Letters from the Mayor

Final Mayor’s Message 6/11

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, June 11, 2021.

In light of recent legislation ending New Jersey’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, I am pleased to announce that this is my last Mayor’s message. Since New Jersey started its Public Health Emergency, this message was formulated to keep residents apprised of COVID-19 related updates and safety related news. Given the progress the State and Township has made, the Township will proceed with posting necessary updates on the Township website.

Governor Murphy terminates New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency

Last week, on June 4, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 244  formally terminating New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency declared in Executive Order 103 over the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time extending Executive Order 103’s State of Emergency. The order comes as New Jersey continues to see a significant decline in the State’s reported new cases of COVID-19, the total number of individuals being admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 and the rate of reproduction for COVID-19 infections in the State. Under this order the majority of the executive orders issued pertaining to the public health emergency will expire in early July.

Governor Murphy also signed bill A5820/S3866 into law on June 4th that would allow his Administration to have the necessary tools to manage the ongoing threat posed by the pandemic. Specifically, the Administration would be authorized to issue orders, directives and waivers under the authority of the Emergency Health Powers Act that are related to vaccination efforts; testing; health resource and personnel allocation; data collection, retention, sharing, and access; coordination of local health departments; and implementation of any CDC recommendations to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This authority lasts until January 11, 2022. In addition, the Governor will also retain the powers pertaining to the following, until January 1, 2022:

  • Directing health care facilities to report data daily, including PPE inventory and bed capacity
  • Permitting food and beverage establishments to offer in-person service at outdoor areas
  • Permitting summer youth overnight and day camps for the 2021 season while establishing stricter health and operational requirements
  • Prohibition on wage garnishments from federal stimulus checks
  • Moratoriums on evictions, insurance premium payments and utility shutoffs
  • Face covering requirements and social distancing requirements depending on the type of activity and individual’s vaccination status

Mask Requirements

Governor Murphy last month, through Executive Order No. 242, lifted mask mandates for most public places, however left businesses and entities overseeing indoor spaces the ability to require masking for employees, customers, and/or guests. In turn, and out of an abundance of caution for our residents and employees, Millburn Township will continue to require the wearing of masks indoors for all visitors and employees on Township property. The Township will continue to monitor State policies and guidance about any further changes to this requirement in the future.

On June 7, Governor Murphy issued a reminder to school officials reminding them that they are empowered to relax masking requirements among students and staff in extreme weather conditions, including heat. The Governor has maintained that masks are continued to be required in schools because kids under 12 are not able to receive the vaccine yet.

Vaccinations

The State will begin a phased closure of six of its vaccination mega-sites as follows:

  • Atlantic & Gloucester County mega-sites have stopped delivering first doses as of 6/2
  • Bergen County mega-site administered its final first doses as of 6/4
  • Morris County mega-site will administer its final first doses on 6/23
  • Middlesex County mega-site will administer its final first doses on 6/26 and will administer the last second doses through 7/17
  • Burlington County mega-site will stop administering first doses on 7/1 and will administer its final second doses through 7/23

For Essex County vaccination and testing sites please visit Essex County’s website https://essexcountynj.org.

Main Street Closure & Millburn Business Support

As we approach the start of summer and end of school, the Township of Millburn is pleased to announce the extension of our Main Street closure. The decision to maintain the closure for the entire summer comes as a result of positive feedback from visitors and residents who are enjoying this active space and engaging with our local business community.

Our extended complete closure of Main Street will now begin on Thursday, June 24 after school lets out for the summer. The closure will run through Monday, August 30. The Township will continue to evaluate the success of this program and its benefit to residents, visitors and local businesses.

Township Committee

Interested in seeing what your Township Committee is up to? Visit our Township Committee page for more information! The next Township Committee meeting takes place this coming Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and is also accessible via Zoom and YouTube, through the above linked Township Committee page. 

Due to public noticing errors, on behalf of The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, the public hearings and consideration of adoptions of Ordinances 2576-21 and 2577-21, originally scheduled for public hearings on June 1 at the Millburn Township Committee meeting were carried, and the public hearings and consideration for final passages and adoptions are now scheduled for the Millburn Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Millburn Township Municipal Building, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, New Jersey.

The Item of Millburn and Short Hills issued a letter of apology (PDF) to the Township of Millburn and have advised that they will ensure public notices will be managed appropriately by their representatives.

Read the full update on our website here.

For additional information on Ordinance 2577-21, please visit our FAQ page on the Township website.

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.

Upcoming Events

Registration for Tour De Millburn, scheduled for September 12, 2021, opens up on June 11th at 8 p.m. for Millburn residents.

On Saturday, June 12 Explore Millburn-Short Hills will be hosting two live music shows from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information on bands performing and performance locations, please visit Explore Millburn-Short Hills website

CEDA and the Paper Mill Playhouse present the Paper Mill in the Park event on Sunday, June 27 from, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Park.


Thank you, enjoy your weekend and stay well!

- Mayor Prupis