Millburn's Township Committee decided to maintain the status quo and re-elected Sandra Haimoff as mayor at Wednesday night's re-organization meeting.
"I would like to thank the committee for re-electing me as chairman of the committee for another year," Mayor Haimoff said. The returning mayor started her tenth year on the committee after being sworn in.
Robert Tillotson was the only committee member that voted against Haimoff's re-election as mayor and declined a nomination as deputy mayor.
Tillotson said he could not give the mayor his full support. Therefore, he said, it would be inappropriate for him to serve as deputy mayor. Committee member W. Theodore Bourke nominated him for the post.
After Tillotson’s declined the post, the committee elected Bourke as deputy mayor after Haimoff nominated him.
Bourke was elected to his first three-year term in 2011 and has been the lead on the parking deck project in downtown Millburn. He also has served on the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum board.
Bourke accepted his nomination after asking Tillotson if he approved.
In the meeting, Haimoff announced the mayoral appointments and the committee announced its township committee appointments for 2013.
In the mayor's state of the township speech, Haimoff explained Jersey Central Power & Light's communication issues have made the company difficult to deal with over the last two years. The committee will continue to insist JCP&L improves Millburn's infrastructure and communication.
The mayor said, Millburn's Township Committee will also explore options to assist residents during storms such as:
- working with the Red Cross to create shelters for residents
- broadcasting over a local radio station to increase communications
- adding block captains throughout town
- asking government officials and representatives to help with the communication issues with JCP&L
"Working together for a common goal we can accomplish these things and more," Haimoff said. "Keeping our town safe, keeping our taxes from esculating and keeping Millburn township the premiere community that people want to call home. Working together not only can we do this, we will do this."