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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Oct 20

October 20, 2017

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 2:45 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A friendly reminder there are four (4) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:45pm for the position of Municipal Judge (3) and Planning Board member (1). Information has been shared with you on the Google Drive. Please note the three interviewees for judge are the only three who properly followed the instructions of the RFP. Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, October 23rd beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 11th Regular & Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are two (2) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-19 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the repair of two (2) clarifiers at the sewer treatment plant.

Ordinance 2017-20 will amend the parking regulations on Halsted Street at the request of the Police Department.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #203-2017* will authorize an increase in the not to exceed amount for the non-fair and open contract for Gold Type Business Machines for the year.

Resolution #204-2017* will amend the not to exceed amount in the agreement with Jim Prusinowski for legal counsel.

Resolution #205-2017* will concur with my appointment of a school crossing guard.

Resolution #206-2017* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 9.02, Lot 12.

Resolution #207-2017* will authorize the award of required disclosure contract (non-fair and open) with JMC Environmental for well monitoring.

Resolution #208-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #209-2017* will authorize a credit due to a utility account.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Food Truck Draft Ordinance
2. Taxi and Limo Draft Ordinance

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #210-2017 will authorize entering into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation – School Funding Reform Act.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #211-2017 will authorize the Town Attorney to work with the Board of Education attorney to research a Complaint against the State of NJ for failure to meet the requirements of the School Funding Reform Act of 2008.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 8 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 16, 2017.

Departments are ready to assist with the Fall Festival scheduled for tomorrow on Spring Street from Noon-4pm.

Plans are underway for the Lower Spring Street event on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

I attended the bi-annual meeting with Sen. Oroho and Assemblyman Space in Branchville.

Kimberly and I have broken the Town out into business districts for our visits which will commence shortly.

Our marketing team worked this week on a draft schedule of events for 2018. Budgets will be prepared as the next step.

Several of us visited Seton Hall to listen to the progress report on the marketing surveys. Next step is the creation of an online survey.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 13

October 13, 2017

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Prayers and condolences to the family who lost a child this week at Merriam Avenue School.  There is a gofundme account to support them during this difficult time:

https://www.gofundme.com/in-honor-of-peyten-critchlaw

Thank you.

A friendly reminder there are four (4) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:45pm for the position of Municipal Judge (3) and Planning Board member (1). Information has been shared on the Google Drive. Please note the three interviewees for judge are the only three who properly followed the instructions of the RFP. Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, October 23rd beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 8 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 9, 2017.

Congratulations to the Newton Fire Department and everyone (especially DPW and PD) who made the annual County Firemen’s Parade a smashing success!

Fall newsletter has been completed and is being sent to the printer.

I have sent out my annual budget request memorandum to all departments.

Lorraine’s office is finalizing a recommendation and resolution for a new phone system via State Contract.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance’s monthly meeting in Parsippany.

We met with Erin from BTB to finalize plans for the 2nd annual Fall Festival on Spring Street, Saturday, October 21st from Noon-4pm.

The draft food truck ordinance will be discussed at the next Council meeting.

I will attend a presentation next week at Seton Hall to review the findings thus far of the surveys that have been conducted as part of the market research project. Go Pirates!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR

Oct 06

October 6, 2017

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 10:11 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A friendly reminder there are three (3) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:45pm for the position of Municipal Judge. The three candidate’s proposals have been shared with you on the Google Drive. Please note the three interviewees are the only three who properly followed the instructions of the RFP. Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 13th Regular & Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Dawn Babcock will be available to discuss the Best Practices Worksheet.

ORDINANCES
There are two (2) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-19 is a fully-funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the repair of two (2) clarifiers at the Sewer Treatment Plant.

Ordinance 2017-20 will amend the parking regulations on Halsted Street at the request of the Police Department.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #188-2017* will authorize submitting and executing a grant application for the Church Street Project.

Resolution #189-2017* will have you concur with the appointment of a new crossing guard.

Resolution #190-2017* will reject the bids for the Firehouse No. 2 project.

Resolution #191-2017* will cancel the balance of the monies for the Action Alliance grant from 2016-2017 grant period.

Resolution #192-2017* will approve a fireworks display for the Hospital’s Festival of Lights.

Resolution #193-2017* will authorize an emergency repair for the two (2) clarifiers at the Sewer Treatment Plant.

Resolution #194-2017* will authorize amending the Water Sewer Capital budget. This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2017-19 and Resolution #193-2017.

Resolution #195-2017* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts for an erroneously replaced meter head.

Resolution #196-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for Denville Line Striping for work done on the Improvements to Liberty Street project.

Resolution #197-2017* will approve the insertion of revenue in the 2017 budget for the Body Armor Grant (BARF).

Resolution #198-2017* authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts to credit erroneous penalties.

Resolution #199-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #200-2017* will approve the insertion of revenue in the 2017 budget for the Municipal Alliance Grant.

Resolution #201-2017* will urge the State Legislature to extend the 2% Cap on Police and Fire Arbitration Contract Awards which is due to expire on December 31, 2017.

Application(s)* there are three (3) applications for your consideration:

1. A membership application from Peter Naumowicz, 16 Dogwood Drive for the Newton Fire Department.
2. An application for a Social Affair Permit for SCCC to be held December 2, 2017 at the college.
3. An application for a Social Affair Permit for Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation to be held November 12, 2017 at Krave Café & Caterer.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Food Truck Ordinance

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #202-2017 will authorize entering into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation re: Newton West Ltd.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 7 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 2, 2017.

Departments are working on submittals for the Fall newsletter.

I have sent out my annual budget request memorandum to all departments.

We had a productive meeting this week discussing the Armory project and G&H redevelopment.

Municipal offices are closed Monday in recognition of Columbus Day.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR