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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Apr 09

April 9, 2021 - UPDATED

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 12:19 PM by Kat Walker

Great News!  The application for the redevelopment of G&H into residential units and our new Chipotle, Panera’s, and Starbucks has just been delivered!  TRC for April, PB for May, Caffe Lattes in 2022!


You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.  A reminder there will be an interview with an individual interested in serving on one our Boards/Commissions beginning at 6:45pm.  It will be the same Zoom login information.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86181348814?pwd=SUpxMFl2OTR6dXU5SUc0TnkvTWtwQT09

Webinar ID: 861 8134 8814    Passcode: 411324

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or   1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

a.     March 22, 2021 – Interview

b.     March 22, 2021 – Regular Meeting

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 3 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.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2021-5 will authorize the execution of a financial agreement with WSR I Urban Renewal, LLC for the retail component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

Ordinance 2021-6 will authorize the execution of a financial agreement with WSL Urban Renewal, LLC for the residential component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #95-2021* will urge and support the establishment of a Veteran Center in Northwestern New Jersey.

Resolution #96-2021* will authorize the submission of the Municipal Alliance Grant. This is done annually.  

Resolution #97-2021* will support S-3522 to create a new Local Part of PERS to preserve the structure and integrity of the more solvent Local Part.

Resolution #98-2021* will concur with my appointment of Justin E. Sibblies as a Newton Police Officer.  The swearing-in ceremony will be held upon completion of the academy.  

Resolution #99-2021* will designate Water Street Holdings LLC as the Redeveloper for the G&H Property and execute an agreement for the same.

Resolution #100-2021* will refund the overpayment to an outside lien holder for Block 17.01, Lot 42, known as 45 Mason Avenue.  

Resolution #101-2021* will support H.R. 946 urging all members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation as well as members of Congress to support the SALT Act to restore the SALT deductibility provision in the Federal Tax Code.

Resolution #102-2021* will cancel taxes for Block 22.10, Lot 9 for a 100% Disabled Veteran.

Resolution #103-2021* will authorize the refund a taxes for Block 5.01, Lot 20 also known as 49 High Street as they have been granted 100% tax exemption by the Tax Assessor.  There was a delay in receiving the Tax Book from the County in January, and their bank made a payment before it was noted they were tax exempt.

Resolution #104-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

There is one application for membership in the Newton Fire Department for Thomas Donnelly, 2 Palmer Street, Newton, NJ.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

HEARING ON THE 2021 BUDGET

I have a PowerPoint presentation on the 2021 budget.  A copy has been emailed to you.  Resolution #105-2021 will formally adopt the 2021 Budget.

RESOLUTIONS

We have two resolutions not on the consent agenda:

Resolution #106-2021 will certify the list of qualifying 2020 LOSAP participants in the First Aid Squad.  I have listed on the agenda the councilmembers eligible to vote on this resolution. 

Resolution #107-2021 will certify the list of qualifying 2020 LOSAP participants in the Fire Department.  I have listed on the agenda the councilmembers eligible to vote on this resolution. 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 5, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Mar 19

March 19, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 1:25 PM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, March 22nd at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81652326022?pwd=aGpsYUM5d3FyR2ZwbnZ5a213MDFnZz09
Webinar ID: 816 5232 6022          Passcode: 816554

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or   1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833

A reminder there will be a volunteer interview commencing at 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

a.     March 8, 2021 – Regular Meeting

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 3 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 will have a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month to be noted for the record.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #87-2021* will be our self-exam of the 2021 budget.

Resolution #88-2021* will authorize the Chief Financial Officer and Town Manager to execute documents on the Town’s behalf with the USDA for funding for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station Replacement Project.

Resolution #89-2021* will name Topology NJ as the Town’s conflict Planner.

Resolution #90-2021* is a resolution authorizing the use of a three-year average on realized revenues as the anticipated revenues in the 2021 budget.

Resolution #91-2021* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board on their recommendation of the water/sewer connection fees for Quantum Realm.

Resolution #92-2021* will authorize the submission of the Safe and Secure grant application.

Resolution #93-2021* will authorize the submission of the Historic Site Management Grant on behalf of the Town.

Resolution #94-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 4 inches above the top of the spillway as of March 5, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Mar 05

March 5, 2021

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 11:59 AM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, March 8th at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86531293255?pwd=Tjg0eFdJVy9QbkZJM3JncnFsNHlzZz09
Webinar ID: 865 3129 3255 Passcode: 371197

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or 1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

a.     February 20, 2021 – Budget Meeting

b.     February 22, 2021 – Regular Meeting

c.     February 22, 2021 – Executive Session

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 3 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.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) Ordinances 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-3 will establish a CAP Bank.  This is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2021-4 will amend Chapter 228, adding Article IX “Limits on Prohibited Discharges from Industrial User”.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #76-2021* will authorize 2021 salary adjustments for certain non-union employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Resolution #77-2021* will approve the introduction of the 2021 Municipal and Water and Sewer Utility Budgets.

Resolution #78-2021* will renew the Town’s membership in the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Resolution #79-2021* is a resolution demanding the State Legislature accept its responsibility with regards to the Affordable Housing Act and halt any further action until such time it has promulgated rules governing its implementation.

Resolution #80-2021* will authorize a refund of taxes for a 100% disabled veteran, changing the effective date previously authorized. There is a memo from the Tax Assessor on this attached to the resolution in your packet.

Resolution #81-2021* will authorize applying for the 2020 Recycling Tonnage Grant.

Resolution #82-2021* will award Bid 2R-2021 for auto repair services to J.D.P. Automotive, Inc., DBA Boonton Tire Supply.

Resolution #83-2021* will authorize a refund of taxes for a 100% disabled veteran.

Resolution #84-2021* will authorize purchase electricity through an online auction.

Resolution #85-2021* will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account. 

Resolution #86-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of March 5, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Plans are continuing forth with the G&H Redevelopment project.  Looking forward to the PB review.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR