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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 15

June 16, 2017

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Never underestimate the crucial role of a good father or father-figure in the life of a child…

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday the 26th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above spillway as of June 12th.

I want to thank Deb Danielson, Kat Walker, and the Recreation Commission for another successful Miss Newton contest at PSS. The children and families (and your favorite emcee) truly enjoyed themselves immensely.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered or worked on Newton Day! A great time was had by all.

The pedestrian safety grant for the TransOptions program got shifted from 2017 to 2018 due to funding changes so we will look to do part 2 of the program next year.

Update on legislation from Sen. Oroho was emailed to Council this week.

Our trip to Haddonfield, NJ was positively delightful! It was great to see a thriving and successful Business Improvement District and Downtown in person. If you are ever able to visit, please do so.

Best wishes to Aida as she moves on to another position in Jefferson Township.

Congratulations on all high school graduates (including my daughter) over the next few weeks! Best wishes to all of the families too!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 09

June 9, 2017

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 12:06 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Tomorrow is Newton Day! Hope to see you all there!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews at 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 22nd Regular & Executive meetings for 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. 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
Property Tax Rebate Program. Information on this program has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-11 will establish a formal policy providing a retroactive refund of property taxes, for disabled veterans for a period of no greater than twenty-four months.

Ordinance 2017-12 will regulate the placement of trash dumpsters and roll-off containers within the Town only as it pertains to placement within public right-of-ways.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #92-2017* will transfer school monies for the period July 1 – December 31.

Resolution #93-2017* will approve the purchase of 2017 John Deere 410L Backhoe Loader through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey Cooperative Contract.

Resolution #94-2017* will authorize and designate the individuals authorized to sign checks for the Clerk’s Account.

Resolution #95-2017* will cancel outstanding checks in the Municipal Court Accounts.

Resolution #96-2017* will authorize the purchase of two crash trailers for the Department of Public Works through State Contract.

Resolution #97-2017* will authorize the purchase of a Ford F-250 for the Department of Public Works through State Contract.

Resolution #98-2017* will approve crediting water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #99-2017* will approve the renewal of the Club Liquor License for the VFW.

Resolution #100-2017* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Distribution Liquor Licenses.

Resolution #101-2017* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses.

Resolution #102-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* - There are four items for your consideration:

An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation.

An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Pride Foundation, Inc.

An application for an on-premise raffle (Tricky Tray) from the Pride Foundation, Inc.

A membership application from Kamran Yazdanfar, Jr., 54 Lawnwood Annex, Newton, into the Newton Fire Department.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
I have two requests for use of Firehouse #1.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above spillway as of June 5th.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance Fund monthly meeting.

Best wishes to Linda Roth as she moves on to Randolph! We will introduce our new CTC to you in a future newsletter.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 02

June 2, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 11:47 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 12th beginning at 7:00pm.  We have two interviews scheduled that evening (6:30pm and 6:45pm) for PB vacancies.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above spillway as of May 29th

Volunteers are still needed to staff the Town table at Newton Day on Saturday, June 10th from 11am-4pm.  Please let Terri know when you are available to assist.  Part-timer non-union employees are paid for their time and full-time non-union employees receive compensatory time.
Congratulations to the various businesses that won awards yesterday at the annual SCEDP awards reception at Perona Farms.

Interviews are still ongoing for the position of Certified Tax Collector.  Linda’s last day in Newton will be Friday, June 9th.  We wish her all the best in her new position in Randolph Township – Where Life is Worth Living!

Routine business discussed at the monthly Parking Authority meeting.

Human Resources has some cool lunch and learn and other type of health/wellness events lined up for employees this summer – keep an eye out for the information from Jennifer!

A reminder that summer hours have commenced.  Please plan your calendars and staffing accordingly. 

Have a great weekend!                                                                                              

Yours in Service,

TSRJR