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June 7, 2013

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Newton Day is still on – see you tomorrow!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 10th at 7:00pm with Executive Session to follow.

Summer hours have begun!  Late night Thursdays/early dismissal on Fridays…


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. 

Two Proclamations for the record – Phillip Robert Haines and William Clark Woodrow. 

There are four (4) ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 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.  

We have one (1) ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2013-21 will amend the code of the Town of Newton by the adoption of a revised transect zone map.

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. 

Resolution #89-2013* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder.

Resolution #90-2013* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder.

Resolution #91-2013* will authorize refund of monies for taxes, due to a state tax court judgment.

Resolution #92-2013* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the proposed streetscape improvements to Lower Spring Street.

Resolution #93-2013* will award the Improvement District Feasibility Plan to North Branch Associates, LLC.

Resolution #94-2013* will approve purchase of mobile data computers for patrol cars.

Resolution #95-2013* will approve purchase of Mind Share Console for the dispatch center.

Resolution #96-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #97-2013* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #98-2013* will award a contract to Tony’s Concrete Construction Co., for curb, sidewalk, and apron replacement on Maple Avenue.

Resolution #99-2013* will approve the purchase of Smart DMS E9-1-1 PSAP workstations for the dispatch center.

Resolution #100-2013* will authorize the Planning Board to investigate whether certain properties on US Route 206 and Adams Street should be designated as an area in need of redevelopment.

Application* - An application for a social affair permit from Newton VFW Post 5360.

Resolution #101-2013 will authorize an emergency appropriation pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-48.

Resolution #102-2013 will authorize a loan to Newton Town Centre Urban Renewal, LP with respect to a senior citizen, affordable housing project.


1. St. Clare’s Draft Fire Patrol Lease Agreement.
2. Fire Museum – Draft lease agreement and content insurance coverages.
3. 2013 Wastewater Master Plan and Capital Improvement Plan – HMM.  



We have one item to discuss – personnel.  Resolution 103-2013.


V&K continued work on Lower Spring Street this week.  The majority of the sidewalk has been poured.  All concrete work should be completed by next week.  

Debi attended the stakeholder meeting for the Sussex County Complete Street project.  Newton has two pilot locations the complete street project will be reviewing. 

The Miss Newton Contest was very successful last week!  Thank you to Kerry and the Recreation Commission for allowing me to emcee once again.

Reorganization invitations have been emailed.  The event will be held on Monday, July 1st at 6:00pm here at Town Hall.

The Parking Authority approved the development agreement and lease option for the Newton Town Centre senior housing project.  The Planning Board discussed same on June 6th and will continue on June 13th.

We met with our neighbors from next door to the Fire Museum to discuss how we could work together to prevent further water damage to both of our properties in that small alleyway area.  They were very amenable to our suggestions.  Several vendors attended the walk-thru meeting as well.  Bids are due in a few weeks.

The Mack is Back!  Congratulations to Dan Finkle and Jay Phlegar for their efforts in securing the loan for the Fire Museum organization to obtain the 1948 NFD Mack 85 LS apparatus.  She is now resting well in the bay that was once her home.  Donations can be made to the Newton Fire Museum to help offset the cost of the loan.  

Stay safe and have a great weekend!