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Oct 03

October 3, 2014

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 2:18 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 24 inches below the top of the spillway on 9.29.14.

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

The annual budget request memorandum was distributed today.

The new wheel loader arrived today.

I met with Sara Megletti this week from PB&J and the Merchants Association to review status on several projects. I will conduct these meetings with Sara monthly so she can more effective relay this information to the other merchants.

Kevan Ali (our resident video producer superstar) is looking to assist us with You Tube videos promoting the Town. I have asked him to work up some numbers for the 2015 budget.

I met with Jayne from the NJ Herald to map out a game plan for 2015 event promotion.

We were fortunate to have John Galandak, President of the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ come and visit with us. John is looking forward to our participation in his organization. We look forward to being the first NJ municipality to join this worthwhile group.

The mayor and I met with Joseph DiPaolo, President of Newton Medical Center, to discuss tax-exempt issues as well as other matters. I am grateful for his time and consideration.

Debi received a phone call from NJDOT regarding the proposed one-way street designation for Spring Street. NJDOT did not have any issues with same and will recommend an ordinance be approved along with some signal changes at the intersection of Union, Madison, and Spring Street.

Country Cool Festival Update – plans are continuing to move along rather nicely. Check out for more information or visit

Enjoy your weekend! How about those Giants? Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,