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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 21

July 21, 2017

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is August 14th beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews scheduled for 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch above spillway as of July 17th.

Congratulations to Jared Zappa on his swearing-in Monday evening as our newest Patrolman!

Hope everyone enjoyed Diane Lang’s presentation on Wednesday morning – she will return next month for another employee session. Please make sure you take advantage of the programs offered by HR as a lot of time and money goes into scheduling, selecting and coordinating same.

Pool is having a great year – make sure you join!

We have 7 tickets left for the Yankees vs. Mets game on 8/15. The price of $110 includes round trip bus transportation, game ticket, and the “all you care to eat” package. This package includes unlimited hot dogs, sausages, pretzels, and Pepsi products through the 5th inning. Contact Kat to reserve your spot today! 973-383-3521 x228.

My thanks to Jenn and everyone involved in the annual insurance renewal process with Statewide Insurance.

Don’t forget to sign the Mayor’s online petition to bring in Trader Joe’s to Newton – hoping to reach 2,500 signatures soon! What’s next? Starbucks? Papa John’s? Wendy’s? Chipotle? Stay tuned…

Kimberly continues to expertly coordinate our annual employee BBQ at Town Hall. Make sure you are signed up to bring a dish!

Plans are underway for the first annual Newton Fall Festival on Spring Street, Saturday, October 28th – mark your calendars!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 14

July 14, 2017

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews scheduled for 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 26th Regular & July 1st Reorganizational 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.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY
Our newest Police Officer Jared Zappa will be officially sworn-in.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are two (2) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-13 will designate the authority to approve the granting of raffle and bingo licenses to the Town Clerk as recommended by the Town Attorney.

Ordinance 2017-14 a bond ordinance to providing a supplemental appropriation of $250,000 for the Fox Hollow project.

OLD BUSINESS

RESOLUTION
Resolution #125-2017 will authorize the purchase of a Stryker Medical Model 6506 Cot for NFAS. Councilwoman Diglio will recuse on same.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #126-2017* will authorize the auctioning of the 2007 Dodge Durango and 1999 Spartan Rescue Fire Truck no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #127-2017* will authorize an amendment to our Labor Counsel agreement.

Resolution #128-2017* will approve Change Order No. 4 for the completed Fox Hollow project.

Resolution #129-2017* will approve the purchase of Motorola Pagers, Portable Radios and Communications Equipment for the Fire Department.

Resolution #130-2017* will authorize the Tax Collector to hold an electronic tax sale.

Resolution #131-2017* will authorize tax sale notice fees to be charged.

Resolution #132-2017* will authorize a credits due utility customers.

Resolution #133-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #134-2017* will authorize a non-fair and open contract to Gold Type Business Machines.

Resolution #135-2017* will change text and title in the Water Sewer Utility Budget.

Resolution #136-2017* is a capital budget amendment.

Resolution #137-2017* will refer a proposed amendment of the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Application(s)* there is one application for review from the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce for a Social Affair special permit for the Taste of Newton to be held on September 11, 2017 with a rain date of September 12, 2017.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above spillway as of July 10th.

Due to the recent resignation of Jim Cutler as our Plumbing Sub-code official we will be looking to work with our friends in Hardyston on providing this service.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance meeting this week.

Kimberly continues to expertly coordinate our annual employee BBQ at Town Hall. Make sure you are signed up to bring a dish!

Plans are underway for the first annual Newton Fall Festival on Spring Street, Saturday, October 28th – mark your calendars!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 07

July 7, 2017

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 12:52 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, July 17th at 7:00pm. There are two volunteer interviews that evening commencing at 6:30pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of July 3, 2017.

My thanks to everyone who attended the annual reorganization meeting/reception!

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday.

We have selected our first group of interns and look forward to their time here in Newton this summer.

A reminder that our monthly staff meeting is next Wednesday at 9am (to be followed by the quarterly safety committee meeting). Mayor Levante will be joining us as is my annual traditional of having the new mayor attend the first staff meeting of the new Council year.

Development is proceeding rather quickly on the Style Shop renovations as well as the Newton Town Centre (RPM) senior housing project. Great to see activity on Spring Street with more to come!

Enjoy the weekend!

Yours in Service,
Tom