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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 21

July 22, 2016

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 2:26 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next meeting is Monday, August 22nd beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 30 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

We had a great official unveiling of the new Henry Boresch NJ Wrestling signs coming into Town. We are proud to be the home of the man responsible for the success of wrestling in scores of schools throughout the Garden State.

Kathy Citterbart and I attended the ceremonial ground breaking for the new SC Habitat for Humanity Project in Town.

I met with the owners of G&H to discuss their proposal for the development of the site.

Bi-weekly call on RPM Newton Town Centre Project shows that all documents are on track for August and September approvals.

The new sign application for Mitchell Insurance Agency was deemed conditionally complete by the Technical Review Committee of the PB.

Interviews have concluded for the position of DPW Laborer – congratulations to Adam Armstrong for accepting my offer of full-time employment – welcome aboard! Adam starts August 8th.

Thank you to Kimberly Williams for once again coordinating a very successful annual employee appreciation BBQ this week!

Dawn and I participated in a rating call with Standard & Poors (S&P Global) on our $4,979,000 general improvement bonds.

I met with representatives of Newton Medical Center (NMC) to further discuss a community service contribution to the Town. I will keep you posted…

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 15

July 15, 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 12:33 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

My thanks to everyone assisting with the road collapse on Spring Street on Thursday afternoon.

Our next meeting is Monday, July 18th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the June 27th Regular and Special meetings and the July 1st Reorganization 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 three ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2016-7 will establish parking and traffic regulations for Straway Boulevard.

Ordinance 2016-8 will amend the Property Maintenance Code as discussed.

Ordinance 2016-9 will add new job titles to our salary ordinance in order to best facilitate staffing in the Department of Public Works.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2016-10 will extend the tax abatement program for another five years.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items.

Resolution #124-2016* will transfer the Retail Consumption liquor license from Andre’s to the Newton Theatre.

Resolution #125-2016* will approve the purchase of the Jaws of Life for the Fire Department.

Resolution #126-2016* will authorize the Tax Collector to hold an electronic tax sale.

Resolution #127-2016* will establish fees for the electronic tax sale.

Resolution #128-2016* will determine the form and bond sale for general improvement bond in the amount of $4,979,000.

Resolution #129-2016* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #131-2016* will provide for the combination of certain general improvement bonds. This resolution is done in conjunction with Resolution #128-2016 above.

Applications* there are two applications for your consideration:
1. An application for a special permit for a social affair from the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce for Taste of Newton to be held on September 12, 2016, with a rain date of September 13, 2016.
2. An application for an off-premise raffle (50/50) from St. Joseph RC Church to be held October 28, 2016 at the Community Center.

RESOLUTIONS
Resolution #130-2016 will approve the purchase of a power load cot fastening system for the First Aid Squad. The mayor will recuse from voting on same.

INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 28 inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

A reminder for staff to contact Kimberly Williams regarding the annual employee appreciation BBQ for Wednesday, July 20th.

The Liberty Street milling and paving project has been put on hold due to the Governor’s executive order. No bids were taken on the 13th. This will be re-advertised once we know funding can be utilized.

Our annual post-reorganization staff meeting was held up a Morris Lake this week.

My thanks to the DPW and Sign-A-Rama for coordinating the creation and installation of the Boresch Wrestling sign, downtown banner, and enhanced wayfinding signage.

Skoda will be in starting on July 24th at night installing a new gas main from Spring Street to Ryerson Avenue on Route 206. The project is expected to take about 5 weeks.

NJDOT sent out notice this week that the Route 206 paving project will commence July 21st. The Newton part of this important project will occur in 2017.

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 07

July 8, 2016

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Don’t forget to check out all of the cool happenings at the Newton Pool this summer!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 18th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 28 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.4.16.

Congratulations to Sandy Diglio on being selected as Mayor and Wayne Levante on being selected Deputy Mayor! Congratulations also to Dan Flynn and Helen Le Frois on being sworn-in for new 4-year terms on the Governing Body.

We had a very successful kick-off meeting with our friends at NJ Future to discuss their project with the Town. I will keep you posted.

Advertising for the Fox Hollow project with be July 11th and July 17th. Bids will be due August 10th and a pre-construction meeting will be held the week of August 29th with the construction to commence in September.

Interviews were conducted this week for the Public Works Laborer position.

A reminder the annual Employee Appreciation BBQ will be Wednesday, July 20th at Noon here at Town Hall. Please see Kimberly Williams for details.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR