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September 19, 2014

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Council meeting is Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm. A reminder that our harassment/ethics training session starts at 6:00pm.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the September 10th Regular and Executive 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.

Bernd Hefele, Esq., will be making a brief presentation requesting an amendment to the Merriam Avenue Redevelopment Plan on behalf of his client, Dunkin’ Donuts. Jenn Credidio, Esq. and Jessica Caldwell will both be in attendance.

Dave Vozza from The Vozza Agency will make a brief presentation.

Dispatch Services.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2014-19 will revise the zoning map as previously discussed.

Ordinance 2014-20 will reappropriate unexpended capital funding to use for the Spring Street project.

SID – no update at this time.

Resolution #171-2014* will amend the capital budget. This is required along with Ordinance 2014-20 above.

Resolution #172-2014* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.05, Lot 2.

Resolution #173-2014* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for Block 14.06, Lot 7.

Resolution #174-2014* will approve the refund of monies to Block 1.01, Lot 19 due to a State Tax Court Judgment.

Resolution #175-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

There are three applications for consideration:
1. An application for an off-premise (50/50 & raffle) from Katie’s House, 29 Moran Street, Newton to be held on December 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at Dre’s, 188 Spring Street, Newton.
2. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation, One College Hill Road, Newton to be held on October 18, 2014 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at SCCC.
3. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50 & Tricky Tray) from the Catholic Academy of Sussex County, for St. Joseph Regional School, 20 Jefferson Street, Newton to be held October 17, 2014 at 20 Jefferson Street, Newton.


1. Non-union retiree health benefits for future new-hires. A draft resolution has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
2. Tax Exempt Properties, Phase II - Information was shared on the Google Drive.



Resolution #176-2014 will authorize discussions on contract negotiations and potential litigation.

There are two resolutions for consideration after discussion in Executive Session:

Resolution #177-2014

Resolution #178-2014

Morris Lake was 19 inches below the top of the spillway on 9.15.14.

The Town received good news in the Aberlour matter – we were victorious at the State Supreme Court level and now expect payment on COAH and the w/s connection fees! Our thanks to Bill Hinkes for all of his hard work on the case.

I met with Dr. Mazur regarding the tax exempt letter. I dropped off a copy of same to the president of Newton Medical Center and will discuss its contents at our October 2nd lunch meeting. Newton Housing Authority is already making a payment but I did meet with Dr. Iozzi from Liberty Towers to discuss the purpose behind our project. I have yet to meet with the County Administrator due to scheduling conflicts.

Routine business discussed this week at SC EDP and Newton Planning Board.

Milling and paving has been finished for Townsend, Stuart, and Diller along with the repairs on Cedar. Line striping will occur next week.

Mold remediation has been completed at Firehouse 2.

Jim Prusinowski, Chief Richards and Tracy attended the PERC hearing on comp time allocation for police grant work. I will keep you posted on the arbitrator’s decision on same.

Christ Community Church has offered to provide volunteers in support of our Country Cool festival. We have received $8,000 in financial pledges towards the cost of the event. Remember to mark your calendars: October 18th from noon-5pm at SCCC! Please let Terri know if you are able to volunteer.

The mayor and I attended the Recreation Commission meeting this week. We are in need of two additional volunteers to serve on said board.

The NJMEBF budget was introduced this week. Our premiums are expected to increase about 9 ½% for 2015.

Enjoy your weekend! Go Giants! Hockey season right around the corner…

Yours for a Better Newton,