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October 25, 2013

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.


There are two volunteer interviews scheduled (6:30pm and 6:45pm respectively) on Monday, October 28th, and our next Town Council meeting will follow at 7:00pm.  An Executive Session will occur after same.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 23, 2013 Special, Regular and Executive meetings 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
I have asked David Simmons to attend to provide you with an update on the Gardner Avenue Well Study.

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

Ordinance 2013-25 will amend Chapter 100-15, of the Code of the Town of Newton, regarding parking lots.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2013-26 will provide for the adoption of the revised Town of Newton Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook, October 2013.

Ordinance 2013-27 will amend Section 100-24.H, of the Code of the Town of Newton, to include a provision regarding future payment.

OLD BUSINESS
1. TDR
2. Fire Museum

CONSENT AGENDA
a. RESOLUTION #173-2013* ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TENURE FOR LINDA A. ROTH AS CERTIFIED TAX COLLECTOR FOR THE TOWN OF NEWTON
b. RESOLUTION #174-2013* AUTHORIZE CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 FOR THE TRUCK #2 REFURBISHMENT 2000 TANDEM FREIGHTLINER TRUCK
c. RESOLUTION #175-2013* AUTHORIZE A MODIFICATION TO AN AGREEMENT WITH FKA ARCHITECTS FOR THE STRUCTURAL RENOVATIONS FOR THE NEWTON FIRE MUSEUM
d. RESOLUTION #176-2013* APPOINTMENT OF RONALD BIEDERMAN TO THE ADVISORY SHADE TREE COMMISSION
e. RESOLUTION #177-2013* APPROVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT NEWTON MEDICAL CENTER, ATLANTIC HEALTH SYSTEM
f. RESOLUTION #178-2013* ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROPOSED PURCHASE OF PIPES AND FITTINGS FOR THE HOWARD STREET WATERMAIN PROJECT
g. RESOLUTION #179-2013* APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 AND FINAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS ON VARIOUS STREETS
h. RESOLUTION #180-2013* TO ESTABLISH PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING COSTS FOR THE POOL FILTRATION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
i. RESOLUTION #181-2013* RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
j. RESOLUTION #182-2013* APPROVE BILLS AND VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
k. RESOLUTION #183-2013* AUTHORIZE THE TAX COLLECTOR TO REMIT TAXES ON EXEMPT PROPERTIES, BLOCK 8.03, LOT 3, QUALIFICATION C102
l. RESOLUTION #184-2013* AUTHORIZE THE REFUND OF REDEMPTION MONIES TO OUTSIDE LIEN HOLDER FOR BLOCK 21.07, LOT 7
m. RESOLUTION #185-2013* AUTHORIZE THE TAX COLLECTOR TO REMIT UNCOLLECTIBLE TAXES FOR BLOCK 4.02, LOT 20
n. RESOLUTION #186-2013* AUTHORIZE THE TAX COLLECTOR TO REMIT TAXES ON EXEMPT PROPERTIES FOR BLOCK 8.03, LOT 3, QUALIFICATION C104
o. RESOLUTION #187-2013* GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE FISCAL GRANT EXTENSION, JANUARY 1, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2014
p. RESOLUTION #188-2013* WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR TOWN OF NEWTON
q. RESOLUTION #189-2013* AUTHORIZATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE PURCHASE OF ROAD SALT AND SNOW GRIT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE TOWN OF NEWTON
r. RESOLUTION #190-2013* DESIGNATING BLOCK 8.08, LOTS 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 29, 30 & 31 AS AN AREA IN NEED OF REDEVELOPMENT
s. APPLICATION* OFF-PREMISE RAFFLE (50-50) FROM HSA CAMP AUXILIUM LEARNING CENTER TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 AT NOON AT NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL, 44 RYERSON AVENUE, NEWTON, NJ

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Art Alley Draft Ordinance

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #191-2013 will authorize an Executive Session to discuss Contract Negotiations.  Ed Buzak, Esq. will be in attendance to discuss same.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 22 inches below the top of the spillway on 10.21.13.

The Planning Board agreed at their October 23rd meeting to recommend to the Town Council the Redevelopment Designation for McGuire Chevrolet and Surrounding Parcels.

We met with the USDA this week to discuss the Fox Hollow Watermain Project.  We will be submitting our application for grant and loan funding for this important project.

The BID feasibility analysis report will be discussed at the November 25th Council meeting.

The Recreation Commission is sponsoring a trip to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Friday, December 6th.  Very few tickets are still available at the Recreation Department office.  The trip is open to all ages.  

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

TSRJR