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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 10

February 10, 2017

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. Take note, we will have our discussion with the Police and Fire Departments regarding the 2017 Budget during the meeting. Please bring your budget copy to the meeting.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Next meeting.

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 is one ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2017-3 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #20-2017* will award the contract for Timber Harvesting to Acheson Wood Services, Inc.

Resolution #21-2017* will award a contract to Access Control Technology for maintenance, software upgrade and repairs for our security system. This is a proprietary contract.

Resolution #22-2017* will reappoint Kellen Murphy as Hearing Officer for issues involving landlords with disorderly tenants and Glenn Gavan as the Alternate for 2017.

Resolution #23-2017* will authorize the receipt of bids for lease of space on the High Street water tower for the installation of cellular communication equipment.

Resolution #24-2017* will appoint George W. Wink as an alternate on the Planning Board.

Resolution #25-2017* will appoint Jack Durkin to the Housing Authority.

Resolution #26-2017* will authorize the payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #27-2017* will appoint Jason Miller and Daniel Finkle as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinators.

Resolution #28-2017* will approve 2016 appropriation reserve transfers.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) from the Newton Pride Foundation, Inc., to be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 4:00pm at 44 Ryerson Avenue.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

There are two items for discussion:

a. Pool Rates – Debbie Danielson will provide information regarding proposed pool rates for the 2017 season.
b. 2017 Municipal Budget – Police and Fire Department budgets will be discussed.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 45 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

Departments are submitting (by today!) their information to Terri for the 2016 annual report.

I had a conference call with SCCC to discuss the music event we are co-sponsoring with them in June at the college.

My bi-monthly meeting with Dr. Greene went well – information on same was emailed to the Council this week.

Hope everyone enjoyed their snow day! Time for Spring?

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Feb 03

February 3, 2017

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 2:07 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Budget hearings are tomorrow at 9:00am and Thursday the 9th at 6:00pm.

A reminder the next regular Council meeting is Monday, February 13th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 48 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

We had a productive meeting at Firehouse 2 to discuss the new construction project. Plans are proceeding accordingly.

The pre-construction meeting was held this week for the RBC project. All is on schedule.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting.

The annual Statewide Insurance Fund reorganization was held on Thursday at the Olde Mill Inn in lovely Basking Ridge, NJ. I am grateful to have been re-appointed as our Fund Chairman for 2017.

We met today with Dr. Jon Connolly of SCCC to discuss some great expansion plans for a new academic building and library on campus. We look forward to success of these exciting initiatives.

Enjoy the “big game” on Sunday!

Have a great weekend! Go Patriots!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 27

January 27, 2017

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 10:47 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder that the next Council meeting is Monday, January 30th at 7:00pm. Prior to same will be the two interviews for Housing Authority:
6:30pm George Wink
6:45pm Jack Durkin

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 9th Special, Regular and 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
1. Forestry Plan Update

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

Ordinance 2017-1 will amend the current sign ordinance with regards to EMB illumination.

Ordinance 2017-2 will reappropriate funds for the purchase of an unmarked 4WD police vehicle.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #10-2017* will authorize the waiving of late payment penalty fees for utility payments received between June 25, 2017 and June 30, 2017. This will be the first quarter which the new payment due dates go into effect.

Resolution #11-2017* will execute an agreement with Robert B. McBriar, Esq., for his services as conflict counsel.

Resolution #12-2017* will approve the submission of a grant application and grant contract execution with NJDOT for the Plainfield Avenue Project

Resolution #13-2017* will approve the renewal of the Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage.

Resolution #14-2017* will approve the renewal of the Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Exchange.

Resolution #15-2017* will authorize 2016 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #16-2017* will authorize the payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #17-2017* will reappoint Brian Lockwood to the Utility Advisory Board for five (5) years.

Resolution #18-2017* will reappoint Matt Smith to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission for five (5) years.

Resolution #19-2017* will certify the list of LOSAP participants for the Fire Department for 2016.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 52 ¾ inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

The proposed 2017 municipal budget is now available. Budget hearings are Saturday, February 4th at 9:00am and Thursday, February 9th at 6:00pm.

We have hired a new Administrative Assistant for Code Enforcement. Sherri Ann Kaylani will start work with Newton in February.

The annual GNCC dinner meeting went very well on Wednesday evening.

Congratulations to our very own Jennifer Dodd who was elected as the new chairwoman of the Recreation Commission!

The mayor and I met with Atlantic Health to discuss their ambulance services in town.

I held a conference call this week on the sewer ordinance and requisite surcharge fees. A final draft has been presented to legal counsel and our engineer for review.

A grievance was filed by the PBA/SOA on retiree medical benefits. Same is being reviewed by the Chief.

A meeting will be held next Monday regarding Firehouse 2. We need to finalize our plans so we may commence our next phase.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR