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April 10, 2015

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 2:19 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, April 13th at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the March 23rd Special and Regular meetings for consideration and approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
I will present my PowerPoint presentation on the 2015 Budget.

HEARING ON THE 2015 BUDGET
The first item of business is the hearing on the budget as it was introduced and advertised.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-10 will establish a Tree Bank.

Ordinance 2015-12 will amend Chapter 100 of the Code Book to update the fee for Garage Sale Licenses.

There are four ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-13 will direct the Sussex County Clerk to include a binding referendum asking the voters to approve the elimination of the recall election.

Ordinance 2015-14 will amend the Code with regard to minimum lighting standards.

Ordinance 2015-15 will amend the Code to permit vapor and tobacco stores in the T-4, T-5 and SD-3 zones.

Ordinance 2015-16 is a bond ordinance for various 2015 capital improvements.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #51-2015* will authorize a self-examination of the 2015 Budget.

Resolution #52-2015* will appoint James Cutler as temporary Zoning Officer while Kathy Citterbart is away.

Resolution #53-2015* requests approval from DLGS to establish a Dedication by Rider for donations received for the Tree Bank.

Resolution #54-2015* will cancel capital appropriation reserve balances into the general capital fund.

Resolution #55-2015* will cancel $12,000 from the Water Utility Fund – Reserve for hook-up fees to Operations to reimburse a payment made by Martorana Enterprises.

Resolution #56-2015* will lift the water restrictions that were imposed in October.

Resolution #57-2015* will approve the purchase of seven (7) SCBA Packs for the Fire Department through NJ State Contract #A80953.

Resolution #58-2015* requests approval from DLGS to establish a Dedication by Rider for donations received for Recreation purposes.

Resolution #59-2015* will amend the 2015 Capital Budget.

Resolution #60-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #61-2015* will authorize the insertion of revenue received from the Municipal Alliance grant into the 2015 Budget.

Application(s)*
1. Application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation, 1 College Hill Road, Newton to be held on June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at 1 College Hill Road.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake was 8 inches below the top of the spillway on 4.6.15.

NJDOT will be in Newton tonight doing emergency milling and paving from the Andover/Newton border to Nelson Street. The emergency repair work is being required to be completed at night by NJDOT. Work will be completed by Tuesday morning weather permitting. Alerts have been posted on both the Town website and social media advising motorists.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance. Important to note that the Town received a grant award of $4,245.83 towards the purchase of police body cameras. Nice job Debi and Chief!

Debi, Harold, and the Chief met with Donna Snyder from the Newton Board of Education to discuss the Spring Street one-way project.

85 Sparta LLC will begin work on Tuesday on Newton watermains.

AlphaFitness, located at 24 Clinton Street, is offering a special rate for Town of Newton employees – only $24.99 a month!

A reminder that emails were sent this week to those that are required to electronically file a Financial Disclosure Statement. The deadline to file, and avoid personal fine/penalty, is April 30th.

Have a great weekend! Hockey Playoffs – Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR