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May 19

May 19, 2023

Posted on May 19, 2023 at 3:04 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, May 22, 2023,beginning at 7:00pm. 



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from May 8, 2023 - Regular Meeting.



There is an Oath of Office for the promotion of Ptl. Donald Meisinger to Sergeant.


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.



There are two (2) Proclamations: Tick-Borne Disease Month and Patrick McNulty Eagle Scout Achievement.



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


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.


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:


Ordinance 2023-15 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement the Town Code, Chapter 307, adding Section 307-17.3 entitled “Disabled or Inoperable Motor Vehicles”.



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 #153-2023* provides clarity regarding retiree medical benefits to full-time, non-union employees who were employed by the Town of Newton on or before December 31, 2010.

Resolution #154-2023* authorizes the award of a required disclosure contract for pool improvements.


Resolution #155-2023* accepts the Certified List of Qualifying 2022 Newton First Aid Squad LOSAP participants.


Resolution #156-2023* approves entering into a Shared Services Agreement for a School Resource Officer for the Town of Newton Board of Education. 


Resolution #157-2023* inserts Special Items of Revenue in the 2023 Town of Newton Budget pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (C. 159, PL 1948).


Resolution #158-2023* accepts the Permanent Water Main Relocation Portion of the Sussex County Bridge Q-06 Project as final and complete.


Resolution #159-2023* approves fireworks display at Memory Park for Newton Day 2023.


Resolution #160-2023* authorizes a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 4.05, Lot 9, also known as 32 Hillside Avenue.


Resolution #161-2023* reappoints Ronald Biederman and John Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.


Resolution #162-2023* directs the Town Planning Board to review a proposed Redevelopment Plan for Block 10.01, Lots 5 and 6 (formerly known as Block 801, Lots 49.01 and 49.02), commonly known as 125 Water Street and 5 South Park Drive, respectively, pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.


Resolution #163-2023* authorizes Police Equipment and Accessories Contract pursuant to New Jersey State Contract – Division of Purchase and Property Number 17-FLEET 00760.


Resolution #164-2023* authorizes the submission of the DMHAS Youth Leadership Grant.


Resolution #165-2023* authorizes participation in the County of Sussex Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF), Assistance Listing #21.027.


Resolution #166-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.



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


We had our first meeting to discuss next steps on the 3-Year Firehouse No. 1 Renovation Project.


Planning Board approved the third cannabis retailer on Wednesday evening.


Tom Talk Live was blessed to have Chef Martin Kester from the SCCC Culinary Institute this week – next up, Mike Monaco! We Like Mike!


We had an on-site meeting on Spring Street to discuss next steps for our very exciting Mural Project!


The response for the Miners game was so overwhelming that we ordered another 15 tickets! Outstanding! Please join us for some family fun and an entertaining evening of hot dogs, hamburgers, and baseball!


The Summer 2023 group of interns start on Monday! We are looking forward to their participation in our operations and local government.


Interviews have been conducted for the DPW Summer help.


Please utilize the Plastic Bag Collection Drop Box in the lobby of Town Hall.


We are looking for donations of boxes of pasta and pasta sauce jars (not glass) for the Weekend Bag Program. Please bring your donations to our 2nd floor break room in Town Hall.


Please sign up for some volunteer hours on Newton Day at the Town of Newton Table! We always enjoy the interaction with the general public and appreciate the time and effort.


How about those Florida Panthers?? 4 OT! Madone!


Be safe and well.


Yours In Service,