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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

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
Jun 19

June 19, 2015

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 10:04 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Tomorrow is the Newton Pool opening! Let the summer fun begin!

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the June 8th meeting 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. Introduction of the winners of the Miss Newton, Little Mr. & Miss Newton contest.
2. Presentation of a Proclamation to the 2015 Senior Citizen of the Year, Nancy Woods.

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-18 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance in the amount of $45,000 for improvements to the Newton Fire Museum.

Ordinance 2015-19 is an ordinance revising Section 307-55 of the Code to designate a portion of Spring Street as one-way. The Town has already adopted an ordinance for designating Spring Street as one-way; however, the NJDOT requires an ordinance for strictly Spring Street for their approval.

Ordinance 2015-20 is a bond ordinance appropriating funds for the Trinity Street paving project.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #91-2015* will authorize the purchase of six (6) new SCBA packs for the fire department.

Resolution #92-2015 will authorize credits due water and sewer accounts.

Resolution #93-2015* will renew the Club liquor licenses.

Resolution #94-2015* will renew the Plenary Retail Distribution liquor licenses.

Resolution #95-2015* will approve the purchase of a 2016 Ford F-250 Super Cab 158” WB for the DPW.

Resolution #96-2015* will approve the purchase of a 2015 Ford F-450 4WD Reg. Cab 141” WB 60” CA XL Mason Dump Chassis for the DPW.

Resolution #97-2015* will approve the purchase of a Galion Mason Dump Body and related equipment for the Mason dump truck authorized in Resolution #96-2015.

Resolution #98-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #99-2015* will renew the Plenary Retail Consumption liquor licenses.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Fence Ordinance – Jessica Caldwell - Town Planner
2. Housing Ordinance – Angelo Balcato, Esq. 
3. Public Street Ordinance – Chief Richards, SLEO Donofrio

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 8 inches below the top of the spillway on 6.15.15.

Preconstruction meetings were held on Wednesday for the Spring Street Project and the Trinity Street Traffic Lights Project. Construction will begin on or about July 13th for Spring Street. Construction on the Trinity Street Traffic Lights will begin the week of June 29th.

Routine business discussed at the SCEDP lunch meeting this week. Note that the Town is up for an award next week at the annual awards luncheon.

Taco Bell was deemed conditionally complete at the TRC meeting this week so their application can now be heard at the July Planning Board meeting!

Dunkin’ Donuts was approved for the Quick Mart location across from Thorlabs – once final resolution is approved it should be up in 3-6 months!

Councilman Levante and I attended the annual Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers function at Farmstead.

Have a great weekend! Happy Father’s Day!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Jun 12

June 12, 2015

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder that the Firehouse 5K is tomorrow at 9:00am and Newton Day follows at 11:00am. Hope to see you there!

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

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 6 inches below the top of the spillway on 6.8.15.

Invitations have gone out for the July 1st reorganization ceremony and reception.

Caller ID has been installed for our phone system thanks to the Clerk’s Office.

Routine business discussed at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

The updated Personnel Manual has been reviewed by staff and the Town Attorney and now makes it way to Labor Counsel and our insurance representatives for further review.

The Fire Museum team met with Deb Danielson and me to discuss a possible fall fundraiser for the interior renovations of the Museum. I will keep you posted.

I sent a letter to the County Administrator regarding the engineer’s estimates on the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment Traffic Signal/Road Improvements. Hopefully we will have a response within the next few weeks or so.

Ursula is working on the final paperwork for the COAH submittal.

We are awaiting word if the Water Treatment Plant can be downgraded to a T-3.

Pre-Construction meetings on the Spring Street/Trinity Street projects will be held next Wednesday.

The waiting is over! No, not the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup (next year?) – the Taco Bell application will be reviewed at the TRC meeting next week! Live mas!

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR