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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 20

November 20, 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 12:15 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from:

1.     November 9, 2020 – Regular Meeting

2.     November 9, 2020 – Executive Session

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 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2020-25 will establish minimum and maximum salary and wages for calendar year 2021.

There are two (2) Ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2020-26 will amend Chapter 307-27 to clarify the fee for box truck and tractor trailer parking at the Park and Ride.

Ordinance 2020-27 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010A and Series 2010B.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #253-2020* will authorize a performance based payment for Town Manager.

Resolution #254-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for IT work for HFE Services, LLC.

Resolution #255-2020* with authorize the annual agreement between the Town and the Newton Parking Authority.

Resolution #256-2020* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 1.01, Lot 5.

Resolution #257-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for Planet Network for networking and technology services for the Police Department. 

Resolution #258-2020* will accept the pool renovation project as final and complete.

Resolution #259-2020 is a resolution determining the form and other details for the sale and delivery of Bonds to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Resolution #260-2020* will cancel uncollectible revenue and unexpended appropriation balances in relation to the Municipal Alliance Grant for 2020.

Resolution #261-2020* will authorize the sale of brine to other municipalities.

Resolution #262-2020* will cancel the Current Fund appropriation balance for Road Repair & Maintenance, Street Materials. 

Resolution #263-2020* will approve appropriation transfers for 2020.

Resolution #264-2020* will award Bid 13-2020 to Kieffer Electrical for electrical services.

Resolution #265-2020* authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 16 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 20, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.  Office staff is also working from home 2 days a week throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Several of us virtually attended the annual League of Municipalities conference.

One application discussed at TRC this month.  Farm Pointe received a modification to their roof as part of the Farm Store application and Red Knight worked out their sidewalk issue for 10-16 Hillside.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases, I have re-convened our OEM team for Zoom meetings 2x a week to keep track of any issues for the Town.

Wishing you all the blessings of a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Nov 06

November 6, 2020

Posted on November 6, 2020 at 3:24 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, November 9th at 7:00pm via ZOOM.  Login information has been posted on the Town website.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.               October 26, 2020 – Regular Meeting

2.               November 4, 2020 – Executive Session

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 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are three Ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-22 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 in relation to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Ordinance 2020-23 will appropriate $30,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the Sussex Branch Trail Project, Phase III; $24,000 will be reimbursed the 2012 Trail Grant Project.

Ordinance 2020-24 will adopt a new section in the Town Code and approve a mid-block crosswalk on Trinity Street.  This is being done as part of the Sussex Branch Trail Project.

There is one Ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2020-25 will establish minimum and maximum salary and wages for calendar year 2021.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #237-2020* will insert $3,446 into the 2020 budget for grant monies received from the Statewide Insurance Risk Control Grant for the rifle plates and pedestrian signs for the Police Department.

Resolution #238-2020* will credit 196 Spring Street for certain water and sewer charges. 

Resolution #239-2020* will approve the extension of the current Chemical Supply contract for Bid 16-2018 for an additional two years maintaining the current prices.

Resolution #240-2020* will authorize the refund of property taxes for the United Telephone property. This is required based on State Statute §54:4-1 and on the fact United Telephone no longer provides dial tone access to at least 51% of the local telephone exchanges in Town. 

Resolution #241-2020* will authorize the refund of duplicate tax payments made for 28 Hillside Terrace.

Resolution #242-2020* will accept the Halsted Street & Madison Street project as final and complete based on the recommendation of Harold Pellow.

Resolution #243-2020* will cancel appropriation balances in State of Emergency – Coronavirus for salary and wages which were unexpended.

Resolution #244-2020* will approve appropriation transfers.

Resolution #245-2020* will extend the contract for Bid 1-2019 for sludge hauling for an additional two years maintaining the current prices.

Resolution #246-2020* will increase the estimated annual cost for sludge hauling.

Resolution #247-2020* will increase the estimated annual cost for the disposal of sludge.

Resolution #248-2020* will cancel the unexpended balance of monies for the Church Street project.

Resolution #249-2020* will cancel the unexpended balance of monies for the Plainfield Avenue project.

Resolution #250-2020* will authorize the refund of an overpayment to an outside lienholder for 45 Mason Avenue.

Resolution #251-2020* authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

DISCUSSION
Best Practices/Parking Authority.  The CFO, Monica Miebach, will be reviewing this worksheet with you.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #252-2020 will authorize going into closed session for personnel matters with regards to the Town Manager’s annual review.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 15 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 2, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Election results are still being tabulated for the 2 Council seats.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with both the Halloween Parade and Flags of Honor events!  Special thanks to both Kimberly and Sherri.

Offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day.  Thank you to all who served.

Governor Murphy has put forth EO 192 which governs all business in NJ and how they manage operations during COVID-19.  We have implemented protocols as related to the same.

Budget requests for 2021 have been submitted and are being reviewed.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Oct 23

October 23, 2020

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 9:03 AM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, October 26th at 7:00pm via ZOOM.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.     October 14, 2020 - Regular Meeting

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 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2020-22 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 in relation to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Ordinance 2020-23 will appropriate $30,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the Sussex Branch Trail Project, Phase III, $24,000 of it will be reimbursed by the NJDEP.

Ordinance 2020-24 will adopt a new section in the Town Code and approve a mid-block crosswalk on Trinity Street.  This is being done as part of the Sussex Trail Project.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #228-2020* will reappoint Keith Mitchell as the Town’s Risk Management Consultant for 2021.

Resolution #229-2020* will reappoint myself as Fund Commissioner and Jennifer Dodd as Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Town of Newton in the Statewide Insurance Fund.

Resolution #230-2020* will appoint Joseph Ricciardo as an Alternate Member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #231-2020* will concur with my appointment of Robert Teets as a School Traffic Guard for the 2020-2021 school year.

Resolution #232-2020* will authorize the execution and delivery of notes for the Babe Ruth Field Drainage Project at Memory Park through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank Construction Financing Loan Program.

Resolution #233-2020* will extend the Town’s temporary outdoor restaurant seating guidelines during the pandemic through March 31, 2021.

Resolution #234-2020* will authorize a submission of an application for the Local Government Emergency Fund Grant for reimbursement of expenses due to the COVID pandemic.

Resolution #235-2020* will amend the capital budget.

Resolution #236-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:

1.     Newton Fire Department – Aaron Cassick, 11 Stuart Street, Newton, NJ

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 19 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 19, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

This Wednesday the 28th, TAPInto Newton will be hosting “Newton Town Council Candidate Debate” at SCCC beginning at 6pm.  Best of luck to all the candidates.

Routine business discussed at both the Statewide Insurance Fund and NJMEBF monthly meetings.

Monica is finalizing our response to the annual Best Practices questionnaire.

2021 Budget Requests are due by the end of next week.

The Planning Board approved the Farm Store application.  If you recall, the same was approved several years ago and due to inaction on the part of the applicant the approval lapsed.  Now that it was re-filed and reapproved, we look forward to this great, growing national franchise being in Newton!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR