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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 19

June 19, 2020

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, June 22, 2020.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81502185208?pwd=UTBibFdJdjJyeWZUcHBRVzlaKzNlUT09

Webinar ID: 815 0218 5208 Password: 953712

Or members of the public can call in at:

1-929-205-6099 or 1-253-215-8782                                                    1-312-626-6799 or 1-346-248-7799

1-301-715-8592 or 1-669-900-6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 8th Regular 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 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

RESOLUTIONS

We have two (2) resolutions to be considered before the ordinances:

Resolution #155-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Resolution #157-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for repairs to the pool.

ORDINANCES

There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-8 will authorize the issuance of $70,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Halsted Street and Madison Street Improvements – Section II.  We received a grant for $175,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-9 will authorize the issuance of $100,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Mill Street Sidewalk project.  We received a grant for $400,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-10 will authorize appropriating $555,000 for the Memory Park Drainage project.

There are four (4) ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-11 will authorize appropriating $360,000 for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2020-12 is a bond ordinance for the acquisition of 2 SUVs for the police department.

Ordinance 2020-13 will cancel $15,000 from the Reserve for Senior/Teen Center to reappropriate it for repairs to the pool.

Ordinance 2020-14 will adopt the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H Property at 121 Water Street.
CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #143-2020* authorize the insertion of revenue from the Safe and Secure grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #144-2020* will award the contracts for the improvements to Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section to Tilcon for paving, Denville Line Painting for striping, and Campbell Foundry for drainage inlet accessories through the Morris County Co-op.  

Resolution #145-2020* will reject the re-bid for the fire alarm upgrade for the Water Utility.

Resolution #146-2020* will transfer school monies.

Resolution #147-2020* will award the contract for the guide rail on Overlook Road to Safety Systems, LLC.

Resolution #148-2020* will award a Required Disclosure Contract to Convergint Technologies for the installation of keyless access pads in the Municipal Building.

Resolution #149-2020* will award Bid 9-2020 for the Repairs to the Final Clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to BR Welding.

Resolution #150-2020* will authorize negotiations for the Fire Alarm upgrade and Installation at the Water Utility.  We went out to bid twice unsuccessfully, so we may now negotiate directly with vendors.

Resolution #151-2020* will permit temporary outside dining during the COVID-pandemic.

Resolution #152-2020* will authorize the purchase of five (5) mobile data terminals and accessories for the police department through State Contract.

Resolution #153-2020* will cancel the Wellness Tobacco Free Grant.

Resolution #154-2020* will award the bid for the ADA Ramps on Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section II to Cifelli & Son.

Resolution #156-2020* will authorize the purchase of two (2) Ford Utility Police Interceptor vehicles.

Resolution #158-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* will approve membership into the Newton Fire Department for Shawn Snedeke of 100 Swartswood Rd., Newton.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is two (2) inches below the top of the spillway as of June 15, 2020.  

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Our OEM briefings will start next week occurring on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

I had a productive ZOOM meeting with Dr. Greene and Rob Boyle to talk about current and future internet connectivity for our students and families in Town.  I will keep you posted.

Planning Board approved the Weis gas station as well as sent back the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H property with no changes or comments.

Happy Father’s Day!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Jun 05

June 5, 2020

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, June 8, 2020.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 27th 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 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 are three ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-8 will authorize the issuance of $70,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Halsted Street and Madison Street Improvements – Section II.  We received a grant for $175,000 towards this project.

Ordinance 2020-9 will authorize the issuance of $100,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Mill Street Sidewalk project.  We received a grant for $400,000 towards this project.

Ordinance 2020-10 will authorize appropriating $555,000 for the Memory Park Drainage project.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #125-2020* will amend the contract to increase the not to exceed amount for our Labor Counsel.   

Resolution #132-2020* will authorize engineering services for the Digester Conversion/Rehabilitation and Primary Sludge Pump project for $93,000.  As you may recall, Ordinance 2020-7 authorized funding for this project.

Resolution #133-2020* will authorize an increase to the Town’s bid threshold to $44,000 effective July 1, 2020.  

Resolution #134-2020* will authorize the execution of a contract renewal with Hopatcong for Animal Control and Pound Services.

Resolution #135-2020* will authorize a change order for our Cleaning Services bid with Chelbus Cleaning to increase the cleaning from 3 days a week to 5 days week.

Resolution #136-2020* will waive parking permit fees for June and reinstate the same July 1, 2020.

Resolution #137-2020* will approve the bi-annual revisions to our Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.

Resolution #138-2020* will authorize entering into an agreement with CGP&H LLC for administrative services related to affordable housing.

Resolution #139-2020* will refer the Proposed Redevelopment Plan for the G&H Property to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #140-2020* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #141-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #142-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the pool renovation project.  The total change order is $7,000.00; Suburban Consulting will pay $2,000.00 of the same.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 5, 2020.  

Daily OEM briefings continue with Council receiving Sit Reports 3x a week.

I spoke (via Zoom) with students at Seton Hall University during their annual Civic Engagement Boot Camp about running a local government organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thanks to Councilwoman Le Frois for joining in the conversation!

Routine business discussed during our monthly Parking Authority meeting.  We welcomed Robert Boyle to the Authority as a voting member.

I spoke with Dr. Greene via Zoom for our quarterly lunch meeting.  Both the school district and Town have been very busy with COVID-19 issues and preparedness.

I hope you all have a safe weekend.  I pray for this weekend’s protests in Newton to be peaceful and productive in furthering civil dialogue and discourse amongst all interested parties.  My thanks to Chief Osborn and the members of the Police Department, as well as all members of our emergency services, for their tireless efforts day in and day out.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR



May 22

May 22, 2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 1:19 PM by Kat Walker

Please watch Facebook live on Monday at 11:00am for the Memorial Day ceremony from the Newton VFW.

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87218861241?pwd=anU2SzRiNVdZeFBaQjh3MlRucVlmQT09 Password: 804038 Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or 1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 872 1886 1241 Password: 804038 International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbJXbwus8  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 11th 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 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. There is one proclamation to be recorded into the minutes for 2nd Lt. Andrew Cooney. 

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #126-2020* will authorize the issuance of Tax Anticipation Notes for 2020 in an amount not to exceed $8,500,000.   

Resolution #127-2020* will cancel Trust escrow balances.

Resolution #128-2020* will authorize the submission and execution of a grant application for the Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place project through the NJ Department of Transportation.  

Resolution #129-2020* will authorize the submission of monies received from the State Body Armor Grant in the 2020 budget in the amount of $2,576.00.

Resolution #130-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)        

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of May 18, 2020.  

Daily Newton OEM briefings continue with updates sent to the Council every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Building and office modifications continue at Town Hall in preparation of our eventual reopening for full staffing and the general public.  We are also ordering masks for staff and extras for customers.

Work continues on the municipal pool project.

Routine business discussed this month at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

SCCC has canceled all non-college events at the college through December 2020.  Therefore we are canceling the Town/Thorlabs concert series but considering moving the same to Memory Park.  I will keep you posted.

Be safe and well.  Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday.           

Yours in Service,

TSRJR