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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 08

January 8, 2021

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 2:22 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Council meeting is via ZOOM on Monday, January 11th at 7:00pm. 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from:

1.     December 14, 2020 – Special Meeting

2.     December 14, 2020 – Regular Meeting

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 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.  Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) Ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-1 will re-appoint Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc., as the Town’s Municipal Engineer, for calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #53-2021* will cancel certain Capital appropriation balances and credit them back to the Reserve for Fire Museum.

Resolution #54-2021* will Cancel Appropriation Balances in the Water Sewer Capital Fund for projects which have been completed.

Resolution #55-2021* authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of January 4, 2021.

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Dec 11

December 11, 2020

Posted on December 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM by Kat Walker

Happy Hanukkah!

We have an interview with Donald Keith Keoppel for a volunteer position scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:35pm via ZOOM followed by our regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

1.               November 23, 2020 – Regular Meeting

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 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

PRESENTATIONS

A formal recognition of the years of dedicated service of Deputy Mayor Dan Flynn and Councilwoman Helen Le Frois.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) Ordinances 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-26 will amend Chapter 307-27 to clarify the fee for box truck and tractor trailer parking at the Park and Ride.

Ordinance 2020-27 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010A and Series 2010B.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #266-2020* will authorize the execution of a temporary deed for Katie’s House located on Mason Street, so they may install a new ADA ramp.

Resolution #267-2020* will authorize the release of Executive Session meeting minutes to the public.

Resolution #268-2020* with reimburse certain employees for use of their personal vehicles through the upcoming year.

Resolution #269-2020* will approve the renewal of a taxicab owner’s license for DADS Taxi and Limo.

Resolution #270-2020* will approve the renewal of a taxicab drivers’ license for Glenn T. Spicer driving for DADS Taxi and Limo. 

Resolution #271-2020* will approve the renewal of a taxicab drivers’ license for Doragail Spicer driving for DADS Taxi and Limo. 

Resolution #272-2020* will approve appropriation transfers for 2020.

Resolution #273-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Final Clarifiers project to extend the completion date.

Resolution #274-2020* will appoint Joe Carr as the Town’s representative for the Sussex County Water Quality Policy Advisory Committee for 2021.

Resolution #275-2020* will designate the Town Manager as the Town’s National Organization of Disability representative for 2021. 

Resolution #276-2020* will appoint Adam Vough as the Town’s representative for the Sussex County Solid Waste Advisory Committee for 2021.

Resolution #277-2020* will appoint Monica Miebach as the Town’s Public Agency Compliance Officer for 2021.

Resolution #278-2020* will authorize auctioning the old OEM 2006 Ford Explorer through www.municibid.com.

Resolution #279-2020* will authorize a proprietary contract award to Pall Water for repairs and upgrade and the Morris Lake facility.

Resolution #280-2020* will authorize a refund a taxes in the amount of $250 for a veteran residing at 18 Gardner Avenue.

Resolution #281-2020* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for 20-22 Clinton Street.

Resolution #282-2020* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for 84 Woodside Avenue.

Resolution #283-2020* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for 3 Lawnwood Avenue.

Resolution #284-2020* will authorize an agreement with the County for Mutual Aid and Assistance.

Resolution #285-2020* will authorize the transfer of monies due to the Board of Education for January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

Resolution #286-2020* will determine the form and other details for the sale of bonds.  This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-27.

Resolution #287-2020* will cancel certain Capital appropriation balances into the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #288-2020* will award the contract for the Rail Trail bridge to Contech Engineered Solutions.

Resolution #289-2020* will authorize the refund to a third party lienholder for a water and sewer payment for 11 Giancarlo Lane due to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 190.

Resolution #290-2020* will authorize the refund to a third party lienholder for a water and sewer payment for 3 Lawnwood Avenue due to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 190.

Resolution #291-2020* will authorize the refund to a third party lienholder for a water and sewer payment for 18 Linwood Avenue due to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 190.

Resolution #292-2020* will authorize the cancellation of taxes for a small lot of land with no owner.

Resolution #293-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution #294-2020 will waive water and sewer fees for the Newton First Aid Squad.  Any councilmember who themselves is affiliated with the squad, or has an immediate family member with an affiliation with the squad, must recuse from this vote. 

Resolution #295-2020 will make an appointment to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #296-2020 will authorize emergency repair work on a drainage pipe located at 33 Mill Street.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 13 inches below the top of the spillway as of December 7, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Town Hall will close early at Noon on the 18th for a socially-distanced holiday celebration.

Many thanks to both Dan Flynn and Helen Le Frois for their years of dedicated service on the Newton Town Council.  Best wishes in all of your future endeavors!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Nov 20

November 20, 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 12:15 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from:

1.     November 9, 2020 – Regular Meeting

2.     November 9, 2020 – Executive Session

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 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) Ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-25 will establish minimum and maximum salary and wages for calendar year 2021.

There are two (2) Ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2020-26 will amend Chapter 307-27 to clarify the fee for box truck and tractor trailer parking at the Park and Ride.

Ordinance 2020-27 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010A and Series 2010B.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #253-2020* will authorize a performance based payment for Town Manager.

Resolution #254-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for IT work for HFE Services, LLC.

Resolution #255-2020* with authorize the annual agreement between the Town and the Newton Parking Authority.

Resolution #256-2020* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 1.01, Lot 5.

Resolution #257-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for Planet Network for networking and technology services for the Police Department. 

Resolution #258-2020* will accept the pool renovation project as final and complete.

Resolution #259-2020 is a resolution determining the form and other details for the sale and delivery of Bonds to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Resolution #260-2020* will cancel uncollectible revenue and unexpended appropriation balances in relation to the Municipal Alliance Grant for 2020.

Resolution #261-2020* will authorize the sale of brine to other municipalities.

Resolution #262-2020* will cancel the Current Fund appropriation balance for Road Repair & Maintenance, Street Materials. 

Resolution #263-2020* will approve appropriation transfers for 2020.

Resolution #264-2020* will award Bid 13-2020 to Kieffer Electrical for electrical services.

Resolution #265-2020* authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 16 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 20, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.  Office staff is also working from home 2 days a week throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Several of us virtually attended the annual League of Municipalities conference.

One application discussed at TRC this month.  Farm Pointe received a modification to their roof as part of the Farm Store application and Red Knight worked out their sidewalk issue for 10-16 Hillside.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases, I have re-convened our OEM team for Zoom meetings 2x a week to keep track of any issues for the Town.

Wishing you all the blessings of a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR