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February 6, 2015

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our budget discussion dates are as follows:
Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 9 a.m.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 6 p.m.

I have scheduled an interview with Ernest Hemschot beginning at 6:45pm on Monday night, immediately following will be our Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 28th Special, 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.

I will note a proclamation for Dennis & Mary Harrington for the record.

There are two ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

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 #20-2015* will authorize using a three-year average as a tax collection rate for the 2015 budget reserve for uncollected taxes.

Resolution #21-2015* will authorize an agreement with NJDOT for the Route 206 milling and paving project.

Resolution #22-2015* will appoint Jean Bond to the Recreation Commission.

Resolution #23-2015* will appoint Raymond Morris to the Recreation Commission.

Resolution #24-2015* will award the bid for the roof replacement & related work at the wastewater treatment plant to P. Cipollini, Inc.

Resolution #25-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #26-2015* will refer the amendments to the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #27-2015* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 4.02, Lot 23.

Resolution #28-2015* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 7.01, Lot 1.


1. Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to discuss:
a. Signage
b. Vaping
c. Generators
d. Footcandles
2. The Shade Tree Commission has some recommendations.



Morris Lake was 21 inches below the top of the spillway on 2.2.15.

My appreciation to all staff involved in the 12” water main repair this week. The leak was difficult to detect; however, it was eventually found and within 45 minutes of finding same it was fixed. The break was a circular crack and a sleeve was placed on top. Water was restored around 5:15pm Thursday evening.

Monthly reports will be emailed to the Council on Monday due to the fact that Court cannot generate their report until Monday morning.

Department heads are sending annual report information to Terri in preparation of the 2014 edition.

Taco Bell continues to be interested in a Newton location and has made offers on several properties.

We are looking to extend and modify the Byram-Newton tax collection shared service arrangement through December 31st. I will let you know the status of same.

I was selected as Chairman of the Statewide Insurance Fund for a 2nd consecutive year. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great group of like-minded communities.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe!

Yours for a Better Newton,