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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

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

Aug 06

August 6, 2021

Posted on August 6, 2021 at 4:18 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council regular meeting (in person) is Monday, August 9, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

  1. July 12, 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-15 will provide funding for various water and sewer utility projects.

Ordinance 2021-16 is a bond ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station project. 

Ordinance 2021-17 will authorize a tax for the sale of cannabis. 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction: 

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #155-2021 will renew a Plenary Retail Consumption License.

Resolution #156-2021 will authorize the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract for KKPR Marketing and Public Relations.

Resolution #157-2021 will authorize the Endorsement of the NJDEP Treatment Works Approval (“TWA”) Permit Application for the project at 121 Water Street, Newton, New Jersey.

Resolution #158-2021 will authorize the Adoption of the 2021 Sussex County, New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.

Resolution #159-2021 will certify the Annual Audit.

Resolution #160-2021 will authorize credits due Water and Sewer Utility accounts.

Resolution #161-2021 will approve vacation & sick leave time payout for Lorraine A. Read.

Resolution #162-2021 will authorize an application to the NJDCA Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) FY2022 Grant.

Resolution #163-2021 will approve fireworks display at Memory Park.

Resolution #164-2021 will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Crosswalk at Route U.S. 206 & Church Street Intersection Project and Accept as Final and Complete.

Resolution #165-2021 will cancel a NJ DOT Grant Receivable Balance and Improvement Authority Balance in The General Capital Fund.

Resolution #166-2021 will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances in the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #167-2021 will affirm the issuance of a $2,484,000 Bond Anticipation Note.

Resolution #168-2021 will award bid for Proposed Construction of ADA Ramps on Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place Project.

Resolution #169-2021 will approve bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* there are three applications:   

A Junior Firefighter application for Jason Teets, 23 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department. 

A membership application for Anthony Neggers, 24 Hillside Terrace, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

A membership application for Charles W. Weber, Jr., 3 Gabriella Way, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #170-2021 will accept and execute a grant for body-worn cameras.

Resolution #171-2021 will insert special items of revenue in the 2021 budget.

Resolution #172-2021 will reject bid 8-2021 for police vehicles. 

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 3 inches below the top of the spillway as of August 6, 2021.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR