From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

View All Posts

Nov 06

November 6, 2015

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Monday night, November 9th.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the October 26th 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.


There are two (2) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-33 will amend Chapter 139, to designate 3 Dunn Place as a local historical landmark.

Ordinance 2015-34 will revise Chapter 307 to provide for the installation and operation of the new traffic signals on Trinity Street.


Resolution #183-2015* will approve the disposal of surplus property – 2001 Ford Expedition on

Resolution #184-2015* will approve the insertion of special items of revenue into the budget for monies received from the State Body Armor Grant.

Resolution #185-2015 will refer amendments to the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #186-2015* will reject all bids for the Spring Street light upgrades.

Resolution #187-2015* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Milling and Paving of Trinity Street Project which will result in an overall reduction in cost.

Resolution #188-2015* will approve the purchase of fourteen (14) SCBA Packs for the Fire Department.

Resolution #189-2015* will authorize a shared services agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Housing Authority for the use of Department of Public Works personnel and equipment.

Resolutions #190-2015* will authorize a shared service agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Housing Authority for the use of Town engineering services.

Resolution #191-2015* will provide an emergency appropriation in the 2015 budget for a sewer main break on Stuart Street. A memo explaining the situation has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Resolution #192-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #193-2015* will approve appropriation transfers.

1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on December 5, 2015 from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at One College Hill Road.


1. Parking Violations Recommendations– a draft ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.




Morris Lake was 38 inches below the top of the spillway on 11.2.15.

We have begun the process of reviewing the CWA contract in anticipation of our upcoming contract negotiations. I look forward to a smooth and amicable process.

We have also begun the process of reviewing the UPSEU contract in anticipation of our upcoming contract negotiations. I look forward to a smooth and amicable process.

The Newton/SCCC/Thorlabs shuttle bus has commenced! My thanks to SCCC and Thorlabs for promoting same with their students and staff.

I met with Dr. Greene for our bi-monthly Town/BOE review session and thank him for his time and courtesy.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Parking Authority meeting.

The new traffic signals are operational on Trinity Street! Happy/Safe travels!

DPW is working on the sidewalk replacements along Trinity Street in conjunction with the NJDOT requirements for same.

Work began Thursday in the inlet building at the WWTP and will be completed shortly.

I spoke to the Liberty Towers residential association on Thursday evening and thank them for their time and kind attention.

We were finally able to secure the domain name transfer for the website. AzulCore will work on getting this up and running as well as starting the online business directory project.

Several developers interested in the McGuire’s property and other projects in Town – will keep you posted as conditions warrant.

The first health seminar sponsored by the health insurance fund for interested employees was very well attended on Friday morning. Keep those FITBITs charged and ready to go!

A reminder that we are closed for Veterans’ Day next Wednesday, November 11th – many thanks to all who have served.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,