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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 15

September 15, 2017

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 3:10 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Municipal offices will be closed on Monday, October 9th for Columbus Day. Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is one inch below the top of the spillway as of September 11, 2017.

The Taste of Newton was a resounding success this year – congratulations to the GNCC and all who assisted.

I attended the formal kickoff for the Seton Hall Market Research project in South Orange. I enjoyed meeting with our two teams of students, discussing current issues in Newton so we can properly craft our in-person and online surveys. They will be visiting Newton on Tuesday with our working group in attendance.

Mott MacDonald has made some recommendations in regards to sewer issues in the area of 41 Douma Drive – same will be provided to the residents in the area and DPW Supervisor Jaekel will commence work on said recommendations.

Ursula and I will draft a food truck ordinance based on the conversations held at the Wednesday night Council meeting.

Routine business discussed this month at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting in Parsippany.

The monthly grid update for DPW/Engineering/WS projects has been distributed.

I attended the CIANJ breakfast on economic revitalization and redevelopment held in Woodbridge, NJ. It was exciting to listen to the Woodbridge mayor and staff speak about PILOTs and a variety of interesting projects they have underway. No matter the size of the community, we are all looking for quality commercial ratables.

We participated in a natural gas auction today and received excellent pricing for the next 24 months. We should save about 9% a year on same.

The official Grand Opening for Sol Azteka will be Saturday, September 23rd at 11am. We wish them the best of success!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Aug 31

September 1, 2017

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:37 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 13th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of August 28, 2017.

Work on the new social media business support website is continuing forward – pictures of businesses have been sent over and I worked on the design of the mobile-friendly site. The site will contain information on all of the businesses in Town and allow new businesses to go in and create an account. Stay tuned!

Grateful for the opportunity to have a productive working lunch with my good friend and the new County Administrator Greg Poff. We are lucky to have such a competent professional at the helm up the street.

JCP&L was able to come in this week to provide us with an update on the East Clinton Street environmental cleanup project.

Appreciate the positive articles in the NJ Herald on the Mayor’s well-received outreach regarding school consolidation, the ordinances related to lowering of various fees, and the spotlight on Style Shop renovations and Re-Collectibles expansion. Exciting things are happening in Newton with more to come…Armory, G&H, McGuire’s, Hicks Avenue, Spring Street, etc…

We are ready to commence our exciting market research project with students at my alma mater, Seton Hall University! Ten lucky students (2 teams of 5 students each) will be assigned to the Newton Project. I will keep everyone posted on our progress during the fall months – said project (which is being graded btw) runs September through December. Go Pirates!

Have a great Labor Day weekend! WE ARE – PENN STATE… ?

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Aug 25

August 25, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the August 14th Regular, Special & Executive meetings 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. 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
Dr. Greene will be in attendance to give a presentation on the upcoming school referendum.

ORDINANCES
There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2017-15 will amend Chapter 3-13 of the Code Book regarding Deputy Town Manager.

Ordinance 2017-16 is an ordinance to eliminate certain fees within the Clerk’s Office and Planning Office.

Ordinance 2017-17 will lower the fees for coin-operated arcade games, motion picture theaters and pool/billiard tables.

There is one (1) ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-18 will amend the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #162-2017* will appoint Robert Talty to the Historic Commission.

Resolution #163-2017* will appoint Barbara Vrahnos to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #164-2017* will appoint Barbara Vrahnos to the Planning Board as an Alternate Member.

Resolution #165-2017* will appoint Rachel Bucci, Anthony Neggers and Karen Crossley to the Recreation Commission.

Resolution #166-2017* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointments of School Crossing Guards.

Resolution #167-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #168-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer of DADS Taxi & Limo.

Resolution #169-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

Resolution #170-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

Resolution #171-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Ralph Drake.

Resolution #172-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Owner’s License for Oscar E. Cespedes t/a Sussex Taxi & Limo Service LLC.

Resolution #173-2017* will approve the renewal application for a Taxicab Driver’s License for Adda V. Delgado Pacheco.

Resolution #174-2017* will appoint Ryan Stapel as a member of the Economic Development Commission.

Resolution #177-2017* will award the Roller Hockey project bid as per the QPA’s recommendation.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #175-2017 will authorize the Change Orders for the Fox Hollow Watermain Project.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #176-2017 will authorize Executive Session for Town Manager’s performance evaluation.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of August 21, 2017.

PERC hearing on retiree medical benefits for PBA/SOA was held on Tuesday – we expect a decision in mid-October.

I had a wonderful lunch and tour with Little Mister Newton Ian Dodd this week – a future Newton employee perhaps?

We are partnering with the NJ Herald once again on the Newton insert in the fall as well as advertising to promote the 30th Anniversary for PSS and the new magazine called VISION they are launching.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR