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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 19

July 19, 2019

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 8, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your consideration and approval.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This is for those who 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
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
None.
OLD BUSINESS
None.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #164-2019* will award the contract for the paving of Plainfield Avenue to Tilcon, Denville Line Striping, and General Foundries, utilizing the Morris County Co-op.
Resolution #165-2019* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #166-2019* will certify the annual audit. An electronic copy of the audit and the Corrective Action Plan has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
Resolution #167-2019* will authorize the request for a road opening on Trinity Street for Elizabethtown Gas. Trinity Street is still under the five-year moratorium, and Council’s permission is need for any openings.
Resolution #168-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
APPLICATION
There are three (3) applications for consideration.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch below the top of the spillway as of July 15, 2019.
I met with Jessica and Cory this week to talk about a possible CDBG grant application. I will keep you posted.
The new project at the Bula’s building location was discussed at this week’s Planning Board meeting. Same will continue at the September 18th meeting.
The Master Plan reexamination report has been approved by the Planning Board. A copy of said report has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
Recreation had a successful trip to the Bronx Zoo this week. The next trip will be to Medieval Times on August 15th!
We are looking into fiber optics for the Police Department and Town Hall. I will keep you posted.
Have a great weekend! Be safe and stay cool!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 03

July 3, 2019

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 4:24 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder the Municipal Offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday, July 4th and 5th for the Independence Day holiday. Happy 4th of July!
Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 24, 2019 Regular meeting for your 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.
CEREMONY
Mayor Le Frois will swear-in Thomas Tosti as our newest Sergeant in the Police Department. Congratulations Tom!
PRESENTATION
Paige Lockburner of the Sussex County Department of Health will give a brief presentation on ticks.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for Introduction:
Ordinance 2019-7 will revise Chapter 57 and Chapter 320 regarding animals as previously discussed.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #156-2019* will approve the vacation and sick leave time payout for recent retiree Steven Benson.
Resolution #157-2019* will cancel capital appropriation and grant receivable balances.
Resolution #158-2019* will approve the submission of a grant application to DOT for Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section II Project.
Resolution #159-2019* will authorize the Tax Collector to hold an electronic tax sale.
Resolution #160-2019* will authorize fees to be charged for the electronic tax sale notices.
Resolution #161-2019* will authorize executing an agreement with Planet Networks, Inc. for the use of public right-of-ways for fiber optic cabling.
Resolution #162-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
APPLICATION
1. An application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from the GNCC for the Taste of Newton on Spring Street. Councilwoman Diglio will recuse from same.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution 163-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss contract negotiations. Information on this topic has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of July 1, 2019.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 28

June 28, 2019

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Terri Oswin

Municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in recognition of the Independence Holiday. Happy 4th of July!
Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00pm.
A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of June 24, 2019.
Work continues on draft Memorandums of Agreement for both UPSEU and CWA.
Diane Lang, Business Coach, will be working with several staff members in the finance and public works departments. We look forward to her insight.
Congratulations to John Kweselait on his award at the SCEDP luncheon this week!
I will be meeting next week with our friends from JCP&L to continue discussions on the remediation of their site on E. Clinton Street.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR