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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 25

July 25, 2014

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM by Terri Oswin

Prior to our next Town Council, at 6:15pm we have three interviews scheduled, one for the Recreation Commission, two for the Housing Authority.  The meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.    

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the July 1st Reorganization meeting for your 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 REPORTS
I will provide you with an update on Spring Street. 

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-14 will permit free parking on Saturdays in the five municipal parking lots.  

Ordinance 2014-15 will provide for the review and approval for zoning permits from 15 days to 10 days to be in compliance with statute requirements. 

Ordinance 2014-16 will adopt amendments to the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment Plan. 

OLD BUSINESS

None

RESOLUTION

Resolution #139-2014 will authorize the release of executive session minutes.  

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 of the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #140-2014*
will award the contract for the Milling and Paving of Diller Avenue & Stuart Street, and Townsend Street to Tilcon, New York.

Resolution #141-2014* will accept the Replacement Mechanical Bar Screen Project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant as complete.

Resolution #142-2014* will award the purchase contract for a new wheel loader to Harter Equipment. 

Resolution #143-2014* will concur with the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board for the water and sewer gallonage for Julie Richard, LLC., for 4 Diller Avenue. 

Resolution #144-2014* will affirm the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 14.04, Lot 54.

Resolution #145-2014* will confirm the refund of monies for taxes due for Block 22.04, Lot 14 as a  result of a State Tax Appeal Judgment.

Resolution #146-2014* will authorize and direct the Tax Collector to hold a tax sale on municipal liens. 

Resolution #147-2014* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts. 

Resolution #148-2014* will authorize the release of the cash performance guarantee posted by Bischoff Holdings, LLC for the Smith Street sewer connection.

Resolution #149-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

There are seven applications for your consideration: 

  1. An Application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Joshua H. LeMasson, 40 Fairview Avenue.
  2. An Application for membership into the Newton Fire Department as a Junior Fire Fighter from Dylan Detwiller, 2 Pine Street.
  3. An application for an on-premise raffle (Tricky Tray) from the Tri-State Actors Theater, Inc., to be held August 22nd from 6:00pm to 10:30pm at the Performing Arts Center at the College.
  4. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50 & Raffle) from the Tri-State Actors Theater, Inc., to be held on August 22nd, 6:00pm to 10:30pm at the Performing Arts Center at the College.  
  5. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50 & Raffle) from Operation Chillout, Inc., to be held on September 13th from 11:00am to 6:00pm at the College.
  6. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50 & Raffle) from the Pride Foundation, Inc., to be held September 20th, October 3rd, October 10th, October 31st, November 14th, and December 2nd at 7:00pm and December 9th at 6:00pm at the Newton High School.
  7. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50 & Raffle) from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church to be held on October 24th at 7:00om at St. Joseph’s Community Center.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

a)    Water and Sewer Ordinance – A draft has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

b)    Run-off Election.

c)    SID - Subcommittee. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 2 ½ inch below the top of the spillway on 7.24.14.

Linda from LKM Consulting took a tour of the water and sewer facilities on Tuesday.  My thanks to Joe Carr and John Madden for providing her with an in depth tour.  

The Utility Advisory Board approved the water and sewer connection for the Julie Richard Project at the Moose Lodge. 


Renovations are moving along on the Council Chambers.  The new carpet and chairs have been installed.

Enjoy your weekend!  

TSRJR

 




Jul 18

July 18, 2014

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM 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, July 28th @ 7:00pm. Please note there are three volunteer interviews on July 28th, commencing at 6:15pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 2 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.14.14.

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

Routine business was discussed at the monthly NJMEBF meeting.

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

I was interviewed by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce this week for an upcoming article in their magazine on the Newton 150th Anniversary celebration.

We had a productive meeting with Senator Oroho this week to discuss the lack of progress by the State of NJ on the Armory project. Sen. Oroho will assist us as we try to move things forward.

According to Dawn it looks as if we will save $245,551 on the AA- rated (S&P) refunding bonds. Fantastic savings for the taxpayers - great work everyone!

TRC was very busy this week with three applications.

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

The Fire Museum work commenced this week. However, a better dust control measure needs to be implemented by the contractor. Cory has advised him that work must cease until a better system is implemented.

DPW staff is working with several vendors on the quotes for electrical/electronic upgrades to the soon-to-be renovated Council chambers. I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.

The DPW regionalization study is progressing on schedule.

Enjoy your weekend!
Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR
Jul 11

July 11, 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM 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, July 28th @ 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 2 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.7.14.

Our visit to Morristown was very productive. We met with the leadership of the Morristown Partnership (SID) and toured the downtown. Our next SID/Downtown tour has been scheduled for later this month. Next stop: Westfield!

I hosted our monthly staff meeting at Morris Lake in Sparta so department heads could see firsthand the beauty that is our water source. Special thanks to Mayor Elvidge for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us.

Routine business was discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance meeting.

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

DPW staff is working with several vendors on the quotes for electrical/electronic upgrades to the soon-to-be renovated Council chambers.

The DPW regionalization study is progressing on schedule.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR