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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 23

November 23, 2016

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder, Municipal Offices are closing at 3:00pm today for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Monday. Our next Town Council meeting will be Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

The annual GNCC/Town Holiday Parade will be this Saturday, November 26th at 10:00am on Spring Street.

I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the November 14th Special and Regular 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. Code Enforcement Update by Debra Doudoukjian.

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2016-15 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees for calendar year 2017.

Ordinance 2016-16 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the Rotating Biological Contractors (RBCs) at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Ordinance 2016-17 will amend the Newton Code relating to water and sewer rates and billing.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #197-2016* will appoint Margaret Baldini to the Historic Commission as an Alternate.

Resolution #198-2016* will designate a Redeveloper for the McGuire Redevelopment Area.

Resolution #199-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #200-2016* will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget, this is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2016-16 above.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECTIVE SESSION
Resolution #201-2016 will authorize entering into closed session for:
1. Contract Negotiations - UPSEU

RESOLUTIONS
Resolution #186-2016 will authorize the execution of a bargaining agreement with UPSEU.

Resolution #202-2016 will accept the performance bond submitted by Newton Town Centre as recommended by our Engineer and Attorney.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 55.5 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Nov 10

November 10, 2016

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 3:16 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Tomorrow municipal offices will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day. Many thanks to all who serve and those who have served in our armed forces!

Congratulations to our president-elect and all those who were elected to office on November 8th. May they make wise decisions for the betterment of the people they serve.

There is one volunteer interview scheduled beginning at 6:45pm on Monday and our next Town Council meeting will follow beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the October 24th Special (2) and Regular 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 and the Clerk will keep time.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
1. Fox Hollow Watermain Project update by Dave Simmons.
2. A GIS presentation by the Newton DPW.
3. A Proclamation for the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights will be noted for the record. The Mayor will be presenting the proclamation on Saturday at the event.

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2016-14 will amend the current regulations and requirements for background checks.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #176-2016* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of a new crossing guard.

Resolution #177-2016* will authorize the execution of an agreement between the Town and the Parking Authority.

Resolution #178-2016* will authorize the purchase of road salt and grit.

Resolution #179-2016* will authorize the execution of an agreement with NJDOT regarding the flashing warning beacon installation on Route 206.

Resolution #180-2016* will authorize executing an agreement with Byram Township to provide Tax Collection services.

Resolution #181-2016* will authorize entering into an agreement with The Canning Group, LLC to provide Newton with the services of a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA).

Resolution #182-2016* will approve 2016 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #183-2016* will approve vacation leave payouts for Kyle Bucenec and Deb Millikin.

Resolution #184-2016* will approve the initial application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Linda Aigotti.

Resolution #185-2016* will authorize auctioning a 2009 Ford Crown Vic on Govdeals.com.

Resolution #186-2016* will authorize the execution of a bargaining agreement with UPSEU.

Resolution #187-2016* will appoint the Fund Commissioners for Statewide for 2017.

Resolution #188-2016* will appoint Keith Mitchell as our Risk Management Consultant for 2017.

Resolution #189-2016* supports Andover Township in urging Hudson Farm Properties to support the Lackawanna Cut Off Restoration Project.

Resolution #190-2016* will cancel grant receivables for the Municipal Alliance Grant.

Resolution #191-2016* will appoint Thomas Butterfield and Alex Majewski as Alternate Members of the Planning Board.

Resolution #192-2016* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Owner’s License for Luis I. Arrazola.

Resolution #193-2016* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Carmen Medrano.

Resolution #194-2016* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Luis I. Arrazola.

Resolution #195-2016* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Fox Hollow Watermain Project to extend the completion date to November 30, 2016.

Resolution #196-2016* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

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

Sean Canning of the Canning Group, LLC, our new QPA, met with several members of our team to discuss the process and transition to his firm for purchasing oversight.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Nov 04

November 4, 2016

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder that the Municipal Offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 8th. Town Hall will be open for voting. Make sure you get out and VOTE!

Municipal Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11th for Veterans Day.

There is one interview scheduled beginning at 6:45pm on Monday, November 14th and our next Town Council meeting will follow beginning at 7:00pm.

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

Congratulations to all the merchants who participated in the successful 1st Annual Spring Street Fall Festival! We look forward to more successful events in the future.

Budget hearings have been scheduled with department heads for Friday, December 2nd. Terri will disseminate the memorandum on same next week.

Work continues on the Fox Hollow Watermain Project in Sparta – David Simmons will join us on the 14th to discuss same.

Interviews will be conducted over the next several weeks for Deputy Municipal Court Administrator.

A reminder our staff meeting is next Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00am.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR