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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 21

June 21, 2019

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 12:41 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7:00pm.

A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 10, 2019 Regular meeting 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.

PRESENTATION
Paul Rummerfield of Phillipsburg Housing Authority will be in attendance to give an overview of the Newton Housing Authority.

Suburban Consulting Engineers will give an update on the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis.

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

ORDINANCES
We have two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2019-5 will allow industrial uses in the T3 Zone.

Ordinance 2019-6 will add a new chapter to the code book regarding soil importation and grading.

OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance 2019-B regarding animals has been revised for your review.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #149-2019* will renew our shared services agreement with the Borough of Hopatcong for animal control and pound services.

Resolution #150-2019* will authorize insertion of special items of revenue into the 2019 Budget with regards to the Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #151-2019* will authorize repairs for the Morris Lake Micron Screen.

Resolution #152-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with R&J Controls, Inc.

Resolution #153-2019* will authorize auction of surplus property on Municibid.com.

Resolution #154-2019* will renew the plenary retail consumption liquor licenses for Spring Street Pub & Grill, LLC and the Barrel House for 2019.

Resolution #155-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 17, 2019.

We had a productive meeting this week to discuss the Rail Trail project with our friends from Thorlabs. They are very interested in assisting us with our endeavors.

Work continued on the 10-year water and sewer capital budget projections.

I attended the annual MCCPC luncheon in Randolph. Always good to hear about the success of the cooperative I used to be in charge of in my previous life.

We met with Suburban Consulting Engineers to discuss the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis which is on for discussion at this Monday night’s meeting.

We met with an interested developer for the 56 Paterson Avenue redevelopment area. I will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend! Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 07

June 7, 2019

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 12:03 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder Newton Day is tomorrow from 10:30am – 4:30pm on Spring Street…music, food, games, and fireworks at Memory Park in the late afternoon/evening.
Also, the Miss Newton/Little Mr. Newton/Little Ms. Newton contests are tomorrow at 11:00am at the Newton Theatre Arts Academy on Spring Street. See you there!
Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00pm.
A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 29, 2019 Regular meeting 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 & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-6 will add a new chapter to the code book regarding soil importation and grading.
OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance 2019-5 will allow industrial uses in the T3 Zone. The public hearing will be held at the June 24th meeting.
Ordinance 2019-B regarding animals is still in draft form and being worked on – no update.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #140-2019* will authorize the purchase of a skid steer (track loader).
Resolution #141-2019* will authorize the transfer of school monies for the period July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
Resolution #142-2019* will award the quote for appliances for the new firehouse to Chefs Corner.
Resolution #143-2019* will award the contract for the Church Street Improvement Project to C & V Paving.
Resolution #144-2019* will renew the one social club liquor license for the 2019.
Resolution #145-2019* will renew the retail distribution liquor licenses for 2019.
Resolution #146-2019* will renew some of the retail consumption liquor licenses for 2019.
Resolution #147-2019* will authorize Change Orders 8-12 for Firehouse No. 2. These nominal change orders are still within the $25,000 general allowance included in the project.
Resolution #148-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of June 3, 2019.
Tom Ferry came into to discuss the preliminary draft of our annual audit. Nothing new to report on same (that’s a good thing).
Kimberly and I attended the annual SC EDP Economic Forum which was hosted by SCCC and sponsored by Laddey, Clark and Ryan LLP.
I spoke to students at Seton Hall this week at the annual Civic Engagement Boot Camp symposium, talking about ways for individuals to get more involved in their communities.
Parking Authority discussed routine business along with real property acquisition at Thursday’s meeting.
Final interviews were conducted for the vacant Deputy Municipal Court Administrator position. I will keep you posted.
Another boring episode of my FB Live Tom Talks was done today! If you are looking to waste 2 minutes of your day, it is the perfect answer…
Have a great weekend! Be safe. See you tomorrow!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
May 31

May 31, 2019

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 1:09 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 10th at 7:00pm. 

A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of May 27, 2019.  

We did another exciting Facebook Live this week – also known as the most boring 3 minutes of your day – but my favorite! 

We met with Katrina and her team (not the waves but close enough) to discuss our plans for videotaping much of the fun on June 8th at Newton Day as well as our business video project we are commencing in June.  Excitement she wrote!

I announced our aquatic plans this summer at the Council meeting.  We look forward to partnering with the School District, Thorlabs, and our new friends in Hackettstown to give residents some pool fun!

Cory, Dawn and team are diligently working on funding for the rail trail grants.  Kudos to the DPW crew for their expert work on the boardwalk by Tri State Rentals.

We met with a very interested developer for the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment site.  I will keep you posted on this promising endeavor!

Interviews are still being conducted for the vacant Deputy Municipal Court Administrator position.  I will keep you posted on next steps.

It’s not too late to volunteer for Newton Day!  June 8th!  See Kimberly for details please…

Have a great weekend!  Be safe.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR