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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 20

July 20, 2018

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 1:22 PM by Terri Oswin

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 16, 2018.

The second edition of Tom Talk, our exciting and riveting marketing newsletter, is in production. Make sure you contact Kimberly Williams so you can learn how to receive this great publication!

I attended the most recent Community Advisory Board meeting for Newton Medical Center. Very exciting to be a part of this team, discussing the Altitude program which once again will be held at Halsted Middle School. Check out: https://altitudenj.com/.

Statewide Insurance has provided coverage through Chubb for both the Mecaj lawsuit on the special election as well as the Levante OPRA/GRC case. We are confident in Dick Cushing’s expertise along with Ursula and Jonathan on these matters.

Make sure you mark your calendars for the Movie Nights at Memory Park – August 10th and 24th! Despicable Me 3 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are the two free movies playing those dates.

Get ready to do some serious shopping on August 3rd, 4th, and 5th as we have the annual Town-wide Garage Sale coupled with the downtown merchant Sidewalk Sale!

Invitations have gone out for the annual Taste of Newton event which will be held on Monday, September 10th on Spring Street.

SCCC discussed their exciting plans for the McGuire’s property at the Planning Board meeting. We look forward to working with our county partners on long-term expansion at this key redevelopment area.

Many thanks to Sherri Kaylani for the success of the annual employee bbq! Also appreciation to all those who were kind enough to contribute food or supplies, and to the DPW for the grillin’ and chillin’!

Shout out to all the July birthdays! Shameless, I know!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 13

July 13, 2018

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:36 AM by Terri Oswin

The next regular Town Council meeting is Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 25th Regular and July 1st 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.

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 (2) ordinances for 2nd Introduction:

Ordinance 2018-16 will revise parking on Plainfield Avenue.

Ordinance 2018-17 is a fully funded Capital ordinance in the amount of $50,000 for preliminary planning and redevelopment.

OLD BUSINESS

None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #155-2018* will cancel the Capital appropriation balance for the NJ DOT grant for Liberty Street.

Resolution #156-2018* will appoint Kathryn Walker as the Action Alliance Coordinator for the remainder of 2018.

Resolution #157-2018* will amend the Capital budget.  This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2018-17 above.  

Resolution #158-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with Suburban Propane, LP.

Resolution #159-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with W. Campbell Supply of Sussex County, LLC.

Resolution #160-2018* will authorize the auction of surplus property no longer needed for public use through GovDeals.com.  We are auctioning the rear seat of a Ford Explorer.

Resolution #161-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts as recommended by the Utility Advisory Board.

Resolution #162-2018* will authorize doing a reverse auction for our natural gas supply.

Resolution #163-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #164-2018* is a resolution supporting the defense of Town officers and personnel in the pending actions files by Wayne Levante and Dr. Ludmilla G. Mecaj, et. al.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:

 

  1. An application for a Special Permit for Social Affair from the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce to be held on September 10, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Spring Street.  Mrs. Diglio will recuse on same.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #165-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session to discuss Litigation regarding the Government Records Council (GRC) compliant.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 7 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 9, 2018.  

Special thanks to Mayor Le Frois and Councilman Dickson for joining us at my monthly staff meeting.  This one was held at Morris Lake – thank you DPW for setting it up and thank you Dave Simmons for the tour.

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

We had a great meeting this week with SCCC to discuss their immediate and future plans for the McGuire’s Redevelopment Area.  We look forward to working with them on mutually beneficial goals and objectives.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Jun 28

June 29, 2018

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 4:34 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Thank you to Wayne Levante and Kevin Elvidge for their respective years of service!

We welcome Jason Schlaffer and Matt Dickson to our Town of Newton Organization Family!

REORGANIZATION MEETING
I will briefly review the items on the Reorganization Meeting agenda for you.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/OPMA
Deacon Thomas Zayac of St. Joseph’s RC Church will perform the invocation.

OATH OF OFFICE FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS/ROLL CALL
The first order of business will be the swearing in of the newly elected officials. Sanford Hollander, Esq. will swear-in Sandra Lee Diglio, Thomas Prol, Esq. will swear-in Jason J. Schlaffer and Lorraine A. Read, RMC will swear in Matthew S. Dickson.

DESIGNATION OF TEMPORARY MAYOR
The next order of business is the Council will designate a temporary chairperson to oversee the meeting.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF MAYOR
Lorraine will swear-in our new Mayor.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR
Lorraine will swear in our new Deputy Mayor.

COMMENTS BY TOWN MANAGER, COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND MAYOR

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #140-2018* will reaffirm the banks designated to be used as depositories of municipal funds.

Resolution #141-2018* will reaffirm the newspapers to be used for the publication of legal advertisements and designate TAPinto Newton as our official electronic news source.

Resolution #142-2018* will reaffirm the regular meetings of the Governing Body to be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) for the remainder of the year.

Resolution #143-2018* will designate Town officials who are authorized to sign checks for the municipality.

Resolution #144-2018* will reaffirm that the CFO and/or Finance Director is the individual authorized to sell Bond Anticipation Notes.

Resolution #145-2018* will appoint the Mayor as a Class I member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #146-2018* is the appointment of the Class III member to the Planning Board. By ordinance this must be a member of the Town Council, traditionally it is the Deputy Mayor.

Resolution #147-2018* will name the Town Manager as the Hearing Officer in all matters of dispute.

Resolution #148-2018* will appoint members to the Ad Hoc Redevelopment Team.

Resolution #149-2018* will appoint Councilman Schlaffer as the Town Council liaison on the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #150-2018* will appoint Councilwoman Diglio as the Town Council liaison to the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Resolution #151-2018* will confirm and establish petty cash and change funds.

Resolution #152-2018* will appoint Councilman Dickson as the Town Council liaison to the Newton Board of Education.

Resolution #153-2018* will provide an emergency appropriation for the upcoming Special Election on July 31st.

Resolution #154-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

APPOINTMENT
The Mayor will appoint the Town Manager as a Class II representative to the Planning Board.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

BENEDICTION
The benediction will be performed by Deacon Thomas Zayac of St. Joseph’s RC Church.

ADJOURNMENT

No newsletter next week – Happy Fourth of July! Municipal offices are closed on Wednesday.

See you Sunday! Onward and upward!

Yours in Service,
Tom