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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 15

February 15, 2019

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 1:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Municipal offices are closed on Monday, February 18th in recognition of Presidents’ Day.
Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 25, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 11, 2019.
Thank you to all staff and professionals who participated in both budget meetings.
Letters went out to multiple constituency groups advising of the 2019 pool closure for the season.
I am working on obtaining proposals from Suburban Consulting Engineers to assist in our thorough 6-month review of the Babe Ruth Field conditions as well as the Newton Town Pool facility and operations.
Dave Simmons and Fred Margron have been asked to provide rough 10-year projections on various W/S capital projects to assist in our planning endeavors.
Tickets are available for the Seton Hall awards reception in April where I will receive recognition for our market research project with Seton Hall students. Please contact Terri if would like to join me at the Newton tables. Thursday, April 11th, 6pm-9pm in South Orange, NJ.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Feb 08

February 8, 2019

Posted on February 8, 2019 at 3:14 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder, we have our final budget meeting tomorrow beginning at 9:00am.
Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 11, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the January 28th Special, Regular and 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 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 2019-1 will amend the regulations for generators.
OLD BUSINESS
Resolution #56-2019 would authorize a settlement with Newton West regarding a tax appeal. This Resolution was tabled at the last meeting.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #57-2019* will approve the participation in the State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Communities Program.
Resolution #58-2019* will extend the contract for auto repair services with Boonton Tire per Bid 6-2017.
Resolution #59-2019* will approve 2018 appropriation reserve transfers.
Resolution #60-2019* will authorize the purchase of rock salt and grit through Sussex County.
Resolution #61-2019* will certify our hiring practices to comply with the US EEOC requirements. This resolution is required every year before submitting our budget to the state.
Resolution #62-2019* will cancel outstanding checks in the Court accounts.
Resolution #63-2019* will appoint John-Paul Couce to the Planning Board as an alternate and Danielle Zito to the Recreation Commission.
Resolution #64-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 4, 2019.
We met with our friends from SCCC to talk about their game plan for the improvements to the McGuire’s property. We look forward to partnering with them on the long-term viability of this great multi-faceted endeavor.
Our first budget meeting went very well on Wednesday evening – thank you to all staff who participated in same.
The Statewide Reorganization meeting was successfully held in Basking Ridge, NJ yesterday. I was selected as chairman for another year. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and to lead.
We had a great meeting today with John Kweselait to discuss the exciting projects he has going on in the Town of Newton. We are very grateful for his significant investments in our community and look forward to many more years of his great success.
Tickets are available for the Seton Hall awards reception in April where I will receive recognition for our market research project with Seton Hall students. Please contact Terri if would like to join me at the Newton tables. Thursday, April 11th, 6pm-6pm in South Orange, NJ. As an alum, donor and professor, I am honored to be recognized but thank all staff and professionals for working on this project.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Feb 04

February 1, 2019

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 10:22 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be Monday, February 11th at 7:00pm.
Municipal offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th in recognition of Presidents’ Day.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of January 28, 2019.
Budget preparation continues with dissemination of same for the Governing Body occurring today!
Thank you Sherri for coordinating our Big Game party today!
Next week is the annual Statewide Insurance Fund reorganization in Basking Ridge, NJ.
We will be meeting with our friends from SCCC to discuss updates for their McGuire’s downtown project.
Thorlabs will be coming to the Planning Board meeting this month for their new YUGE project.
The new building (commercial residential) at the Bula’s location will be coming in to the Planning Board in April.
A videographer was here this week videotaping me for the Awards Reception in April at Seton Hall. Looking forward to the event! Go Pirates!
Have a great weekend!
Big Game Prediction – Patriots by 6. Lock it up!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR