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June 24, 2011

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 27th at 7:00pm

The Council Reorganization meeting is next Friday, July 1st at 6:00pm. 


Lorraine has prepared the minutes of the June 13th Regular and Executive meetings for 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.

a)     Tax Exemption Ordinance Discussion – J. Credidio, Esq.

a)     Utility Board Appeal – Oricchio


Resolution #119-2011* will approve the renewal of Club liquor licenses for another year.

Resolution #120-2011* will approve the renewal of plenary retail distribution liquor licenses for another year.

Resolution #121-2011* will approve the renewal of plenary retail consumptions licenses for another year.  

Resolution #122-2011*
will authorize entering into a shared services agreement with Hardyston Township for fire sub-code administration and enforcement services.

Resolution #123-2011* will officially authorize the relocation of the County bus stop from Spring Street to Trinity Street.

Resolution #124-2011* will award the bid for the improvement to the abutment area of Morris Lake Dam to T.R. Weniger, Inc., of Green Brook, NJ.  

Resolution #125-2011* will cancel unexpended monies for the North Park Drive project in the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #126-2011* will cancel unexpended monies for the Safe Routes to Schools project in the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #127-2011* will cancel General Capital Improvement Ordinance balances.

Resolution #128-2011* will amend the 2011 capital budget for the acquisition of cameras for the DPW facility.  This resolution is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2011-13 later in the agenda.

Resolution #129-2011* will amend the 2011 capital budget for the paving of various streets and improvements to alleyways/sidewalks, etc.  This resolution is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2011-11 later in the agenda.

Resolution #131-2011* is a resolution authorizing the Town of Newton to participate once again in the Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) for long-term debt.  This will save taxpayers $419,000 over the life of the issue. 

Resolution #132-2011* will authorize a refund to an outside lien holder for Block 1303, Lot 10 also known as 2-4 Stuart Street.

Resolution #133-2011* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts as recommended by the collector.

Resolution #134-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications* there is one application:
An application for an on-premise raffle (tricky tray) from HSA St. Joseph School, 20 Jefferson Street, to be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm at the school.

There are two resolutions that have been removed from the consent agenda for consideration.

Resolution #130-2011
will direct the Planning Board to review the proposed amendments to the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Plan.

Resolution #135-2011 will authorize the negotiated agreement with Anthony Mautone, Esq. for the Utility payment for Block 711, Lot 19.


We are changing the order of the agenda slightly as some resolutions had to be adopted before the introduction of the ordinances below.

Ordinance 2011-11 will re-appropriate funds to allow for various improvements to Spring Street and the Historic District.

Ordinance 2011-12 is a refunding bond ordinance.

Ordinance 2011-13 will re-appropriate funds to allow for the acquisition of security cameras at the DPW facility.


There are four items for discussion:

a)     Utility Board Appeal – Toner

b)     Smoke Free Facility – 39 Trinity Street

c)     Spring Street Promotions Budget Request

d)     Land Use Ordinance - Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance.



The Morris Lake Reservoir was 5 inches above the top of the spillway on 6.24.11.

Newton Day was a great success this past Saturday!  I want to thank the volunteers and staff who made this a memorable occasion for thousands of people in our area.

Our application before the Historic Commission regarding benches/bike racks/fido house/flag poles on Spring Street was successful this past Monday.  Our next step will be to apply for the wayfinding project in July.

We met with the County of Sussex and their consultants as it relates to the Solar PPA project.  The system at Town Hall was deemed too small for the project but there is definitely potential for the DPW complex.  The consultants will be inspecting our Wastewater Treatment Plant for a ground array system.  I will keep you posted.

Enjoy your weekend!