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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 27

February 27, 2015

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 20 inches below the top of the spillway on February 23rd.

We have posted the job ads for HR Director on the town website along with the Parking Authority Attendant position.

DPW team members were very busy this week working on frozen ½ in. service lines.

Governor’s Budget Address – no changes to State Aid reported (let’s wait to see the actual numbers) – reforms coming to healthcare and pension costs/plans are TBD.

Negotiations continued this week with the PBA/SOA.

Routine business discussed at the SCEDP meeting.

The annual meeting with the Board of Education went very well on Tuesday night.

Plans are moving along on the E-803 replacement.

Thank you to Nanette and everyone who assisted in Tracy’s farewell breakfast celebration.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe and warm. Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Feb 20

February 20, 2015

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. We have one item for Executive Session – Newton Armory.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the February 7th Budget, February 11th Special, February 11th Regular and February 12th Budget meetings for consideration and approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This is for those who 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

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-4 will establish the cap bank – this is an annual procedure.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #29-2015* will approve the renewal application for a junk dealers license for George’s Salvage Company.

Resolution #30-2015* will amend the 2015 temporary operating budget.

Resolution #31-2015* will appoint Wayne McCabe as the Class B member of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Resolution #32-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications* - there are two applications from SCCC Foundation – on-premise raffle (50-50) at 6:30 p.m. and on-premise raffle (Merchandise Raffle) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Newton Armory.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 20 inches below the top of the spillway on February 16th.

Our condolences to Terri on the passing of her brother Donald.

We have posted the job ad for HR Director on the town website, NJSLOM website, as well as on the Morris and Sussex websites for SHRM. We wish Tracy well in her new endeavors!

The Planning Board approved the McGuire Redevelopment Plan and the Plan Amendment for Merriam Gateway. Excellent progress on these two important projects!

I want to thank all department heads and staff for their assistance with the budget this year and the Council for their time during the budget hearings.

The Governor will give his budget address next week – let’s see if there are any changes to state aid…don’t hold your breath…

Have a great weekend! Stay safe and warm! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Feb 12

February 13, 2015

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 4:57 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. We have one item for Executive Session.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 21 inches below the top of the spillway on 2.9.15.

Department heads are sending annual report information to Terri in preparation of the 2014 edition.

The oil tank at the Fire Patrol building was removed. There was some contamination – however, all has been remediated. The analytical results should be back by February 19th. At this point the sale is still proceeding.

We had a conference call on Monday with officials from various state agencies to discuss the status of the Armory project. We will discuss the draft MOU at our next Council meeting Executive Session.

I convened a meeting this week to discuss CENCOM and the fact that Newton PSAP is still taking wireless calls from our old dispatch customers due to the fact that the County system is not 100% ready for same. We are looking for a meeting with the County personnel to discuss same.

We met with our partners at TransOptions this week to discuss a Pedestrian Education Safety Campaign for Newton. We are working with this important organization to address pedestrian-related incidents through education and enforcement efforts. TransOptions will be scheduling pedestrian education programs for school-age students and senior groups. A Speed Sentry monitor will be designated for Newton in June and November. TransOptions will reach out to important community groups and stakeholders to ask them to participate and they will monitor certain key “hotspot” intersections with high pedestrian traffic to collect pre/post observational data. I will keep you posted.

I met with Carol Pranga from Clear Channel to discuss our 2015 radio marketing campaign – Newton Day and Traffic Sponsorship on WSUS/WNNJ for the Spring Street One-Way campaign.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR