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January 7, 2022

Posted on January 7, 2022 at 12:33 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 10, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from December 13, 2021 – Regular Meeting and December 13, 2021 – Special Meeting.


This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay 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. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.


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


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2022-1 will include Animal Control Officer in the Town Salary Ordinance.


Resolution #48-2022* will authorize an emergency purchase of pumps at the Sparta Avenue Pump Station.

Resolution #49-2022* will accept the proposed improvements to Elm Street, Hampton Street, & Upper Union Place as Final and Complete.

Resolution #50-2022* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract for Dempsey Uniform.

Resolution #51-2022* will reappoint Theresa Schlosser as Certified Tax Collector for the Town of Newton.

Resolution #52-2022* will authorize award of contract for Topology NJ as Conflict Town Planner for the Town of Newton.

Resolution #53-2022* will appoint Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq. as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Municipal Prosecutor for 2022.

Resolution #54-2022* will authorize remittance (cancellation) of 2021 taxes; Block 4.02, Lot 20.

Resolution #55-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 8.08, Lot 21, also known as 120 Spring Street.

Resolution #56-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 11.01, Lot 14, also known as 216 Woodside Avenue.

Resolution #57-2022* will create the position of Newton Town Historian, as well as the powers, duties, and compensation for same.

Resolution #58-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


Morris Lake is 1 inch below the top of the spillway as of January 7, 2022.

Congratulations to Mayor Schlaffer and Deputy Mayor Teets. We wish you the best of success as you lead the Governing Body in 2022. Many thanks to Matt Dickson for his work as mayor in 2021.

Blessings to everyone for good health and happiness in the new year.

Let’s Go Rangers!

 Yours in Service,


 Please check out the Town website for various meeting dates and times.