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May 23

May 23, 2014

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM by Terri Oswin

The Memorial Day Parade is at 10:00am on Monday, May 26th.  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 28th at 7:00pm.

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

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the April 28th Regular meeting for 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. 

Chief Richards will be recognizing several officers for their CPR/AED lifesaving efforts.  The victims they saved have been invited to attend along with representatives of Newton Medical Center.  NMC donated the AED’s used by the officers.  A brief overview has been shared on the Google Drive.  

Tom Ferry will be in attendance to discuss Fund Balance policy and Refunding of Bonds.  A draft FB policy has been shared with you on the Google Drive. 

There are three ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2014-8 will establish a Special Improvement District.  Frequently Asked Questions about SIDs and Dr. Seth Grossman’s Report on SIDs have been prepared for you and shared on the Google Drive. 

Ordinance 2014-9 will amend Chapter 204 of the Code to revised and establish certain definitions.  The Planning Board submitted comments; please see the memo that has been shared with you on the Google Drive. 

Ordinance 2014-10 will amend Section 166-20 of the Code regarding the expiration of Planning Board approvals.  The Planning Board submitted comments; please see the memo that has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Richard Stein, Esq., who is covering this week for Ursula Leo, Esq., also prepared a memo for your review on the matter that has been shared on the Google Drive. 

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-11 will formally reject the recommendation of the Newton Historic Commission to designate Horton Mansion as a local historical landmark.  The hearing on this ordinance is scheduled for June 23rd.


Resolution #82-2014* is a resolution to certify the annual audit.  

Resolution #83-2014* will authorize the insertion of special items of revenue into the 2014 budget for the TDR Grant.

Resolution #84-2014* will approve the fireworks display at Memory Park on Newton Day. 

Resolution #85-2014* will transfer school monies due to the Newton Board of Education for the period July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

Resolution #86-2014* will authorize the auction of surplus property on 

Resolution #87-2014* will authorize executing an amended and restated waterline easement and waterline relocation agreement with 85 Sparta, LLC.

Resolution #88-2014* will approve the purchase of a 2015 police interceptor AWD vehicle.

Resolution #89-2014* will approve the lease of a detective vehicle through the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission. 

Resolution #90-2014* will authorize the Town to enter into an agreement with Vintage Tech, LLC for the collection of electronics at our recycling center. 

Resolution #91-2014* will approve the purchase of the Info-Cop E-Ticketing System through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

Resolution #92-2014* will approve the purchase of seven (7) SCBA packs for the Fire Department through a state contract.

Resolution #93-2014* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts. 

Resolution #94-2014* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Replacement of the Mechanical Bar Screen at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Resolution #95-2014* will cancel some capital appropriation balances. 

Resolution #96-2014* will establish preliminary engineering costs for a lighting study.  This will be an analysis of the lighting on Spring Street and the areas around various parking lots and parking areas.

Resolution #97-2014* will appoint LKM Consulting, LLC to perform a feasibility study on the possible regionalization of the DPW. 

Resolution #98-2014* will refund monies due to a State Tax Court Judgment for Block 16.03, Lot 7. 

Resolution#99-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

Resolution #100-2014* will reappoint Carole Leonardo to the Newton Housing Authority.

Applications* - There are four applications for your consideration:


  1. An application for an off-premise raffle (50/50 and raffle) from HSA Camp Auxilium Learning Center, to be held Friday, July 18th from 8:00am to 10:00am at Applebee’s, Rt. 206 Newton.
  2. An application for a special permit for a Social Affair from the Newton VFW Post 5360 – Men’s Auxiliary to be held June 21st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 85 Mill Street.
  3. A membership application from Alfredo Sanchez, 244 Spring Street, into the Fire Department.
  4. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50 and raffle) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the college.





Morris Lake
was 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 5.19.14.

I returned several phone calls this week on the proposed SID.  A reminder that the SID assesses commercial properties and does not assess residential properties unless they have 5 or more rental units.

Pool repairs are continuing to progress.

I responded to two PBA grievances under Step 2 of the contract.

My thanks to everyone who worked to create and install the archway on Spring Street in celebration of our 150th Anniversary!  Most impressive!

We are currently scheduling the interviews for Deputy Court Administrator.

We are reviewing the Civil Service list of candidates for Code Enforcement Trainee.

We are looking forward to Councilman-elect Levante’s visit with us on Thursday.

A reminder to complete your Financial Disclosure Forms (if applicable) by the June deadline.

Enjoy your weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,