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March 22, 2013

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, March 25th at 7:00pm.  In addition to the regular meeting we will have several items for discussion in Executive Session.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the March 11th 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.  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

ORDINANCES

There are no ordinances for public hearing.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #47-2013* will approve 2012 Appropriation Reserve transfers for accumulated sick leave.

Resolution #48-2013* will award the contracts for the acquisition of chemicals for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Water Filtration Plant.

Resolution #49-2013* will award the purchase contracts for the sludge and chemical waste trucking.

Resolution #50-2013* is a resolution opposing proposed legislation, which would establish an early voting process for certain elections.

Resolution #51-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

  1. Disruptive Properties – Chief Richards, Jonathan McMeen and Ursula Leo will be in attendance to discuss this matter.    

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #52-2013 will authorize going into closed session.  I have two topics to discuss:  (1) Contract Negotiations and (2) Potential Litigation. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake was 2 ? inches above the top of the spillway on 3.18.13.

The Senior Shuttle bus is still getting work completed at this point at Family Ford.  The Town continues to utilize a school bus for our seniors.  Thank you to the School for their assistance.

The divers completed the investigation work at Fox Hollow Lake on Friday.  The investigation report along with the video were received on Thursday and is currently being reviewed by Dave Simmons to determine the best way to fix the joints that have come apart.  The repair should be determined within the next week and then supplies and cost will be obtained to complete the repair. 

The Martorana application was carried to the April Planning Board meeting.

Congratulations to the NFAS on an enjoyable annual dinner held this week at Trinity Lounge.  In spite of the weather, everyone had a great time and we appreciate their service and dedication to the town.

A kiosk and flat-panel screen are being installed in the lobby of the Municipal Building to track the usage and savings of our new solar panels at DPW and WWTP.

We have come to terms with the UPSEU and said MOA will be discussed (in Exec.) and voted on at the April 8th meeting.  My thanks to the members for their hard work and commitment to concluding the negotiations quickly and amicably.

I am commencing work on the BID analysis by obtaining a master list of potential vendors who may be interested in providing a quote on same.

A reminder to department heads that content for the Spring Newsletter is due to Terri by March 28th.

Minisink Press is printing the Annual Report 2012 edition as we speak.

For those of you that donated generously to the 2012 holiday charity grab bag, there is a “thank you” pizza party in my conference room on Friday, April 5th at Noon – please advise Terri of your attendance.

Also, Friday, April 5th is Hockey Jersey Day here in the Town of Newton – very exciting!  Wear your favorite team’s colors – preference is given to those that wear Rangers red, white and blue, of course.  Bonus points if you dust off your Charlestown Chiefs jersey for the Hanson Brothers!

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

 

TSRJR