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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 23

September 23, 2016

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 10:23 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next regular Council meeting is Monday, September 26th at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the September 14th Regular and Executive 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
Samaritan Inn request for fee/escrow waivers.

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2016-13 will amend the current parking rates and fees as discussed at the September 14th meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #158-2016* will authorize credits due Water and Sewer Utility Accounts.

Resolution #159-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 43 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

Fox Hollow Lake construction will commence on October 10th.

A very productive meeting with NJ Future was held this week – will keep you posted.
DPW personnel completed their work on the pine swamp diversion so the Town will be able to utilize same this winter.

RFP’s for advertising on the senior bus are due September 28th.

Plans are moving forward on the #2 Firehouse. Key staff met this week onsite to discuss options/layout.

Samaritan Inn was deemed conditionally complete at the TRC meeting on Wednesday for their generator project.

The Planning Board approved the updated Housing Element for the Master Plan Wednesday night as part of the 3rd Round COAH requirements.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Giants!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Sep 16

September 16, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, September 26th at 7:00pm.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 41 inches below spillway.  Water restrictions are still in place.

 

The preconstruction meeting for the Fox Hollow watermain project was held on Wednesday.  Work will commence on same on or about October 10th and be completed approximately by November 15th.

 

DPW has been busy with clean up from the brief but impactful storm this week.

 

DPW has also been cleaning out areas by the Pine Swamp diversion so we will have the ability to utilize this in the winter to help Morris Lake.

 

Ursula is preparing the ordinance for the proposed parking rate changes while Linda coordinates the vendors needed to make the necessary machine and meter adjustments.

 

Have a great weekend!  Let’s Go Giants!

                                                                                                  

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Sep 09

September 9, 2016

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 10:39 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Just a reminder the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is this Sunday, September 11th at 4:00pm at SCCC.  Always Remember - Never Forget. 

The Taste of Newton is Monday night so our next meeting is Wednesday, September 14th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the August 22nd Regular and the Executive 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
Straway Boulevard will be discussed. I have asked Chief Richards to be in attendance.

A proclamation for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month will be noted for the record.

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2016-12 is a fully-funded bond ordinance for the Madison Street improvements.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #153-2016* will support the School Funding Reform Plan as requested by the Newton School Superintendent Dr. Greene.

Resolution #154-2016* will cancel outstanding checks in various accounts.

Resolution #155-2016* will cancel and reserve certain appropriation balances in the Water and Sewer Capital Fund.

Resolution #156-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:
1. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) form the HAS Camp Auxilium Learning Center to be held on December 10, 2016 from Noon to 1:00pm at 44 Ryerson Avenue, Newton.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
Proposed changes to parking rates from the Economic Development Commission and Parking Authority will be discussed. Please see the email sent last week on same.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #157-2016 will authorize entering into closed session for the Town Manager’s Performance Review.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 37 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

The preconstruction meeting for Fox Hollow Lake is on Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm.

Routine business discussed at my monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Deb and Cory met on site with Faigon the contractor of the Trinity Street traffic lights. Faigon will be fixing the concrete where cracks have formed. Cory will be preparing a memo on same.

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR