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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 19

May 19, 2017

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 8th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.

PROCLAMATIONS
We have one proclamation to be presented:
a. Newton Robotics Team

PRESENTATIONS
Chief Richards will recognize two officers.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-10 will establish a mechanism to identify and track vacant and abandoned residential and commercial properties in the Town.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-11 will establish a formal policy providing a retroactive refund of property taxes, for disabled veterans for a period of no greater than twenty-four months.

Ordinance 2017-12 will regulate the placement of trash dumpsters and roll-off containers within the Town only as it pertains to placement within public right-of-ways.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #84-2017* will award the bid for Cleaning Services to First Community Development Corporation.

Resolution #85-2017* will award a credit to the water bill of a property owner.

Resolution #86-2017* will authorize a professional services agreement with Max Spann Realty to auction 24 Lawnwood Avenue.

Resolution #87-2017* will appoint Thomas Butterfield as a regular member of the Planning Board due the resignation of Joe Ricciardo.

Resolution #88-2017* will authorize the public sale of 24 Lawnwood Avenue.

Resolution #89-2017* will authorize the procurement of general electricity through an online auction.

Resolution #90-2017* will authorize the procurement of electricity for public lighting through an online auction.

Resolution #91-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* -
An application for a Social Affair permit from the Newton Fire Department, to be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Newton Fire House Station 2, 56 Woodside Avenue, Newton, NJ.

An application for an On-premise raffle (50-50) from the Pride Foundation, Inc. to be held on September 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm; September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm; October 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm; October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm; November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm; November 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm; November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm; December 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm; December 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm; and December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm at 44 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above spillway as of May 15th.

A reminder that summer hours will commence the week of Memorial Day. Please plan your calendars and staffing accordingly.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
May 12

May 12, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 22nd beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above spillway as of May 8th.

This week we launched our annual Pool Pass Contest for paid part-time and full-time employees…make sure you contact HR if you are interested. The pool season will be here before you know it!

We will be working with students at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, Market Research Center, on surveys this September-December, to gauge where residents, landlords, business owners, and visitors are in their view of Newton present and future. We look forward to working with my alma mater on this exciting initiative! Go Pirates!

We are looking to add outdoor music to the Downtown and had a vendor come in this week to review same.

Hope you are enjoying our new version of newtontownhall.com! My thanks to Terri for all of her efforts with Civic Plus.

Lorraine’s office is taking the lead on quotes for a new Internet-based phone system for the Town. We will keep you posted.

Routine business discussed yesterday at Statewide Insurance.

HR is working on some exciting lunch & learn topics with outside vendors as part of our yearly health & wellness efforts.

Jennifer and I are working on the new internship program which we hope to launch this summer.

A friendly reminder that summer hours will commence the week of Memorial Day. Please plan your calendars and staffing accordingly.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
May 12

May 5, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 12:08 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 24th Regular & Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.

PROCLAMATIONS
We have two proclamations to be presented:
a. Newton Boys Varsity Basketball Team
b. Coach Dirk Kelly

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-8 is a fully funded Water Sewer capital improvement ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station Improvements.

Ordinance 2017-9 is a bond ordinance for the various capital improvements included in this year’s budget (needs four affirmative votes to be adopted).

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-10 will establish a mechanism to identify and track vacant and abandoned residential and commercial properties in the Town.

OLD BUSINESS
None

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #77-2017* will designate the officials authorized to sign checks for the Court.

Resolution #78-2017* will reimburse Seely Flag for ticket and towing fees incurred due to inaccurate line striping.

Resolution #79-2017* will certify you have reviewed the annual audit and corrective action plan.

Resolution #80-2017* will authorizes an Escrow Agreement with Newton 121, LLC (c/o Ronetco).

Resolution #81-2017* will cancel appropriation balance in the water and sewer current capital fund.

Resolution #82-2017* will approve a fireworks display at Memory Park on Newton Day.

Resolution #83-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* - an application for a Social Affair permit form the VFW Auxiliary Post #5360 to be held on June 17, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the VFW on Mill Street, Newton, NJ.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Keith Utter has requested to speak before the Council on downtown businesses.
2. Draft Ordinance on Disable Veterans Tax Refunds. A copy of the ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
3. Draft Ordinance regarding Dumpsters. A copy of the ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above spillway as of May 1st.

I want to thank all the Town employees who assisted with our SC Food Pantry endeavors as my (our) team finished with the best time of 2017 thus far and the 3rd best overall in the last 2 years, just sayin’…

Next week we will have our annual Pool Pass Contest for paid part-time and full-time employees…stay tuned, the pool season will be here before you know it!

A reminder that summer hours will commence the week of Memorial Day. Please plan your calendars and staffing accordingly.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR