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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 25

November 25, 2014

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the Town of Newton I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Please join us for the annual Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 29th at 10:00am on Spring Street.

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Nov 21

November 21, 2014

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

I have scheduled an interview for a vacancy on the Planning Board for Monday, November 24th at 6:45pm followed by our Council meeting at 7:00pm. There is one item for Executive Session following same.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the November 10th Regular meeting 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORT
I will be making a PowerPoint presentation on the Special Improvement District.

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-23 will appoint Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc. as the Town’s municipal engineer for calendar years 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Ordinance 2014-24 will authorize the sale of limited parking spaces for the municipal building parking lot to outside agencies/businesses.

Ordinance 2015-25 will authorize minimum and maximum salaries for employees for 2015.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #210-2014* will reappoint the Hon. John E. Mulhern as the Town’s Municipal Judge.

Resolution #211-2014* will approve vacation and sick leave payouts for retiring personnel.

Resolution #212-2014* will appoint Robert B. McBriar, Esq. as the Town’s Tax Appeal Attorney.

Resolution #213-2014* will reappoint James P. Sloan, Esq. as the Town’s Public Defender for calendar year 2015.

Resolution #214-2014* will approve appropriation transfers in the 2014 budget.

Resolution #215-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #216-2014* will accept the Improvements to the Morris Lake Dam – Phase I Project as final and complete.

There is one application for your consideration:
1. An application for an on-premise raffle (pull tab) from the Newton Moose Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose #432, 4 Diller Avenue to be held from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 during all hours of operation of the social quarters of the Moose Lodge.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Consolidation of the DPW and WS - a copy of the proposed ordinance has been shared with you on the Google drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #217-2014 will authorize discussions on personnel relative to board and commission appointments.

Enjoy your weekend!
TSRJR
Nov 14

November 14, 2014

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, November 24th at 7:00pm.

Municipal Offices will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 26th. Offices will be closed for Thanksgiving (27th) and the Day After Thanksgiving (28th).

WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 30 inches below the top of the spillway on 11.10.14.

The auction date is set for the Fire Patrol building at 7 Stuart Street and 27 Orchard Street for December 11th at 11:00am.

The SID PowerPoint presentation has been placed online.

The diving crew was back at Glen Lake completing the work on the blow off valve.

The new Polycom phone system was installed (JIT) in the Council Chambers. Any questions on its utilization, please see Lorraine.

Nixle (notification system for emergency and non-emergency items) is almost ready for deployment on the Town website. Please see an email distributed by OEM for instructions on how to sign-up. All town employees are expected to sign-up. Be advised - any municipal office closings will be distributed via Nixle and not via a telephone chain.

The bids are out for the WWTP roof replacement. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for November 25th at 9:00am.

All employees are expected to attend the complimentary luncheon from Statewide Insurance on Tuesday, November 25th at Noon for recognition of our safety efforts – Firehouse 1, Mill Street. As Town Manager and Chairman of the Fund, I congratulate all of you on your hard work. Department awards and individual awards will be given.

The 2nd draft of the McGuire’s Area Redevelopment Plan will be distributed to the Redevelopment Team for review and comment.

A reminder that budget hearings are coming up with department heads on December 3rd.

Manager’s evaluations will be conducted on December 16th and 17th. The 18th is no longer available due to my Statewide Insurance Fund commitments.

Enjoy your weekend!
TSRJR