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May 31

May 24, 2013

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The Memorial Day Parade is at 10:00am on Monday, May 27th.  The ceremony will follow at Memory Park.  We remember and honor the lives of those brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our community, state, nation and world.

Municipal offices are closed on Monday.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm.

Summer hours begin next week!  Late night Thursdays/early dismissal on Fridays…


Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the May 13th Regular and Executive meetings for your consideration and approval.


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.


Raul Couce will be sworn in as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer. 



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

Ordinances 2013-14 will establish guidelines for landlords and their responsibilities when it comes to the behavior of their tenants.   

Ordinance 2013-15 will revise Section 283-17.8 of the Code Book regarding the registration of limousines.

Ordinance 2013-16 will establish a policy in accordance with State statute that if a customer’s check is returned for insufficient funds, all future payments must be made by cash, certified or cashier’s check.

There are four ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinances 2013-17 will establish penalties for failure to obtain a certificate of compliance.

Ordinance 2013-18 will reappropriate funds in the amount of $148,000 to provide for the reconstructing of sidewalks and replastering of the main pool.

Ordinance 2013-19 is a bond ordinance providing for the construction of the 20” HDPE watermain through Fox Hollow Lake in the amount of $900,000.

Ordinance 2013-20 will authorize a PILOT agreement with Newton Town Centre Urban Renewal Associates, L.P. in relation to the redevelopment of Lot #5 – Eastern Plaza.  


a.    Commercial Vehicle Draft Ordinance – Jessica Caldwell has submitted a list of vehicle weights as requested.  This has been shared with you on the Google drive under “Discussion Items for 5-29-13 meeting”.


Resolution #78-2013* will authorize awarding planning services to J. Caldwell Associates, for the Area in Need of Redevelopment Study and Plan for the McGuire property.

Resolution #79-2013* will approve the fireworks for Newton Day.  

Resolution #80-2013* will authorize the release of a performance bond currently on file from Elizabethtown Gas.  Attached to the resolution is Harold Pellow’s recommendation to release same.  

Resolution #81-2013* will authorize appointment of Raul Couce as a Special Law Enforcement Officer. 

Resolution #82-2013* will support the submission of a tonnage grant application for recycling.  This should look familiar as it is done each year.

Resolution #83-2013* will approve the transfer of school monies for the period of July 1st through December 31st.

Resolution #84-2013* is a capital budget amendment done in conjunction with Ordinance 2013-18 above.

Resolution #85-2013* is a Water and Sewer capital budget amendment done in conjunction with Ordinance 2013-19 above.

Resolution #86-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #87-2013* will award an emergency contract to RJR Engineering, Co., Inc. for the replastering of the main pool.

Resolution #88-2013* will provide for the emergency appropriation in the 2013 budget for the replastering of the main pool.

Application* there is one application for your consideration for an off-premise 50/50 raffle for the Newton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 55 Woodside Avenue, Newton to be held on August 15 and November 21 at 8:00pm.



1.   Municipal Election – Lorraine will make a presentation on the benefits of moving the municipal election to November.  Information has been shared with you on the Google Drive. 

2.   July 8th Council meeting cancellation.




Morris Lake was inches even with the top of the spillway on 5.20.13.

We visited with our friends at the Highlands Council this week to discuss our water allocation permit application as well as the TDR program.  Several key thought leaders from the Highlands will be coming to a Council meeting this summer to discuss the TDR program.

The Clear Channel (WSUS 102.3) commercial for Newton Day is ready for prime time and will be heard during the week prior to the event.  We are working on a Newton radio jingle which will become the basis for all of our radio marketing on Clear Channel stations as well.  I am currently deciding which staff members will sing on said jingle and will advise as auditions occur in the next two weeks.

Proposals for the BID analysis were received this week and will be analyzed by the team for a recommendation for award to the Council.

I am working with CGI on the new online videos which will be developed for the website.  I will keep you posted as the videos are shot and edited.

The new banner for Spring Street has arrived!  The banner will be used to promote Newton Day and has been placed between the new poles that were donated by the Newton Rotary.

I was appointed as Interim Board President of Family Partners of Morris & Sussex Counties this week.  I look forward to the opportunity to further assist individuals in our community and throughout Sussex and Morris counties. 

A reminder that the filing deadline for your Financial Disclosure Form is May 31st.  

Stay safe and have a great Memorial Day weekend! 

Go Rangers!