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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 11

February 12, 2016

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A friendly reminder that municipal offices are closed on Monday, February 15th in recognition of Presidents’ Day.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, February 22nd at 7:00pm.

Morris Lake was 30 inches below the top of the spillway on 2.8.16.

Another successful meeting with our CWA representatives regarding their contract. Our next session is in March.

Annual report submissions have been sent to Terri for the 2015 Annual Report.

I hosted my monthly staff meeting at Between the Bread this week. We wish Erin the best of success in her new endeavor.

We met with JCP&L and RPM representatives to discuss plans for the utility relocation for the Newton Town Centre Project.

I was re-elected to the position of Chairman of the Statewide Insurance Fund. It is an honor to serve as head of a group that works collaboratively on the insurance needs of almost 100 governmental entities in NJ.

My thanks to all staff members and volunteers who participated in the two days of budget hearings with the Town Council.

Have a great weekend! Stay warm!
Yours for a Better Newton,
Feb 05

February 5, 2016

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 10:02 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our first budget hearing is tomorrow at 9:00am. The next session will be Thursday at 6:00pm.

A reminder there are two interviews scheduled beginning at 6:30pm on Monday night and our next Town Council meeting will follow beginning at 7:00pm. Mr. Krasnomowitz’s and Mr. Mckernan”s volunteer applications have been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 25th Regular and Special 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.


There is one (1) ordinance for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2016-1 will amend Chapter 100, Fees and Costs.

There is one (1) ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2016-2 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.


Resolution #23-2016* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Resolution #24-2016* will appoint Ms. Vangie Rochelle to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #25-2016* will approve 2015 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #26-2016* will authorize Change Order No. 1 ($3,000 credit) for the Roof Replacement Project at the WWTP.

Resolution #27-2016* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for 244 Spring Street.


1. Donated Leave Policy – a draft ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
2. Parking on the brick pavers on Spring Street - a draft ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
3. Morris Lake – a memo from legal counsel has been shared with you on the Google Drive.


Resolution #28-2016 will authorize entering into closed session to discuss a potential litigation matter.

Morris Lake was 33 inches below the top of the spillway on 2.1.16.

Representatives came in this week to talk about expansion plans at Bristol Glen. We look forward to their submittals this summer.

My bi-monthly meeting with Dr. Greene went very well – a synopsis of same was emailed to you this past week.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting with additional discussion on the Newton Town Centre project – RPM is working on the utility relocation as we speak.

My thanks to everyone who participated in today’s football luncheon as well as those of you who made donations for the American Heart Association Wear Red Day!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the BIG GAME!

Yours for a Better Newton,
Jan 29

January 29, 2016

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Many thanks to the DPW and all emergency services personnel, staff and volunteers who managed operations effectively and efficiently during the last snow event!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, February 8th at 7:00pm. There are two volunteer interviews that evening – one at 6:30pm and one at 6:45pm.

Morris Lake was 33 inches below the top of the spillway on 1.25.16.

The 2016 preliminary budget has been completed and is available to the Council for pickup in Dispatch. Our hearings are on Saturday, February 6th and Thursday, February 11th. My thanks to Dawn for her hard work on same and for the diligence of department heads and staff in preparation of this important document.

27 Orchard Street is slated for public auction once again on March 2nd.

Bids will be coming in next month on the revamped Downtown Lighting Project.

The annual reorganization meeting of the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce was very well attended this past Wednesday evening at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club. Mayor Flynn provided a comprehensive overview of our 2015 successes and goals for 2016.

I was a panel speaker at the annual conference for the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter in New Brunswick, NJ this week. The topic was “Redevelopment” and the discussion was standing room only. Many people commented how great it was to hear about the exciting redevelopment opportunities in Newton.

A friendly reminder that next Friday is the 13th Annual National Wear Red Day for Women sponsored by the American Heart Association. This is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On February 5th, help us turn Newton, New Jersey and America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by contributing $5 to the cause and wearing something red…a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives.

Also, next Friday is the annual staff Super Bowl Party! Please sign-up with Jennifer in Human Resources.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,