Millburn Municipal Services & Information

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Closure of Millburn Public Buildings

Updated: 3/16, 9:00 p.m.

In light of the ongoing and rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak, and after much consideration for the welfare of our residents, staff and visitors, we have closed the following buildings to the public as of Tuesday, March 17:

  • Town Hall 
  • Public Works Office
  • Fire Department 
  • Gero Park Recreation Building
  • Taylor Park Recreation Building
  • Police Department Headquarters

Notice on Parks

Updated: 3/24, 3:00 p.m.

As of March 18, Millburn parks are open ONLY for walking and informal play. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, please practice social distancing by staying at least 6-feet apart when in our parks. 

Absolutely NO group gatherings allowed, no use of courts, athletic fields, playgrounds and equipment including picnic tables and benches which may include surfaces that can be infected with COVID-19.

All meetings and activities at the Bauer Community Center and Gero Park Recreation Center are cancelled including all senior programs. Public restrooms in those facilities are closed.

Essex County has also closed all County parks and parks facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds and golf courses.

Emergency Services Protocol Coronavirus

How can I interact with the Township remotely?

Updated: 3/25, 3:30 p.m.

Despite closures of our public buildings, residents may remotely utilize a number of public services:

In addition to these services, there are forms on the Departments pages that can be sent in via email or the US Postal Service to conduct business.

For more information on these services and more, please contact customer service at 973-564-7000.

Municipal Programs & Activities Impacted by COVID-19

Updated: 3/24, 3:00 p.m.

This is a running list that will be updated and modified as programs are canceled and/or postponed. 

  • All Township public meetings, inclusive of Planning board, Zoning board and Historic Preservation are postponed until April 13.  An exception will be made for the Township Committee meetings; however, we encourage residents to participate by viewing the meetings on the Township’s YouTube channel. We will be mindful of not placing important agenda items that may merit resident input during this time period.
  • All senior programs are canceled until April 13.
  • Recreation programs are postponed indefinitely, including: Girls Softball, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball, Open Gym Basketball/Volleyball, Kindergarten T-Ball, Spring Youth Tennis Lessons, Spring Adult Pickleball Lessons, Cricket Clinic. The Annual Egg Hunt will be postponed. At this time, the Fishing Derby on April 25 and 4-Miler on June 7 are still on as scheduled. More updates will follow.
  • The Millburn Free Public Library will be closed to the public from through March 29. All programs and events that were scheduled during this time period are cancelled.
  • Millburn Municipal Court will be cancelling court sessions on March 17, March 30 and March 31. Court offices are open to handle phone calls from the public.
  • Building inspections are currently being conducted only on exterior work. 
  • Information on school closings can be found on the Millburn Township Public Schools website.
  • Information on county parks and facilities closing can be found on Essex County website here: Essex County Update on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Police Department Protocol 

Updated: 3/17, 2:30 p.m. 

Due to the current threat presented by the COVID-19 Virus the Millburn Police Department will be instituting the following measures:

  • The police building is closed to the public; unless it is an emergency, do not come to headquarters.
  • If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
  • We will be taking all non-emergency reports over the phone. If you need to report a minor issue (fraud, identity theft, loss of a license etc.) please call Dispatch at 973-564-7001. A dispatcher will take your information and an officer will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Fire arms applications may only be filed online through the FARS system
    • The process for approving firearms ID cards and permits is significantly delayed due to the COVID-19 response. At this time most commercial fingerprint vendors are closed and most retail firearms stores have been deemed nonessential. Once issued permits will still only be valid for 90 days with a 90 day extension (180 days total). When feasible we will return to normal operations.
  • Records is closed. Should you need an accident report or incident report, please contact our record bureau at 973-564-7013.  Reports will be emailed or faxed to you.
  • Pay any violations or fines to the court online or by mail (information on how to do this is on the back of all summonses or available at www.njmc-direct.com). Please contact the court at 973-564-7066.
  • If an officer responds to your home or you have any contact with an officer, please let us know in advance if you are ill or have been told to self-quarantine.

A Note on the Be SMART Campaign

The Be SMART Campaign raises awareness about secure gun storage – storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition – to help save lives. 

Residents are urged to securely store firearms in order to keep guns out of the hands of children and teens to prevent unintentional shootings and gun suicides. While responsible gun owners always store their guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition, it’s even more important right now with so many students home from school.

As adults, we’re responsible for keeping kids safe. During this public health emergency, our children and teens are spending a lot of time isolated from friends and extended family. Adults should always assume children and teens know where guns are stored, and it is our responsibility to keep them locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition.

Unloaded firearms should be secured with a firearm locking device, such as a jacket or cable lock, or in a locked location, like a safe or lock box. Ammunition should be stored separately from the firearm in a secure location.

Every year, nearly 350 children living in America under the age of 18 gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. In addition, more than 600 children living in America die by gun suicide every year.

An estimated 13 million households with children in the U.S. have at least one gun. Not all of these firearms are stored securely, with approximately 4.6 million children living in a household with at least one gun that is stored loaded and unlocked.

Research indicates that secure gun storage practices, including storing household guns locked, unloaded, and separate from the ammunition, are associated with reduced rates of child firearm suicide. One study showed that households that locked both firearms and ammunition had a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries among children and teenagers.