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April 23, 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021 at 12:06 PM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

Webinar ID: 841 3226 6971    Passcode: 100066

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or   1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833


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

a.     April 12, 2021 – Special and Regular Meetings


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 are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-5 will authorize the execution financial agreement with WSR I Urban Renewal, LLC for the retail component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

Ordinance 2021-6 will authorize the execution financial agreement with WSL Urban Renewal, LLC for the residential component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.


Resolution #108-2021* will insert monies from the Community Advisory Board Grant into the 2021 budget.

Resolution #109-2021* will insert monies from Recycling Grant into the 2021 budget.

Resolution #110-2021* will renew membership in the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council for another five (5) years.  

Resolution #111-2021* will appoint Monica Ibanez as an Alternate to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.  This is a two-year appointment and the position is Class C.   

Resolution #112-2021* will award the bid for the crosswalk at Church Street and Route 206 to Tony’s Concrete.

Resolution #113-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of April 19, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Discussions continue between the Town and SCCC on the McGuire’s Redevelopment project.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Routine business discussed at the bi-monthly NJMEBF meeting.

At the TRC this week both the Merriam Gateway application and G&H Redevelopment application were deemed complete.  Both will be on the agenda for the May 19th Planning Board meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Planning continues by the Recreation staff on the pool opening in June.

Kimberly continues her efforts on planning the summer concerts and summer movies at Memory Park.

We have had several great applications for summer interns but are still in need of more applications for the DPW summer help.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,