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June 20, 2014

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, worked, or participated in the 150th Anniversary Celebration/Newton Day endeavors! A great time was had by all.

Thank you to all staff who assisted with the repairs on the Lower Spring Street watermain break.

Pool opening is tomorrow! Get your passes and enjoy the summer fun in Newton! Awesome!

At 6:00pm on Monday, June 23rd, we will have a reception with light refreshments for Mayor Ricciardo. The regular meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm. An Executive Session on Contract Negotiations will follow same.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the June 9th 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.

PRESENTATIONS
a) Victory Arch Proclamation
b) Mayor Joseph Ricciardo

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
There is one Utility Board appeal. Supporting documentation has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2014-11 will formally reject the recommendation of the Newton Historic Commission to designate Horton Mansion as a local historical landmark.

Ordinance 2014-12 will provide for the refunding of various bonds as recommended by the Town Auditor and CFO.

Ordinance 2014-13 will authorize the sale of certain public lands in the Town of Newton by public auction.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #110-2014* will authorize the release of a performance bond posted by Michael Fitzpatrick & Son, Inc., for the Sparta Towne Center watermain relocation project.

Resolution #111-2014* will renew the Club Liquor Licenses for the 2014-2015 licensing year.

Resolution #112-2014* will renew Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses for the 2014-2015 licensing year.

Resolution #113-2014* will renew the Plenary Retail Liquor Licenses for the 2014-2015 licensing year.

Resolution #114-2014* will authorize awarding the contract for the engineering of the roof replacement at the wastewater treatment plant to Hatch Mott MacDonald.

Resolution #115-2014* will authorize awarding the contract for the engineering of the replacement of the primary settling tank drive and covers at the wastewater treatment plant to Hatch Mott MacDonald.

Resolution #116-2014* will support the submission of a grant application for the NJDOT Safe Routes to School Program.

Resolution #117-2014* is a resolution determining the form and details of refunding bonds.

Resolution #118-2014* will refund tax monies due to a State Tax Court judgment for Block 22.05, Lot 13.

Resolution #119-2014* will refund tax monies due to a State Tax Court judgment for Block 1.01, Lot 19.

Resolution #120-2014* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #121-2014* will authorize the transfer of the liquor license for Chun Bo.

Resolution #122-2014* will authorize credits due water and sewer accounts.

There is one application for your consideration:
1. An Application for an on-premise raffle (50-50 & raffle) from the Newton Fire Department Auxiliary to be held on November 20, 2014 at 8:00pm at 56 Woodside Avenue, Newton.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
a) Spring Street – Harold E. Pellow
b) Free Saturday Parking Ordinance – A draft has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
c) Zoning Permit Ordinance – A draft has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #123-2014 will authorize our discussion on Contract Negotiations in ES.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 6.16.14.

The ‘Energy 101’ conference in New Brunswick was very well attended and informative.

Routine business was discussed at the monthly SCEDP meeting.

Deb Danielson and I attended the Nixle Conference this week. We are going to price out their Nixle Engage product for our emergency and non-emergency notification system.

Our next SID/Downtown tour has been scheduled in July! Next stop: Morristown!

Congratulations to all of the individuals who graduated from their respective schools this month! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR