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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 11

January 11, 2019

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 11:34 AM by Terri Oswin

There is a volunteer interview scheduled for 6:40pm on Monday night, January 14th; our next Town Council meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the December 26th Regular and January 3rd Reorganization 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 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.
SWEARING-IN
The Mayor will swear-in the 2019 officers for the Newton Fire Department.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Mayor Le Frois will present a proclamation to the Newton Youth Football team for their undefeated season. Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #28-2019* supports the NJ Safe Routes to School Program.
Resolution #29-2019* supports Assembly and Senate bills allowing Junior Firefighters to perform certain fire support duties.
Resolution #30-2019* will authorize the Tax Collector to sell municipal liens in 2019.
Resolution #31-2019* will appoint Matthew Dickson as BOE liaison for 2019.
Resolution #32-2019* appoints Joyce Franklin as the Senior Citizen Coordinator for the Town for 2019. This is usually given to the president of the Prime Time Seniors each year.
Resolution #33-2019* will make Barbara Vrahnos a regular member of the Planning Board.
Resolution #34-2019* will re-appoint EXCEL Environmental Resources, Inc., as the Town’s Environmental Engineer for 2019.
Resolution #35-2019* appoints Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq. as the alternate prosecutor for 2019.
Resolution #36-2019* will adopt the Temporary Budget.
Resolution #37-2019* will extend the contract for electrical services by Kieffer Electrical Services per Bid #1-2017.
Resolution #38-2019* will authorize purchasing through NJ State Contracts and Purchasing Cooperatives for 2019.
Resolution #39-2019* is a resolution urging legislatures and NJDOT to address the unsafe road condition (water runoff) on Route 94 from the recent road work done by the State of NJ.
Resolution #40-2019* will authorize the liquor license transfer for Tuscany Bistro.
Resolution #41-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Application(s)* will approve an application for a Ryley Hickman to become a Newton Junior Firefighter.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
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 January 7, 2019.
HR has posted the need for summer interns. If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact Jenn Dodd.
The 2019 budget is being compiled as we speak. Budget meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 5pm and Saturday, February 9th at 9am.
Kimberly and I are working on the 2019 marketing calendar with KKPR, our social media and marketing firm. Looks to be another busy, successful year of fun events with some new ones, too!
Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 04

January 4, 2019

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 2:20 PM by Terri Oswin

Dear Council Members & Staff:
A reminder our next Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm on Monday, January 14th. Immediately preceding same at 6:00pm will be several volunteer interviews.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of December 31, 2018.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and health New Year! Wishing you and yours all the blessings of peace, prosperity, happiness and good health in 2019. Thank you for your hard work in 2018.
Our first January reorganization went very well last evening. Congratulations to Helen and Dan on their leadership roles. The entire organization looks forward to working with the Governing Body on a very productive year.
Kimberly and I have prepared the Marketing budget for 2019 with KKPR.
Budget hearing dates are being finalized for the first week or so in February. I will keep you posted.
Best wishes to those who started in new positions this year!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Nov 19

November 21, 2018

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 2:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, November 26, 2018. A friendly reminder there are five (5) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:00pm for the position of Sewer Engineer. You have been given copies of the RFP’s submitted.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 22nd Regular meeting 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.
PRESENTATION
APPEAL
The owners of 33 Mill Street are appealing a decision by the Utility Advisory Board on their request to waive a late penalty. Supporting information has been shared with you on the Google Drive. The penalty is $3,628.70.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:
Ordinance 2018-20 will adjust water and sewer connection fees as discussed.
Ordinance 2018-21 will amend requirements in the SD-3 Zone including the comments from the Planning Board.
There are two ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2018-22 will amend certain parking regulations related to parking in municipal parking lots.
Ordinance 2018-23 will establish salary and wage ranges for calendar year 2019.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #208-2018* will authorize a refund for a disabled veteran at 18 Douma Drive.
Resolution #209-2018* will appoint the Town Manager as Fund Commissioner and Jennifer Dodd as Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Town of Newton in the Statewide Insurance Fund.
Resolution #210-2018* will concur with the Town Manager’s Appointment of Special Police Officers for calendar year 2019.
Resolution #211-2018* will authorize the sale of surplus items on GovDeals.
Resolution #212-2018* with authorize the annual agreement with the Newton Parking Authority.
Resolution #213-2018* will authorize the execution of an updated employment agreement with Police Chief Michael S. Richards as per the recommendation of the Town Manager.
Resolution #214-2018* will cancel appropriation balances in the water and sewer capital fund.
Resolution #215-2018* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Glenn T. Spicer.
Resolution #216-2018* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Doragail Spicer.
Resolution #217-2018* will renew the taxicab owner’s license for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.
Resolution #218-2018* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for 74-A Trinity Street.
Resolution #219-2018* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for 120 Woodside Avenue.
Resolution #220-2018* will authorize the redemption of a Town held lien for Block 13.03, Lot 10.
Resolution #221-2018* will approve the vacation and sick leave payout for Joseph Sapio.
Resolution #222-2018* will renew the Town’s Fund Balance Policy.
Resolution #223-2018* will renew the Water and Sewer Utility Fund Balance Policy.
Resolution #224-2018* will approve 2018 appropriation transfers.
Resolution #225-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:
1. Bryan Lee Farence, 99 Woodside Avenue, Newton for membership into the Newton Fire Department.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
1. Chief Richards will give a brief overview of the Police Department.
2. Dawn Babcock will give an overview of our Best Practices, Parking Authority and a few other items of interest.
3. John Scheri will give an update on the Sparta Avenue Pump Station. Information has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #226-2018 will authorize a discussion on the Town Manager’s Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 4 inches above the top of the spillway as of November 19, 2018.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
Don’t forget the Annual Holiday Parade followed by WizardCon 2018 this Saturday! Parade attendance is free while wristbands can be purchased for WizardCon 2018 online for a nominal fee…
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR