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April 6, 2023

Posted on April 6, 2023 at 1:42 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, April 10, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from March 13, 2023 – Joint Town Council and Board of Education Meeting and March 27, 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 who 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 three (3) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2023-4 is a supplemental bond ordinance providing for improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant - Digester Operation appropriating $2,006,292 and authorizing the issuance of $2,006,292 bonds or notes to finance part of the cost.


Ordinance 2023-5 is an ordinance providing funding for swimming pool renovations and appropriating $25,759.97 for such purpose. We will be renovating the kiddie pool.


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.


There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:


Ordinance 2023-7 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $2,529,330 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $1,894,300 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.


Ordinance 2023-8 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $1,110,000 for various water/sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $1,110,000 bonds or notes 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 #123-2023* cancels the appropriated reserve balance in the Federal and State Grant Fund – Municipal Alliance Grant in the amount of $154.25.


Resolution #124-2023* is a resolution authorizing the award of Property Tax Reassessment Services through the Competitive Contract Process CC#2-2023.


Resolution #125-2023* approves the execution of a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex to provide Certified Fire Marshal Services through June 30, 2028.


Resolution #126-2023* authorizes entering into an Interlocal Shared Services Agreement with the Township of Andover for the sharing of specialized vehicular equipment. 


Resolution #127-2023* furthers historic preservation through a grant from the NJ Historic Trust in the Amount of $35,000 for the Newton Town Plot Historic District.


Resolution #129-2023* is in support of the issuance of a Cannabis Class 5 Cannabis Retailer License and a Class 6 Cannabis Delivery Service License to Curiosity Cannabis, LLC.


Resolution #130-2023* refunds redemption monies to outside lienholder for Block 24.01, Lot 18, also known as 12 Lincoln Place.


Resolution #131-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.



Resolution #128-2023 is to adopt the 2023 Municipal and Water & Sewer Utility Budget. I will give my PowerPoint presentation before the public comment portion of the hearing.



Morris Lake is spilling over the top of the spillway! Our cup runneth over!


We met with the contractor this week to further discuss options for the Town Hall fencing project.


I updated the government Continuity Plan that I created during the height of the pandemic.


We met with Dr. Caldwell this week to further discuss the Entrepreneur Zone (Ezone) project. Dr. Caldwell becomes the next president of Centenary University on July 1st so we will be excited to work with President Caldwell on this amazing initiative.


Signed copies of the CWA contract have been received.


Another legendary guest and episode of Tom Talk Live today! My thanks to Kat, Kimberly, Jessica, and Ava the Favorite Newton Rescue Dog for their assistance. Special shoutout to Lt. D’Annibale for leading (being) the guest audience! Next up in 2 weeks: Dan Hayek! Please watch and learn about Dan and his great business, and see some amazing production value, too!


Let’s Go Rangers!


Be safe and well.


Yours In Service,