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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Mar 24

March 24, 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:43 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the March 13th Regular 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
The “National Donate Life Month” proclamation will be presented to a representative of the NJ Sharing Network.

We will revisit the Utility Board appeal from last meeting. Mr. Kalugin has been notified the matter will be discussed at the meeting. The supporting documents have been shared with you on the Google Drive.

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-5 will increase certain pool rates for the upcoming 2017 season. This ordinance shall be amended so the age for seniors will be changed from 62 to 55.

OLD BUSINESS
We will continue the conversation about the Business Improvement District.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #55-2017* will approve 2016 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #56-2017* will authorize a shared service agreement with SCMUA for Recycling Coordinator and the submission of tonnage grant application.

Resolution #57-2017* will authorize 2017 salary adjustments for certain non-union employees.

Resolution #58-2017* will authorize the refund of monies to an outside lien holder for 68 West End Avenue.

Resolution #59-2017* will authorize the refund of monies to an outside lien holder for 18 Donald Avenue.

Resolution #60-2017* will approve a settlement agreement with the Estate of Frederick Judge regarding the payment of fees.

Resolution #61-2017* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #62-2017* will award a non-fair and open contract to Pall Corporation.

Resolution #63-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

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

1. An application for an Off-Premise Raffle (50/50) from the Pride Foundation, Inc. to be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00pm Memory Park.
2. An application for an On-Premise Raffle (50/50) from Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:30pm at SCCC.
3. An application for an On-Premise Raffle (Merchandise) from Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:30pm at SCCC.

INTERMISSION 

DISCUSSION
1. Ordinance amending Chapters 100 and 320 regarding site plan and parking requirements for assembly uses and T-6 zone changes. A draft has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
2. Ordinance regarding the registration for vacant and abandoned properties. A draft has also been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 17 inches below spillway as March 20th. Water restrictions are still in place.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Mar 17

March 17, 2017

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:18 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Parade tomorrow!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday the 27th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 22 inches below spillway as of March 13th. Water restrictions are still in place.

Our thanks to the DPW crew for the wonderful job clearing snow this week.

I was interviewed by the NJ Herald for a story on the potential BID – should be in Sunday’s edition.

Our redesigned website is coming along. Transferring of content from the old site to the new one will commence shortly.

Due to the storm this past Tuesday, Zone 2 Recycling will be picked up on March 21st along with Zone 3.

The Annual Report is at the printer’s. ETA is early next week…now on to the newsletter!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Mar 10

March 10, 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 27th Regular 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
The “Child Abuse Prevention” proclamation will be noted for the record.

There is one Utility Board appeal. Supporting documents have been shared with you on the Google Drive.

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

Ordinance 2017-4 will create a new sewer ordinance and establish sewer surcharge fees.

Ordinance 2017-5 will increase certain pool rates for the upcoming 2017 season. This ordinance shall be amended so the age for seniors will be changed from 62 to 55. The ordinance will then have to re-advertised and considered for adoption at the March 27th meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
We will continue the conversation about the Downtown Improvements/SID.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #48-2017* is a resolution appealing to the Legislature to approve a spending plan which fully funds the School Funding Reform Act.

Resolution #49-2017* will award the contract for the sidewalk portion of the Liberty Street project to Your Way Construction.

Resolution #50-2017* will award the Liberty Street Improvement project for paving and line striping to Tilcon and Denville Line Striping through the Morris County Co-op.

Resolution #51-2017* will concur with my appointment of a crossing guard.

Resolution #52-2017* will award the bid for the Auto Repair Service (Bid #6-2017) to Boonton Tire.

Resolution #53-2017* will authorize the cancellation of 2014 water and sewer charges for 24 Lawnwood Avenue which the Town foreclosed on in December.

Resolution #54-017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* will approve an application for a Social Affair permit for Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, 133 Spring Street on May 6th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

INTERMISSION

INTRODUCTION OF 2017 BUDGET

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 27 inches below spillway as of March 6th. Water restrictions are still in place.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR