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June 21, 2013

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 24th at 7:00pm with Executive Session to follow.

Summer hours continue!  Late night Thursdays/early dismissal on Fridays…

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
May 29, 2013 Regular Meeting, June 10, 2013 Regular Meeting and June 10, 2013 Executive Meeting.

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
One Proclamation for the record – Jonathan P. Couce.

ORDINANCES
There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2013-21 will amend the code of the Town of Newton by the adoption of a revised transect zone map.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #104-2013* will cancel a balance in the federal and state grant fund - $4.15.

Resolution #105-2013* will authorize refund of redemption monies for outside lien holder.

Resolution #106-2013* will authorize refund of redemption monies for outside lien holder.

Resolution #107-2013* will award a contract to HD Supply Waterworks, LTD., for the purchase of the watermain for Howard Street.

Resolution #108-2013* will authorize renewal of plenary retail consumption licenses.

Resolution #109-2013* will authorize renewal of club licenses.

Resolution #110-2013* will authorize renewal of plenary retail distribution licenses.

Resolution #111-2013* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #112-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payments.

Resolution #114-2013* will award a contract to Edge Property Maintenance, Inc., for the Fire Museum Masonry Project.

Applications* - Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and GNCC.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
We have two (2) items to discuss – Potential Litigation and Personnel.  Resolution 113-2013.

ADJOURNMENT

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was three inches over the top of the spillway on 6.17.13.

We had a very successful kick-off meeting for the BID analysis with Mike and Mary.  Our team is looking forward to deep diving on this further.

The Handbook modifications are being reviewed for presentation later in the summer to the Council.

We are still compiling addresses of retail establishments to target for our marketing efforts.

Bids came in for the Fire Museum renovations – award is on the agenda.

The Newton jingle from Clear Channel is almost done!  The singer should be working on same this weekend or next week.  The jingle will be used to promote the Taste of Newton in September and all future Newton events.

I want to thank Deb, Jennifer, Jessica and Scott for their efforts with regards to the Historic District meeting.  Ten property owners came to discuss the changes to the ordinance as well as the tax exemption program.  My thanks to them for their hard work.  Many good questions and the consensus is that we are on the right path in streamlining the process.

The lights have been installed on Lower Spring Street.  The bricks are being done next and milling and paving will be occurring on June 26th and June 27th. 

The pool is ready to open!  Open house today from 3pm-6pm, open this weekend, and then officially open next weekend!  Don’t be a fool…stay cool in the Newton Pool!

Stay safe and have a great weekend!  

TSRJR