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October 9, 2015

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 11:57 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Just a reminder, Town Hall is closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday night. Enjoy the long weekend!

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the September 28th Regular meeting 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.

Special Law Enforcement Officer Stephen Moran will be sworn-in.

1. Proclamation for Arbor Day – acknowledged for the record.

There are four (4) ordinances for adoption:

Ordinance 2015-26 will amend Chapter 200 of the code regulating to the leashing of animals in park areas in Town. Woof.

Ordinance 2015-27 will amend Chapter 320-30, regarding collocation requirements for wireless communication facilities. This ordinance has been reviewed by the Planning Board.

Ordinance 2015-28 will amend Chapter 307-69 to correct an omission on a previous update to the code book.

Ordinance 2015-29 will amend Chapter 307-48 regarding parking on Jefferson Street. This item was proposed by the Police and reviewed by our Engineer.

There are three (3) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-30 will revise the current alarm ordinance.

Ordinance 2015-31 will amend the current requirements for the appointment of police officers.

Ordinance 2015-32 will delete the no right turn on red regulation from Madison Street onto Spring Street.


Resolution #169-2015* will approve the purchase of 25 body vision cameras for the Police Department.

Resolution #170-2015* will officially appoint Stephen Moran as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer.

Resolution #171-2015* will approve turning over of monies from tax sale certificate #1327 to the Treasurer.

Resolution #172-2015* will approve the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 7.04, Lot 6.

Resolution #173-2015* will authorize a refund of a 2015 overbilling of property taxes for Block 14.04, Lot 27.

Resolution #174-2015* will approve the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 22.02, Lot 3.

Resolution #175-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #176-2015* will approve the submission and execution of a grant agreement for the Church Street project.

I have two (2) applications for your consideration:
1. An application for an off premise raffle (merchandise) from Birth Haven, Inc., to be held on January 15, 2016 at 7:00pm at 4 Academy Street, Newton.
2. An application for an off-premise raffle (merchandise) from St. Joseph R.C. Church, to be held on December 4, 2015 at 3:00pm at 17 Elm Street.





Morris Lake was 32 inches below the top of the spillway on 10.5.15.

The Finance Department commenced executive coaching with Dena Moscola this week. I look forward to their success.

I met with Ackrion this week to go over potential plans for a free outdoor Wi-Fi system for the downtown. I will review same and see if we can afford to place it in next year’s budget.

I spoke this week at the Newton Rotary Luncheon in Lafayette, NJ. I appreciated the opportunity to review all of the exciting things we have achieved and positive projects we are working on for the future of Newton.

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

The Taco Bell application was denied at the special Planning Board meeting.

The Council has approved the liquor license transfer for Spring Street Pub & Grill. We wish the restauranteurs continued success and appreciate them making Newton their home.

We met today with representatives from the County of Sussex to discuss the necessary road improvements and traffic signal installation for the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment project.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,