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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Apr 21

April 21, 2017

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 1:32 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 April 10th 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

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

Ordinance 2017-6 will amend certain fees for Minor Site Plans and permit additional uses in the T-6 Zone and add parking requirements for Assembly Uses. The memo from the Planning Board has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Ordinance 2017-7 will amend certain fees related to Trailer Court operations.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-8 is a fully funded Water Sewer capital improvement ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station Improvements.

Ordinance 2017-9 is a bond ordinance for the various capital improvements included in this year’s municipal budget.

OLD BUSINESS
Business Improvement District – Draft Ordinance for Discussion.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #67-2017* will reject Bid #5-2017 for Cleaning Services as the bid submitted exceeded the budgeted amount.

Resolution #68-2017* will approve Change Order No. 2 for the Fox Hollow project extending the deadline for completion to April 30th.

Resolution #69-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #70-2017* will appoint Alex Majewski as a Regular Member of the Planning Board, currently he is serving as an Alternate.

Resolution #71-2017* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #72-2017* will approve the submission and execution of a grant to NJDOT for Federal Funding for the Madison Street Sidewalk Improvement Project so it includes specific required verbiage.

Resolution #73-2017* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Replacement of Rotating Biological Contactors Project at the WWTP.

Resolution #74-2017* will approve reimbursements of health insurance benefit premiums to William Hagaman based on applicable law.

Application(s)* - a membership application for Nicholas J. Mandara to join the Newton Fire Department.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
Registration of Vacant and Abandoned Properties – Updated Draft Ordinance.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #75-2017 will authorize entering into closed session.

1. Attorney-Client Privilege – 24 Lawnwood Avenue.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 4 inches above spillway as of April 17th.

We received training on our new Civic Plus website version 5.0 yesterday and look forward to its unveiling in May.

Many thanks to Joe Butto, Bernie Hattersley, DPW, and PD for securing the unsafe structure at 120 Spring St.

A reminder that we still need volunteers for Neighbors Helping Neighbors VII on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30am to Noon. Refreshments and t-shirts provided! Non-union part-timers will receive payment for their time and non-union full-timers will receive compensatory time. Please contact Jennifer Dodd.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Apr 07

April 7, 2017

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 1:25 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Tomorrow is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30am at the upper softball field by the Park ‘N’ Ride. The Easter Bunny will be there because he loves Newton!

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 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

HEARING ON THE 2017 BUDGET
I have a Powerpoint presentation on the 2017 budget. A copy has been shared with you on the Google drive.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-6 will amend certain fees for Minor Site Plans and permit additional uses in the T-6 Zone and add parking requirements for Assembly Uses.

Ordinance 2017-7 will amend certain fees related to Trailer Court operations.

OLD BUSINESS
Business Improvement District – no update from the Staff level.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #64-2017* will reappoint Henry Carr, Jr. and Vangie Rochelle to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #65-2017* will lift the water restrictions.

Resolution #66-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 5 ½ inches above spillway as of April 7th.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting this week. The PA is purchasing a new Ford Interceptor SUV to replace the Silver Bullet.

Many thanks to the staff members who attended our initial effort at the SC Food Pantry. I heard it was quite the competitive and competent group! We look forward to serving the community in this fashion. Thank you Jenn for coordinating same and thank you Council for allowing us to serve.

Terri and I will be working with Katrina at KKPR on the enhanced social media opportunities now that we have switched vendors. Looking forward to some new ideas and creative endeavors!

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers! (sorry Devils’ fans, no playoffs for you…)

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Mar 31

March 31, 2017

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 10:31 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, April 10th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 13 inches below spillway as of March 27th. Water restrictions are still in place.

Congratulations to Chief Richards and all who are involved with making C.L.E.A.R. the innovative program it is today!

Kudos to everyone involved in the senior luncheon last weekend!

The mayor and I met with a representative from Congressman Gottheimer’s office to discuss possible grant opportunities and the various capital projects that might be considered. I will keep you posted. We are grateful to have a congressional representative who is finally interested in the good work occurring in Newton.

Nice to see some positive Newton coverage in the NJ Herald this week with the photo of the Newton Town Centre/RPM Senior Housing Project on Spring Street.

We will begin migrating our business-support social media platforms (website, Facebook, Twitter) over from AzulCore to KKPR. I will keep you posted on the redesigns.

Speaking of redesigns – version 5 of the newtontownhall.com website continues to be redesigned by Civic Plus.

The spring newsletter is at the printer – thank you everyone for your submissions.

Have a great weekend! Gonzaga!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR