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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Dec 15

December 15, 2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 12:59 PM by Terri Oswin

Dear Council Members & Staff & The Last Jedi:

Thanks to all whom supported/coordinated/attended the annual Tree Lighting and Football Championship Celebration – great Newton activities!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah!

Offices closed today at 1:30pm so Town employees can attend our annual holiday gathering.  Thank you to Sherri for coordinating same.

Municipal offices will be closed Friday, December 22nd for Christmas Eve and Monday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

A friendly reminder the next Town Council regular meeting is Wednesday, December 27th beginning at 7:00pm.  House Decorating contest winners will be announced that evening.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 11 inches below the top of the spillway as of December 11, 2017.  

Thank you to those employees who donated to the SC Food Pantry in lieu of the annual grab bag.

Departments are working on end-of-the-year performance evaluations.  I have started my department head reviews.

Both the Court Administrator and Deputy Court Administrator positions have been properly advertised.  Interviews have commenced.

Enjoyed watching the presentation from the Seton Hall students on our market research project.  Several students attended Monday night’s Council meeting to present their findings. 

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance meeting, with the 2018 budget finally adopted.  It has been a pleasure to once again serve as Chairman of such a fine group of professionals and communities.

PBA/SOA contract negotiations will commence next week.

Have a great weekend!                                                           

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Dec 07

December 8, 2017

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:50 PM by Terri Oswin

Dear Council Members & Staff:

A friendly reminder the Annual Tree Lighting is scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 6:00pm.  Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, December 11th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the interviews and meeting from November 27th 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 and limited to one turn at the microphone.  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

Seton Hall University Market Research Presentation

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-22 will prohibit parking on certain portions of Condit Street 

OLD BUSINESS 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #236-2017* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of Special Police Officers.

Resolution #237-2017* will appoint Joe Carr as the Town’s representative to the Sussex County Water Quality Policy Advisory Committee.

Resolution #238-2017* will designate the Public Agency Compliance Officer for the Town for 2018.

Resolution #239-2017* will designate Theresa Schlosser, our Tax Collector, as the Tax Search Officer for 2018.

Resolution #240-2017* will appoint Adam Vough as the Town’s representative to the Sussex County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Resolution #241-2017* will appoint the Town Manager as Hearing Officer for the Town for 2018.

Resolution #242-2017* will designate the newspapers to received meeting notices.

Resolution #243-2017* will designate the newspapers to received legal ads.

Resolution #244-2017* will designate the representative for the National Organization on Disability.   

Resolution #245-2017* will establish the rate of interest rate to be charged for non-payment of taxes. 

Resolution #246-2017* will cancel tax balances of less than $10.00. 

Resolution #247-2017* will extend the completion date on the Timber Harvesting project to February 28, 2018.

Resolution #248-2017* will designate the officials to sign checks for 2018. 

Resolution #249-2017* will authorize the Tax Assessor, Town Attorney and Town Manager to act on behalf of the Town in relation to Tax Appeals for 2018.

Resolution #250-2017* will designate the Chief Financial Officer as the individual authorized to sign checks and sell bond anticipation notes for 2018. 

Resolution #251-2017* will appoint Debbie Danielson as the Action Alliance Coordinator for the Town for 2018. 

Resolution #252-2017* will establish the Town Council meeting dates for 2018.

Resolution #253-2017* will approve the reimbursement of monies to Frank Philhower, Jr., due to him for health insurance premiums.

Resolution #254-2017* will designate the banks we can use as depositories for 2018. 

Resolution #256-2017* will appoint Keith Mitchell as the Town’s Insurance Agent for 2018.

Resolution #257-2017* will authorize and direct the Tax Collector to hold a tax sale in 2018.

Resolution #258-2017* will authorize the release of Executive Session minutes.  

Resolution #259-2017* will reimburse certain employees for vehicle expenses.

Resolution #260-2017* will award the contract with KKPR Marketing and Public Relations for 2018.

Resolution #261-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

Resolution #262-2017* will approve transfer of school monies for January - June 2018. 

Resolution #263-2017* will authorize the Planning Board to investigate whether 121 Water Street should be designated as a Non-Condemnation Area in Need of Redevelopment.

Resolution #264-2017* will appoint the Local Emergency Planning Committee. 

Resolution #265-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 3 for the Madison Street Project.

Resolution #266-2017* will authorize the sale of brine and the price for 2018. 

Resolution #267-2017* will cancel the unexpended balance of appropriations for the Municipal Alliance Grant.  

Resolution #268-2017* will appoint Joyce Franklin, President of the Prime Time Seniors, as Senior Citizen Coordinator for 2018.

Resolution #269-2017* will authorize a lien redemption due to bankruptcy.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution #255-2017 will authorize the waiving of fees for the First Aid Squad.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

  1. Community Center – Dr. Robertozzi

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #270-2017 will authorize going into Closed Session for my annual performance review.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 9 inches below the top of the spillway as of December 4, 2017.  

Departments are working on end-of-the-year performance evaluations.

Don’t forget to RSVP to Sherri Kaylani for the annual employee holiday party which occurs on Friday, December 15th at 2pm at Sol Azteka.

Both the Court Administrator and Deputy Court Administrator positions have been properly advertised.

We met with Krogh’s representatives to talk about their Newton project and how buildings ownership and redevelopment options might better facilitate an improved financial position.  To be continued…

Enjoyed watching the final presentation from the Seton Hall students on our market research project.  Several students will be coming to our meeting Monday to present their findings.  The project was a great success and it was a pleasure working with fellow Pirates. 

Have a great weekend!                                                                                                   

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Nov 30

December 1, 2017

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 3:04 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6:00pm on Monday, December 11th. The regular Town Council meeting will follow same at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 7 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 27, 2017.

Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce and merchants (especially Ryan Stapel from ReCollectibles) on a very successful parade and Harry Potter event – lots of chaos and fun – kudos!

I visited with our SHU friends on Tuesday to review the findings of the research project. We will review same on the 11th at our meeting.

I met with Newton High School student council representatives to talk about some current initiatives in Town and how we can better incorporate their ideas into action items for the younger residents. I will keep you posted.

Today Kimberly Williams started as Community Development Director – wishing her the best of success in her new endeavors. Our business visits started out very strong this week on Lower Spring Street.

And congratulations to Justin Leyman who will go from part-time to full-time status in the DPW effective December 4th.

Budget hearings were held today with department heads – much appreciation to everyone.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR