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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Dec 06

December 6, 2019

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 3:08 PM by Terri Oswin

Many thanks to Chief Michael S. Richards for his years of service to the Newton Police Department and congratulations to Acting Chief Robert Osborn and the others I promoted this week.

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:00pm. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the November 25, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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

PUBLIC HEARING

Service Electric Cable TV will be in attendance for a public hearing regarding their franchise renewal.

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2019-14 will establish salaries and wages for calendar year 2020.

OLD BUSINESS

RESOLUTION

Resolution #244-2019 will waive the water and sewer utility charges for the Newton First Aid Squad building.  Councilwoman Diglio will recuse herself from this vote.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #245-2019* will designate the CFO as the Public Agency Compliance Officer for Calendar Year 2020.

Resolution #246-2019* will reappoint Adam Vough as the Town’s representative to the Sussex County Solid Waste Advisory Committee for 2020.

Resolution #247-2019* will designate the Town Manager as the National Organization on Disability representative.

Resolution #248-2019* will authorize the sale of brine to other municipalities.

Resolution #249-2019* will reappoint Joe Carr as the Town’s representative to the Sussex County Water Quality Policy Advisory Committee.

Resolution #250-2019* will authorize the cancellation of taxes for a small lot of land with no owner.

Resolution #251-2019* will approve appropriation transfers.

Resolution #252-2019* will authorize transfer of school monies to the BOE for the 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020 time period.

Resolution #253-2019* will authorize credits due water and sewer accounts.

Resolution #254-2019* will authorize the annual agreement between the Town and Parking Authority.

Resolution #255-2019* will approve the renewal of a taxicab owner’s license for DADS Taxi & Limo.

Resolution #256-2019* will approve the renewal of a taxicab driver’s license for Doragail Spicer.

Resolution #257-2019* will approve the renewal of a taxicab driver’s license for Glenn Spicer.

Resolution #258-2019* will authorize the payment of recurring bills as recommended by the CFO.

Resolution #259-2019* will approve the transfer of the liquor license for 173 Spring Street to Newton Sports Bar and Grill.

Resolution #260-2019* will approve the reimbursing of certain employees for vehicles expenses for calendar year 2020.

Resolution #261-2019* will concur with my appointment of a new School Traffic Guard, Edward C. Kampka.

Resolution #262-2019* will appoint Earl W. Schick, III to the Planning Board as an alternate member.

Resolution #263-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of December 2, 2019.  

Thank you to all DPW staff and first responders for their efforts during this week’s storm and recovery.

I conducted our annual staff budget hearings this week and thank Monica, Ginny, Jennifer, and all staff for their participation.

The Parking Authority discussed routine business on Thursday but did also approve the parking swap with RPM Newton Town Centre and approve their annual budget.

A reminder to let Sherri Kaylani know if you will be attending the annual staff holiday party next Friday at 12:30pm.

Have a great weekend!  Be safe.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Nov 22

November 22, 2019

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM by Terri Oswin

An interview has been scheduled for Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:45pm with an individual interested in a position on one of our Boards/Commissions. Our regular Town Council meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the November 13, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
PRESENTATION
Ken Teets and Dan Finkle of the Newton Office of Emergency Management will be in attendance to give an overview of their department and the services they provide.
ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-14 will establish salaries and wages for calendar year 2020.
OLD BUSINESS
RESOLUTION
Resolution #229-2019 will authorize the transfer of ownership of an ambulance to the Newton First Aid Squad. Councilwoman Diglio will recuse on same.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #230-2019* will change the procedures for the claimant certification on vouchers. This will help to expedite payment that is under the $6,000.00 quote threshold.
Resolution #231-2019* will authorize officials to sign to sign checks for the Court to include new personnel.
Resolution #232-2019* will reappoint Keith Mitchell as our Risk Management Consultant for 2020.
Resolution #233-2019* will reappoint myself as Fund Commissioner and Jennifer Dodd as Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Town of Newton in the Statewide Insurance Fund.
Resolution #234-2019* will refer the Proposed Amendments to the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.
Resolution #235-2019* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Church Street project and accept the project as complete.
Resolution #236-2019* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the ADA Ramps for Plainfield Avenue project and accept this portion of the project as complete.
Resolution #237-2019* will authorize an agreement for my employment with the Town.
Resolution #238-2019* will authorize the refund of monies to an outside lien holder for 105 Lake Avenue.
Resolution #239-2019* will authorize a performance bonus for the Town Manager.
Resolution #240-2019* will authorize credits due water and sewer accounts.
Resolution #241-2019* will authorize a four-year agreement with UPSEU.
Resolution #242-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #243-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss my Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 13 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 18, 2019.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Nov 05

November 8, 2019

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 3:07 PM by Terri Oswin

A couple of reminders: tomorrow is the Flags of Honor ceremony beginning at 11:00am in front the Municipal Building. The Municipal Offices are closed Monday, November 11th for the Veterans’ Day holiday. Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 28, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have one proclamation to be recorded into the minutes.
ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-11 will revise our current LOSAP ordinance.
Ordinance 2019-12 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the acquisition of a new utility truck for Mr. Jaekel.
Ordinance 2019-13 will fund the 2011 Trail Grant project.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #221-2019* will authorize the disbursement of $60,000 from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to the CCI Foundation to construct a supportive special needs housing project.
Resolution #222-2019* will authorize a PILOT with CCI Foundation, Inc.
Resolution #223-2019* will authorize the purchase of road salt/grit through the Sussex County Co-op.
Resolution #224-2019* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure contract with Suburban Consulting Engineers for the pool renovations.
Resolution #225-2019* will establish a Domestic Violence Policy as required by State statute.
Resolution #226-2019* will approve 2019 appropriation transfers.
Resolution #227-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #228-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss my Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 12 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 4, 2019.
My thanks to everyone who assisted with the great Halloween Parade this past week.
Interviews were conducted this week for the position of Deputy Municipal Court Administrator. I will keep you posted on my hiring decision.
Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR