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Jan 11

January 11, 2013

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm.


Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the December 10th Regular & Executive meetings for consideration and approval.


The winner of the Holiday House Decoration Contest will be in attendance so the Mayor can present a certificate and gift card.  


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 no ordinances.



Resolution #1-2013* will oppose the proposed approval process for Non-SHBP members.

Resolution #2-2013* will authorize the execution and delivery of an amendment and consent as a participating member in the MCIA in connection with the Sussex Renewable Energy Program.  A memo from legal counsel explaining this was sent via email to each Council member on Thursday.

Resolution #3-2013* will authorize Newton to sell brine solution to other municipalities.

Resolution #4-2013* will authorize the Town of Newton to execute a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex for the maintenance of municipally owned traffic signals and flashing warning lights.  This is actually a renewal of an agreement.

Resolution #5-2013* will appoint Frank Leone to the Newton Parking Authority.

Resolution #6-2013* will adopt the Temporary Operating Budget and Temporary Water and Sewer Budget for 2013.

Resolution #7-2013* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Howard Street Drainage Improvements Project, resulting in a decrease in the overall project amount.

Resolution #8-2013* will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector in the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.08, Lot 19.

Resolution #9-2013* will accept the Improvements to the Emergency Spillway of Paulins Kill Dam Site #4 project as complete based on the recommendation of David B. Simmons.

Resolution #10-2013* will approve 2012 appropriation reserve transfers.                                                                                            

Resolution #11-2013* will give the Town of Newton’s consent for an amendment to the Sussex County Water Quality Management Plan.

Resolution #12-2013* will authorize a refund for an added assessment as a result of a County Board of Taxation appeal judgment.

Resolution #13-2013* will affirm the cancellation of an added assessment for 71 Paterson Avenue.

Resolution #14-2013* will affirm the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.08, Lot 22.

Resolution #15-2013* will affirm the refund of overbilling for Block 14.01, Lot 15.

Resolution #16-2013* will authorize the refund of an overpayment of water and sewer charges.   

Resolution #17-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #18-2013* will authorize the transfer of the plenary retail consumption liquor license for O’Reilly’s Pub & Grill.

Application* there is one application for your consideration: an on-premise 50/50 raffle from the March of Dimes Foundation to be held Friday, February 1, 2013 at SCCC from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.



  1. Fire Museum – Cory Stoner and Tom Kosten will be in attendance along with Ken Jaekel and Dan Finkle.
  2. Reverse Energy Auction – Michael Stoller will be in attendance.
  3. WWTP Solar Project Update – John Scheri will be in attendance.  A copy of the background information was sent to you earlier in the week.
  4. NFAS LOSAP – Draft Ordinance – A copy of the draft was sent to you earlier in the week.
  5. Court Fees – Draft Ordinance – A copy of the draft was sent to you earlier in the week.  Lucy DeLoreto, our Court Administrator, recommends the increase in the fines, and they have been approved by the Assignment Judge, the Hon. Judge Weisenbeck. 




Resolution #19-2013 will authorize going into closed session for: (1) Potential Litigation.


Morris Lake was 13 inches below the top of the spillway on 1.7.13.

CWA contract negotiations have commenced and the UPSEU negotiations are soon to follow.

There are several vacancies on our boards and commissions.  Please review the list provided and advise if you have any potential candidates for same.

The Chief and I held a meeting with interested residents from the Swartswood Road area to discuss any progress regarding the investigation on break-ins.

Councilman Elvidge and I attended the monthly NJMMA meeting in New Brunswick.  We will provide details on the award received on Monday evening.

Have a great weekend!

Hockey season is almost here!  Let’s Go Rangers!