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Sep 11

September 11, 2015

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

May we all remember those who perished during the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001. The Sussex County annual 9/11 ceremony is this evening at 6:30pm at SCCC.

Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 16th.

Tickets are still available for Taste of Newton, which will be held on Monday, September 21st from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the August 24th 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.

1. A proclamation designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month will be noted for the record.

There are five (5) ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing.

Ordinance 2015-21 will amend the current sign ordinances for the Town, and consolidate the requirements into one chapter.

Ordinance 2015-22 will amend Chapter 144 to adopt the New Jersey State Housing Code.

Ordinance 2015-23 will amend Chapter 213 and Chapter 266 to require self-closing and self-securing doors with a door viewer in multi-unit dwellings. This ordinance will also prohibit the depositing of items from any building on to a public street or sidewalk below.

Ordinance 2015-24 will require fences to be constructed at least one (1) foot off the property line to limit conflicts between property owners.

Ordinance 2015-25 will establish parking spaces and amend parking regulations on the new one-way Spring Street.


Resolution #152-2015* will approve the issuance of a $4,139,000 bond anticipation note (BAN).

Resolution #153-2015* will establish water restrictions in the Town of Newton.

Resolution #154-2015* will approve the revised Employee Handbook (October 2015).

Resolution #155-2015* will approve the use of millings from the Trinity Street project by Fredon Township.

Resolution #156-2015* will approve the insertion of items of revenue into the 2015 budget for monies received for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” grant campaign.

Resolution #157-2015* will approve credits for water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #158-2015* will approve a credit for water usage for 125 Sparta Avenue.

Resolution #159-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


1. A draft ordinance on leashing your pet in public parks.
2. A draft ordinance on wireless communications. If this ordinance meets your approval it will be sent to the Planning Board for their review.
3. A draft ordinance on amending the Violations Schedule in the Code Book. This will correct an omission made during the last update.
4. A draft ordinance for no parking on certain portions of Jefferson Street.
5. A memo from Det. VanNieuwland requesting the removal of “No Right Turn on Red” from Madison Street to Spring Street due to the new traffic pattern.



Morris Lake was 26 inches below the top of the spillway on 9.7.15.

At this time Spring Street is completed. The barricades around the crosswalks will be removed next week to allow enough time for curing of the concrete. Tony’s Concrete will be providing us with an update on when the decorative ‘N’ will be received for installation by the Fire Museum.

JCP&L was onsite this week to place the meters on both traffic light boxes for the new lights on Trinity Street. The poles should be delivered next week.

I walked through the downtown with representatives from DPW and GNCC and DNA to discuss property maintenance issues this week. Some of the issues relate to properties not owned by the Town, so same will be forwarded to Code Enforcement for review. Other items will be on a daily/weekly list for the DPW crew to manage.

I met with Thorlabs this week to discuss their future plans for expansion. I know I speak on behalf of all Newtonians who are grateful for their investment in our community. We wish them well.

The NJ Herald staff continues to work on the special Newton insert which will be published on Sunday, September 20th. We look forward to the great coverage.

The press conference for TransOptions/Town of Newton Street Smart Campaign was well attended and well covered in various media outlets. We hope everyone travels safely, whether by car or on foot.

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

Interviews have commenced for the various positions available in the Code Enforcement department.

A reminder to staff that fall newsletter submissions are due to Terri by next Friday, September 18th.

I look forward to attending the CIANJ Best Practices Conference/Awards Ceremony next week with Mayor Flynn. I am pleased they printed my submittal on best practices in their annual 2015-2016 Best Practices Guide.

Have a great weekend! Let’s go Giants!

Yours for a Better Newton,