Letters from the Mayor

Mayor's Message 3/26

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, March 26, 2021.

Local COVID-19 Numbers & Demographics

Essex County has provided us with a demographic breakdown of local COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday, March 23. Click here to view the Essex County COVID-19 Demographics (PDF) sheet.

The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week.

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
3/26/217429
3/25/217399
3/24/217349
3/23/217329
3/22/217269
3/21/217239
3/20/217199
3/19/217189

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

Governor Murphy Announces Expanded Vaccine Eligibility

Earlier today, Governor Murphy announced another expansion in vaccine eligibility for New Jersey residents. Individuals ages 55-64, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, higher education workers, and other frontline essential workers and high-risk groups will be eligible for vaccination effective Monday, April 5.

See the Governor’s press release for more information.

NJ Vaccine Call Center Seniors 65+ Program

The NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center has announced a seniors-specific phone number for inbound calls to reschedule existing appointments, register to the 65 + waitlist or to schedule an appointment. The phone number to call is (856) 249-7007. Please only dial this number if you are a senior aged 65+ or are assisting one in scheduling a vaccine.

Essex County Vaccinations

Essex County residents may sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at https://essexcovid.org/. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should, as a general rule, continue to take precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more about immunity.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

For more information on what we know and what we’re still learning about vaccines, visit the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated webpage.

 Main Street Closure Kick Off & Millburn Business Support

Main Street will close to vehicular traffic between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street on weekends beginning early April to allow for outdoor dining and safe gathering. Please join us on Friday, April 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Millburn and Main as we kick off our first weekend closure with live music! More information on specifics related to the closure will follow.

As always, we ask that our residents responsibly and respectfully support local while adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when effective distancing is not feasible.

There will be an extended complete closure of that stretch of Main Street from June 18 through September 6. The Township will evaluate the success of this outdoor dining program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses.

The newly launched resident shopper parking permit application is now live on our website! Purchase of this permit will eliminate the need for use of paystations, meters or the MPay2Park app. For more information and to apply, visit our parking page: twp.millburn.nj.us/parking.

Explore Millburn-Short Hills is kicking off its spring initiatives and community events with the “Spring into Millburn/Short Hills—It’s a GEM!” contest. Please visit Explore Millburn-Short Hills on social media to see more information about the program and to get involved!

Business owners are urged to submit café license applications for 2021. Access the application here: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe.  

Township Committee

Interested in seeing what your Township Committee is up to? Please visit our Township Committee page for information! The next Township Committee meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. A discussion on the removal of flex parking in the downtown area will be on the April 6 agenda. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Visit the above linked Township Committee page to access Zoom information and our meeting livestream on YouTube.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

We’d like to make the community aware of the Stop Asian Hate March & Rally that will be held this Saturday, March 27 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The march will begin at Millburn High School and continue down Millburn Avenue to Taylor Park. All are welcome. Please remember to wear a mask if you choose to participate. There will be road closures in Downtown Millburn during the rally.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 3/19

Essex County Vaccinations

Essex County has announced it is prioritizing vaccinating teachers and school support staff, and has set aside a number of appointments for those who fall into this group. Appointments can be made by visiting EssexCOVID.org beginning today, March 19, at 5:00 p.m. Look for the Teacher Vaccination button to reserve your spot. Please note, this effort is for teachers and educational support staff who reside or work in Essex County.

Essex County continues vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at http://www.essexcovid.org. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

American Rescue Plan

The third COVID-19 stimulus package, also known as the American Rescue Plan, was signed into law last week. The key components of the plan are:

  1. Provide direct relief to Americans: The American Rescue Plan provides $1,400 per-person checks to households across America, housing and nutrition assistance, and access to safe and reliable childcare and affordable healthcare. It also extends unemployment insurance, provides support for the hardest hit small businesses, and gives families with kids and childless workers an emergency financial boost.
  2. Safely reopen schools: The American Rescue plan provides the necessary resources to meet the president’s goal of safely reopening a majority of K-8 schools in the first 100 days. It provides the funding needed to get children back in school and parents back to work.
  3. Mount a national vaccination program and contain COVID-19: The American Rescue Plan provides funding to set up community vaccination sites nationwide, scale up testing and tracing, eliminate supply shortage problems, invest in high-quality treatments, distribute vaccines equitably, and address health disparities.

The American Rescue Plan is also distributing billions in emergency funding for state and local governments. Millburn Township will be receiving $1.9 million in funding from the plan.

To learn more, visit the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet (PDF).

Local COVID-19 Numbers & Demographics

Essex County has provided us with a demographic breakdown of local COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday, March 16. Click here to view the Essex County COVID-19 Demographics (PDF) sheet.

The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week.

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
3/19/217189
3/18/217169
3/17/217159
3/16/217139
3/15/217128
3/14/217108
3/13/217088
3/12/217088

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases. Essex County numbers can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

Essex County Homebound Seniors Vaccine Program

The Essex County Department of Health is collecting names and contact information of homebound seniors in an effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccinations directly to these residents. Please note, we do not currently have a definitive date for when the County will be able to provide the in-home vaccines.

Homebound is defined as anyone who is immobile or homebound due to illness, needs the help of another person or medical equipment to leave home, or is unable to or would have difficulty leaving their home or being transported to a vaccination clinic. Homebound may also be defined as someone whose doctor believes their health or illness could become worse upon leaving the home.

If you fall under this category, are the caregiver of someone who is homebound, or have a neighbor or friend who would benefit from this service, contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department at (973) 535-7961 ext. 231 and provide the senior’s name, phone number and address. Though dates for in-home vaccinations are currently unavailable, we are working to quickly provide information to the County on interested seniors. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department or email Ana Millan at amillan@millburntwp.org with the subject line: “Homebound Resident.”

Mental Health Resources

For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as are the physical health effects. Our Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department has compiled a list of mental health resources related to the COVID-19 Crisis. Visit our Mental Health Resources page under our Coronavirus News Hub to see the list and find help: twp.millburn.nj.us/mentalhealth.
Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals

Scientists know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick, but we’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of the virus. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should, as a general rule, keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

For more information on what we know and what we’re still learning about vaccines, visit the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated webpage.

Local Business Support & Main Street Closure

Millburn Township is still accepting café license applications for 2021. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe. Applications should be directed to the Township Clerk’s Office and placed in the drop box outside of Town Hall.

Reminder! Main Street will close to vehicular traffic between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street on weekends beginning April 3 to allow for outdoor dining and safe gathering. Additionally, there will be an extended complete closure of that stretch of Main Street from June 18 through September 6. The Township plans to evaluate the success of this outdoor dining program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses.

The Township Committee is scheduled to vote on an Ordinance amending our Traffic Code to include a resident shopper parking permit at our next meeting on March 23. Stay tuned for additional information on the Ordinance and permit!

As always, we ask that our residents responsibly and respectfully support local while adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when effective distancing is not feasible.

Vision Plan

As you know, the Township is undertaking a Vision Plan to revitalize and re-envision the Downtown Business district. We’d like to alert residents that Perkins Eastman presenting the final plan at the upcoming Township Committee meeting, taking place on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee. To see more information about the Vision Plan and the process thus far, visit: twp.millburn.nj.us/visionplan.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

Mayor's Message 3/12

As of Monday, March 8, Essex County is reporting it has administered a total of 133,385 COVID-19 vaccines, including 86,617 first doses and 46,768 second doses. 7,523 of the total doses have been administered to Millburn residents, of which 4,838 are first doses and 2,685 are second doses.

Essex County is reporting a total 70,635 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 19 cases since March 5, 2021. The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week.

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
3/12/217088
3/11/217028
3/10/216998
3/9/216978
3/8/216978
3/7/216908
3/6/216898
3/5/216898


Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases.

Capacity Limits Increased for Indoor Businesses, Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

This week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 230, increasing indoor capacity limits for certain businesses and increasing both the general indoor and outdoor gathering limit, effective Friday, March 19 at 6:00 a.m.

The general indoor gathering limit will increase from 10 people to 25 people, and the outdoor gathering limit will increase from 25 people to 50 people.

The following businesses may increase indoor capacity limits from 35 percent to 50 percent, excluding the employees of the establishment:

  • Indoor premises of restaurants, cafeterias, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, and bars;
  • Indoor recreation, amusement, and entertainment businesses (including casinos and gyms); and
  • Personal care services (barber shops, nail salons, and other personal care businesses). 

Businesses must continue to abide by current health and safety protocols, including face covering and physical distancing requirements. Please remember to support our businesses and shop local!

Local Business Support & Main Street Closure

Millburn Township is now accepting café license applications for 2021. The Township Committee recently passed a resolution that encourages and expands access for sidewalk cafés amid the ongoing pandemic. Please visit our website to read the resolution and access the application: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe. Applications should be directed to the Township Clerk’s Office and placed in the drop box outside of Town Hall.

The Township Committee voted to again close Main Street to vehicular traffic between Millburn Avenue and Essex Street on weekends beginning April 3, to allow for outdoor dining and safe gathering. Additionally, there will be an extended complete closure of that stretch of Main Street from June 18 through September 6. The Township will evaluate the success of this outdoor dining program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses.

Please be advised that the Township Committee will vote on an Ordinance to amend our Traffic Code to include a resident shopper parking permit at the next meeting on March 23. Stay tuned for additional information on the Ordinance and permit!

As always, we ask that our residents responsibly and respectfully support local while adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when effective distancing is not feasible.

Mental Health Resources

For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as are the physical health effects. Our Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department has compiled a list of mental health resources related to the COVID-19 Crisis. Visit our Mental Health Resources page under our Coronavirus News Hub to see the list and find help: twp.millburn.nj.us/mentalhealth.

Essex County Homebound Seniors Vaccine Program

The Essex County Department of Health is collecting names and contact information of homebound seniors in an effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccinations directly to these residents. Please note, we do not currently have a definitive date for when the County will be able to provide the in-home vaccines.

Homebound is defined as anyone who is immobile or homebound due to illness, needs the help of another person or medical equipment to leave home, or is unable to or would have difficulty leaving their home or being transported to a vaccination clinic. Homebound may also be defined as someone whose doctor believes their health or illness could become worse upon leaving the home.

If you fall under this category, are the caregiver of someone who is homebound, or have a neighbor or friend who would benefit from this service, contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department at (973) 535-7961 ext. 231 and provide the senior’s name, phone number and address. Though dates for in-home vaccinations are currently unavailable, we are working to quickly provide information to the County on interested seniors. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department or email Ana Millan at amillan@millburntwp.org with the subject line: “Homebound Resident.”

Essex County Vaccinations

Essex County continues vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at http://www.essexcovid.org. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

Millburn Schools Offering Weekly COVID-19 Testing to Staff, Students & Families

The Millburn School District is offering a fully-funded (no out-of-pocket costs), optional, asymptomatic COVID-19-PCR testing program to Millburn Schools staff, students and families. This surveillance testing option provides an additional layer of protection for our school community. Mark your calendars now for weekly surveillance testing.

For more information, please visit the Millburn Township Public Schools website and check your inboxes for any communications directly from Millburn Schools.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with the Mayor, office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM or by phone – and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

As you know, the Township is undertaking a Vision Plan to revitalize and re-envision the Downtown Business district. We’d like to alert residents that Perkins Eastman presenting the final plan at the next Township Committee meeting, taking place on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee. To see more information about the Vision Plan and the process thus far, visit: twp.millburn.nj.us/visionplan.

A recently published news story included the Township of Millburn on a list of 30 N.J. towns whose residents enjoyed a drop in their average tax bill between 2019 and 2020. For Millburn, that drop was -$198, from about $24,568 to $24,370.

In case you missed it, earlier this week the Township Committee declared March 10, 2021 as Robbie Almgren Day; The Day of the Gentleman Athlete.” See the proclamation here: Robbie Almgren Day.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 3/5

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

As of Monday, March 1, Essex County is reporting it has administered a total of 112,255 COVID-19 vaccines, including 76,313 first doses and 35,942 second doses. 6,251 of the total doses have been administered to Millburn residents, of which 4,285 are first doses and 1,966 are second doses.

Essex County is reporting a total 68,695 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 21 cases since February 26, 2021. The below chart outlines cumulative COVID-19 case and death totals in the Township of Millburn over the last week. Please note that the drop in cases between yesterday and today may be due to a County reporting error.

DateMillburn Twp. CasesMillburn Twp. Deaths
3/5/216898
3/4/216928
3/3/216888
3/1/216848
2/28/216838
2/27/216778
2/26/216748
2/25/216688

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases.

Check our website for an expanded chart and additional details on local cases: twp.millburn.nj.us/localcases.

Vaccine Eligibility Expansion

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for more frontline essential workers and high-risk groups. 

Beginning Monday, March 15, the following categories are eligible for vaccination:

  • Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings;
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings;
  • Public and local transportation workers, NJ TRANSIT workers; Motor Vehicle Commission staff;
  • Public safety workers, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors;
  • Migrant farm workers;
  • Members of tribal communities; and,
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters.

Additionally, beginning on Monday, March 29, frontline essential workers in the following categories are also eligible for vaccination:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution;
  • Eldercare and support;
  • Warehousing and logistics;
  • Social services support staff;
  • Elections personnel;
  • Hospitality;
  • Medical supply chain;
  • Postal and shipping services;
  • Clergy; and,
  • Judicial system.

For more information about eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine. For more information on CDC criteria for eligibility, please click here

Utility Shutoff Moratorium Extended

The Governor’s Office announced this week that the moratorium preventing New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected has been extended through at least June 30, 2021. The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. Utilities will not be permitted to charge late fees nor fees to reconnect services that have been disconnected.

The extension also applies to cable and telecommunications providers, which are prohibited from disconnecting Internet service in households that have one or more school-age children that may be using such service for educational purposes.

Governor Murphy Signs Orders to Increase Capacity Limits for More Events and Services

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 228, allowing indoor wedding receptions to operate at 35% capacity of the room in which they are held, up to 150 individuals, and outdoor wedding receptions to permit up to 150 individuals. Receptions will be required to follow indoor and outdoor dining guidance, which requires that people eat and drink while seated and wear face coverings at all other times. 

Overnight camps will be permitted to resume operations for the summer season. The Governor and the Department of Health will issue additional guidance regarding the application process and the applicable health and safety protocols in the coming weeks.

For information on other events and services that have recently had capacity limits increased, please check our State & Federal Updates page under our Coronavirus News Hub

Business and Property Owner Support

Millburn Township is now accepting café license applications for 2021. The Township Committee recently passed two resolutions to encourage and expand access for sidewalk cafés amid the ongoing pandemic. Please visit our website to read the resolutions and access the application: twp.millburn.nj.us/sidewalkcafe. Applications should be directed to the Township Clerk’s Office and placed in the drop box outside of Town Hall.

Explore Millburn-Short Hills, the non-profit organization established to support and promote the businesses throughout the five areas of the Special Improvement District, just released its March Merchant and Property Owner newsletter – click here to read it. The organization is working hard to support our wonderful businesses through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Follow Explore Millburn-Short Hills on Facebook and Instagram at @exploremillburnshorthills to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in our merchant community.

Essex County Homebound Seniors Vaccine Program

The Essex County Department of Health is collecting names and contact information of homebound seniors in an effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccinations directly to these residents. Please note, we do not currently have a definitive date for when the County will be able to provide the in-home vaccines.

Homebound is defined as anyone who is immobile or homebound due to illness, needs the help of another person or medical equipment to leave home, or is unable to or would have difficulty leaving their home or being transported to a vaccination clinic. Homebound may also be defined as someone whose doctor believes their health or illness could become worse upon leaving the home.

If you fall under this category, are the caregiver of someone who is homebound, or have a neighbor or friend who would benefit from this service, contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department at (973) 535-7961 ext. 231 and provide the senior’s name, phone number and address. Though dates for in-home vaccinations are currently unavailable, we are working to quickly provide information to the County on interested seniors. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Millburn Health, Welfare, and Human Services Department or email Ana Millan at amillan@millburntwp.org with the subject line: “Homebound Resident.”

To stay up to date on news and information for seniors, sign up for Millburn’s Senior Happenings e-newsletter by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to our Senior Citizen Coordinator Jaimee Hawkins at jhawkins@millburntwp.org.

Essex County Vaccinations

Essex County continues vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B, including residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations through the County online at http://www.essexcovid.org. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. Visit twp.millburn.nj.us/vaccineinfo for more information on vaccinations.

Millburn Schools Offering Weekly COVID-19 Testing to Staff, Students & Families

The Millburn School District is offering a fully-funded (no out-of-pocket costs), optional, asymptomatic COVID-19-PCR testing program to Millburn Schools staff, students and families. This surveillance testing option provides an additional layer of protection for our school community. Mark your calendars now for weekly surveillance testing! 

For more information, please visit the Millburn Township Public Schools website and check your inboxes for any communications directly from Millburn Schools. 

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Township Committee Meeting 

The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in a limited capacity. Access the Zoom information here: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/townshipcommittee.

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REMINDER: To submit a concern or request for service in the Township, we encourage the use of our SDL Open Data Portal. This allows us to assign your request, concern or complaint to the proper department, provide feedback and track progress. Links to the SDL Portal and concern form can be found below:

Please be patient as the Township responds to your concerns.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis