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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Oct 08

October 8, 2021

Posted on October 8, 2021 at 3:27 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.   

PRESENTATIONS

          a. Justin Sibblies – Police Officer – Oath of Office

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

September 27, 2021 – Regular Meeting.

September 27, 2021 – Special Interviews

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.  Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-19 will amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 30 entitled “Police Department”, most notably Section 30-5 “Qualification and Appointment of Members of Department” of the Town Code

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Resolution #195-2021*                    Authorize Amendment to the Town of Newton Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook with Addition of Nepotism Policy 
  2. Resolution #196-2021*                    Appoint Mary Ann Carlson to the Newton Housing Authority
  3. Resolution #197-2021*                    Appoint Lisa Qarmout to the Advisory Recreation Commission     
  4. Resolution #198-2021*                    Appoint Monica McGee to the Economic Development Advisory Committee
  5. Resolution #199-2021*                    Amend Resolution #279-2020 Award of a Proprietary Contract to Pall Water Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                      
  6. Resolution #200-2021*                    Appoint Fund Commissioner for the Statewide Insurance Fund for Calendar Year 2022
  7. Resolution #201-2021*                    Appoint Keith Mitchell as Risk Management Consultant for the Town of Newton for Calendar Year 2022
  8. Resolution #202-2021*                    Appoint George Edwards as School Crossing Guard for 2021-2022 School Year
  9. Resolution #203-2021*                    Approve Bills and Vouchers for Payment

DISCUSSION

a.     2022 Proposed Fee Changes 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of October 8, 2021.

Interviews commenced for the Water Operator position.

We received another grant award this week for $30,000 from Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust.  This follows on the heels of the recent $125,000 grant award from the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP).  Boom!   He shoots, he scores!

Dave Simmons and I worked with the College on their W/S connection fees for various projects throughout the town.

Budget plans for 2022 are still being coordinated with information due back to me by the end of October.

Plans are being finalized for the Babe Ruth field project so we can go out to bid.

Weather looks favorable for Sunday’s activities; hope to see you at the Rail Trail dedication at 10:00am followed by another awesome Fall Fest 11:00am-4:00pm.  See you there!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Sep 24

September 24, 2021

Posted on September 24, 2021 at 2:04 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, September 27, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.   There are two (2) volunteer interviews starting at 6:30pm.

PRESENTATIONS

          a. Thomas Muller – Lieutenant – Oath of Office

          b. Kenneth Teets – Sergeant – Oath of Office

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from: September 15, 2021 – 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.  Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #192-2021* amending the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract for Frederick J. Margron, P.E., REM, CEA, of the firm Professional Consulting, Inc., as Sewer Engineer for the Town of Newton for Calendar Year 2021.

Resolution #193-2021* authorizing Credits Due Water and Sewer Utility Accounts.

Resolution #194-2021* to Approve Bills and Vouchers for Payment.

Applications*

An Application for Membership into the  Newton Fire Department from Kevin Rojas, 39 Kory Road, Newton, NJ.

An Application for Membership into the Newton Fire Department from William J. Craig-Conrad, 37 Clinton Street, Newton, NJ.

An Application for Membership into the Newton Fire Department from Luis Arrazola, 43 Clinton Street, Newton, NJ.

An application for a Special Permit for Social Affair from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on October 16, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at One College Hill Rd., Newton, NJ.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of September 24, 2021.

We have three (3) new staff members to welcome aboard our team.  Our fall intern is Alia Hubey who is a senior at Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!).   She will be here once a week (Mondays) through December.  Danielle Finkle is our new permanent part-time clerical floater who will be available for multiple departments.  Aubury Durnell is our new part-time administrative assistant in Planning/Zoning.   We are pleased to have Alia, Danielle, and Aubury join our Newton family and wish them well in all of their professional endeavors.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Health Insurance Fund meeting.

Check out the amazing ad we did for Edible NJ!  Page 79…yummy!

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Be safe and well.  Thank God for Hockey Season – Go Rangers!  (since the Giants are already giving up on the season, so are we…)

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Sep 10

September 10, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person) is Wednesday, September 15, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.

PRESENTATIONS

            a. Lorraine A. Read – Retirement Plaque

            b. Teresa A. Oswin – Municipal Clerk – Oath of Office

            c. Janien N. Roberts – Registrar – Oath of Office

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

  1. August 9, 2021 – Regular Meeting
  2. August 26, 2021 – Special 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. 

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-18 will amend Chapter 266 regarding snow and ice removal penalties.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #177-2021 will appoint Janien N. Roberts as Local Registrar effective September 1, 2021.

Resolution #178-2021 will appoint Teresa A. Oswin as Municipal Clerk effective September 1, 2021.

Resolution #179-2021 will authorize the cancellation and refund of taxes; Block 22.10, Lot 9, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

Resolution #180-2021 will authorize the cancellation of taxes; Block 4.05, Lot 7, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

Resolution #181-2021 will authorize refund of taxes; Block 14.03, Lot 11.01, for Property Exemption.

Resolution #182-2021 will cancel grant receivable and appropriated reserve for unrealized Municipal Alliance Grant 2019/2020.

Resolution #183-2021 will accept and approve Corrective Action Plan for 2020 Audit.

Resolution #184-2021 will authorize the purchase of road salt and snow grit for the Department of Public Works.

Resolution #185-2021 will award the contract for proposed improvements to Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place.

Resolution #186-2021 will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into an agreement with CGP&H LLC for Administrative Agent Services for Affordable Housing.

Resolution #187-2021 will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2021 Town of Newton Budget.

Resolution #188-2021 will authorize the award of a proprietary contract to Pall Water.

Resolution #189-2021 will refund monies for taxes, due to a State Tax Court Judgement for Block 5.01, Lot 11, also known as 20 Water Street.

Resolution #190-2021 will authorize credits due Water and Sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #191-2021 will approve bills and vouchers.

RESOLUTION(S) – NON-CONSENT

Resolution #175-2021 will amend the Local Emergency Planning Committee for calendar year 2021.

Resolution #176-2021 will concur with Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for the 2021-2022 school year.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of September 10, 2021.

We had a very productive meeting this week in Lawrenceville with our friends from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs regarding the Newton Armory Redevelopment.

Applications are still being accepted for the position of Administrative Assistant in the Planning/Zoning Office.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Taste of Newton on Monday at 5:30pm!

Congratulations and best wishes to Lt. Michael Monaco on his retirement – we wish him the very best of health and happiness.  Congratulations to Lt. Tom Muller on his promotion!

Prayers to our nation as we remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country.  May the families who lost loved ones that fateful day have peace and comfort.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR