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August 22, 2014

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, August 25th at 7:00pm.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the July 28th Regular and Special meetings 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.


There are three ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2014-14 will permit free parking on Saturdays in the five municipal parking lots.

Ordinance 2014-15 will provide for the review and approval for zoning permits from 15 days to 10 days to be in compliance with statutory requirements.

Ordinance 2014-16 will adopt amendments to the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment Plan.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-17 will eliminate the two divisions of Department of Code Enforcement to make two separate departments: Department of Code Enforcement and Uniform Construction Code Department.

Ordinance 2014-18 will amend the salary ordinance to reflect the changes in Ordinance 2014-17. We will now have two part-timers in the Department of Code Enforcement responsible for property maintenance duties. This will allow us to work towards the Council’s stated goal of greater enforcement of same.

Special Improvement District (SID)

Resolution #150-2014* authorizes the insertion of revenue received from the Drunk Driving Enforcement Grant into the 2014 budget.

Resolution #151-2014* authorizes the insertion of revenue received from the Action Alliance Grant into the 2014 Budget.

Resolution #152-2014* will authorize a one-year extension of our banking services agreement with Lakeland Bank.

Resolution #153-2014 will ratify and affirm the issuance of refunding bonds.

Resolution #154-2014* will authorize the execution of rights-of-way use agreement between the Town and PEG Bandwidth NJ, LLC.

Resolution #155-2014* will make Kent Hardmeyer a regular member of the Newton Planning Board. Currently he is an alternate.

Resolution #156-2014* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of School Traffic Guards for the 2014-2015 school year.

Resolution #157-2014* will cancel outstanding checks.

Resolution #158-2014* will appoint William Nannery to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #159-2014* will authorize the transfer of ownership of the PILOT agreement for Brookside apartments.

Resolution #160-2014* will cancel appropriation balances in the water sewer capital fund.

Resolution #161-2014* will award the bid for the roof replacement at the Fire Museum to VMG Group.

Resolution #162-2014* will award the bid for the cistern fill project for the Fire Museum to Tony’s Concrete.

Resolution #163-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #164-2014* will authorize executing a shared services agreement with Byram Township for Newton to provide certified tax collection services.

There are two applications for consideration:
1. Off-Premise Raffle (50/50 & raffle) from the PRIDE Foundation
2. Off-Premise Raffle (50/50 & raffle) from the Newton Medical Center Foundation


a) Art Alley – Harold Pellow will be in attendance to discuss this matter.



Morris Lake was 12 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.18.14.

The new senior bus has arrived! Victory!

A preconstruction meeting regarding our road paving projects was held with Tilcon on Tuesday. They will be in Newton either the third or fourth week in September. Notices will be mailed out to residents next week advising them of this work.

Our Somerville visit went exceedingly well! The Executive Director of their SID spent a lot of time with our team discussing the exciting things going on in Somerville due to the presence and management of a SID. I will be working on a Newton SID PowerPoint presentation after Labor Day.

Plans are locked in for the 1st Annual Newton Country Cool Festival! Co-sponsored by the Town of Newton, Mitchell Insurance Agency and Sussex County Community College, this event will be a fundraiser for both the Sussex County Food Pantry and Newton Fire Museum. Save the date – Saturday, October 18th from Noon – 5pm at SCCC. More details forthcoming next week.

Enjoy your weekend!