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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 19

January 19, 2018

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder, the Rabies Clinic has been rescheduled for tomorrow, January 20, 2018.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, January 22, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the meetings from January 8th 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 and limited to one turn at the microphone. 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
The Mayor will swear-in our new Certified Municipal Court Administrator, Katherine Quinn. Also, I have invited our new Deputy Court Administrator Sarah Grub to attend so I may introduce her to all of you.

INTERMISSION
We will break briefly to take pictures.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
The Council and Town Manager shall be given an opportunity to update the group on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

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

Ordinance 2018-1 will appoint Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc. as Municipal Engineer.

There is one ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2018-2 will allow tattoo parlors in certain areas in Town.

OLD BUSINESS
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – no update
2. Town Events and Fees – no update

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #23-2018* will earmark $75,000 of Affordable Housing Trust Fund monies for Community Options, Inc.

Resolution #24-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Labor Counsel.

Resolution #25-2018* will authorize purchasing of rock salt and grit through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

Resolution #26-2018* will terminate our contract with First Community Development Corporation and award our cleaning services contract to Chelbus Cleaning Co., Inc.

Resolution #27-2018* will award the bid for hardware to Home Depot Services USA.

Resolution #28-2018* will authorize purchasing office supplies from WB Mason through State Contract T-0052.

Resolution #29-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract to Pumping Services, Inc.

Resolution #30-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Environmental Counsel.

Resolution #31-2018* will accept the RBC Replacement Project as complete.

Resolution #32-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #33-2018* will refund monies due to an outside lien holder for 32 Halsted St.

Resolution #34-2018* will designate the officials to sign checks for the Court.

Resolution #35-2018* request permission from the Director of the DLGS to establish a dedication by rider for donations to the Recreation Commission.

Applications* there are four (4) applications for your consideration:
1. Membership into the NFD from Eric C. Humbert, 12 Harrison Street.
2. Membership into the NFD from Timothy R. Fitzpatrick, 14 Shady Lane.
3. Membership into the NFD from Ryan Harding, 43 Halsted Street.
4. Membership into the NFD from Clifford Scholtz, 16 Garden Avenue.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #36-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session so Council may discuss goals for the Town Manager for 2018. I will not be in attendance for same.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of January 15, 2018.

Budget work continues in preparation for the two hearing dates that are scheduled in February.

The updated version of the new Handbook is almost complete.

Have a great weekend! Go Pats!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 11

January 12, 2018

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 2:48 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Municipal offices are closed on Monday, January 15th in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, January 22, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of January 8, 2018.

We had our pre-demolition meeting to discuss the process for the Firehouse #2 demo. The project starts today and shall continue through end of March.

We will be looking for summer interns once again! If you know any high school or college students who might be interested please have them fill out an employment application online or contact Human Resources directly. I anticipate 2 or 3 interns joining us from May through August.

The mayor and I will be joining Dr. Greene and Stella Dunn at the Statehouse in Trenton Friday afternoon for a press conference on the school litigation matter.

Packets are available for residents who are interested in running for one of the three available Town Council seats. The election is May 8th.

Have a great weekend! Go Pirates!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 05

January 5, 2018

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:29 PM by Terri Oswin

Happy New Year!

A reminder, due to the frigid temperatures, the Rabies Clinic has been rescheduled for January 20, 2018.  Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, January 8, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the meetings from December 27th 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 and limited to one turn at the microphone.  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

The Mayor will swear-in our new Municipal Court Judge. Hon. James P. Sloan.

INTERMISSION

We will break briefly for our new Judge to take pictures.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

A representative from the Paulinskill Wildlife Management Area will be in attendance to give a 5-minute presentation.

Jessica Caldwell, Town Planner, will be in attendance to discuss the MOU with Community Options.  A copy of the MOU has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items/meetings or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2018-1 will re-appoint Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc. as Municipal Engineer.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – No Update.
  2. Town Events and Fees - A memo regarding this matter has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #1-2018* will adopt the Temporary Operating and Water and Sewer Budgets for 2018.

Resolution #2-2018* will authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #3-2018* will appoint Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq. as Alternate Municipal Prosecutor.

Resolution #4-2018* will concur with my appointment of Donald J. Meisinger, Jr. as a police officer.  This is needed for his entrance into the police academy.

Resolution #5-2018* will authorize our new Deputy Court Administrator and Municipal Judge to sign court checks.

Resolution #6-2018* will award the contract for Sewer Engineer to Mott MacDonald.

Resolution #7-2018* will award the contract for Water Engineer to David Simmons of Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc.

Resolution #8-2018* will amend the meeting dates for 2018 to correct the May meetings.

Resolution #9-2018* will authorize payments to Schwartz Edelstein Law Group, lead counsel for the school funding litigation.

Resolution #10-2018* will award the contract for Environmental Engineer to Excel Environmental Resources, Inc.

Resolution #11-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Municipal Public Defender.

Resolution #12-2018* will award the contract for Planner to J. Caldwell & Associates, LLC.

Resolution #13-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Municipal Legal Counsel.

Resolution #14-2018* will award the contract for Redevelopment and Bond Counsel to McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, L.L.C.

Resolution #15-2018* will approve the renewal of Junk Dealer license for Newton Auto Exchange.

Resolution #16-2018* will approve the renewal of Junk Dealer license for George’s Salvage Company.

Resolution #17-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Appraisal Services to Holzhauer & Holenstein.

Resolution #18-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Special Legal Counsel for Tax Appeal Matters.

Resolution #19-2018* will authorize the agreement for professional services for Conflict Legal Counsel.

Resolution #20-2018* will appoint George Wink as a Regular Member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #21-2018* will appoint Katherine Quinn as Newton’s Certified Court Administrator effective January 22, 2018.  She will be sworn-in at the January 22nd meeting.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #22-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session to discuss contract negotiations regarding the PBA & SOA.  Jim Prusinowski, Esq. will be in attendance.  

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of January 1, 2018.  

Have a great weekend!  Stay warm!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR