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December 6, 2013

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM by Terri Oswin

Thank you to all W/S and DPW personnel who assisted with the watermain break on Diller Avenue, minimizing disruptions and re-establishing service in a timely fashion.

Monday night the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held here at Town Hall at 6:00pm, with the Town Council meeting following at 7:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the November 25th Special and Regular meetings for consideration and approval and also on the agenda are the tabled minutes from the October 28th Special, Regular and Executive meetings.

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

There is an appeal of the Utility Board decision on a waiver of a late fee.  

ORDINANCES

There are four ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2013-28  will designate Art Alley as a one-way street, from Spring Street to Trinity Street.

Ordinance 2013-29 will establish a new article in the Code Book, requiring background checks for volunteers on the Recreation Commission/Department. 

Ordinance 2013-30 will establish minimum and maximum salary ranges for Town personnel for calendar year 2014.

Ordinance 2013-31 will establish regulations regarding water conservation as discussed.

There are four ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2013-32 will revise Section 307-54 of the Code Book establishing weight limits on certain streets, prohibiting large trucks on Church St., Division St. and Linwood Avenue. 

Ordinance 2013-33 will establish limits on the number of dogs allowable per household. 

Ordinance 2013-34 will authorize any future changes to the Employee Handbook be done via resolution. 

Ordinance 2013-35 will revise the current Employee Handbook to reflect the discontinuation of health benefits for any newly elected officials of the Town. 

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #207-2013* will approve appropriation transfers. 

Resolution #208-2013* appoints the Town Manager as Hearing Officer in any disputes involving the Town. 

Resolution #209-2013* will designate Deb Millikin as the Town’s Public Agency Compliance Officer. 

Resolution #210-2013* will designate Linda A. Roth as Tax Search Officer for 2014.

Resolution #211-2013* will concur with my appointments of our Special Police Officers for 2014.

Resolution #212-2013* will authorize the transfer of school monies for the period of January through June. 

Resolution #213-2013* will reappoint Ken Jaekel as the Town’s representative on the County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee for 2014.

Resolution #214-2013* will reappoint Paul Baldwin as the Town’s representative on the County’s Water Quality Policy Advisory Committee.

Resolution #215-2013* will authorize the execution of an agreement with the Newton Parking Authority. 

Resolution #216-2013* will designate the NJ Herald and New Jersey Sunday Herald as the two newspapers to receive notices required by the NJ Open Public Meeting Act for 2014.

Resolution #217-2013* will designate the NJ Herald and the New Jersey Sunday Herald as the two newspapers for legal advertising for 2014.

Resolution #218-2013* will designate the Town Manager as the National Organization on Disability Representative. 

Resolution #219-2013* will establish the rate of interest to be charge for non-payment of taxes for 2014.

Resolution #220-2013* will allow for the cancellation of property tax refunds or delinquent amounts of less than $10.00.

Resolution #221-2013* will appoint members to the Local Emergency Planning Committee for 2014.

Resolution #222-2013* will designate the Town Manager, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer as the officials authorized to sign checks. 

Resolution #223-2013* will authorize the Assessor, Attorney and Manager to act on the Town’s behalf with regard to tax appeals. 

Resolution #224-2013* will designate the CFO as the individual authorize to sell Bond Anticipation Notes. 

Resolution #225-2013* will authorize executing a shared services agreement with Wantage Township for animal control and pound services. 

Resolution #226-2013* will appoint Rufus Coward to the Recreation Commission. 

Resolution #227-2013* will authorize auctioning a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on www.govdeals.com.  

Resolution #228-2013* will designate the banks the Town uses as depositories for 2014.

Resolution #229-2013* will establish Town Council meeting schedule for 2014.  

Resolution #230-2013* will support the submission of a Grant-In-Aid application through the NJ Historic Preservation Fund.  This grant would fund the continuation of the Intensive-Level Historic Architectural Survey for Main Street, Spring Street and Park Place. 

Resolution #231-2013* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 11.01, Lot 14.

 Resolution #232-2013* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 21.05, Lot 15.

Resolution #233-2013* will reappoint Hatch Mott MacDonald as the Town’s Sewer Engineer for 2014.

Resolution #234-2013* will renew the liquor license for 144 Spring Street (formerly JC’s Grill House) for the 2012-2013 licensing year.  This is step two in the process. 

Resolution #235-2013* will renew the liquor license for 144 Spring Street for the 2013-2014 licensing year.  This is the third and final step in the process. 

Resolution #236-2013* will accept the paving of Howard Street, Oak Street, Maple Avenue, Kelsey Avenue and Hillside Terrace as complete. 

Resolution #237-2013* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.  

Resolution #238-2013* will provide for the insertion of revenue in the 2013 budget from the FEMA grant for self-contained breathing apparatuses for the Fire Department. 

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #239-2013 will authorize going into closed session.  I have one topic to discuss:  (1) Personnel.  This will be my annual review. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake was 30 inches below the top of the spillway on 12.2.13.

I implemented a budget freeze this week, indicating to department heads all purchases must go through me first to be authorized.

Our condolences to the family of Charlie Thom.  The wake and funeral were a fitting tribute in recognition of all of the hard work he performed for Newton and Sussex County.

I conducted my annual budget hearings with department heads on Wednesday and Thursday.  Thank you to everyone who participated in same.

Parking Authority met on Thursday at their final meeting until February.

The Martorana documents are still being reviewed by both legal counsels.

A reminder that the employee holiday gathering will be at Noon on Friday, December 20th.

Snoopy has made his happy return, and is most pleased to be out of his Rubbermaid home.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!

TSRJR