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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Aug 10

August 10, 2018

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM by Terri Oswin

The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 17th Regular and 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 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have a proclamation to be noted for the record. A copy has been included in your packet.

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

Ordinance 2018-16 will expand the parking restrictions on Plainfield Avenue during school hours for safety reasons.

Ordinance 2018-17 is a fully funded Capital ordinance in the amount of $50,000 for preliminary planning and redevelopment.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #167-2018* will affirm the issuance of a $1,925,000 Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).

Resolution #168-2018* will approve the 2017 balance for the snow removal appropriation to be lapsed into the trust for snow removal.

Resolution #169-2018* will authorize the insertion of monies from the Municipal Alliance Grant to be inserted in to the 2018 budget.

Resolution #170-2018* will authorize the payout of vacation and sick leave time to Shawn Burke.

Resolution #171-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #172-2018*
will extend the date the payment for 3rd quarter taxes are due. We received the certified tax rate on July 16, 2018, and bills were mailed on July 18th. A twenty-five day extension makes the due date August 14th.

Resolution #173-2018* will appoint our Qualified Purchasing Agent by name, Sean P. Canning.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:

1. An application for a Special Permit for Social Affair from the Newton Memorial Post 5360 Veterans of Foreign Wars to be held on September 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 85 Mill Street, Newton, NJ.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #174-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session to discuss contract negotiations involving bargaining agreements with the PBA/SOA. Our Labor Counsel, Jim Prusinowski,, Esq., will be in attendance. His memo on the matter has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 6 inches above the top of the spillway as of August 6, 2018.

Don’t forget to enjoy the showing of Despicable Me 3 at Memory Park this evening at 8:00pm!

We met with Senator Oroho and his staff this week to discuss how to move the boarding house legislation forward. We hope things will move in a positive direction for us sooner rather than later.

Routine business discussed at this month’s Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

A special thanks to all of our interns this summer! We wish them well in their academic and career endeavors.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Aug 03

August 3, 2018

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 10:58 AM by Terri Oswin

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 30, 2018.
The special election was held on Tuesday this week and voters decided to move the May municipal elections to November.
Get ready to do some serious shopping on August 3rd, 4th, and 5th as we have the annual Town-wide Garage Sale coupled with the downtown merchant Sidewalk Sale!
Make sure you mark your calendars for the Movie Nights at Memory Park – August 10th and 24th! Despicable Me 3 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are the two free movies playing those dates.
Invitations have gone out for the annual Taste of Newton event which will be held on Monday, September 10th on Spring Street.
The DPW has been swapping out old fluorescent light fixtures in Town Hall for energy efficient LED units that are both brighter and less expensive to operate. Hey it’s bright in here!
We met with representatives from JCP&L this week to discuss environmental cleanup efforts at their East Clinton Street property. I will keep you posted.
The ribbon cutting for the Newton Theatre Arts Academy was extremely well attended and joy to behold. We wish JP nothing but continued success in all of his exciting endeavors!
Councilwoman Diglio and Lorraine attended a meeting this week to learn more about plans for improving the County Library System.
We received bids for water testing this week through the competitive contracting process.
I attended the quarterly Community Schools meeting with Dr. Greene and his team. I will keep you posted on the exciting things occurring in our schools this fall.
We have a meeting next week with Sen. Oroho to continue efforts to see legislation adopted regarding boarding/rooming houses. We appreciate his efforts and that of his team and look forward to a successful outcome as quickly as possible.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Fair and the shopping at the garage and sidewalks sales!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR

Jul 20

July 20, 2018

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 1:22 PM by Terri Oswin

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 16, 2018.

The second edition of Tom Talk, our exciting and riveting marketing newsletter, is in production. Make sure you contact Kimberly Williams so you can learn how to receive this great publication!

I attended the most recent Community Advisory Board meeting for Newton Medical Center. Very exciting to be a part of this team, discussing the Altitude program which once again will be held at Halsted Middle School. Check out: https://altitudenj.com/.

Statewide Insurance has provided coverage through Chubb for both the Mecaj lawsuit on the special election as well as the Levante OPRA/GRC case. We are confident in Dick Cushing’s expertise along with Ursula and Jonathan on these matters.

Make sure you mark your calendars for the Movie Nights at Memory Park – August 10th and 24th! Despicable Me 3 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are the two free movies playing those dates.

Get ready to do some serious shopping on August 3rd, 4th, and 5th as we have the annual Town-wide Garage Sale coupled with the downtown merchant Sidewalk Sale!

Invitations have gone out for the annual Taste of Newton event which will be held on Monday, September 10th on Spring Street.

SCCC discussed their exciting plans for the McGuire’s property at the Planning Board meeting. We look forward to working with our county partners on long-term expansion at this key redevelopment area.

Many thanks to Sherri Kaylani for the success of the annual employee bbq! Also appreciation to all those who were kind enough to contribute food or supplies, and to the DPW for the grillin’ and chillin’!

Shout out to all the July birthdays! Shameless, I know!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR