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February 8, 2013

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM by Terri Oswin

The budget hearing scheduled for tomorrow will be canceled due to the snowstorm.  We will have budget hearings on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30pm and Thursday, February 21st at 6:30pm.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, February 11th at 7:00pm.


Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 14th Regular and Executive meetings for consideration and 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.


I will be reading a proclamation for Dawn Delaney, one of this year’s Grand Marshals for the Sussex County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


There are four ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2013-1 will establish a tree protection ordinance.

Ordinance 2013-2 will establish a tree bank ordinance.

Ordinance 2013-3 will authorize establishing a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) for the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad.  The voters will actually determine whether the program is implemented by voting in the November general election.

Ordinance 2013-4 will authorize the sale of Block 18.02, Lot 2 more commonly referred to as the Railroad Right-of-Way.

There are three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2013-5 will authorize us to exceed the 2013 Municipal Budget appropriations limit and establish a CAP bank which is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2013-6 will officially designate “Art Alley” on Spring Street as previously discussed.

Ordinance 2013-7 will re-appropriate monies in order to acquire some equipment for DPW.



Resolution #25-2013* will accept the list of qualified participants to receive LOSAP monies for the Fire Department for 2012.

Resolution #26-2013* will lift the water restrictions currently in place for the Town.

Resolution #27-2013* will authorize the renewal of a temporary Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Salvage, LLC.  The SC Health Department has an issue and would like it abated by May 31, 2013, or the license will be revoked.

Resolution #28-2013* will approve the renewal of the Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage Company, Inc.

Resolution #29-2013* will approve participation and submission for grant funding in the Safe and Secure Communities Program.

Resolution #30-2013* will amend the temporary capital budget.  This resolution is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2013-7 above.   

Resolution #31-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #32-2013* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 13.05, Lot 18.

There is one Application for your consideration:

  1. Off-premise raffle from the Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation to be held at noon on Friday, March 29th at Newton Medical Center.




I have three items:

a.    The Vision Plan – Jessica and Stu will be in attendance to discuss the plan.  The plan has been shared with you on the Google drive.  

b.   Court Fees – see the revised draft ordinance for your consideration.  It has been shared with you on the Google drive.

c.    2013 Municipal Budget





Morris Lake was 9 inches below the top of the spillway on 2.4.13.

Some excellent news was received this week as we learned of the sale (finally) of the Bula’s building on Spring Street!  We look forward to another quality restaurant coming to the downtown.

Also, the Blue Iris building is in the process of being sold!  Hopefully there will be a closing on same by the end of this month or next month.  Along with the recent sale of the leaning tower building, these three projects will bring a much-needed infusion of capital investment in that portion of our downtown.

A reminder that the swearing-in ceremony for Gary Chiusano to be our next County Surrogate will be on Monday the 11th at 3pm at the new Courthouse.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!