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September 23, 2022

Posted on September 22, 2022 at 3:36 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, September 26, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from September 14, 2022 – Regular 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 Second Reading:


Ordinance 2022-20 provides funding for upgrades and replacements of the Water Filtration System for the Town of Newton and appropriating $500,178 for such purpose.


There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:


Ordinance 2022-21 amends Bond Ordinance 2020-10 adopted by the Town of Newton on June 22, 2020.


Ordinance 2022-22 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $280,000 for the acquisition and installation of an electric vehicle charging station in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $266,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.



If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 


Resolution #210-2022* will grant authority for the approval of certain purchase in excess of the bid threshold through New Jersey State Contracts and/or Purchasing Cooperatives for 2022.


Resolution #211-2022* will amend the Capital Budget.


Resolution #212-2022* will authorize the award of Fire Apparatus Repair Bid 8-2022 to Firefighter One.


Resolution #213-2022* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for 2022-2023 school year.


Resolution #214-2022* will approve vacation and sick leave time payout for Richard Straway.


Resolution #215-2022* will amend the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.


Resolution #216-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.



As of September 22, 2022, Morris Lake is 25 inches below the top of the spillway.


The Taste of Newton event was super successful this week. Hopefully, you had a ticket and enjoyed some great food, drink, music, and camaraderie. 


Make sure you mark your calendar (on your phone or on the refrigerator) for the annual Fall Festival/Car Showwhich will be on Sunday, October 9th from 11am-4pm. As this is the Town’s biggest event, we hope you will make plans to join us for some fall fun!


Plans are currently in motion for the annual Halloween Parade and the Flags of Honor. Please check out our social media accounts to learn more about both events.


The Town was awarded grant funds for an EV Charging station to be installed in Central Plaza Lot #4, 36 Trinity Street, in 2023. Get your Tesla’s and Mustang Mach-E’s ready! Vroom!


Expect the exciting, full-color fall newsletter edition to arrive in mailboxes in the early part of October. It will include the always popular recycling newsletter information as well.


I don’t know about you, but I can smell the coffee brewing! The Newton Starbucks should be opening by the end of the month, followed shortly thereafter by Panera Bread and Chipotle. Get your apps and orders ready!


Go Giants!


Yours In Service,