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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 21

September 21, 2018

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 10:49 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Monday night we have the joint meeting with the Newton BOE beginning at 6:00pm, followed by our next regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm. A copy of the BOE agenda has been shared with you on the Google drive.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 12th 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.

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 introduction:

Ordinance 2018-18 will change the Code Book to reflect the results of the July 31, 2018 Special Election moving the municipal elections to November.

Ordinance 2018-19 will establish a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program for cats.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #185-2018* will cancel the remaining appropriation for the Madison Street project.

Resolution #186-2018* will award the contract for water testing to Garden State Labs through the competitive contracting process. The contract will be for 5 years.

Resolution #187-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #188-2018* will support the NJDOT Route 206 Rockfall Mitigation project in the Town of Newton.

Resolution #189-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Sewer Line Inspection Project – Mott MacDonald will be in attendance to discuss this project with you.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of September 17, 2018.

Special thanks to the employees who participated in the great Sussex County Day event!

I had my quarterly meeting with Dr. Greene to talk about all of the great happenings at the Board of Ed and Town. We are prepared for a productive discussion on Monday at 6:00pm here.

Two applications were discussed at the monthly TRC meeting.

It was very interesting to attend the multi-board meeting at Vo-Tech regarding the SCCC/McGuire’s project in downtown Newton.

Today we had a meeting regarding the Spells on Spring Street event scheduled for after the annual holiday parade. I will keep you posted.

Ursula, Terri and Lorraine met to begin the renewal process for the SECTV Franchise.

Have a great weekend! Go Giants?

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Sep 14

September 14, 2018

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Monday night is the annual Taste of Newton.

The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of September 10, 2018.

Thank you to all who participated in, or attended, the annual 9/11 ceremony at SCCC.

Thank you to Kimberly and Katrina for their presentation at the Council meeting this week. Next up will be the DPW in October.

Routine business discussed at this month’s Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Next week will be the monthly TRC and Planning Board meetings.

We have the SCCC meeting next Thursday at Vo-Tech at 9:00am to discuss the McGuire’s project. The meeting is a four-party public meeting.

Next Friday we have a planning meeting to discuss the parameters of the Spells on Spring Street event to be held after the annual Holiday Parade on Spring Street.

Have a great weekend! Go Giants!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Sep 07

September 12, 2018

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:04 PM by Terri Oswin

Monday night is the annual Taste of Newton on Spring Street.  The next regular Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the August 13th Regular and 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 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 #176-2018* will concur with my appointment of School Traffic Guards for the 2018-2019 school year.

Resolution #177-2018* will authorize the refund of taxes due to a 100% disabled veteran exemption.

Resolution #178-2018* will authorize the cancellation of taxes due to a County Tax Appeal judgment for 11 Linwood Avenue (First Presbyterian Church of Newton).

Resolution #179-2018* will refund monies to an outside lienholder for 77 Swartswood Road.

Resolution #180-2018* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board’s recommendation for water and sewer allocation for North Jersey Healthcare Properties for 200 High Street.

Resolution #181-2018* will authorize the refund of taxes for a previous 100% disabled veteran exemption.  The property owner’s mortgage company inadvertently paid the 3rd quarter taxes.    

Resolution #182-2018* will release the performance guarantee posted by Newton Donuts, Inc.

Resolution #183-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #184-2018*  will authorize the Planning Board to investigate whether certain properties on Spring Street, Diller Avenue and Sparta Avenue should be designated as a non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Trap, Neuter, Release Program (TNR) – Draft Ordinance.  I have invited the Animal Control Officer to join us for this discussion.
2. Election – Draft Ordinance.  The ordinance changes are required to reflect the recent referendum election results.
3. Our Community Development Department and Marketing Consultant will make a brief presentation on recent happenings and projects they are working on.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1.5 inches above the top of the spillway as of September 4, 2018. 

Best wishes to all students this school year!

The GNCC had a ribbon cutting for Spring Diner.  We wish them the best of success.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting with some discussion on the overnight parking needs of the new Bula’s development.

Councilwoman Diglio and I attended the Sussex County Freeholders Breakfast forum today with lots of insight shared on County happenings.

Have a great weekend!  Go Giants!
   
Yours in Service,
TSRJR