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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 10

July 10, 2020

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM by Kat Walker

A friendly reminder for the Nerds concert tomorrow at Memory Park at 7:00pm.  Tickets are SOLD OUT!

We have an interview with Alan Abramson for a volunteer position scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:45pm via ZOOM followed by our regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81862760705?pwd=RUVLaEFCZTJIb0JlZWZ5RkdrNXVNQT09

Webinar ID: 818 6276 0705 Password: 390009

Or members of the public can call in at:

1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

1 301 715 8592 or 1 346 248 7799

1 669 900 6833 or 1 253 215 8782

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 22nd 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 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

RESOLUTIONS

We have four (4) resolutions to be considered before the ordinances:

Resolution #161-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for the purchase of two (2) police vehicles. This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-12.

Resolution #170-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Fire Alarm Replacement and Upgrade at the Morris Lake Treatment Plant.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-15.

Resolution #171-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s major repairs and replacement of pumps and other equipment.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-16.

Resolution #172-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for the crack repairs at the pool.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-17.

ORDINANCES

There are four (4) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-11 will authorize appropriating $360,000 for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2020-12 is a bond ordinance for the acquisition of 2 SUVs for the Police Department.

Ordinance 2020-13 will cancel $15,000 from the Reserve for Senior/Teen Center to reappropriate it for repairs to the pool.

Ordinance 2020-14 will adopt the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H Property at 121 Water Street.

There are three (3) ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-15 will reappropriate funds for the Fire Alarm upgrades and improvement for the Water Utility.

Ordinance 2020-16 will reappropriate funds for the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s major repairs and replacement of pumps and other equipment.

Ordinance 2020-17 will reappropriate funds for the crack repairs at the pool.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #159-2020* authorize the insertion of revenues from the Clean Communities grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #160-2020* will authorize the purchase of a Kubota Excavator through the Bergen County Cooperative Pricing System.

Resolution #162-2020* will award Bid #8-2020 for the RBC repair to Rapid Pump & Meter, Inc.

Resolution #163-2020* will amend Resolution #135-2020 with regard to additional cleaning services due to the Covid-19 Emergency.

Resolution #164-2020* 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 #165-2020* will designate June as “LGBTQ Pride Month” in the Town of Newton.

Resolution #166-2020* will rescind Resolution #153-2020 which canceled the Wellness Tobacco Free Grant.  We will now use the money for the purchase of cigarette receptacles for our parks and downtown with signage advising the public to dispose of their butts before entering.

Resolution #167-2020* amend our sewer engineer’s contract for an amount not to exceed $45,000 for the year.

Resolution #168-2020* will authorize execution of an agreement with Elevon, Inc. to provide merchant services with regard to the credit card payments for the Recreation Programs.

Resolution #169-2020* will refer proposed amendments to the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #173-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 2 for the crack repairs at the pool.

Resolution #174-2020* will request the County provide a separate taxation to municipalities utilizing County dispatching services.

Resolution #175-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* will approve membership into the Newton Fire Department for Samantha Wechtler of 21 Hillside Terrace, Newton as a Junior Firefighter.

DISCUSSION

1.     Property Maintenance Ordinance.   A draft of the ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 4 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 6, 2020.  

Work continues on both the municipal pool reconstruction project and the Babe Ruth Field project.

Routine business discussed with staff at our monthly Zoom meeting.

Plans are underway for a modified annual staff BBQ which will be done with social distancing and via Zoom.

The new municipal building hours worked well this week for both staff and customers alike.

Plans are moving forward with the redevelopment project for 56 Paterson Avenue redevelopment area.

Thorlabs received a TCO for the renovated Iliff building and a permit for the new vertical building.  They are making awesome progress and we are excited to see their plans come to fruition.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Jun 19

June 19, 2020

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, June 22, 2020.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81502185208?pwd=UTBibFdJdjJyeWZUcHBRVzlaKzNlUT09

Webinar ID: 815 0218 5208 Password: 953712

Or members of the public can call in at:

1-929-205-6099 or 1-253-215-8782                                                    1-312-626-6799 or 1-346-248-7799

1-301-715-8592 or 1-669-900-6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 8th 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 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

RESOLUTIONS

We have two (2) resolutions to be considered before the ordinances:

Resolution #155-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Resolution #157-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for repairs to the pool.

ORDINANCES

There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-8 will authorize the issuance of $70,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Halsted Street and Madison Street Improvements – Section II.  We received a grant for $175,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-9 will authorize the issuance of $100,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Mill Street Sidewalk project.  We received a grant for $400,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-10 will authorize appropriating $555,000 for the Memory Park Drainage project.

There are four (4) ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-11 will authorize appropriating $360,000 for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2020-12 is a bond ordinance for the acquisition of 2 SUVs for the police department.

Ordinance 2020-13 will cancel $15,000 from the Reserve for Senior/Teen Center to reappropriate it for repairs to the pool.

Ordinance 2020-14 will adopt the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H Property at 121 Water Street.
CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #143-2020* authorize the insertion of revenue from the Safe and Secure grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #144-2020* will award the contracts for the improvements to Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section to Tilcon for paving, Denville Line Painting for striping, and Campbell Foundry for drainage inlet accessories through the Morris County Co-op.  

Resolution #145-2020* will reject the re-bid for the fire alarm upgrade for the Water Utility.

Resolution #146-2020* will transfer school monies.

Resolution #147-2020* will award the contract for the guide rail on Overlook Road to Safety Systems, LLC.

Resolution #148-2020* will award a Required Disclosure Contract to Convergint Technologies for the installation of keyless access pads in the Municipal Building.

Resolution #149-2020* will award Bid 9-2020 for the Repairs to the Final Clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to BR Welding.

Resolution #150-2020* will authorize negotiations for the Fire Alarm upgrade and Installation at the Water Utility.  We went out to bid twice unsuccessfully, so we may now negotiate directly with vendors.

Resolution #151-2020* will permit temporary outside dining during the COVID-pandemic.

Resolution #152-2020* will authorize the purchase of five (5) mobile data terminals and accessories for the police department through State Contract.

Resolution #153-2020* will cancel the Wellness Tobacco Free Grant.

Resolution #154-2020* will award the bid for the ADA Ramps on Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section II to Cifelli & Son.

Resolution #156-2020* will authorize the purchase of two (2) Ford Utility Police Interceptor vehicles.

Resolution #158-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* will approve membership into the Newton Fire Department for Shawn Snedeke of 100 Swartswood Rd., Newton.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is two (2) inches below the top of the spillway as of June 15, 2020.  

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Our OEM briefings will start next week occurring on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

I had a productive ZOOM meeting with Dr. Greene and Rob Boyle to talk about current and future internet connectivity for our students and families in Town.  I will keep you posted.

Planning Board approved the Weis gas station as well as sent back the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H property with no changes or comments.

Happy Father’s Day!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Jun 05

June 5, 2020

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, June 8, 2020.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 27th 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 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 being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-8 will authorize the issuance of $70,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Halsted Street and Madison Street Improvements – Section II.  We received a grant for $175,000 towards this project.

Ordinance 2020-9 will authorize the issuance of $100,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Mill Street Sidewalk project.  We received a grant for $400,000 towards this project.

Ordinance 2020-10 will authorize appropriating $555,000 for the Memory Park Drainage project.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #125-2020* will amend the contract to increase the not to exceed amount for our Labor Counsel.   

Resolution #132-2020* will authorize engineering services for the Digester Conversion/Rehabilitation and Primary Sludge Pump project for $93,000.  As you may recall, Ordinance 2020-7 authorized funding for this project.

Resolution #133-2020* will authorize an increase to the Town’s bid threshold to $44,000 effective July 1, 2020.  

Resolution #134-2020* will authorize the execution of a contract renewal with Hopatcong for Animal Control and Pound Services.

Resolution #135-2020* will authorize a change order for our Cleaning Services bid with Chelbus Cleaning to increase the cleaning from 3 days a week to 5 days week.

Resolution #136-2020* will waive parking permit fees for June and reinstate the same July 1, 2020.

Resolution #137-2020* will approve the bi-annual revisions to our Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.

Resolution #138-2020* will authorize entering into an agreement with CGP&H LLC for administrative services related to affordable housing.

Resolution #139-2020* will refer the Proposed Redevelopment Plan for the G&H Property to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #140-2020* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #141-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #142-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the pool renovation project.  The total change order is $7,000.00; Suburban Consulting will pay $2,000.00 of the same.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 5, 2020.  

Daily OEM briefings continue with Council receiving Sit Reports 3x a week.

I spoke (via Zoom) with students at Seton Hall University during their annual Civic Engagement Boot Camp about running a local government organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thanks to Councilwoman Le Frois for joining in the conversation!

Routine business discussed during our monthly Parking Authority meeting.  We welcomed Robert Boyle to the Authority as a voting member.

I spoke with Dr. Greene via Zoom for our quarterly lunch meeting.  Both the school district and Town have been very busy with COVID-19 issues and preparedness.

I hope you all have a safe weekend.  I pray for this weekend’s protests in Newton to be peaceful and productive in furthering civil dialogue and discourse amongst all interested parties.  My thanks to Chief Osborn and the members of the Police Department, as well as all members of our emergency services, for their tireless efforts day in and day out.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR