identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average 

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-information/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

  • Main Street traffic light timing has been changed to better accommodate traffic flow during the full month closure of Main Street in August and any potential future closings of the street. This effort was implemented in collaboration with Essex County and the Township’s Engineering Department.  We encourage our residents to continue their incredible support of all of our merchants from Chatham Road, Morris Turnpike, Upper Millburn Avenue and the Downtown area. Dine locally--- EXPLORE and EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS—There are many shops and restaurants throughout the community that welcome you—TRY SOMETHING NEW--The Mall at Short Hills also remains open with all precautions in place for shopping. 
  • The Millburn Food Pantry is in need of monetary donations and the following items; jelly, fruit cups, juice, and boxed milk. With significant delays in getting residents in need of assistance enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to the ongoing health crisis, we are asking for our residents to continue their unwavering generosity by giving to the pantry in any form they feel comfortable. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Tropical Storm Isaias

We have been consistently pressing JCP&L for street-specific restoration information and more accurate data on when we can expect our power back across Millburn Township, but this has not been communicated to us. We unfortunately cannot tell what individual streets and neighborhoods are included in the numbers provided by JCP&L. We continue to express our displeasure and frustration to JCP&L that other municipalities are receiving street-by-street information while we are not being given the same. My frustration grows along with yours until there will be restoration to all residents.We will continue our consistent efforts to push JCP&L for more specific information.We will share it with our residents as we receive it.

Here is the most recent information that has been shared with us from JCP&L:

ESTIMATED RESTORED PER DAY FOR MILLBURN TOWNSHIP

  • August 6: 240
  • August 7: 788
  • August 8: 668
  • August 9: 382
  • August 10: 238
  • August 11: 71

The restoration process is JCP&L’s responsibility. Our concern continues to be the safety of our residents and the communication of necessary information that will allow our residents to plan and prepare as restoration efforts continue.

For those who remain without power, we will be operating a temporary charging station for RESIDENTS ONLY to power up devices this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Millburn Fire Station #2, located at 315 White Oak Ridge Road. Please be advised that our Library and Bauer Center charging stations will not be operational this weekend. Please remember to bring your own chargers and to limit time spent charging to allow maximum use of the stations for all residents.

A reminder that debris pickup will begin in Zone 1 on Monday. For additional information please visit the Township’s website. https://twp.millburn.nj.us/debrisremoval

Especially now, be kind to your neighbors. We have seen stories of residents offering a charge on their porch, a cold drink and other acts of kindness as we deal with the added burden of power loss in an already difficult time. We must remain strong as a community and continue to do all that is necessary to persevere through everything that is thrown our way. #MillburnStrong. Thank you.