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Dec 12

December 12, 2014

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00pm. A reminder that we have the first annual volunteer reception at 5:30pm. There are also several interviews for volunteer positions.

Morris Lake was 29 inches below the top of the spillway on 12.8.14.

The Tree Lighting went very well this past Monday. My thanks to all who worked on this annual event.

PBA/SOA negotiations continued on Tuesday and are scheduled again in late January.

The quarterly safety meeting was routine on Wednesday – my thanks to all staff and volunteers who continue to make a safe working environment our number one priority.

We met with interested developers from Bergen County on Wednesday. I gave them a tour of various redevelopment and development sites throughout the town and discussed said projects over lunch. They are very much interested in Newton. I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.

Debi will now be coordinating the dissemination of monthly reports to the Governing Body.

Jessica Caldwell will join us in January to go over your thoughts on the new sign ordinance. Bring your ideas!

I attended the annual CIANJ holiday open house in Paramus on Thursday. This was an excellent opportunity to talk with people outside of Sussex County about the exciting development opportunities in Newton.

We have sent out an invitation to individuals interested in joining us on our next SID tour. Next stop: Washington Boro!

We are scheduled to meet with various state agencies in January regarding the status of the State’s clean-up of the Armory property.

Emails have been sent to Council this week regarding police video review policy and Fire Museum update.

A busy Planning Board meeting coming up next Wednesday – please ensure we have a quorum by attending or encouraging resident members to attend as well.

I have asked the County to allow us to present the SID PowerPoint to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in January. I will let you know when the date and time is confirmed.

HPA is finalizing the drainage study map and should have a draft with the easements available soon.

Max Spann has advised that the auction of our two properties yielded one sale. The Fire Patrol building sold for $55,000 plus buyer’s premium bringing the purchase price to $60,500. No bidders on the Orchard Street lot.

We received a call from NJDOT regulations. They advised their letter approving Spring Street as one-way was mailed out this week!

Debi, John Scheri and Joe Carr have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the NJDEP Bureau of Licensing regarding the change for the WWTP to Joe Carr and WTP to William Grennille, LLC.

NJDEP is reviewing our water allocation increase request.

HPA is working on the permit filings for the Rail Trail project.

Liberty Towers has expressed some concerns regarding water line access to their building. Debi and Dave Simmons are handling this inquiry. A sprinkler test will be done on Monday morning at 8:00am with Water personnel onsite at Liberty Towers and the High Street Pump Station.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,