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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Aug 10

August 11, 2017

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 3:41 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have four interviews scheduled beginning at 6:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 17th Regular & Special 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.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY
Our newest Police Sergeant Thomas Muller will officially be sworn-in.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There are two (2) ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2017-13 will designate the authority to approve the granting of raffle and bingo license to the Town Clerk.

Ordinance 2017-14 a bond ordinance to providing a supplemental appropriation of $250,000 for the Fox Hollow project.

There are three (3) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2017-15 will amend Chapter 3-13 of the Code Book regarding the Deputy Town Manager position.

Ordinance 2017-16 is an ordinance to eliminate certain fees with the Clerk’s Office and Planning Office.

Ordinance 2017-17 will lower the fees for coin-operated arcade games, motion picture theaters and pool/billiard tables.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #138-2017* will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances on completed projects.

Resolution #139-2017* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #140-2017* will award a contract to Mott MacDonald for the Sparta Avenue Raw Sewage Pump Station Replacement Project.

Resolution #141-2017* will award a contract to Mott MacDonald for the System Wide Sanitary Sewer Inspection, Condition and Rehabilitation Plan.

Resolution #142-2017* will amend the current Court contract with Green Township to cap the dedicated escrow account at $4,000.

Resolution #143-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Liberty Street (sidewalk improvement portion) with Your Way Construction.

Resolution #144-2017* will authorize awarding a Required Disclosure Contract (formerly “Non-Fair and Open”) to Access Control Technologies, Inc.

Resolution #145-2017* will authorize renewing our membership in the Statewide Insurance Fund.

Resolution #146-2017* will approve the sale of 24 Lawnwood Avenue in the amount of $11,000 with a 10% buying premium for a grand total of $12,100.

Resolution #147-2017* will revised the amount of school monies transferred for the period July 1 – December 31.

Resolution #148-2017* will authorize extending the deadline for paying 3rd quarter taxes to August 25th.

Resolution #149-2017* will approve Krogh’s Industrial/Commercial Wastewater Discharge application.

Resolution #150-2017* will accept and authorize the execution of a grant by the State of NJ, Department of Law and Public Safety for the Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program in the amount of $10,000 for the #NotEvenOnce program at Newton High School.

Resolution #151-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Liberty Street Project by Tilcon New York.

Resolution #152-2017* will authorize awarding a Required Disclosure Contract to Northwest Building Supply, Inc. for the purchase of new overhead garage doors.

Resolution #153-2017* will cancel Current Revenue Receivable and Appropriation Balances related to the Tax Collector Shared Services Agreement with Byram Township.

Resolution #154-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 1 with Your Way Construction for the Madison Street Project to extend the completion date to September 26, 2017.

Resolution #155-2017* will authorize Change Order No. 2 with Your Way Construction for the Madison Street project for the necessary removal of three (3) street trees.

Resolution #156-2017* will authorize amending the current Shared Services Agreement with Hardyston Township to include Plumbing Sub-Code services.

Resolution #157-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #158-2017* will insert the $10,000 grant for Resolution #150-2017 into the current budget.

Resolution #159-2017* will designate officials to sign checks.

Application(s)* there are two applications for approval:
1. An application for an off-premise raffle (merchandise) from the Newton Medical Center Foundation to be held on November 11, 2017 at 6:30pm at 175 High Street, Newton, NJ.
2. An application for an off-premise raffle (50/50) from St. Joseph R.C. Church to be held on October 27, 2017 at 7:00p, at 20 Jefferson Street, Newton, NJ.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #160-2017 will support a Sussex County Consolidated School System.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #161-2017 will authorize entering into executive session to discuss the Town Manager’s performance and Personnel – Board and Commission Appointments.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 28

July 28, 2017

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 12:47 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Editorial staff is off next week so the Newsletter will resume on Friday, August 11th…

Our next Town Council meeting is August 14th beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews scheduled for 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of July 24th.

We have 6 tickets left for the Yankees vs. Mets game on 8/15. The price of $110 includes round trip bus transportation, game ticket, and the “all you care to eat” package. This package includes unlimited hot dogs, sausages, pretzels, and Pepsi products through the 5th inning. Contact Kat to reserve your spot today! 973-383-3521 x228.

Kimberly coordinated a wonderful annual employee BBQ at Town Hall! Thank you to all who participated and attended.

Plans are underway for the first annual Newton Fall Festival on Spring Street, Saturday, October 28th – mark your calendars!

Newton in 60: Dunkin’s Donuts, AutoZone, and Newton Town Centre all continue under construction and on schedule; the new Sol Azteka restaurant should open next week in the old It’z a Buffet space; Newton Pizza moved to its new location at the Stationhouse Plaza; the Style Shop redo is ready for unveiling; new ownership coming for the Springboard Shoppes; discussions underway for a Farmers Market in Newton; Farm Store was approved at the old PNC Bank site; 24 Lawnwood was sold at auction; plans moving forward for our Market Research partnership with Seton Hall University students; Firehouse #2 project going out to bid; and lots of others. Excitement she wrote! Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 21

July 21, 2017

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is August 14th beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews scheduled for 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch above spillway as of July 17th.

Congratulations to Jared Zappa on his swearing-in Monday evening as our newest Patrolman!

Hope everyone enjoyed Diane Lang’s presentation on Wednesday morning – she will return next month for another employee session. Please make sure you take advantage of the programs offered by HR as a lot of time and money goes into scheduling, selecting and coordinating same.

Pool is having a great year – make sure you join!

We have 7 tickets left for the Yankees vs. Mets game on 8/15. The price of $110 includes round trip bus transportation, game ticket, and the “all you care to eat” package. This package includes unlimited hot dogs, sausages, pretzels, and Pepsi products through the 5th inning. Contact Kat to reserve your spot today! 973-383-3521 x228.

My thanks to Jenn and everyone involved in the annual insurance renewal process with Statewide Insurance.

Don’t forget to sign the Mayor’s online petition to bring in Trader Joe’s to Newton – hoping to reach 2,500 signatures soon! What’s next? Starbucks? Papa John’s? Wendy’s? Chipotle? Stay tuned…

Kimberly continues to expertly coordinate our annual employee BBQ at Town Hall. Make sure you are signed up to bring a dish!

Plans are underway for the first annual Newton Fall Festival on Spring Street, Saturday, October 28th – mark your calendars!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR