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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

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


May 24

May 24, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 10:27 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 27th at 10:00am. Following same will be the ceremony at Memory Park at 11:00am. Please remember those who died in our nation’s service.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, May 29th 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 13, 2019 Regular and Special 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 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2019-4 will add the Violations Clerk and Recreation Coordinator titles to the salary ordinance.

We have one ordinance for introduction:

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

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #136-2019* will authorize a fireworks display for the Newton Day Festival.

Resolution #137-2019* will appoint Vicki Hall to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #138-2019* will authorize payment of vacation and sick time due to Scott Vertetis upon his retirement.

Resolution #139-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION
The first draft ordinance pertains to the current code with regard to domestic animals. The second draft ordinance is in regard to soil disturbance and grading. The Planning Board has reviewed the ordinances and the memos on both are included in your agenda packet.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of May 20, 2019.

We did another exciting Facebook Live this week with pithy content provided by Tom Talk – the world’s most or least interesting newsletter about the cool happenings in Newton. Awesome! Who needs Low-Carb High-Fat nonsense when we give you full throttle excitement!

Interviews were conducted this week for the vacant Deputy Municipal Court Administrator position. I will keep you posted on next steps.

Many schools and businesses participated in this week’s Newton Strong White Out Day in memory of Lexi Faye. Town staff shared in this endeavor as well.

On behalf of the Town I received a framed football jersey from Coach Matt Parzero of the State Champion Braves! We will proudly display same in Town Hall.

I toured various sites this week in preparation for my next Parking Authority meeting as we continue our deliberations about possibly purchasing property for additional downtown parking…exciting!

Have a great weekend! Be safe.

Yours in Service,
TSRJR