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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 27

May 27, 2016

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 2:04 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Thank you to all who serve in the armed forces and special recognition to those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation and way of life.

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 30th at 10:00am with a ceremony to follow at Memory Park.

We will have a Special Council meeting on Tuesday, May 31st at 9:30am so we can approve the resolution authorizing the annual fireworks display at Newton Day.

Our next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, June 13th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 20 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.23.16.

A friendly reminder that water restrictions are still in effect.

Our first round of nutrition counseling through the HIF’s wellness program went very well.

I spoke with Louise Wilson and we are ready to commence our project with NJ Future this summer!

Several of us attended the police graduation ceremony at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany yesterday. Congratulations to our two newest police officers, Russell Post and Edward R. Sperling. I also want to recognize Edward for his perfect firearms score, exceptional speech as class president, and for his special award from the Police Training Commission representative, John R. Sette. May you both serve with pride, dignity, and distinction, for many safe years in the Town of Newton.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
May 20

May 20, 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 10:44 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 23rd beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the May 11th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.

POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENTATIONS
Chief Richards & Mayor Flynn will recognize officers for their life saving efforts.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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.

ORDINANCES
Ordinance 2016-5 is a $1,190,000 funding ordinance for various capital improvements.

Ordinance 2016-6 is an ordinance re-appropriating prior funds to provide for Jaws of Life for our new fire truck.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #81-2016* is for a capital budget amendment; this is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2016-6 above.

Resolution #82-2016* will authorize auctioning the 1999 Seagrave Pumper fire truck on GovDeals.com.

Resolution #83-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* there is one application for a special permit for a social affair from the Newton Fire Department to be held on June 4th at the VFW.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
I have one item to discuss – the Town/College Shuttle.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was18 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.16.16.

The DPW fixed a leaking water valve on Thursday. The crew was also out doing leak detection on Wednesday night.

Planning Board – approved the Krogh’s resolution and SC Habitat for Humanity application as well as the new AutoZone; denied the Townsquare Gardens application.

Routine business discussed at the bi-monthly health insurance fund meeting.

We had a successful audit conference with Tom Ferry today. 

Our planner, Jessica Caldwell, is speaking today regarding redevelopment on behalf of the Town at an environmental annual conference in Woodbridge today.  Thanks Jess!

Don’t forget to submit your interest in a free weekend family employee pool pass! Call or email Jennifer Dodd in HR by 4:30pm Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
May 13

May 13, 2016

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Congratulations to Mayor Dan Flynn on his impressive re-election bid and to Councilwoman-elect Helen Le Frois who rejoins the Governing Body on July 1st!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 23rd beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 19 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.9.16.

I attended the quarterly state legislator meeting in Lafayette this week. We appreciate all of the hard work by Steve, Parker and Gail on behalf of our community.

Terri has disseminated information to employees on the annual Town Manager Pool Pass contest. Please submit your interest to Jennifer Dodd by the appropriate deadline.

Congratulations to Deb Danielson on securing the $20,000 grant award from McKee Foods and the quick turnaround for the construction of our new pool pavilion! We look forward to the ribbon cutting next month (tentative).

Routine business discussed this month at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

I was fortunate to be at the ribbon cutting for the local office of the Mental Health Association of Morris County. We look forward to their continued success in providing much needed mental health services to individuals throughout Sussex County.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR