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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Aug 15

August 15, 2014

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The next Council meeting is Monday, August 25th @ 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 9 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.11.14.

We are waiting to receive a draft of the Byram/Tax Collector agreement as they are still mulling over options on their end. I will keep you posted.

A meeting was held this week with Sen. Oroho and representatives from the State of NJ to discuss the status of the Armory project. I hope to have direction on same to report back to Council in September.

We anticipate the arrival of our new Senior Shuttle bus in the next 2 weeks.

A preliminary review of the draft McGuire Redevelopment Plan occurred this week.

Plans are underway for the 1st annual Newton Country Cool Festival @ SCCC! I will provide you with more details shortly.

Linda and I worked on the tax exempt property letters and will continue to do so next week.

Our next SID/Downtown tour has been scheduled for next week. Next stop: Somerville!

A careless driver ran her vehicle into the municipal building pillars out front and was charged. She was issued summonses for DWI and Careless Driving. Luckily no one was hurt during the incident.

The DPW regionalization study is progressing on schedule. A meeting has been scheduled for August 29th to discuss status of same.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Aug 08

August 8, 2014

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder to get out of the house and enjoy the summer fun @ The Newton Pool!

The next Council meeting is Monday, August 25th @ 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 8 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.4.14.

I have distributed copies of the PBA/SOA contracts for Council review.

I have negotiated a shared services arrangement with Byram Township for tax collector. They will utilize Linda’s services from September 2014 – April 2015 for a total of 280 hours. Linda will coordinate her modified Newton hours with Dawn. This will be a win/win/win situation for both towns and Linda as well. The agreement will be on for approval on August 25th.

Letters are being generated for our dispatch customers for their 3-year contract renewals.

Routine business was conducted at this month’s Statewide Insurance meeting.

I spoke with Jennifer Jean Miller this week about all of the great projects we are working on. I anticipate several stories to come out of our conversation.

Our next SID/Downtown tour has been scheduled for later this month. Next stop: Somerville!

The DPW regionalization study is progressing on schedule.

The Planning Board approved plans for the new Moose Lodge project as well as the new State of NJ Labor Department building by our old railroad right-of-way. Much activity is going on from Spring Street down to Hicks Avenue. A great time to invest! Don’t forget I told you so…

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Aug 01

August 1, 2014

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder to get your pool passes and enjoy the summer fun @ The Newton Pool!

The next Council meeting is Monday, August 25th @ 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The visit to Westfield went very well this week. Our next SID/Downtown tour has been scheduled for later this month. Next stop: Somerville!

We received approval from the Assignment Judge for the hiring of our new Deputy Court Administrator.

Interviews are being conducted for Code Enforcement Trainee as per Civil Service guidelines.

We met this week with the coordinator of the Jersey Food Truck festival which is being hosted at County College of Morris on August 9th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. We are considering hosting same in Newton sometime this fall or next year. I will keep you posted!

The property auction was held this week with no successful bidders present. We have reached out to Ursula to coordinate next steps.

Work continues on the conversion of one of the Ground Floor bathrooms at Town Hall into storage space.

Planning Board scheduled a special meeting on August 7th for the new Moose Lodge/State Labor Office Building application.

The DPW regionalization study is progressing on schedule.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR