From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 15

June 15, 2018

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 11:57 AM by Terri Oswin

Happy Father’s Day!

The next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, June 25th at 7:00pm.  Starting at 6:00pm we will have light refreshments and a reception to recognize the service of Mayor Levante and Deputy Mayor Elvidge.


Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 11, 2018.  

My sincere thanks to everyone who worked or volunteered to make the Miss Newton Contest and Newton Day great successes!

Routine business discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Bristol Glen Community Advisory Board.

I want to thank Councilman-elect Dickson for joining us for several hours on Wednesday to learn about each department and tour various Town facilities. 

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

Kimberly and I (along with two of our interns Devon and Ashley) are attending the annual SCEDP Awards Luncheon in Sparta.  I will report back next week if any Newton businesses are recognized!

Have a great weekend! 

Yours in Service,


Jun 08

June 8, 2018

Posted on June 8, 2018 at 12:49 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Just a reminder, tonight is the Miss Newton Contest. The Newton Day Festival and Fireworks are tomorrow. The next regular Town Council meeting this Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:00pm.

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 30th Regular and Special meetings for consideration and approval.

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.

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

There are six (6) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2018-8 will adjust certain fees and costs.

Ordinance 2018-9 will amend §320-3 and §320-2.C to permit Light Industrial Uses in the T-4 and T-5 Zones.

Ordinance 2018-10 will amend §320-25 regarding the existing signs at 116-118 Spring Street.

Ordinance 2018-11 will create a new Article III to Chapter 206 to allow for Food Trucks.

Ordinance 2018-12 will direct the Clerk to submit a non-binding referendum to the Newton voters for this November election to move the Municipal Elections from May to November.

Ordinance 2018-13 will reappropriate funds to be used toward pool repairs and improvements.

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2018-14 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for Water Tank and Related Water Quality Improvements in the amount of $105,000.00.

Ordinance 2018-15 is a fully funded Capital Improvement ordinance for the acquisition of Road Equipment in the amount of $15,000.00.


1. Resolution 95-2018 (Tabled 5/14/18) will authorize a shared services agreement with the Housing Authority for certain engineering and personnel services. No update.

Resolution #122-2018* will authorize an agreement with Bill Hinkes, Esq. for conflict counsel in relation to the WAWA construction in Sparta.

Resolution #123-2018* will cancel appropriation balances in the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #124-2018* will amend the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.

Resolution #125-2018* will amend the Capital Budget.

Resolution #126-2018* will authorize using Sourcewell, which is a national purchasing cooperative.

Resolution #127-2018* will authorize Electronic Tax Sale Fees.

Resolution #128-2018* will authorize holding an Electronic Tax Sale.

Resolution #129-2018* will authorize the transfer of school monies for the period July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Resolution #130-2018* will memorialize maps prepared outlining the new parking on Spring Street and Lower Spring Street.

Resolution #131-2018* will appoint Vicki Hall as an Alternate Member of the Newton Planning Board.

Resolution #132-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.


Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of June 4, 2018.

Make sure you check out our 2 newest restaurants in Town – La Famiglia Italian restaurant and Spring Diner, both on Spring Street – things are moving along!

Routine business discussed at this month’s Parking Authority meeting.

Have a great weekend! See you tomorrow at Newton Day!

Yours in Service,
Jun 01

June 1, 2018

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:26 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 11th at 7:00pm. 


Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of May 28, 2018.  

Many thanks to the GNCC and all staff members and volunteers who made the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony successful.

Hotel reservations have been made for the annual League of Municipalities conference in AC.

I am working with our IT vendor on the taping of Council meetings and will keep you posted.  Meetings will be taped the night of the meeting and uploaded the next day on the Town website for public viewing.

Some of our new Summer Interns are starting on Monday, June 5th – welcome to the Team!

Congratulations to Bill Oswin and Adam Armstrong on the recent additions to their respective families.

I met with Dr. Greene this week for our quarterly meeting on Town and BOE happenings.

Contract negotiations with the PBA/SOA are progressing to mediation this upcoming week.

Don’t forget that Newton Day is Saturday, June 9th – Town staff members are still needed to manage our booth and giveaways.  Please contact Kimberly Williams to sign up.  Full-time non-union employees will receive comp time and part-time staff and interns will be paid their hourly wage.


Yours in Service,