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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

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
Jun 27

June 27, 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is the Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 1st at 6:00pm.

A reminder that municipal offices will be closed next Friday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Happy 238th Birthday America! There will be no newsletter next week.

I will briefly review the items on the Reorganization Meeting agenda:

INVOCATION
Pastor Bob Meeker will perform the Invocation.

OATH OF OFFICE FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS
The first order of business will be the swearing in of the newly elected officials. Kevin Kelly, Esq. will swear in E. Kevin Elvidge and Lorraine A. Read, RMC will swear in Wayne Levante. Sandra Diglio will not be in attendance and will be sworn in separately by the Clerk.

DESIGNATION OF TEMPORARY MAYOR
The next order of business is for the Council to designate a temporary chairperson to oversee the remainder of the meeting.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF MAYOR
Kevin E. Kelly, Esq. will swear-in our new Mayor.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR
Lorraine Read will swear in our new Deputy Mayor.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 23rd Regular and Executive meetings for your approval.

COMMENTS BY TOWN MANAGER, COUNCIL, AND MAYOR

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. The first few resolutions on the consent agenda will reaffirm actions pertaining to the balance of the 2014 calendar year as follows:

Resolution #124-2014* will reaffirm the banks designated to be used as depositories of municipal funds.

Resolution #125-2014* will reaffirm the newspapers to be used for the publication of legal advertisements.

Resolution #126-2014* will reaffirm the regular meetings of the Governing Body to be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) for the remainder of the year.

Resolution #127-2014* will designate Town officials who are authorized to sign checks for the municipality.

Resolution #128-2014* will reaffirm that the CFO and/or Finance Director is the individual authorized to sell Bond Anticipation Notes.

The rest of the items are a mix of annual business and regular business:

Resolution #129-2014* will appoint the Mayor as a Class I member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #130-2014* is the appointment of the Class III member to the Planning Board. By ordinance this must be a member of the Town Council, traditionally it is the Deputy Mayor.

Resolution #131-2014* will name the Town Manager as the Hearing Officer in all matters of dispute.

Resolution #132-2014* will appoint members to the Ad Hoc Redevelopment Team.

Resolution #133-2014* will appoint Wayne Levante as the Town Council liaison on the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #134-2014* will appoint Sandra Diglio as the Council liaison to the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Resolution #135-2014* will confirm and establish cash and change funds.

Resolution #136-2014* will authorize payment for damages incurred to a municipal employee's vehicle during work hours.

Resolution #137-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #138-2014* will approve Change Order No. 2 for the filtration system renovations at the Memory Park Pool. Change Order No. 1 was for an extension of time, which was granted administratively.

APPOINTMENT
The Mayor will appoint the Town Manager as a Class II representative to the Planning Board.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

BENEDICTION
The benediction will be performed by Pastor Bob Meeker.

ADJOURNMENT

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was even with the top of the spillway on 6.23.14.

I want to thank Mayor Ricciardo for his service to the Town. I appreciate the staff members that came to his reception on Monday evening.

Interviews will soon be conducted for the vacant Court Attendant and Deputy Court Administrator positions. I will keep you posted.

Councilman-elect Levante and Deputy Mayor Elvidge joined me in a conference call this week with an individual responsible for the inception and success of the Red Bank Special Improvement District. Next visits for my team will be Morristown and Westfield!

Several of us attended the yearly Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council luncheon in Randolph.

We met with representatives from Andover Boro and Andover Township to start the conversation regarding DPW regionalization. Our consultant, Linda Murphy, will be coming in next week.

I scheduled a meeting with the head of the New Brunswick redevelopment agency (DEVCO) in the next few weeks. I am looking forward to hearing about how they coordinate the multitude of projects currently underway.

A reminder that the Newton Town Pool is now open! Get your passes and have some sun and fun this summer!

Enjoy Your Weekend! Go USA!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR