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August 14, 2015

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

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

Morris Lake was 18 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.10.15.

We had a productive meeting this week with Michael Fabrizio, Executive Director of Morristown Partnership. It is my goal that we may learn from his experience transforming Morristown and/or are fortunate enough to work with him in a formal capacity. I will keep you posted.

Labor counsel and I are reviewing the draft PBA/SOA contracts which are to incorporate the terms and conditions of the MOA.

We met with Dr. Robertozzi this week to discuss his plans for a multi-million dollar Sussex County Athletic Center to be located at SCCC. As there are significant environmental and dam safety issues to be dealt with, I believe the meeting was very helpful.

The Spring Street project is progressing on schedule. All curbing has been poured along with ADA-compliant ramps. Milling and paving was completed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today the survey crew marked out the parking spaces and loading zones. On Monday, August 17th, Tony’s Concrete will begin the crosswalk construction along with the pouring of bump-outs and placement of pavers along the curb areas. Once this is all completed, the decorative brick area in front of the Fire Museum will be started. Denville Line Striping will work on the painting of the parking spaces and loading zones next week.

The Trinity Street project is also progressing on schedule. The concrete contractor should be completed by the end of next week. ADA-compliant sidewalks will be installed in the area of Union/Trinity. The bases for all traffic light poles have been poured on Moran Street and Union Place. Next week will be the placement of conduit!

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.

The conference call with staff from Senate President Sweeney’s office regarding hospital taxation went well. I will keep you posted.

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

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,