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May 20

May 20, 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 23rd, with an Executive Session at 6:00pm and the Regular Meeting at 7:00pm

A reminder that we will be closed on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday.  The annual parade will commence at 10:00am on Spring Street and conclude at Memory Park where the ceremony will take place. 

There will be no newsletter or packet next Friday.

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the May 9th Regular and Executive meetings for approval.

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting.  There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.

Representatives from Main Street Newton have indicated they will be in attendance to discuss the Challenge Grant.

I have invited members of the DPW to be in attendance to accept the Public Works Week proclamation.   

There is one ordinance for public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-9
will amend Chapters 10, 11, 13 and 21 of the Revised General Ordinances relative to Fire Subcode/Prevention duties and certain fees.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2011-10
will authorize auctioning off municipal properties located on Woodside Avenue.


a)     Utility Board Appeal – Mautone
b)     Utility Board Appeal – Oricchio
c)     Utility Board Appeal – Guiliano

Resolution #99-2011* will approve the fireworks display for Newton Day on June 11th.

Resolution #100-2011* will insert monies from the Clean Communities Grant into the 2011 Budget.  

Resolution #101-2011* is a resolution urging legislators to draft a bill to amend OPRA, basically saying if the item in question is available online, then the municipality could direct the person to our website instead of having to copy and print documents.  

Resolution #102-2011* will authorize entering into an agreement with the County of Sussex for Fire Prevention services.

Resolution #103-2011* will approve applying for grant funding under the Safe and Secure Communities Program.

Resolution #104-2011*
will authorize the auction/disposal of items no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #105-2011*
will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #106-2011*
will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #107-2011* will authorize an agreement with Jonathan E. McMeen, Esq. for prosecutorial services, to replace Victor Jusino, Esq.

Applications* there are two applications for consideration:

  1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from Sussex County Community College to be held at the College on June 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th and August 4th and 11th.
  2. An application for membership to the Newton Fire Department from Mr. Joshua Pruitt of 24 West End Avenue, Newton, NJ.

I have one resolution that is currently in draft form for your consideration.  It will award the bid for the watermain project.  The delay is that we are waiting for one of the bidders (Kennedy Culvert and Supply) to submit a letter to withdraw their bid because they made an error in their bid regarding the type of pipe to be utilized.  They have advised us they will be withdrawing their bid and have 5 business days to do so in written form.  The letter is in the mail, and will be here on Monday.  We did not want to hold up the project, so once we receive the letter on Monday we can finalize the resolution and it can be added on the agenda for consideration.  


There are three items for discussion:

1. Glass Steagall
2. Tax Exemption Ordinance
3. Water Sewer Master Plan



The Morris Lake Reservoir was 5 inches above the top of the spillway on 5.19.11.

We met with Jessica Caldwell this week to go over an updated draft of the Land Use Ordinance.  I am looking to have this ready for the Council at the June 27th meeting.

Birdsall Engineering was onsite this week to look at the DPW facility and Town Hall for the County of Sussex Solar PPA project. 

I want to thank Chief Teets and the members of the Newton Fire Department, Police Department, DPW, W/S, OEM, Manager’s Office and First Aid Squad as they worked diligently at this week’s fire at the Hi-Rise.  I also want to thank volunteers and professionals from other towns and agencies who supported same.  While some in the media take time to criticize our volunteers and professionals, I find it more productive to take the time to be grateful for them.

A reminder that I will be out of the office next Tuesday through Thursday at the NJMMA conference.  Debi will capably handle projects and issues in my absence.

Enjoy your weekend!