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Sep 26

September 26, 2014

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Municipal offices are closed on Columbus Day, October 13th.

The next Council meeting is Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00pm.

Morris Lake was 22 inches below the top of the spillway on 9.22.14.

RFPs are ready to go out next week for municipal judge, town engineer, tax appeal attorney and public defender. Interested parties should contact Deb Millikin.

My thanks to the Council for participating in the ethics/harassment training on Monday.

Ursula and I worked on the letter to Bill Dressel at the NJ League of Municipalities on the tax-exempt issue. The resolution for Council approval will be on for October 15th. The letter and resolution will be sent to all NJ municipalities who have exempt property valuation as 20% or greater.

I conducted interviews this week for the new part-time laborer in DPW. Congratulations to Alex Armstrong who will be joining us next month. And best wishes to Bill Smith in retirement!

I am pleased to report that Chief Richards and I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Newton PD and SCCC. This MOU codifies the existing relationship between the Town and SCCC and enumerates the public safety responsibilities of both entities.

I am working on the SID PowerPoint presentation for release sometime in November.

The annual budget request memorandum will be distributed to department heads next week.

Country Cool Festival Update – plans are continuing to move along rather nicely. Donations are exceeding our budgetary expense estimates and the marketing efforts are rolling out slowly and effectively. Check out for more information or visit

Enjoy your weekend! How about those Giants?!

Yours for a Better Newton,