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August 7, 2015

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 12:46 PM by Terri Oswin

Town-wide garage sale this weekend (105 participants) – get out and find some bargains!

Our next Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm on Monday, August 24th.

Morris Lake was 17 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.3.15.

College officials were very interested in our Newton bus stop concept – I will coordinate map and route and keep you posted.

An email flyer was sent out on the unique opportunity to SKYPE with Dr. Lori Shemek, author of the “How to Fight FATflammation” book.  Sessions will be held with Dr. Shemek on August 20th at 10am and 2pm – participants receive a free copy of her book and seating is extremely limited.  Contact Terri Oswin if you are interested.

Spring Street is continuing to progress.  The waterline for the Fire Museum was installed on Wednesday.  There were issues encountered related to the underground work but same was completed by 7:30pm.  Tilcon will be onsite Tuesday, August 11th completing the milling of Spring Street.  On Wednesday, August 12th will be the paving of Spring Street.  All dates and times are subject to change.

The Trinity Street contractor has placed conduit across Trinity Street at the intersection of Moran and Trinity.  Junction boxes have been placed along with the traffic pole bases.  This work is progressing as anticipated.

The tank covers and drives on the primary tanks have been completed.  The covers and two new drives are a great addition for safety at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

I am looking forward to my conference call with staff from Sen. President Sweeney’s office to discuss the hospital taxation issue.  As you recall, we were ahead of the curve on this issue last year when we sent letters to local not-for-profits seeking municipal tax compensation or a 25% PILOT program.  With Judge Bianco’s recent decision rendering taxes feasible on most of Morristown Medical Center, this issue has become the talk of the hospital industry – I will work with Scott and keep you posted.

The new draft handbook is completed.  Ordinance on same will be introduced September 16th.

Routine business discussed this week at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Have a great weekend!  

Yours for a Better Newton,