MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 23

February 23, 2024

Posted on February 23, 2024 at 1:13 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, February 26, 2024, beginning at 7:00pm. The Budget Meeting will start at 5:00pm and will also continue after the Regular meeting is adjourned.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from the February 12, 2024 – Regular Meeting.

                          

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all who wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS


ORDINANCE(S)

There are three (3) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2024-3 is an ordinance to establish a Cap Bank. This is done annually.

 

Ordinance 2024-4 is a bond ordinance providing appropriation of $800,000 for renovations to Firehouse No. 1 and authorize the issuance of $760,000 bonds or notes.

 

Ordinance 2024-5 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) Schedule for members of Newton Town Volunteer First Aid Squad.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #83-2024* cancels appropriated reserve balance in the Federal and State Grant Fund – Municipal Alliance Grant in the amount of $116.73.

 

Resolution #84-2024* authorization to apply for a NJDCA grant to assist in repairing the Newton Roller Hockey Rink.

 

Resolution #85-2024* approves an initial application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Gavin Spicer.

 

Resolution #86-2024* approves a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

 

Resolution #87-2024* approves a renewal application for Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.

 

Resolution #88-2024* approves a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

 

Resolution #89-2024* approves a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Exchange.

 

Resolution #90-2024* approves a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage Company.

 

Resolution #91-2024* authorizes credits due a water and sewer utility account.

 

Resolution #92-2024* approves bills and vouchers for payment.

 

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution #82-2024 waives W/S fees for the First Aid Squad. This is done annually.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway.

 

Great progress is being made on our SEO Project and new Newton APP.

 

My thanks to everyone (especially Monica) who put in countless hours to make the budget process successful.

 

Tom Talk was another great success with new music, a new format, new questions, and a great guest in Jennifer Cable! Make sure to check it out on Facebook or our website.

 

LGR!

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR

Feb 09

February 9, 2024

Posted on February 9, 2024 at 2:47 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, February 12, 2024, beginning at 7:00pm. Volunteer interviews will start at 6:00pm.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from the January 4, 2024 – Reorganization Meeting and the January 22, 2024 – Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all who wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

 

ORDINANCE(S)

There are two (2) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2024-1 is an ordinance and agreement appointing Cory L. Stoner of Harold Pellow & Associates as Municipal Engineer for calendar years 2024, 2025, and 2026.

 

Ordinance 2024-2 is an ordinance permitting overnight parking in certain spots in Lot No. 2/Main Street Lot.

 

There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2024-3 is an ordinance to establish a Cap Bank. This is done annually.

 

Ordinance 2024-4 is a bond ordinance providing appropriation of $800,000 for renovations to Firehouse No. 1 and authorize the issuance of $760,000 bonds or notes.

 

Ordinance 2024-5 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) Schedule for members of Newton Town Volunteer First Aid Squad.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #69-2024* authorizes payment #1 for the Drainage Improvements Contract at Memory Park.

 

Resolution #70-2024* cancels grant receivable and appropriated reserve for unrealized Municipal Alliance Grant 2022/2023 in the amount of $468.98.

 

Resolution #71-2024* authorizes contract with Northeast Communications State Contract 83898.

 

Resolution #72-2024* approves 2023 appropriation reserve transfers.

 

Resolution #73-2024* is a resolution and agreement for professional services for the Municipal Court Judge (3-year appointment).

 

Resolution #74-2024* amends the Temporary Water/Sewer Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #75-2024* authorizes an emergency installation of a single stage RBC unit at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

 

Resolution #76-2024* authorizes Aviat Microwave Backhaul & Tait Simulcast System and Accessories Contract pursuant to New Jersey State Contract.

 

Resolution #77-2024* approves participation with the State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Communities Program.

 

Resolution #78-2024* approves the extension of a contract for Schmidt’s Wholesale Water Meter Supply Bid 3-2022.

 

Resolution #79-2024* approves bills and vouchers for payment.

 

Resolution #80-2024* furthers historic preservation through a grant form NJ Historic Trust in the amount of $32,813 for the Newton Town Plot Historic District.

 

Resolution #81-2024* amends the Temporary Budget.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is one inch over the top of the spillway.

 

I was voted once again as Chairman of the Statewide Insurance Fund. The excitement is palpable! This is the fund that manages all of our insurance (non-health).

 

The public newsletter is finalized and ready for design.

 

Monica is diligently working on the 2024 budget.

 

Cory and I have an energy aggregation meeting later today to go over options for Council consideration.

 

Don’t forget to join us for the first of four Wellness Lunch & Learn Zoom Sessions with Dr. Laura Rokosz on Tuesday.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! xxoo

 

Go 49ers! (Sorry Michelle)

 

LGR!

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR

Jan 19

January 19, 2024

Posted on January 19, 2024 at 11:48 AM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 22, 2024, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from December 11, 2023 – Regular Meeting, December 11, 2023 – Executive Session, and January 8, 2024 – Executive Session.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 minutes and limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all who wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS


ORDINANCE(S)

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2024-1 is an ordinance and agreement appointing Cory L. Stoner of Harold Pellow & Associates as Municipal Engineer for calendar years 2024, 2025, and 2026.

 

Ordinance 2024-2 is an ordinance permitting overnight parking in certain spots in Lot No. 2/Main Street Lot.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #61-2024* authorizes a Disabled Persons Property Tax Deduction at Block 5.05, Lot 8.

 

Resolution #62-2024* authorizes a refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.08, Lot 21.

 

Resolution #63-2024* authorizes a refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 9.03, Lot 5.

Resolution #64-2024* authorizes a refund of taxes for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption for Block 2.01, Lot 63.

 

Resolution #65-2024* grants authority for approval of certain purchases in excess of the bid threshold through New Jersey State Contracts and/or Purchasing Cooperatives for 2024.

 

Resolution #66-2024* approves a Cooperative Purchasing Contract to Garden State Laboratories, Inc.

 

Resolution #67-2024* authorizes an emergency repair of a 10” water valve at High Street/Route 94.

 

Resolution #68-2024* approves bills and vouchers for payment.

 

Application(s)* 

An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Jason Teets.

An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Francis Ays, Jr.

An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Aleeza Shabbir.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is one inch over the top of the spillway.

 

Four (4) Wellness Seminars are being scheduled with Dr. Laura Rokosz, PhD, RDN. These will be conducted as Lunch & Learns via Zoom during 2024.

 

The Planning Board approved one (1) application this week for 59-61 High Street and carried two (2) others to February. Congratulations to Barbara Vrahnos on being selected as the new Chairperson!

 

Plans are moving along both for the Firehouse No. 1 project and the Boardwalk Connector project under the oversight of Cory Stoner.

 

Our next Tom Talk guest has been confirmed! Mayor John-Paul Couce will be our special guest on Thursday, January 25th at 1:30pm. Mark your calendars!

 

Special thanks to both Lt. Mueller and Chief VanNieuwland who will be retiring later this year. Much appreciation from all of us on your service to the Town.

 

LGR!

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR