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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 21

January 21, 2022

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 12:36 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 24, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. There is one volunteer interview at 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from January 6, 2022 – Reorganization Meeting and January 10, 2022 – Regular Meeting.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2022-1 will include Animal Control Officer in the Town Salary Ordinance.

CONSENT AGENDA

If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #59-2022* will authorize submission of a Strategic Plan for the Municipal Alliance for grant cycle July 2022 – June 2023.

Resolution #60-2022* will authorize the Town to enter into an agreement with Phoenix Advisors, LLC as our Independent Registered Municipal Financial Advisor.

Resolution #61-2022* will approve reimbursement of health benefit contributions for retired officer Shawn Burke.

Resolution #62-2022* will award Bid #9R-2021 Equipment Maintenance Services to Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc.

Resolution #63-2022* will approve vacation and sick leave and accumulated compensatory time payout for Mahir Kaylani.

Resolution #64-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of January 20, 2022, Morris Lake is even with the spillway.

Next week (Tuesday-Thursday) the 2nd floor of Town Hall will be closed while new carpeting is installed in the hallway, Kat’s office, and the Town Manager’s Conference Room.

Work continues on the 2022 municipal budget.

The PB approved apartments at 122-124 High Street.

We are in the process of completing the revamped Annual Report as well as the newly stylized Spring Newsletter.

Special enrollment meetings were held virtually to discuss UNUM LTD policies.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training/certification through Rutgers University, Center for Executive Leadership in Government. I look forward to the learning.

I hope everyone took a moment or two this week to reflect on the amazing legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite quotes from him: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Yours In Service,

Tom

PS – how about them Rangers…

 

Jan 07

January 7, 2022

Posted on January 7, 2022 at 12:33 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 10, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from December 13, 2021 – Regular Meeting and December 13, 2021 – Special Meeting.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2022-1 will include Animal Control Officer in the Town Salary Ordinance.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #48-2022* will authorize an emergency purchase of pumps at the Sparta Avenue Pump Station.

Resolution #49-2022* will accept the proposed improvements to Elm Street, Hampton Street, & Upper Union Place as Final and Complete.

Resolution #50-2022* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract for Dempsey Uniform.

Resolution #51-2022* will reappoint Theresa Schlosser as Certified Tax Collector for the Town of Newton.

Resolution #52-2022* will authorize award of contract for Topology NJ as Conflict Town Planner for the Town of Newton.

Resolution #53-2022* will appoint Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq. as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Municipal Prosecutor for 2022.

Resolution #54-2022* will authorize remittance (cancellation) of 2021 taxes; Block 4.02, Lot 20.

Resolution #55-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 8.08, Lot 21, also known as 120 Spring Street.

Resolution #56-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 11.01, Lot 14, also known as 216 Woodside Avenue.

Resolution #57-2022* will create the position of Newton Town Historian, as well as the powers, duties, and compensation for same.

Resolution #58-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch below the top of the spillway as of January 7, 2022.

Congratulations to Mayor Schlaffer and Deputy Mayor Teets. We wish you the best of success as you lead the Governing Body in 2022. Many thanks to Matt Dickson for his work as mayor in 2021.

Blessings to everyone for good health and happiness in the new year.

Let’s Go Rangers!

 Yours in Service,

Tom

 Please check out the Town website for various meeting dates and times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 10

December 10, 2021

Posted on December 10, 2021 at 3:25 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, December 13, 2021, beginning at 7:00pm. There is a volunteer interview for the UAB in person at 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from November 22, 2021 – Regular Meeting, November 22, 2021 – Executive Session, and November 30, 2021 - Combined Board of Education/Town Council Meeting

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-22 will amend, revise, and supplement various fees in the Town Code of the Town of Newton.

CONSENT AGENDA

If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #238-2021* will transfer school monies for the period from January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

Resolution #239-2021* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract for Planet Networks, Inc.

Resolution #240-2021* will authorize the sale of brine solution to municipalities for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #241-2021* will cancel the current appropriation balance.

Resolution #242-2021* will authorize the release of executive session minutes to the public.

Resolution #243-2021* will reimburse Town employees for vehicle expenses for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #244-2021* will appoint Jonathan Kazer as Municipal Representative to the Sussex County Water Quality Policy Advisory Committee.

Resolution #245-2021* will designate the Town Manager as the National Organization on Disability Representative for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #246-2021* will appoint Adam Vough as Municipal Representative to the Sussex County Solid Waste Advisory Committee for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #247-2021* will designate the Public Agency Compliance Officer for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #248-2021* will authorize credits due for water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #249-2021* will authorize a change order for Resolution #185-2021 for the Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place Project.

Resolution #250-2021* will reappoint Nancy Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.

Resolution #251-2021* will authorize a change order to the contract for construction of ADA ramps on Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place.

Resolution #252-2021* will cancel the appropriated reserve for the Municipal Alliance Grant 2019/2020.

Resolution #253-2021* will approve leave time payout for Steven Estler.

Resolution #254-2021* will cancel outstanding checks in the Municipal Court account.

Resolution #255-2021* will cancel $11,912.77 interfund balance between current fund and Federal State grant fund.

Resolution #256-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* there are three (3) applications:

A membership application for Joseph Semanchik, 469 U.S. Hwy 206, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

A membership application for Connor Bogues, 50 Swartswood Rd., Apt. 1, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

A membership application for Colton Lawrence, 115 Merriam Avenue, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution #257-2021 will authorize a performance-based payment for the Town Manager.

Resolution #258-2021 will authorize waiving of water and sewer utility charges for the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad for calendar year 2022. 

DISCUSSION

Water/Sewer Connection Fees – Tom Ferry, Auditor, CPA, RMA

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of December 10, 2021.

Interviews are still proceeding for the vacant SLEO position.

Modified building hours/restrictions are still in place. Customers are welcome to call or email for an appointment.

No TRC or Planning Board this week. 

We are up to 430 respondents so far for the NPP survey! Please take 5 minutes (even during work!) to take this important survey.

Yours in Service,

Tom