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June 10, 2011

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 3:32 PM by Terri Oswin

I want to thank all W/S personnel, DPW staff, and all employees and volunteers of the Town of Newton for their hard work and tireless dedication this week during the watermain break in Andover.  I am proud of all of you and thank you for your efforts.

A reminder that Newton Day is tomorrow!  The Firehouse 5K begins at 10:00am and opening ceremonies on Spring Street begin at 11:00am.  Hope to see you then!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 13th, with an Executive Session at 6:30pm and the Regular Meeting at 7:00pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine has prepared the minutes of the May 23rd Regular and Executive meetings for 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
Scott Holzhauer and Jennifer Credidio, Esq. will be in attendance to discuss the Tax Exemption Ordinance.  Copies of the latest versions have been included in your packet.

Representatives from Main Street Newton have indicated they will be in attendance to discuss the Challenge Grant with you.


ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-10 will authorize auctioning off municipal properties located on Woodside Avenue.

OLD BUSINESS
a)     Utility Board Appeal – Oricchio

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #110-2011* will approve the transfer of monies to the schools for period July 1st through December 31st.

Resolution #111-2011*
will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 401, Lot 25.

Resolution #112-2011* will authorize entering into an agreement with the owner of 170 Spring Street for the placement of outdoor video surveillance cameras on their building.  

Resolution #113-2011* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #114-2011* is in support of H.R. 1489 Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2011.

Resolution #115-2011* will support the submission of a grant application by Main Street Newton for $15,000.

Resolution #116-2011* will appoint John D. Tomasula as a Class II – Special Police Officer.

Resolution #117-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #118-2011* will authorize a lease agreement with First Hope Bank for the acquisition of a new 2011 Ford Explorer police vehicle.  This will be used as the Patrol Sergeant’s vehicle.  This was chosen over a Ford Crown Victoria as the new Explorer is cheaper, has more room, and has better gas mileage.

Applications* -
An application for a special permit for a social affair from the Men’s VFW Auxiliary Post 5360 to be held on June 8th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 85 Mill Street.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
Paterson Avenue Redevelopment – Amendment Draft – Jessica Caldwell

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Morris Lake Reservoir was ½ inch above the top of the spillway on 6.6.11.

On Wednesday, the Town received its new Tower 804!  She is quite a beauty!  Check out photos online at newtownhall.com or on Facebook.  I wish the men and women of the Newton Fire Department many miles and many years of very safe travel in it.

Andover.  Watermain break.  Organized chaos.  Great job Newton!  ‘Nuff said.

Enjoy your weekend!

TSRJR