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March 24, 2023

Posted on March 24, 2023 at 1:31 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, March 27, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from February 22, 2023 – Budget Meeting, and March 13, 2023 – 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 are two (2) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2023-2 is a bond ordinance restating and amending Ordinance 2020-10 adopted by the Town Council on June 22, 2020.


Ordinance 2023-3 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $4,113,300 for the construction of the new Sparta Avenue Pump Station and authorizing the issuance of $4,113,300 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.


There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2023-4 is a supplemental bond ordinance providing for improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant - Digester Operation in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $2,006,292 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $2,006,292 Bonds or Notes of the Town to finance part of the cost thereof.


Ordinance 2023-5 is an ordinance providing funding for swimming pool renovations for the Town of Newton and appropriating $25,759.97 for such purpose.


Ordinance 2023-6 is an ordinance amending, revising, and supplementing Newton Town Code Section 100-19 regarding Water and Sewer Connection Fees and Section 228-18 regarding Water and Sewer Regulations.


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 #114-2023* authorizes the hiring of certain Police Officers based on specific language required by the State. This is being done to meet said requirements.


Resolution #115-2023* is a resolution to cancel grant receivable and appropriated reserve for unrealized Municipal Alliance Grant 2021/2022 in the amount of $933.40.


Resolution #116-2023* is an amendment to the Temporary Water/Sewer Capital Budget.


Resolution #117-2023* adopts the Temporary Operating Budget and Temporary Water and Sewer Budget for the month of April 2023. 


Resolution #118-2023* reappoints Monica B. Miebach as Chief Financial Officer as required by law.


Resolution #119-2023* amends the Temporary Budget.


Resolution #120-2023* authorizes the Town of Newton to enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex, New Jersey for Traffic Signal Maintenance.


Resolution #121-2023* appoints Orlando R. Rodriguez, Esq., as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Public Defender for Calendar Year 2023 and also establishes the required fee structure for the same.

Resolution #122-2023* 
approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.



Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway.


Thanks to everyone who made the St. Patrick’s Day Parade a great success!


We would like to congratulate Chief VanNieuwland on being the inaugural guest for Tom Talk LIVE this week. Great job Chief! Next up: Jessica from Animal Control! Bow to the Wow Wow!


Routine business discussed this month at Statewide Insurance in Parsippany.


Work continues on the UPSEU contract negotiations.


Congratulations to Kat Alcock as she received her formal RMC recognition (and pin) at the annual conference (MCANJ) in Atlantic City! Great job!


Let’s Go Rangers!


Be safe and well.


Yours In Service,