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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 30

July 31, 2015

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

I hope everyone enjoys visiting the annual State Fair this upcoming week!

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

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 14 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.27.15.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual employee BBQ luncheon.

I am meeting next week with staff from SCCC to discuss the potential Newton bus stop on campus.

The “How to Open a Business in Newton” revised brochure is completed and at the printer.

The Spring Street/Trinity Street projects have commenced! Spring Street became one-way on July 28th with new curbing and sidewalk work being performed by Tony’s Concrete. Junction boxes are being placed on Moran Street and foundations for the new traffic light poles are being installed on Trinity Street. We will keep you posted via email as conditions warrant.

The DPW crew replaced a faulty hydrant on Liberty Street on Thursday.

Changes have been made to the updated version of newtonnjcool.com and AzulCore is rocking along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts! Xavier will be coming to our August 24th Council meeting with a demo on same.

A 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 new draft handbook is completed – now we are working on the appendices. I anticipate a version ready for August or September.

The Clerk’s office is working on a new digital sign board for the lobby. DPW will be taking down wallpaper and repainting same shortly.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Jul 17

July 17, 2015

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 12:32 PM by Terri Oswin

I have scheduled an interview for a candidate interested in serving on the Utility Advisory Board beginning at 6:45pm on Monday night, immediately following will be our Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the June 22nd and July 1st meetings for your 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. Request for the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  2. Recording in the minutes - Proclamation for Eagle Scout Steven P. Sherwood, Jr.

ORDINANCES
 

OLD BUSINESS

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 #118-2015* will release executive session minutes to the public.  

Resolution #119-2015
will approve for auction a copier that is no longer in use.


Resolution #120-2015*
will support the U.S. Department of Veterans establishing a community based outpatient clinic in Sussex County. 

Resolution #121-2015* will authorize credits for the Board of Education’s utility accounts. 

Resolution #122-2015* will accept the Fire Museum Masonry Renovation Project as complete. 

Resolution #123-2015* will authorize the award of a contract to Hatch Mott MacDonald for engineering services related to the Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) at the WWTP.

Resolution #125-2015* will declare the Town’s support of JCP&L’s Montville – Whippany Reinforcement Project.

Resolution #126-2015*
will authorize the Tax Collector to hold a Tax Sale. 


Resolution #127-2015* will affirm the Tax Collector’s action in refunding redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 7.03, Lot 12.

Resolution #128-2015*
will affirm the Tax Collector’s action in refunding redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.09, Lot 19.


Resolution #129-2015*
will direct the DLGS to change title, text or amount of the appropriation with regard to the health benefits for the Tax Assessor.


Resolution #130-2015*
will appoint Brian Lockwood to the Utility Advisory Board.  


Resolution #131-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

Applications*
 

  1. An application for a special permit for a social affair (Taste of Newton) from the GNCC to be held on Spring Street on September 21st.
  2. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Pride Foundation to be held on several days from September through December.
  3. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) from St. Joseph’s Church to be held on October 30th at 7:00pm at 20 Jefferson Street.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

  1. Fence Draft Ordinance
  2. Housing Draft Ordinance
  3. Public Street/Decency Draft Ordinance
  4. Sign Draft Ordinance

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #132-2015 will authorize discussions on contract negotiations relative to the PBA/SOA negotiations. 

RESOLUTIONS
Resolution #133-2015 will release executive session minutes from April 27th to the public.  Councilman Elvidge was not in attendance for this meeting. 

Resolution #134-2015 will authorize the execution of collective bargaining agreements between the Town of Newton and the SOA and PBA for the calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Resolution #135-2015
will authorize an increase to the Town of Newton’s bid threshold.  The Governor increased the threshold from $36,000 to $40,000.


Resolution #124-2015* will approve the purchase of a 2016 Type III Ford E-450 Horton ambulance through HGAC Buy.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 10 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.13.15.

The Spring Street/Trinity Street projects should commence on July 27th, weather permitting.


We are almost done with our how to open a new business in Newton brochure.


We are currently reviewing an updated version of newtonnjcool.com and AzulCore is also doing a terrific job with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Xavier will be coming to our August 24th Council meeting with a demo on same.


Routine business discussed at the NJMEBF meeting.  
 
We are still pulling together the updated handbook.  I anticipate a version ready for August or September.
 

TRC deemed the Iliff application for a retail store, daycare and buffet restaurant conditionally complete – to be heard on August 19th by the Planning Board.

The Planning Board approved the Punctuated Equilibrium LLC application as well as the Valley View Nursing Home application.  The Taco Bell application was started but will need to be continued on the August 19th agenda.

The Clerk’s office is working on a new digital sign board for the lobby.  DPW will be taking down wallpaper and repainting same shortly.

Have a great weekend!  

Yours for a Better Newton,

TSRJR

Jun 26

June 26, 2015

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 9:47 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

TOWN OF NEWTON
REORGANIZATION MEETING COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
June 26, 2015

REORGANIZATION MEETING
I will briefly review the items on the Reorganization Meeting agenda for you for Wednesday, July 1st at 6:00pm:

INVOCATION
Pastor Leone from Christ Community Church will perform the invocation.

DESIGNATION OF TEMPORARY MAYOR
The first order of business will be for the Council to designate a temporary chairperson to oversee the meeting.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF MAYOR
The new Mayor will be nominated, selected, and sworn in by Kevin Kelly, Esq.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR
The new Deputy Mayor will be nominated, selected, and sworn in.

COMMENTS BY TOWN MANAGER, COUNCIL, DEPUTY MAYOR AND MAYOR

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #100-2015* will reaffirm the banks designated to be used as depositories of municipal funds.

Resolution #101-2015* will reaffirm the newspapers to be used for the publication of legal advertisements.

Resolution #102-2015* will reaffirm the regular meetings of the Governing Body to be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) for the remainder of the year.

Resolution #103-2015* will designate Town officials who are authorized to sign checks for the municipality.

Resolution #104-2015* will reaffirm that the CFO and/or Finance Director is the individual authorized to sell Bond Anticipation Notes.

Resolution #105-2015* will appoint the Mayor as a Class I member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #106-2015* is the appointment of the Class III member to the Planning Board. By ordinance this must be a member of the Town Council.

Resolution #107-2015* will name the Town Manager as the Hearing Officer in all matters of dispute.

Resolution #108-2015* will appoint members to an Ad Hoc Redevelopment Team.

Resolution #109-2015* will appoint Councilman Wayne Levante as the Town Council liaison on the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #110-2015* will appoint Dep. Mayor Sandra Lee Diglio as the Town Council liaison to the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Resolution #111-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #112-2015* will approve a renewal application for a Taxicab Owner’s License for DADS Taxi & Limo.

Resolution #113-2015* will approve a renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

Resolution #114-2015* will approve a renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

Resolution #115-2015* will approve a renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Ralph E. Drake.

Resolution #116-2015* will confirm/establish petty cash and change funds.

APPOINTMENT
Mayor’s Appointment - will appoint the Town Manager as a Class II representative to the Planning Board.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

BENEDICTION
The benediction will be performed by Pastor Frank Leone.

ADJOURNMENT

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 7 inches below the top of the spillway on 6.22.15.

Looks like both the Spring Street Project and Trinity Street Project will now commence on or about July 13th.

Clear Channel has our traffic sponsorship information ready to go for the Spring Street Project. A reminder we will be promoting same in July and August.

We are planning renovation ideas for Firehouse #2 in next year’s capital budget. I met onsite with Tom Kosten of FKA on Tuesday with staff members to discuss various options. It is my goal to have Tom provide three scenarios which will assist me in my October budget deliberations.

Speaking of Firehouse #2 – the plan right now is to consolidate the two voting rooms at the firehouse into one room for the November 2015 elections. Next year, in anticipation of Firehouse #2 renovations, the municipal election, June primary and November general election would all be held at Town Hall.

I was interviewed yesterday by WPIX-11 on the decency standards we are discussing. They also interviewed Sara from PB&J – the segment should air on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

The Clerk’s office is pulling together ideas for the new municipal office directory in the lobby of Town Hall – the new bulletin board looks great!

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR