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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Oct 22

October 19, 2018

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 10:16 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, October 22, 2018.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 10th Regular meeting 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
There are two ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2018-20 will adjust water and sewer connection fees as discussed at our last meeting.
Ordinance 2018-21 will amend requirements in the SD-3 Zone including the relevant comments from the Planning Board.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #199-2018* will re-appoint Keith Mitchell as the Town of Newton’s Risk Management Consultant for 2019.
Resolution #200-2018* will approve a fireworks display for Newton Medical Center’s annual Festival of Lights on November 10, 2018.
Resolution #201-2018* will cancel appropriation balances for the Fox Hollow project in the Water Sewer Capital Fund.
Resolution #202-2018* will cancel the remaining $109.68 in the 2017/2018 Municipal Alliance grant receivable account.
Resolution #203-2018* with authorize the insertion of $3,397.00 for Tactical Barricades through the SIF Risk Control Grant.
Resolution #204-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
Resolution #205-2018* will revise the Personnel Policies and Procedure Manual and Employee Handbook to include certain changes due to the NJ Paid Sick Leave Act to become effective on October 29, 2018.
Resolution #206-2018* will denounce the despicable act of anti-Semitic graffiti on a home in Hampton Township.
Resolution #207-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
1. The Department of Public Works will give you a brief overview of their department.
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 October 15, 2018.
Planning efforts are ongoing for the Halloween Parade coming up on October 31st.
The WizardCon event is on! I have signed the trilateral agreement along with GNCC Interim Executive Director Tom Dust and Lori Konya from BBBS! Wizard on!
Congrats to Ken Teets for being inducted into the NHS Hall of Fame!
Congrats to the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad and to Officers Morales and Post for their awards at the recent NJEMS Conference in Atlantic City.
Spring Street was named Great Street 2018 by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association – an awards reception is being held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center October 29th.
I will be receiving an award from Seton Hall University in April for the work done on the marketing project with students from the Stillman School of Business.
#MakeNewtonGreatAgain
Tired of Winning yet? Not me!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 05

October 5, 2018

Posted on October 5, 2018 at 1:02 PM by Terri Oswin

Monday is Columbus Day and Town Hall is closed. Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 20th and 24th Special and September 24th Regular 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. I have a proclamation to be recorded into the minutes.
ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for second reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2018-18 will change the Code Book to reflect the results of the July 31, 2018 Special Election moving the future municipal elections to November.
Ordinance 2018-19 will establish a Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) policy for cats.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #190-2018* will authorize unpaid leave time for Adam Gourlay.
Resolution #191-2018* will approve the submission of a grant application to the NJDOT for the Plainfield Avenue Project.
Resolution #192-2018* will rescind Resolution #169-2018 for the insertion of money into the 2018 Budget for the Action Alliance Grant. The funding amounts from the County had to be recalculated to allow for the late submission by the Borough of Hamburg. As a result, we had to rescind and redo some previously adopted resolutions.
Resolution #193-2018* will authorize using the competitive contracting process for payroll services.
Resolution #194-2018* with authorize a refund of the payment of taxes for 18 Douma Drive due to a 100% disabled veteran exemption.
Resolution #195-2018* will authorize the revised figures for the Municipal Alliance grant.
Resolution #196-2018* this resolution will replace Resolution #169-2018 (rescinded by Resolution #192-2018) for the insertion of monies from the Municipal Alliance grant.
Resolution #197-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
Resolution #198-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
1. Master Plan Revisions – Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance.
2. Permitted Uses in SD-3 Zone – Jessica Caldwell will discuss.
3. Water/Sewer Connection Fees – Tom Ferry will be in attendance.
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 October 1, 2018.
My annual budget message has been sent out to department heads. Submissions are due to me by Friday, October 26th.
The annual fall public newsletter is being put together by Terri. Thank you for the information sent by departments.
Kimberly and I met with Katrina Foster and the KKPR team to talk about social media and marketing updates based on the recent Council discussion. We also talked about preliminary goals for 2019.
I attended the annual Governor’s Housing Conference in Atlantic City on Wednesday. Although the Newton Town Centre project was nominated and did not win an award, we are grateful for the RPM project’s success and look forward to working with them on the next project in Newton.
See you at the Fall Festival on Spring Street on Sunday. 11am-3pm.
Have a great weekend! Go Giants!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Sep 27

September 28, 2018

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm. We are closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of September 24, 2018.

Fall newsletter submittals are due to Terri.

Plans are continuing for the annual Fall Festival/Car Show on Sunday, October 7th.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters is continuing their coordination of the Spells on Spring Street event scheduled for after the annual holiday parade, 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

On Monday I will release the annual budget memorandum in preparation for our 2019 budget process.

Next Wednesday I will attend the annual Governor’s Housing Conference in Atlantic City. I am curious to see if our RPM Newton Town Centre project will be recognized in some fashion.

Routine business discussed at this month’s health insurance fund meeting. Open enrollment is expected to commence on October 29th.

Our IT support vendor is working on upgrades to our Wi-Fi networks to improve reliability and connectivity.

Have a great weekend! Go Giants!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR