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November 20, 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 12:15 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

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The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from:

1.     November 9, 2020 – Regular Meeting

2.     November 9, 2020 – Executive Session


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 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.


Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.



There is one (1) Ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-25 will establish minimum and maximum salary and wages for calendar year 2021.

There are two (2) Ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2020-26 will amend Chapter 307-27 to clarify the fee for box truck and tractor trailer parking at the Park and Ride.

Ordinance 2020-27 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010A and Series 2010B.


Resolution #253-2020* will authorize a performance based payment for Town Manager.

Resolution #254-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for IT work for HFE Services, LLC.

Resolution #255-2020* with authorize the annual agreement between the Town and the Newton Parking Authority.

Resolution #256-2020* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 1.01, Lot 5.

Resolution #257-2020* authorizes a required disclosure contract for Planet Network for networking and technology services for the Police Department. 

Resolution #258-2020* will accept the pool renovation project as final and complete.

Resolution #259-2020 is a resolution determining the form and other details for the sale and delivery of Bonds to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Resolution #260-2020* will cancel uncollectible revenue and unexpended appropriation balances in relation to the Municipal Alliance Grant for 2020.

Resolution #261-2020* will authorize the sale of brine to other municipalities.

Resolution #262-2020* will cancel the Current Fund appropriation balance for Road Repair & Maintenance, Street Materials. 

Resolution #263-2020* will approve appropriation transfers for 2020.

Resolution #264-2020* will award Bid 13-2020 to Kieffer Electrical for electrical services.

Resolution #265-2020* authorize payment of bills and vouchers.


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 16 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 20, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.  Office staff is also working from home 2 days a week throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Several of us virtually attended the annual League of Municipalities conference.

One application discussed at TRC this month.  Farm Pointe received a modification to their roof as part of the Farm Store application and Red Knight worked out their sidewalk issue for 10-16 Hillside.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases, I have re-convened our OEM team for Zoom meetings 2x a week to keep track of any issues for the Town.

Wishing you all the blessings of a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,