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April 21, 2011

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder that the Easter Egg hunt is Saturday, April 23rd at 10:30am at Memory Park.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, April 25th at 7:00pm.

Happy Birthday to Councilwoman Diglio!

We do not have anyone scheduled to perform the invocation.

Irene has prepared the minutes of the April 11th Regular and Special meetings for approval.

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.


There are two ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-5 is a bond ordinance for the funding of various capital improvements.

Ordinance 2011-6 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various Water and Sewer capital improvements.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2011-7 will lower the speed limit on North Park Drive to 25 mph.

Ordinance 2011-8 is a fully funded Water/Sewer Capital Improvement Ordinance for the Merriam Avenue Watermain Project.

a) Main Street Newton BID
b) Utility Board Appeal – Mautone
c) Utility Board Appeal – Oricchio

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 of the Consent Agenda items.

Resolution #71-2011* will approve amending the consideration that employees receive for waiving of health benefits.

Resolution #72-2011* will insert a special item of revenue into the 2011 budget for a Drunk Driving Enforcement Grant.

Resolution #73-2011* will approve a transfer of the DARE program balance to reserve for police donations.

Resolution #74-2011* will authorize the submission of a tonnage grant application to the State of New Jersey DEP.

Resolution #75-2011* will refund monies for a Homestead Rebate credit for Block 1201.03, Lot 7.

Resolution #76-2011* will authorize an agreement with the County of Sussex for the placement of outdoor video surveillance cameras on their properties on Spring St. and High Street.

Resolution #77-2011* will authorize credits due the County for their utility accounts.

Resolution #78-2011* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #79-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

National Nurses Week – Mayor to present on May 6th
Relay For Life (May 21st – May 22nd)
Arbor Day 2011 – Mayor to present on April 29th
Aphasia Awareness Month (June 2011)


a) Tax Exemption Ordinance – Draft



Resolution #80-2011 will authorize going into closed session. I have one topic to discuss with you: (1) Potential Litigation.

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 5 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 4.18.11.

Terri and I received training on the new Main Street Newton website. We will work with the MSN Promotions team on the compilation of information for the site.

We met this week with our Auditor, Tom Ferry. The Town, LOSAP, and Parking Authority all received excellent reports with no comments. I want to express my appreciation to all staff members for their commitment to excellence.

Our Senior Bus drivers received training this week on the proper use of the wheelchair lift in the bus.

Suzie coordinated an excellent surprise 80th birthday party for Coach Trudgeon on Wednesday. Everyone had a great time, and Coach came prepared, and on time, for the ‘snack stand’ meeting. Thank you to everyone for coming and bringing the treats.

Several members of the CivicPlus staff from Manhattan, KS, visited Newton this week. As you know, CivicPlus is the company who developed our award-winning website, and still hosts same. Terri and I were most pleased to learn that our website is now their template site that they use when presenting their product offerings to prospective clients. Our site should receive prominent display this year at the League of Municipalities in Atlantic City since CivicPlus will have a booth at same.

I met with the captain of the First Aid Squad to discuss their progress in recruitment and other topics. I appreciate the hard work of the volunteers and look forward to meeting with Cassie in the fall to see how things are going.

The Planning Board approved the Nardino/Katterman application last evening, as well as the Town’s ROW application.

Several staff members will be joining me at the annual MCCPC luncheon in Randolph today. As you know, the Co-op has over 200 members and is a four-decade old shared services success story.

The t-shirts came in today for the Clean Communities Neighbors Helping Neighbors event, which is being held on Saturday, April 30th from 8:30am-12:30pm. If you know of any resident (senior citizen, disabled, or a veteran), who may need property maintenance assistance, please let Terri know so we can contact them.

Excel is onsite today as the DPW crew removes the slab at 27 Orchard Street.

The hydrant flushing program will be begin Saturday, April 23rd and occur between 7:00am and 3:00pm. Hydrant flushing will also take place between 10:00pm and 6:00am on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Enjoy your holiday and weekend!