Millburn's Dispatch Might Be Taken Over By Livingston

Due to budget issues the township looks to share police services starting January 2013.

Millburn officials are weighing the possible savings in outsourcing the town's police dispatch to Livingston. If approved, the township is estimating it will start in early 2013. 

"Unless Livingston gives us an outrageous figure it seems it may go through," Millburn's business administrator, Thomas Gordon, said. 

A subcommittee is currently discussing the proposal. A report is expected at the next Township Committee meeting on Aug. 21 and could be approved as early as that meeting. Nothing has been made official yet police officials said.

"It won't affect the residents at all," Gordon said. "The fire department dispatch has been shared since 1970."

Currently, there are dispatchers in the Police Department Building from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the desk to answer phone calls and questions of residents who walk in. An officer is at the desk when a dispatcher is not there. 

Although nothing is finalized yet, Gordon believes there will be someone at the desk until at least 5 p.m. to assist residents. 

This shared service proposal will cut down staff in the police department but it is not known yet how many or whether Livingston will take them on.

According to Gordon, the state government's law that a town can only two percent increase on a its budget per year is why more townships are exploring the option of shared services where it can. 

"The cost of operations is going up and with the budget cap we have budget restraints," Gordon said. "Under the governor [Chris Christie] he wants the towns to share services."

Police Chief Gregory Weber told the Item of Millburn and Short Hills that his concern with the possible move is the loss of a personal connection with residents. 

BigShow August 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I would like to know if this idea/project the town is planning for dispatch is going to end up like the speed bump plan from a few years back. From what I remember that ended as fast as it began. Why do the council people spend the town's money frivolously on projects that do not help us at all? And second question why does this council belive they can make big risk decisions for the town without discussing them with us, the people who they represent?
reality check August 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The answer to the Big Show's question is simple. Tim Gordon has been running this town for almost thirty years. That is unheard of for that type of position. He is a control freak and he tells the committee what to do. Committees past and present have enboldened him. They have voted to pay his legal bills for lawsuits resulting from his own actions (old short hills park for once). Gordon gave a deposition in Baldani Vs. Millburn and the town paid his bill. In that deposition Gordon admits to being charged with stealing tax money when he ran Pleasantvill. He never told Millburn officials when they hired him. This council paid his defense bill when the PBA charged him with misconduct criminally
Deidre August 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
KC August 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
See latest article: "Currently, the Millburn dispatchers cost an average taxpayer an estimated $73 annually and with the shared services proposal it will lower the costs to an estimated $67." Is saving $6 a year for an avg. taxpayer really worth the service loss by this move?
Sagamore mom 143 August 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
In addition to KC's comment, what would the cost drop to if we moved Fire dispatch from Summit to our home town?!?!? How come no one has asked this question? We spend how much a year for fire to Summit and now police to Livingston. If this is all about consolidation, why not fire and police be dispatched from the same place WITHIN OUR OWN TOWN, what do you think Cheif Roberts? In addition, Taxpayers WILL NOT be seeing tax reductions because of this merger, which people forget to see.


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