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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 24

June 24, 2016

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 10:21 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

I have scheduled an interview with Tina Larsen for a position as an Alternate for the Planning Board for Monday night at 6:00pm.

On Monday, there will be a reception beginning at 6:30pm to honor Councilwoman Becker, and the Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

Our Reorganization Meeting will be Friday, July 1st beginning at 3:30pm with a reception immediately following at Spring Street Pub and Grill.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the June 13th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter.

ORDINANCES

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #95-2016* will renew the Retail Consumption liquor license for Spring Street Pub & Grill.

Resolution #96-2016* will authorize advertising on the Town Shuttle Bus.

Resolution #97-2016* will renew the taxicab owner’s license for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.

Resolution #98-2016* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Doragail Spicer.

Resolution #99-2016* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Glenn T. Spicer.

Resolution #100-2016* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Ralph E. Drake.

Resolution #101-2016* will approve the initial taxicab owner’s license for Sussex Taxi & Limo Service.

Resolution #102-2016* will approve the initial taxicab driver’s license for Adda V. Delgado Pacheco.

Resolution #103-2016* will approve the initial taxicab driver’s license for Oscar E. Cespedes.

Resolution #104-2016* will cancel a grants receivable balance for the Pedestrian Safety Grant in the amount of $2,880.80.

Resolution #105-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #106-2016* will authorize the lease/purchase of two 2016 police interceptor SUV vehicles with options.

Resolution #107-2016* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for Block 22.04, Lot 1.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #108-2016 will authorize reducing the Performance Surety Bond posted by Grande Villaggio for Phase 1 of the project. The mayor will recuse himself on same.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Non-Binding Referendum – A draft Ordinance asking the public to vote on whether to move the municipal election to November. The draft has been shared on Google.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 23 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

Jo-Med Contracting was out fixing the sink hole on Stuart Street on Thursday.

High Point Electric has been out this week replacing the remaining lights along Main Street. Work should be completed by the end of the next week.

Bid specifications for Fox Hollow Lake repairs and plans have been sent back to USDA for final approval. The advertising for bids should be in the paper in mid-July.

I attended a great breakfast meeting with Senate President Steve Sweeney yesterday in Warren, NJ at which he discussed a wide array of topics from school funding to the TTF.

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 16

June 17, 2016

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 3:53 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 27th beginning at 7:00pm. The reception for Councilwoman Becker will commence at 6:30pm. Please join us for light refreshments and well wishes.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 21 inches below the top of the spillway on 6.13.16.

The valve that was leaking on Woodside Avenue and Route 206 was repaired by the DPW crew on Wednesday evening. Congrats on a fast repair! Water was only shut down for 2 hours.

The final draft of the specifications for Fox Hollow Lake is being submitted down to USDA for authorization to go out to bid for this project. The Town is hoping to be out to bid in July with bids coming back in August and the construction to commence in September.

I attended the yearly MCCPC luncheon in Randolph – always great to connect with colleagues in other communities who understand the value of shared services.

Thorlabs application for a new outdoor compressor at 56 Sparta Avenue was deemed complete by the TRC and will be heard by the Planning Board on July 20th.

The Planning Board approved the 19 Merriam Avenue project on Wednesday evening.

The RPM project is on track with legal counsel working on the redevelopment agreement, cross easements, and the ground lease. RPM is working with JCP&L to schedule the utility relocation for this summer.

Have a great weekend! Happy Father’s Day!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 10

June 10, 2016

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 11:13 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Prayers to Deb Danielson and her family on the passing of her Grandmother this week.

Prayers and best wishes go out to Erv & Jason as they are recovering from injuries sustained during this week’s unfortunate accident.

Looking forward to hosting the Little Miss Newton/Little Mr. Newton contest this evening at PSS at 5:30pm – hope to see you there!

Newton Day is tomorrow. Hope to see you all there!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 13th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the May 23rd Regular meeting and May 31st Special meeting for consideration and approval.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Dawn will note the Auditor’s comments for the record.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2016-5 is a $1,190,000 bond ordinance for various capital improvements. Spending for this ordinance will be authorized on July 7th.

Ordinance 2016-6 is a re-appropriation ordinance to provide funding for the purchase of Jaws of Life for Fire Engine #3.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

CONSENT AGENDA
If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items.

Resolution #85-2016* will authorize the execution of a contract to continue participation in the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council (MCCPC) for the next five years.

Resolution #86-2016* will authorize the transfer of school monies for the period 7-1-16 to 12-31-16.

Resolution #87-2016* will approve the purchase of a 2017 F-250 4WD Super Cab for the Water and Sewer Division.

Resolution #88-2016* will certify the annual audit for the period ending December 31, 2015. An electronic copy of the audit has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Resolution #89-2016* will authorize the insertion of monies in the 2016 budget from the body armor grant.

Resolution #90-2016* will renew a Club liquor license.

Resolution #91-2016* will remove the Club liquor license for the Moose Lodge as it has relocated to Fredon.

Resolution #92-2016* will renew the Retail Distribution liquor licenses.

Resolution #93-2016* will renew the Retail Consumption liquor licenses for all but Spring Street Pub & Grill. They have not received clearance from the State at this time.

Resolution #94-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Drainage Study Update – HPA will be in attendance. Maps have been shared on the Goggle Drive.
2. Straway Blvd. – Draft Ordinance has been shared on the Google Drive.
3. Property Maintenance Code Amendment Ordinance – A Draft has been shared on the Goggle Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 18 inches below the top of the spillway on 6.6.16.

My bi-monthly meeting with Dr. Greene went very well this week – a synopsis was sent to Council members this week via email.

Congratulations to Anna King on being crowned Miss Newton on Wednesday night! She will represent the Town well this coming year.

Congratulations to John and Gercino on the closing of The Style Shop! Work should commence shortly on the 6-month renovation project. Two new retailers will come to Town (one food/one boutique) and nice high-end apartments on the two residential floors up above! We wish them well and also wish the Tolerico family the best of success and thank them for their many years of commitment to the Town.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR