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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 21

May 22, 2015

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 10:26 AM by Terri Oswin

The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 25th at 10:00am. Following same will be the ceremony at Memory Park.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00pm.

A reminder that Summer Hours commence next week - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the May 11th 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.

PRESENTATIONS
Chief Richards will be recognizing several officers for their outstanding service.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are three Ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-10 will establish a Tree Bank.

Ordinance 2015-14 will amend the Code with regard to minimum lighting standards.

Ordinance 2015-15 will amend the Code to permit vapor or tobacco stores in the T-4, T-5 and SD-3 zones.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-17 will amend the LOSAP points schedule for the Newton First Aid Squad volunteers.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #75-2015* will authorize our Municipal Attorney to participate in a Joint Defense of an OPRA lawsuit.

Resolution #76-2015 will approve the fireworks display for Newton Day.

Resolution #77-2015* will authorize executing an agreement with the United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service regarding conducting certain wildlife management practices on a riparian area owned by the Town of Newton.

Resolution #78-2015* will authorize Change Order No. 3 for the Newton Fire Museum Masonry Renovation Project.

Resolution #79-2015* will affirm the Tax Collector’s refund of monies to an outside lienholder for Block 6.01, Lot 1.

Resolution #80-2015* will approve the purchase of a new Chevy Tahoe for the PD.

Resolution #81-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #82-2015* will authorize purchasing energy through an auction…if the number are advantageous to Newton.

Resolution #83-2015* will authorize the insertion of funds into the current budget from Clean Communities grant.

Application(s)
1. On-premise raffle (50/50) from Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held at the College on Saturday, June 13th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 4 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.18.15.

Our team met to review options for the new sign ordinance. We will meet in the next week or so to discuss same in advance of our discussion on June 8th.

Congratulations to the winners of the family fun pool pass contest! Enjoy!

We met with FEMA this week to work on closing out various payments from Hurricane Sandy – some additional work needs to be done but we are almost there.

Mediation is scheduled with PBA/SOA in July for the contract negotiations.

We reviewed two applications at TRC this month – Punctuated Equilibrium (Thorlabs) and Dunkin’ Donuts – both will proceed to the Planning Board on June 17th.

Today we met with Xavier and the AzulCore team to review options for newtonnjcool.com as well as our Facebook page and new Twitter account. All three social media outlets will be utilized to promote shopping, dining and recreation throughout all areas of Newton. I look forward to working with Xavier and his team.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
May 15

May 15, 2015

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy Rangers Day!

The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 25th at 11:30am. A ceremony will follow at Memory Park.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 3 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.11.15.

Great attendance at the soft opening of Plates World Cuisine on Spring Street. Make sure you check out this new culinary delight in downtown Newton!

Don’t forget – if you are interested in winning one of the free employee weekend pool passes, contact Terri by 4:30pm on Monday, May 18th.

As of Monday evening the Town of Newton was put back on Newton’s water. The contractor completed all work required on the 16” transmission main. Currently the contractor is working on the 10” transmission main and should have work fully completed by next week.

We are looking to go out for auction once again for electricity via EMEX. A presentation will be held on May 27th at our Council meeting and I will participate in the auction on Friday, May 29th at 11:00am.

A very productive Armory environmental meeting was held at Excel on Tuesday with me, Mike Meriney, and NJ representatives. I will send meeting minutes to the governing body shortly.

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

As of now it looks like Thorlabs will be the only application for review at TRC next week as Dunkin’s Donuts and Taco Bell need to complete their respective applications. I will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend! Conference Finals - Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
May 08

May 8, 2015

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 11th at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the April 27th 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

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-10 will establish a Tree Bank. Once this is re-introduced it has to go to the Planning Board for review and comment.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #67-2015* will authorize the execution of an agreement with Elavon, Inc., for the processing of credit card payments in the Recreation Department. This will add a convenience for our customers looking to purchase pool memberships and other recreation activities/services.

Resolution #68-2015* will certify the annual audit. Dawn has completed the Corrective Action Plan, which has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Resolution #69-2015* will authorize executing an interlocal contract for cooperative purchasing through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGACBuy). This is being done in conjunction with the purchase of the new fire truck.

Resolution #70-2015* will authorize the purchase of a new fire truck through the HGACBuy.

Resolution #71-2015* will authorize the insertion of funds into the current budget for police body cameras.

Resolution #72-2015* will recognize Municipal Clerks’ Week for 2015.

Resolution #73-2015* will earmark Affordable Housing Trust Fund monies for RPM Development – Newton Town Centre Project.

Resolution #74-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Sign Draft Ordinance
2. LOSAP Draft Ordinance

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 3 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.4.15.

Make sure you check out the hot new restaurant on Spring Street next week – we wish Tony and Desiree Torre the best of success with Plates World Cuisine!

Newton is currently on Sparta’s water system while the contractor for 85 Sparta LLC finishes the 16” watermain construction. The pressure test is occurring today along with the bacteria test. Newton hopes to be back on Morris Lake water the early part of next week.

Preliminary review of the Employee Handbook has commenced.

Our leadership team met with Executive Coach Dena Moscola on Wednesday morning after our staff meeting to have leadership training. The session went very well and I thank Debi for coordinating same.

The retirement function for Bill Dressel/100th Anniversary of the NJ State League of Municipalities event in East Brunswick was very well attended last evening.

Good TRC news – next meeting looks to have plans coming in for Thorlabs, Taco Bell, and Dunkin’ Donuts – a planning trifecta!

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR