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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Apr 18

April 18, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 2:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Wishing everyone the blessings of a very Happy Passover and Happy Easter!
I have scheduled an interview to fill a vacancy on the Parking Authority at 6:45pm on Monday, April 18, 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 8, 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.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have two proclamations for the record.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-3 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various items from the 2019 Budget.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #114-2019* is a required disclosure resolution for Dempsey Uniform. This is required when the costs in the aggregate exceed $17,500 in a 12-month period as part of the Pay-to-Play regulations.
Resolution #115-2019* will reappoint William Nannery and Carole Leonardo to the Newton Housing Authority.
Resolution #116-2019* will authorize a settlement agreement with 33 Mill Street regarding a water/sewer penalty.
Resolution #117-2019* will authorize four-year agreements with the PBA and SOA.
Resolution #118-2019* will appoint The Mitchell Agency as the insurance broker to oversee employee benefits.
Resolution #119-2019* will reappoint Dr. John Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #120-2019* will appoint Alexandra Kweselait to the Parking Authority.
Resolution #121-2019* will authorize credits to water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #122-2019* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board recommendation for 132 Spring Street.
Resolution #123-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
There are two (2) applications as part of the Consent Agenda for approval. The first is from Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. The second is from the VFW Auxiliary to Newton Memorial Post 5360.
DISCUSSION
Bernie Hattersley will give a brief presentation outlining the Code Enforcement Department operations.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 15, 2019.
The State has been diligently working on the Armory cleanup work this week with many professionals on site working on remediation endeavors. We appreciate their diligence and commitment to seeing this project come to its logical conclusion in a safe and timely fashion.
The Master Plan subcommittee met this week to go over recommendations which will be presented to the Planning Board this summer.
The new Thorlabs project has been approved (Preliminary and Final) by the Planning Board. We look forward to the success of this awesome endeavor and thank Alex Cable and his entire team for their commitment to Newton.
A new Town event is being planned in November to honor Veterans. I will keep you posted.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Apr 12

April 12, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 2:15 PM by Terri Oswin

Happy 155th Birthday Newton (incorporated April 11, 1864)…many more years ahead!
Don’t forget the Easter Egg Dyeing Event is tonight at 6:00pm at the Newton High School Cafeteria.
Tomorrow is the Easter Egg Hunt at the Newton High School Turf Field at 10:00am.
Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, April 22, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 8, 2019.
The Town Council approved the 2019 municipal budget on Monday. Thank you to all staff members who participated in the 6-month approval process.
Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance Fund meeting this week.
Thank you to all who attended my awards reception at Seton Hall for the market research project. The event was a great opportunity to re-connect with the university and its students. Go Pirates!
Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Apr 05

April 5, 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:28 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, April 8, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the March 25, 2019 Regular meeting for your consideration and approval.
PRESENTATIONS
Chief Richards and Mayor Le Frois will recognize the recent retirees in the Police Department.
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.
ORDINANCES
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #104-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Resolution #105-2019* will reject all bids submitted for pumping services. Our sewer engineer will re-write the bid specs.
Resolution #106-2019* will refund monies due to a State Tax appeal judgment for 64 Mill Street.
Resolution #107-2019* will authorize a redemption of a Town held lien for 31 Hamilton Street.
Resolution #108-2019* will lapse a 2018 appropriation reserve into Trust - Snow Removal Reserve account.
Resolution #109-2019* will authorize the Town renewing our shared services agreement with County for Fire Prevention services.
Resolution #110-2019* will authorize engineering services by PCI for the Sparta Ave Pump Station project.
Resolution #111-2019* will authorize credits to water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #112-2019* will authorize Change Orders 1-6 for the Firehouse #2 Renovation project.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
HEARING ON THE 2019 BUDGET
I have a PowerPoint presentation on the 2019 budget. A copy has been shared on the Google Drive. Resolution #113-2019 will adopt the 2019 Budget.
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 5, 2019.
I am finalizing the draft language for our Town/GNCC membership drive letter so same can be mailed out to prospective members shortly.
We met this week with a party interested in building a public parking deck in the downtown area – stay tuned…
Work continues by the engineers involved in the Babe Ruth Field and Pool projects.
The Parking Authority discussed real property acquisition in executive session on Thursday.
We have finalized contracts for both the PBA/SOA and await ratification of same by the bargaining units. Many thanks to all involved.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR