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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 16

February 16, 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:28 PM by Terri Oswin

Offices are closed on Monday, February 19th in recognition of Presidents’ Day.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 26, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 12, 2018.  

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

The Annual Report is being designed.  Thank you to those departments who met the deadline.

Thank you to all staff who participated in the budget process and to the Town Council for its thorough review of same.  The tax increase on the average residential property has been reduced from an estimated $39 to an estimated $29.  Items in the capital budget will remain as is while we review the bids for the Firehouse No. 2 Construction Project.

The phone system project implementation has been completed – my thanks to Lorraine and her team for managing same.

Eight (8) packets have been picked up for the Town Council election.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Feb 09

February 9, 2018

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 1:52 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder, we have a budget meeting tomorrow beginning at 9:30am. Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 12, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the meetings from January 22nd 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 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 along with the Town Manager can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2018-3 will establish the CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.

OLD BUSINESS
There are two items:
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – no update
2. Town Events and Fees – see draft resolution on the Google Drive

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #37-2018* will concur with the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board for 8-10 Douma Court to connect to Newton’s sanitary sewer system.

Resolution #38-2018* will authorize utilizing Fire & Safety Services to maintain our fire apparatus.

Resolution #39-2018* will authorize entering into a shared services agreement with the Borough of Hopatcong for animal control and pound services.

Resolution #40-2018* will authorize applying for the 2017 Tonnage Grant.

Resolution #41-2018* will authorize executing a settlement agreement and release with Mid-American Salt.

Resolution #42-2018* will accept the Certified List Qualifying 2017 Fire Department LOSAP participants.

Resolution #43-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract for Garden State Laboratories, Inc.

Resolution #44-2018* will reappoint Ken Teets as Emergency Management Coordinator.

Resolution #45-2018* will authorize a professional services agreement with John Paul Velez for Deputy Municipal Public Defender.

Resolution #46-2018* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #47-2018* will refund monies due to an outside lien holder for 35 Liberty Street.

Resolution #48-2018* will approve 2017 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #49-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications* there is one application for your consideration:
1. Special Permit for an Extension of Premise from B&M, LLC (t/a O’Reilly’s Pub & Grill) to be held on March 17, 2018 from 10:00am to 10:00pm at 271 Spring Street.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
a. A draft resolution for discussion to increase liquor license fees, change the certificate of compliance fees and clarify the registration for vacant properties.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of February 5, 2018.

The Statewide Insurance Fund had its annual reorganization meeting in Basking Ridge, NJ on Thursday. I was proud to once again be elected to serve as Chairman of this fine group. We also received an award in recognition of our 2017 safety and risk efforts. My thanks to all staff and volunteers who share the philosophy of safety first!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Feb 02

February 2, 2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 10:15 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Budget Hearings will be on Thursday, February 8th at 6pm and Saturday, February 10th at 9:30am.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 12th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches below the top of the spillway as of January 29, 2018.

The updated version of the new Handbook is almost complete.

We are out to bid on the Firehouse No. 2 Construction Phase.

Lorraine’s office continues to work on the proper installation of our new phone system.

Negotiations continue with the PBA/SOA.

Routine business discussed this month at the Parking Authority meeting.

W-2’s have been distributed to all employees – if you have yet to receive yours, please contact Jenn Dodd.

To date 6 Council packets have been picked up for the May election.

Thank you to Sherri for coordinating our Super Bowl staff party!

Have a great weekend! Go Patriots!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR