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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Apr 17

April 18, 2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM by Terri Oswin

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

Don’t forget – next Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day!

Our next Town Council meeting will be Monday, April 28th at 7:00pm.    

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 4.14.14.

Great turnout at the annual NFD dinner last Saturday.  Emcee Teets was unstoppable!

Council approved the 2014 Town and Water/Sewer budgets on Monday evening.  My thanks to the Council for their support of our efforts.

The May 12th Council meeting has been cancelled.


I attended a breakfast meeting at the Dodge Foundation in Morristown at which Frank Banisch, Founder and President at Banisch Associates, Inc. and Managing Principal at Beacon Real Estate Development, LLC, spoke about the future of planning in NJ.  I mentioned all of the great things happening in Newton and Frank told the crowd how impressed he was by the forward-thinking activities we are undertaking.  Newton is a model for proper planning and redevelopment not just in Sussex County but throughout NJ.  I will send you a copy of Frank’s presentation when I receive same.


Councilwoman Diglio and I attended an open house at Ginnie’s House on Wednesday.  I must say how impressed we both were with the work being done by the exceptional volunteers and staff members.


A reminder the 4th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event will occur on Saturday, May 3rd.  We will meet here at Town Hall at 8:30am.  The volunteer effort runs from 9:00am – Noon and pizza will be served at Memory Park following same.  Non-union full-time employees who participate will receive compensatory time – non-union part-time staff will be paid for their efforts.  Let Terri know.


Summer hours
will commence Tuesday, May 27th and run through Friday, August 29th.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Thursday 8:30am-6:30pm; Friday 8:30am-1:30pm.


Enjoy your weekend!  Playoffs - Let’s Go Rangers!


Yours for a Better Newton,

TSRJR

Apr 11

April 11, 2014

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM by Terri Oswin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEWTON!  Today is the 150th anniversary of Newton’s Incorporation.  The celebration at the Fire Museum and Springboard Shoppes were well attended.

Our next Town Council meeting will be Monday, April 14th at 7:00pm.    
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the March 24th, Regular and Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

PRESENTATION
The Newton Braves Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team will be in attendance for the Mayor to present a proclamation for their outstanding season. 

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. 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
The proclamation for the Newton Fire Department will be noted for the record.  

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2014-5 is a bond ordinance that will authorize the issuance of $300,000 in bonds or notes for the construction of the 20” HDPE water transmission line across Fox Hollow Lake. 

Ordinance 2014-6 is a bond ordinance for various capital improvements.  

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-7 will amend Ordinance 2008-6 to increase the costs for certain items related to the Armory Project. 

Ordinance 2014-8 will authorize the creation of a Special Improvement District (SID).  The public hearing on this ordinance will be held on May 28th due to the numerous notices that need to be sent. 

HEARING ON THE 2014 INTRODUCED BUDGET
The first item of business is the hearing on the budget as it was introduced and advertised.  No action by the Council is to be taken.  

RESOLUTION
Resolution #62-2014 will amend the 2014 Introduced Budget due to an Inside/Outside the CAP change.  Dawn will clarify.

HEARING ON THE 2014 AMENDED BUDGET
A public hearing and final action on the amended budget.  I will review my PowerPoint presentation at this time.

OLD BUSINESS
 

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #63-2014* will concur with the Utility Board’s recommendation for the allocation of water and sewer for the Martorana Enterprises’ Grande Villaggio.

Resolution #64-2014* will support the use of a “No Passing Zone” on Route 94 as requested by NJDOT. 

Resolution #65-2014*
will authorize the insertion of special items of revenue into the 2014 budget for the Distracted Driving Campaign. 

Resolution #66-2014* will authorize participation in the NJ Safe and Secure Communities Program administered by the Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.

Resolution #67-2014* will support the submission of grant application for a Tonnage Grant for the NJ DEP.

Resolution #68-2014*
will authorize the appointment of a Hearing Officer and Alternate for issues related to holding certain landlords responsible for disorderly tenant behavior.

Resolution #69-2014* will lift the water restrictions currently in place. 

Resolution #70-2014* will authorize the refund tax monies due to a State Tax Court judgment for Block 8.03, Lot 13.

Resolution #71-2014* will authorize a refund of monies to an outside lienholder for Block 14.03, Lot 10.

Resolution #72-2014* will authorize the refund tax monies due to a State Tax Court judgment for Block 13.05, Lot 5. 

Resolution #73-2014* will support the Distracted Driving 2014 Crackdown

Resolution #74-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

There are two applications for your consideration:

  1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50 and raffle) for the Pride Foundation to be held on May 9, 2014 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at Merriam Ave School.
  2. An application for an off-premise (50/50) from the Pride Foundation to be held on June 18, 2014 at 7:00pm at the High School.  

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

  1. Zoning Ordinance – a draft has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake was 2 inches above the top of the spillway on 4.7.14.

Deb Danielson and I are working on obtaining price quotes for the emergency/non-emergency notification system OEM is looking to implement.  I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.

RFP’s have gone out for the DPW Regionalization Study.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance meeting in Florham Park.

A reminder the 4th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event will occur on Saturday, May 3rd.  We will meet here at Town Hall at 8:30am.  The volunteer effort runs from 9:00am – Noon and pizza will be served at Memory Park following same.  Non-union full-time employees who participate will receive compensatory time – non-union part-time staff will be paid for their efforts.

Summer hours will commence Tuesday, May 27th and run through Friday, August 29th.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Thursday 8:30am-6:30pm; Friday 8:30am-1:30pm.

Enjoy your weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,

TSRJR

Apr 04

April 4, 2014

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting will be Monday, April 14th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 1 inch below the top of the spillway on 3.31.14. Restrictions will be lifted shortly.

There was a great turnout on Tuesday for the New Jersey 350 Pop-Up display ribbon-cutting at the Springboard Shoppes. Check out the display when you have a chance and visit www.officialnj350.com for more information!

We had our first pre-production meeting for the ABC-TV program “Best of NJ”. As you know, Newton is the first and only NJ municipality to be highlighted on this television program. There will be one day of stakeholder interviews in May followed by a full-day of B-roll shooting. Onward and upward!

Been on Facebook lately? Of course you have! Make sure you check out the latest Newton marketing showcase – www.facebook.com/gonewton. Additionally, for only a $100 investment, we were able to generate outreach to 13,712 people on FB. Talk about ROI!

At the Parking Authority meeting, we welcomed our newest member – Mr. James Ciaravolo. We look forward to his participation.

I met with Nanette this week to go over the 1st quarter results of her property maintenance endeavors. As the monthly reports will validate, she has been working diligently on these matters with Kathy and I appreciate both of them working aggressively on this Council priority.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR