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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Aug 09

August 9, 2019

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:18 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm. The Special Meeting on the CDBG grant application will be at 6:00pm on Monday, August 26th.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of August 5, 2019.
The job ad for CFO has been posted on the Town website, NJSLOM website, and distributed elsewhere. Several applicants have already showed interest.
The Town made application this week to the NJSLOM on innovation in governance. I detailed our marketing event coordination success for the application and will keep you posted.
The Banking RFP has been made available to the public. Applications are due August 29th by 11:00am.
I met with Thorlabs this week to talk about the current status of their terrific projects in Town as well as their future growth initiatives. We are grateful for Alex’s steadfast commitment to the Town and region.
I met with Jim Prusinowski this week to address updates on both the CWA and UPSEU contract proposals. I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.
Routine business discussed this month at the Statewide Insurance Fund meeting in Parsippany.
Progress continues to be made on the various redevelopment projects in Town which includes McGuire’s, Paterson Avenue, Hicks Avenue, and G&H. Lots going on!
Your favorite newsletter editor (or maybe, second) will be off for a bit so no newsletter on 8/16 or 8/23.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Aug 02

August 2, 2019

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 10:43 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 22, 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
There is one ordinance for public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-7 will revise Chapter 57 and Chapter 320 regarding animals as previously discussed.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #169-2019* will reject the Longo Electrical-Mechanical Inc. submission for the Pump Maintenance bid because they had not responded based upon the specifications.
Resolution #170-2019* will award the Pump Maintenance bid to Rapid Pump and Meter Service Company, Inc.
Resolution #171-2019* will authorize the cancellation of taxes for Block 8.05, Lot 4 due to an executed PILOT with RPM for this parcel.
Resolution #172-2019* will authorize the cancellation of taxes for Block 8.05, Lot 7 due to an executed PILOT with RPM for this parcel.
Resolution #173-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with Fire & Safety Services, Ltd.
Resolution #174-2019* will authorize the purchase of mobile cameras and accessories through NJ State Contract with SF Mobile Vision.
Resolution #175-2019* will refund monies to an outside lien holder for Block 15.02, Lot 15.
Resolution #176-2019* will authorize the retirement of Dawn L. Babcock.
Resolution #177-2019* will affirm the issuance of Bond Anticipation Notes.
Resolution #178-2019* will authorize a professional services contract with Topology, to serve as our conflict planner for the redevelopment of the G&H Property.
Resolution #179-2019* will authorize entering into another contract with SESI Consulting Engineers, Inc., for further work (concrete testing) on the pool at Memory Park.
Resolution #180-2019* will authorize entering into another contract with Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc., for further work on the pool at Memory Park.
Resolution #181-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with JK HVAC Service.
Resolution #182-2019* will award the bid for the ADA ramps for the Plainfield Avenue Project to Tony’s Concrete.
Resolution #183-2019* will authorize emergency repairs for the Sussex Street retention basin.
Resolution #184-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
APPLICATION
1. An application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from Newton Memorial Post 5360 VFW to be held on September 7, 2019 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #185-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss contract negotiations – Bridge Q-06 project. Information on this topic has been shared with you on the Google Drive. Dave Simmons and Jenn Credidio will be in attendance.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of July 29, 2019.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jul 19

July 19, 2019

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 8, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your consideration and approval.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This is for those who 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
None.
OLD BUSINESS
None.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #164-2019* will award the contract for the paving of Plainfield Avenue to Tilcon, Denville Line Striping, and General Foundries, utilizing the Morris County Co-op.
Resolution #165-2019* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #166-2019* will certify the annual audit. An electronic copy of the audit and the Corrective Action Plan has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
Resolution #167-2019* will authorize the request for a road opening on Trinity Street for Elizabethtown Gas. Trinity Street is still under the five-year moratorium, and Council’s permission is need for any openings.
Resolution #168-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
APPLICATION
There are three (3) applications for consideration.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch below the top of the spillway as of July 15, 2019.
I met with Jessica and Cory this week to talk about a possible CDBG grant application. I will keep you posted.
The new project at the Bula’s building location was discussed at this week’s Planning Board meeting. Same will continue at the September 18th meeting.
The Master Plan reexamination report has been approved by the Planning Board. A copy of said report has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
Recreation had a successful trip to the Bronx Zoo this week. The next trip will be to Medieval Times on August 15th!
We are looking into fiber optics for the Police Department and Town Hall. I will keep you posted.
Have a great weekend! Be safe and stay cool!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR