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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Aug 27

August 28, 2015

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 2:44 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting will be on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm.

Morris Lake was 21 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.24.15.

I am working with Bruce Scruton on the NJ Herald Newton insert which is slated for publication on September 20th.

The Armory meeting in Trenton went very well. Our next discussion, following environmental remediation progress, will occur on October 19th.

We had a successful natural gas auction this week and will lock in our rate for a 24-month period.

Tony’s Concrete is progressing on Spring Street. The two crosswalks at the Theatre and 206 were completed. The area in front of the Fire Museum closest to the building was poured on Wednesday and the pavers placed in on Thursday. Next week they will continue on same and anticipate being completed by September 14th.

Faigon is working on the electrical wiring for the traffic signals on Trinity Street. Poles are slated to arrive around September 15th.

The roof contractor will begin work on the roof improvements at the WWTP next week.

There are several job ads posted on the website (click on “Employment”). Please check them out and see if you know anyone interested – positive referrals are always welcome.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
Aug 20

August 21, 2015

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 6:14 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Monday night.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the July 20th Special, Regular and Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

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.

1. The Mayor will present a proclamation to NORWESCAP, celebrating their 50th Anniversary.
2. I will update Council on the proposed Town Shuttle Bus.
3. I will update Council on the NFD Truck Committee activity.

There are five (5) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-21 will amend the current sign ordinances for the Town, and consolidate the requirements into one chapter.

Ordinance 2015-22 will amend Chapter 144 to adopt the New Jersey State Housing Code.

Ordinance 2015-23 will amend Chapter 213 and Chapter 266 to require self-closing and self-securing doors with a door viewer in multi-unit dwellings. This ordinance will also prohibit the depositing of items from any building onto a public street or sidewalk below.

Ordinance 2015-24 will require fences to be constructed at least one (1) foot off the property line to limit conflicts between property owners.

Ordinance 2015-25 will establish parking spaces and amend parking regulations on Spring Street based on the one-way project.


Resolution #136-2015* will cancel capital appropriations in the General Capital Fund from the Fire Museum Improvements project.

Resolution #137-2015* will approve a voluntary code of conduct for the downtown area.

Resolution #138-2015* will approve the insertion of items of revenue into the 2015 budget for monies received for State of New Jersey Street Smart Pedestrian Safety Grant.

Resolution #139-2015* will appoint Deb Danielson as the Town’s Action Alliance Coordinator.

Resolution #140-2015* will appoint Jennifer A. Dodd as the alternate commissioner, NJMEBF.

Resolution #141-2015* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of crossing guards for the upcoming school year.

Resolution #142-2015* will authorize the Town to participate in the NJMEBF Wellness Program.

Resolution #143-2015* is an updated version of authorization for submission of a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance for the 2016 fiscal year.

Resolution #144-2015* will approve the insertion of items of revenue into the 2015 budget for monies received for the 2013 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.

Resolution #145-2015* will authorize the disposal of tires no longer needed.

Resolution #146-2015* will authorize the participation in an online auction for natural gas supply services.

Resolution #147-2015* will award the contract for milling and paving Trinity Street through the Morris County Co-op.

Resolution #148-2015* will authorize the execution of a banking service agreement with Lakeland Bank.

Resolution #149-2015* will approve the insertion of items of revenue into the 2015 budget for monies received for the Action Alliance Grant.

Resolution #150-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on September 12, 2015.
2. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) from the Newton Medical Center Foundation to be held on November 14, 2015.
3. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council to be held on September 27, 2015.


1. Social Media – Xavier Izquierdo of AzulCore will give a brief presentation on the Town’s social technology and social media campaigns.
2. Universal Health Fair request.



Resolution #151-2015 will authorize discussions on tactics and techniques utilized in public safety.

All of the concrete work for Trinity Street is completed. The contractor will be on-site within the next 2 weeks to begin installation of the electric for the traffic lights. The lights will be delivered sometime during the week of September 14th. The lights should be fully operational by Oct. 1st.

Tony’s Concrete has completed half of the crosswalks by the Moran Street, Adams Street and Jefferson Street intersections. On Monday and Tuesday of next week, Spring Street will be closed for the two crosswalks to be completed by the Theatre and Route 206.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
Aug 13

August 14, 2015

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm on Monday, August 24th.

Morris Lake was 18 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.10.15.

We had a productive meeting this week with Michael Fabrizio, Executive Director of Morristown Partnership. It is my goal that we may learn from his experience transforming Morristown and/or are fortunate enough to work with him in a formal capacity. I will keep you posted.

Labor counsel and I are reviewing the draft PBA/SOA contracts which are to incorporate the terms and conditions of the MOA.

We met with Dr. Robertozzi this week to discuss his plans for a multi-million dollar Sussex County Athletic Center to be located at SCCC. As there are significant environmental and dam safety issues to be dealt with, I believe the meeting was very helpful.

The Spring Street project is progressing on schedule. All curbing has been poured along with ADA-compliant ramps. Milling and paving was completed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today the survey crew marked out the parking spaces and loading zones. On Monday, August 17th, Tony’s Concrete will begin the crosswalk construction along with the pouring of bump-outs and placement of pavers along the curb areas. Once this is all completed, the decorative brick area in front of the Fire Museum will be started. Denville Line Striping will work on the painting of the parking spaces and loading zones next week.

The Trinity Street project is also progressing on schedule. The concrete contractor should be completed by the end of next week. ADA-compliant sidewalks will be installed in the area of Union/Trinity. The bases for all traffic light poles have been poured on Moran Street and Union Place. Next week will be the placement of conduit!

An email flyer was sent out on the unique opportunity to SKYPE with Dr. Lori Shemek, author of the “How to Fight FATflammation” book. Sessions will be held with Dr. Shemek on August 20th at 10am and 2pm – participants receive a free copy of her book and seating is extremely limited. Contact Terri Oswin if you are interested.

The conference call with staff from Senate President Sweeney’s office regarding hospital taxation went well. I will keep you posted.

The new handbook is completed. Ordinance on same will be introduced September 16th.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,