Good morning Millburn Township residents. This is your Mayor Tara Prupis.
In the hours since Ida ripped through Millburn, we’ve seen an incredible community response from our students, scouts and other resident volunteers who came together and rolled up their sleeves to support our massive cleanup efforts. These volunteers cleaned sidewalks and streets in our Downtown, assisted businesses in clearing debris from stores and took to Taylor Park to tackle a major removal of debris and trash. This heartfelt display of togetherness and true spirt of community should make every one of us proud to call Millburn home.
In addition to physical support by way of clean up, we hope that our residents will come together to consider financial support for those that have been impacted by Ida. Many of our residents have had significant loss to property and possessions. Unfortunately, some have even been displaced because of the extent of damage to their homes. Explore Millburn Short Hills, the Township’s special improvement district that serves our business community, has started to take donations to assist local merchants. We hope to see similar efforts for those residents that have been impacted and understand that efforts are currently underway.
Our Fire Department and Public Works department continue operations to pump out standing water from low lying areas, residential basements and commercial basements. The Township has received more than 150 calls for these services. Residents who have called have been added to a queue and will be attended to as crews and pumps become available. Please know that standing water around homes must be cleared prior to any interior pumping. We ask that any residents who choose to pump out their own basements or homes to remember that this process will take time.
The Department of Public Works has begun debris removal operations in the downtown area. The amount of debris, trash and lost product from our small business community is devastating. Please know the Township is here to support both our businesses and our residents as they clean up and clear out damage from the storm. On Tuesday, September 7, Public Works will begin bulk pick up of storm damage in the Township. The start date for this operation will allow enough time for those that may be waiting on basement waters to recede or be pumped to access the debris they need to remove. We ask that residents that have not been impacted by flooding of their basement or other areas of their property avoid using this opportunity to get rid of items. Please remember the Public Works Yard can always be utilized by residents to dispose of debris.
Clean up operations continue and all Township employees have been dedicated to getting Millburn Township back on its feet again as quickly and painlessly as possible. We have come together in the toughest of times and have truly shown the power of community. I am proud to be a part of Millburn and proud to be your Mayor.
Thank you, and stay safe.