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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 17

May 17, 2019

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 12:20 PM by Terri Oswin

Our sincere condolences to the Faye family and all those impacted by the tragic accident that occurred recently. Please take a moment during your day today to be thankful for the blessings we all have and remember those that were taken far too soon.
On May 23rd, please wear white in memory of Lexi Faye as numerous schools/school districts and organizations are participating that day. Newton Strong.
Our next regular Town Council meeting will be Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm. Municipal offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in recognition of Memorial Day. The parade and ceremony will occur that day on Spring Street and at Memory Park respectively.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of May 13, 2019.
A friendly reminder that Summer Hours commence next week. Thursdays until 6:30pm and Fridays until 1:30pm.
Our interns have been scheduled for the summer. We welcome Danny, Hannah, and Kathryn to the team! Make sure you say hello to them when you see them around.
TRC reviewed one application which will be on PB agenda for June.
PB reviewed the three draft ordinances for Council at my request. T3 will be on for introduction at our next meeting, and the soil ordinance and animal ordinance will be on for discussion.
The Master Plan subcommittee met this week to finalize the draft recommendations. Same will be discussed with the PB in July.
I had a conference call this week with numerous staff members, Mayor Le Frois, Councilman Dickson, members of the 24th Legislative District office, and our friends from DCA in Trenton. We are still advocating our position as it relates to the regulations surrounding rooming houses. I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.
I did our first Facebook Live event this week, announcing the winners of the Summer Movie contest: A Dog’s Way Home and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World! Also, no Spidey. I think it has been viewed about 73 million times thus far, or not.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
May 10

May 10, 2019

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 3:15 PM by Terri Oswin

I have scheduled an interview to fill a vacancy on the Housing Authority at 6:45pm on Monday, May 13, 2019; our next regular Town Council meeting will immediately follow beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 22, 2019 Regular and Special meetings for your consideration and approval.
CEREMONY
Mayor Le Frois will present Chief Richards with a proclamation to declare May 12-18, 2019 as “Police Week” in the Town of Newton.
There are three people to be sworn in as police officers: Judy Torres, Steven Shawger, and Steven Kneidl. Welcome aboard!
DISCUSSION
Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to discuss the draft ordinance to permit industrial uses in the T3 Zone. A copy of the proposed ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive and has been sent to the Planning Board for review.
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
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have one proclamation for the record.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-3 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various items from the 2019 Budget.
We have one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-4 will add the titles Violations Clerk and Recreation Coordinator to the salary ordinance.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items.
Resolution #124-2019* will declare the Town of Newton a Stigma Free Town and supports the elimination of the stigma associated with mental health illness.
Resolution #125-2019* will authorize joining the Bergen County Cooperative Pricing System.
Resolution #126-2019* will authorize joining the North Jersey Wastewater Cooperative Pricing System through the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.
Resolution #127-2019* will authorize Change Order No. 7 for the Firehouse #2 project. This change order will provide for the installation of 3M fire barrier Plenum Wrap 5A on all 3” PVC venting piping in the mechanical room.
Resolution #128-2019* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of school crossing guards.
Resolution #129-2019* will accept the Dam Site No. 2 project as final and complete based on the recommendation of Dave Simmons.
Resolution #130-2019* will award a required disclosure contract to Shore Systems Group, LLC for pile installation for the boardwalk as part of the trail grant.
Resolution #131-2019* will appoint Martin Allen, Esq., to represent the Town with regards to Atlantic Health’s tax appeal.
Resolution #132-2019* will appoint Richard Turdo to the Newton Housing Authority. Your interview with Mr. Turdo is scheduled for just prior to the Monday night’s meeting at 6:45pm.
Resolution #133-2019* will authorize the redemption of a Town held lien on Block 22.09, Lot 7 (27 Orchard Street).
Resolution #134-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
RESOLUTION
Resolution #135-2019 will release the Letter of Credit for Grande Villaggio for Phase II water fees.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
APPEAL
Ronetco/ShopRite will be in attendance to appeal the Utility Advisory Board’s decision not to waive the late fee penalties for ShopRite and ShopRite Liquors.
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of May 6, 2019.
82 bulk permits were purchased for the annual bulk pickup occurring tomorrow.
Thank you to Deb Danielson, DPW, and all volunteers who made the annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event a great success!
Routine business discussed this month at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.
Councilwoman Diglio and I attended the groundbreaking at SCCC for the new addition to their Performing Arts Center. We wish them the best of success!
Councilwoman Diglio and I attended the 24th district legislators meeting in Vernon. Health discussion on a variety of important state topics occurred.
Negotiations continue to progress nicely with both UPSEU and CWA.
Thank you to Sherri for coordinating another successful employee gathering!
Councilwoman Diglio attended the Nurses Week Recognition at NMC. She presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council.
Today was the ribbon cutting for the new organic cleaners on Spring Street. We wish them the best of success!
Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
May 03

May 3, 2019

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 2:51 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder that Neighbors Helping Neighbors will occur tomorrow starting at 8:30am at Memory Park. See you then!
There will be a volunteer interview at 6:45pm on Monday, May 13th. Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 13th at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 29, 2019.
A reminder that certain staff members are obligated to fill out annual financial disclosure forms online. Please do so.
I attended the semi-annual Bristol Glen Community Advisory Board meeting this week – great to see the plans for renovations coming to fruition.
Michelle continues to work on exciting recreation events for children and families this summer at Memory Park and elsewhere.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR