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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 13

September 13, 2018

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 12:18 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 5 inches below the top of the spillway as of September 9, 2019.
Interviews have been finished for the position of CFO. I will keep you posted on my selection and the status of negotiations for same. I appreciate the time of everyone who was involved in the interview process.
Taste of Newton was an overwhelming success on Monday evening! Thank you to the GNCC, DPW, PD, NFAS, NFD, and all volunteers, participants, and attendees. Next up: Fall Festival on October 13th!
I attended the quarterly Community Advisory Board Meeting at Newton Medical Center this past week. It is great to see the initiatives that will be coming down the line based on the great work being done.
Routine business discussed this month at Statewide Insurance.
The Market Street Mission is interested in working with partners in Sussex County. I met with them today and will keep you posted on future initiatives.
Have a great weekend! Be safe. Go Giants!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Sep 06

September 6, 2019

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 3:06 PM by Terri Oswin

Monday night is the annual Taste of Newton on Spring Street commencing at 6:30pm. See you there!
Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the August 5 and 26, 2019 Regular meetings and August 5, 2019 Executive 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 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.
PRESENTATION
Suburban Consulting Engineers and SESI Consulting Engineers will give a presentation on their findings regarding the Newton municipal pool.
ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-8 will amend the salary ordinance relative to the Chief Financial Officer’s salary range.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #190-2019* will award the Replacement of the Grit Collector bid to BR Welding, Inc.
Resolution #191-2019* will insert monies received for the Municipal Alliance Grant into the 2019 Budget.
Resolution #192-2019* will amend the contract with David Simmons for calendar year 2019.
Resolution #193-2019* will approve using the Bid #ESCNJ/AEPA-17-F for Tremco to perform necessary repairs and restoration for roof at PD and TH.
Resolution #194-2019* will authorize auctioning of surplus property (phones) no longer needed for public use.
Resolution #195-2019* will appoint school crossing guards for the upcoming school year.
Resolution #196-2019* will insert monies received for the Tobacco Free Grant into the 2019 Budget.
Resolution #197-2019* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
Resolution #198-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 4 inches below the top of the spillway as of September 2, 2019.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Aug 30

August 30, 2019

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 12:32 PM by Terri Oswin

Offices will be closed Monday, September 2nd, for the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy and be safe!
Taste of Newton will be held on Monday, September 9th at 6:30pm. Tickets are available.
Our next regular Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is one inch below the top of the spillway as of August 26, 2019.
We received four banking proposals yesterday. Our committee is reviewing same and will make a recommendation of award to the Council.
The job advertisement for CFO concludes tomorrow. We have several interesting candidates which I am in the process of reviewing for potential interviews in September.
The business videos done by KKPR came out great. My thanks to Kimberly and Katrina and the entire production/editing team!
Also, the video for Newton Day came out equally spectacular. Same will debut at the next Council meeting. Besides showcasing Newton in a wonderful light, the production quality speaks to our aspirational goals about how we are working collaboratively to move the Town to the next level of excellence.
Effective Tuesday, September 3rd, Kenny Jaekel will be focusing his time on the Water/Sewer operations with Joe Carr and the team while Adam Vough and Rick Straway manage the day-to-day operations of the rest of the DPW responsibilities. I look forward to working with everyone to ensure all projects are managed appropriately.
Regular office hours commence next week as summer hours conclude. I hope everyone had a fun and enjoyable summer.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR