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May 5, 2023

Posted on May 5, 2023 at 12:33 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, May 8, 2023,beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from April 24, 2023 - Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS


ORDINANCE(S)

There are three (3) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2023-9 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $160,000 for the installation and reconstruction of sidewalks and all associated costs along Mill Street in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and Authorizing the Issuance of $152,350 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-10 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $100,000 for the acquisition and installation of accessible playground equipment for Pine Street Park in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorizing the issuance of $25,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-11 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $3,465,000 for various sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorizing the issuance of $3,465,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2023-12 is an ordinance providing funding for an Electrical Power Distribution System Study of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities for the Town of Newton and appropriating $70,000 for such purpose.

 

Ordinance 2023-13 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $195,000 for the milling and paving of New Hampshire Street, including a guide rail and ADA ramps for Diller Avenue, in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorizing the issuance of $185,250 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-14 is an ordinance providing funding for water and sewer main improvements for New Hampshire Street for the Town of Newton and appropriating $400,000 for such purposes.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

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 #144-2023* authorizes the issuance of estimated 3rd quarter tax bills.

 

Resolution #145-2023* authorizes the purchase of four (4) Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles through New Jersey State Contract Purchasing and Property 21-FLEET-01485.

 

Resolution #146-2023* authorizes the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract for Convergint Technologies Inc.

 

Resolution #147-2023* approves the application for a New Jersey Department of Community Affairs NPP-ARP Grant to be used towards the restoration of the Newton Fire Museum. 

 

Resolution #148-2023* refunds of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 5.05, Lot 12, also known as 18 Clinton Street.

 

Resolution #149-2023* is a Statement of Intent for the Town of Newton to pursue Plan Endorsement Renewal and authorization to submit Renewal Statement to the Office of Planning Advocacy.

 

Resolution #150-2023* revises a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 34, also known as 3 Foster Street.

 

Resolution #151-2023* concurs with the Town Manager’s appointment of Christine Lemke as School Crossing Guard for the 2022-2023 School Year.

 

Resolution #152-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is one inch over the top of the spillway.

 

Great response from the public on the unveiling of our new mural for Spring Street! Details forthcoming on how you can be a part of painting this historic display.

 

Thank you to all who participated in Neighbors Helping Neighbors/Clean Communities today! If you are part of a recognized volunteer group, there will be $300 grants available for the October 7th version.

 

Another great Tom Talk Live on Facebook this week – check out Tom Alfsen and learn more about Water Street Lofts!

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

Be safe and well.

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR