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Dec 23

December 23, 2011

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Just a reminder that Town Hall will be closing at Noon today and will re-open for business at 8:30am on Tuesday, December 27th.    

There will be no Council packet or newsletter next week.

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 for the New Year’s Holiday.


Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the December 12th Executive and Regular meetings for your 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.


The Mayor will present the winner of the House Decorating Contest with a gift certificate.


  1. Planning Board Request – Waiver of Application Fee – Foodshed Alliance


There are three ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-24 will replace the entire Police Department ordinance currently in effect.

Ordinance 2011-25 will establish the salary and wage minimums and maximums for 2012.

Ordinance 2011-26 will increase the allotment for merchant passes from a maximum of 2 to a maximum of 4, as requested by the Parking Authority.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2011-27 will reappoint Sanford L. Hollander, Esq., as the Town’s legal counsel for 2012.




Resolution #281-2011* will reimburse certain Town employees for their personal vehicle use for 2012.


Resolution #282-2011* will appoint David B. Simmons, Jr. as Town Water Engineer for 2012.

Resolution #283-2011* will appoint Jessica C. Caldwell as the Town Planner for 2012.

Resolution #284-2011 will forgive the taxes for 20 Trinity Street (Lot 3 - Western Plaza).

Resolution #285-2011* will authorize the cancellation of a year-end penalty to correct an error for Walgreens.

Resolution #286-2011* will authorize a refund to an outside lien holder for Block 803, Lot 3.

Resolution #287-2011* will reappoint Bob Caffrey to the Utility Advisory Board.

Resolution #288-2011* will reappoint Dr. John Ford to the Advisory Board of Health.

Resolution #289-2011* will reappoint David Steinberg to the Historic Commission.

Resolution #290-2011* will reappoint Ken Edwards to the Parking Authority.

Resolution #291-2011* will reappoint Dr. Crystal Clark, Dan Hayek, Evin Joice, and John Zwahl to the Economic Development Commission.

Resolution #292-2011* will reappoint Dan Flynn, Kent Hardmeyer, and Barbara Mattingly to the Planning Board.

Resolution #293-2011* will reappoint Dawn L. Babcock as CFO for the Town.

Resolution #294-2011* will cancel appropriation balances for unexpended emergency appropriation balances for Hurricane Irene.

Resolution #295-2011* will authorize a credit of a Homestead Rebate that was applied to real estate taxes.

Resolution #296-2011* will appoint the various attorneys for 2012.

Resolution #297-2011* will execute agreements to provide 9-1-1 dispatching services for several municipalities for the next 3 years.

Resolution #298-2011* will cancel the Public Assistance Trust Fund I balance.

Resolution #299-2011* will cancel current appropriation balances.

Resolution #300-2011* will authorize executing an agreement with Holzhauer and Holenstein, LLC for 2012 appraisal services for defense of state tax appeals.

Resolution #301-2011* will reappoint the Honorable John E. Mulhern, Esq. as Newton’s Municipal Court Judge for the next 3 years.

Resolution #302-2011* will authorize a license agreement with the Sussex County Chapter of the Red Cross allowing them to park 3 vehicles in the Municipal Building parking lot.

Resolution #303-2011* will appoint Keith Mitchell of the Mitchell Agency as Newton’s Insurance Agent for 2012.

Resolution #304-2011* will authorize an agreement with McManimon & Scotland for legal services for 2012. 

Resolution #305-2011* will authorize water and sewer utility account credits.

Resolution #306-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #307-2011* will cancel outstanding checks in various accounts.

Resolution #308-2011* will approve appropriation transfers in the 2011 budget.

Resolution #309-2011* will adopt a temporary operating budget and water and sewer budget for the first quarter of 2012.

Application* there is one application for your consideration:

(1) Special Permit for a Social Affair from Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Avenue, Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 6pm-10pm at Krave, 102 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ







I want to take this opportunity to thank all Newton staff and volunteers for a very productive and successful year.  I wish all of you who celebrate Christmas a very merry one, and a very safe, happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year to all!

Let’s make 2012 another great year for Newton!

Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Town Manager