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January 24, 2014

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, January 27th at 7:00pm.  Executive Session to follow.    

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 13th 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
Ordinance 2014-1 will amend Section 320-2.C of the code book to permit food and beverage production in the T-4, T-5 and T-6 zones.  This ordinance will be referred to the Planning Board, and our public hearing is slated for the February 24th Council meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance 2013-33 – legal counsel met with Lorraine and several interested parties.  A revised ordinance and memo regarding the changes has been shared on the Google drive. 

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #11-2014* will award the purchase of a mini-bus to Alliance Bus Group. 

Resolution #12-2014* will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector related to a premium payment that was turned over the Treasurer in compliance with State Statute for Block 2.01, Lot 16.

Resolution #14-2014* will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector related to a premium payment that was turned over the Treasurer in compliance with State Statute for Block 4.02, Lot 12.

Resolution #15-2014* will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector related to the refund of a redemption due to an outside lien holder for Block 19.06, Lot 19. 

Resolution #16-2014* will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector related to a premium payment that was turned over the Treasurer in compliance with State Statute for Block 9.05, Lot 1.

Resolution #17-2014* will authorize the submission of a Strategic Plan for the Municipal Alliance Grant for fiscal year 2014.

Resolution #18-2014* will approve the renewal of the liquor license for 144 Spring Street for calendar year 2012-2013. 

Resolution #19-2014* will approve the renewal of the liquor license for 144 Spring Street for calendar year 2013-2014.

Resolution #20-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 

 Applications* there is one application for consideration:

 

  1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Newton Medical Center Foundation to be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 3:00pm at 175 High Street, Newton.

 

RESOLUTIONS – NON-CONSENT
Resolution #13-2014 will affirm the actions of the Tax Collector related to the refund of a redemption due to an outside lien holder for Block 8.04, Lot 12.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION 

  1. Landlord Responsibility Ordinance Modifications
  2. S.I.D. Feasibility Study

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #21-2014 will authorize going into closed session.  I have one topic to discuss:  (1) Contract Negotiations. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 21 inches below the top of the spillway on 1.20.14.

My thanks to the DPW and Newton team for all their hard work during the variable weather patterns we have been experiencing lately.  More snow on its way!

I met with Nancy Woods this week to discuss Newton Day.  Some suggestions I brought forth include an expanded fireworks display for our 150th Anniversary of incorporation; elimination of the beer tent to make the Memory Park portion more family-friendly; expanded vendor presence on Spring Street; and more.  I will keep you posted.

 

Gina Thomas and I met with Clear Channel Communications to discuss some marketing concepts for 2014.  Some promising ideas under consideration…

The new and improved Employee Handbook has been copied and is ready for distribution.  My thanks to Tracy V. for her hard work on this project.

I was interviewed by Melissa Estock for WMBC this week on a story regarding our Highlands grant award as well as on several other topics.  Melissa also did a nice interview with Sgt. Coppolella regarding safety during snowstorms.  My thanks to Melissa for her coverage of Newton!

Enjoy your weekend!  Almost Super Bowl time!

Yours for a Better Newton,

 

TSRJR