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Jan 23

January 23, 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:31 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

I have scheduled interviews for candidates interested in serving on the various Boards/Commissions beginning at 6:15pm on Monday night, immediately following will be our Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 12th Regular and Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

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.


There is one ordinance for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-1 will permit schools in the T3, T4 and T5 zones.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-2 will amend the Property Maintenance Code and make creditors responsible for maintaining the exterior property of vacant and abandoned properties involved in foreclosure actions.

Ordinance 2015-3 will amend Chapter 200 “Parks and Recreations Areas” establishing operating hours for public parks.


Resolution #14-2015* will award the bid for the replacement of the primary settling tank drive and cover at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to JEV Construction, LLC.

Resolution #15-2015* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #16-2015* will authorize the submission of strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance Grant for 2015.

Resolution #17-2015* will approve 2014 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #18-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* there are seven (7) applications for your consideration:
1. An application for an on-premise 50/50 from the Pride Foundation to be held on February 20, 2015 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at the High School.
2. An application for an on-premise bingo game from the Pride Foundation to held on February 20, 2015 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at the High School.
3. An application for an on-premise raffle from the Pride Foundation to held on February 20, 2015 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at the High School.
4. An application for an off-premise raffle from the Catholic Academy of Sussex to be held May 14, 2015 at 6:00pm at St. Joseph School.
5. A membership application from Anthony J. Perigo, 34 Mount View Street to join the Newton Fire Department
6. A membership application from Christopher S. Perigo, 34 Mount View Street to join the Newton Fire Department.
7. A membership application from Michael A. Hayes, 38 Mount View Street to join the Newton Fire Department

Resolution #13-2015 will waive water and sewer fees for the Newton First Aid Squad.

1. Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to discuss:
a. Signage; Vaping; Generators; Footcandles
2. The Shade Tree Commission has some recommendations I would like to discuss with you regarding tree bank and tree protection.



Resolution #19-2015 will authorize discussions on the Armory and the Rt. 206 Sidewalk Project.

Morris Lake was 24 inches below the top of the spillway on 1.19.15.

We (Tom, Mayor Elvidge, Councilman Levante) visited the SID in Montclair, NJ this past Tuesday. Once again, very interesting to see how a community takes the SID framework and turns it into something unique, special and successful.

The Hicks Avenue pro forma is almost complete. Next step will be discussions with the County of Sussex on the traffic light that needs to be installed to make this project viable.

We met with professionals from the Highlands to discuss the two potential TDR projects for the Town of Newton – Potential Receiving Zone 1 is 20-22 Trinity Street and Potential Receiving Zone 2 is 249 High Street. The group was very impressed with our current successes and future endeavors. I will keep you posted.

The 2015 budget is still being put together as we speak. Same will be distributed to the Council next Friday.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe!
Yours for a Better Newton,