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April 24, 2015

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 2:55 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, April 27th at 7:00pm. A reminder, Mayor Elvidge will not be available for this meeting.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the March 23rd Executive and the April 13th 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.

PRESENTATIONS
Victoria Simeone of Ginnie’s House will be in attendance to accept a proclamation from Deputy Mayor Flynn declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

Mackenzie Genung will be in attendance for Deputy Mayor Flynn to present her with a proclamation for volunteer service and acknowledge and congratulate her on receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Communicate Governance Letter from the auditors; this item has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-11 will create a section in the Newton Code Book regulating emergency standby generators.

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

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #62-2015* will reappoint Maria Fiedorczyk to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #63-2015* will authorize executing an agreement with County of Sussex for Fire Marshal services.

Resolution #64-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #65-2015* will support Assembly Bill No. 4325, the Transparent Tax Act of 2015.

Application(s)*
1. Application for an off-premise raffle (50/50) from Free Clinic Sussex County, 67 High St., Newton to be held on October 12, 2015 at 7:00pm at 67 High Street, Newton, NJ.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #66-2015 will authorize discussions on contract negotiations with RPM Development – Newton Town Centre.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 4 inches below the top of the spillway on 4.13.15.

A reminder deadline for filing Financial Disclosure Statements is April 30th.

Liquid Engineering was on site on Monday doing cleaning on the clear wells at Morris Lake. Tuesday they were in the 2mg tank cleaning. This is required to be done every five years.
The fish were stocked at Morris Lake on Friday. Fishing permits go on sale on April 28th.
Meeting was held with the County regarding the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment project. Debi & Cory will be meeting with County Engineering to go over the total cost for the traffic light at Hicks Avenue & Sparta Avenue next week.

Routine business discussed at SC EDP.

Our annual audit conference went well with Tom Ferry this week.

I met with Jennifer Dericks from The Alternative Press to discuss some of the exciting projects and happenings in Town. She will be writing stories on same with her team and we are grateful for the positive exposure for the Town. This will be especially meaningful as we promote the upcoming Newton Pool season and the road improvements occurring on Spring Street and Trinity Street.

We are beginning the bi-annual process of reviewing the Newton Personnel Manual. This project will take several months and cross multiple department boundaries. I look forward to the final product in the fall. If employees have suggestions for same, please email me directly.

Interviews are scheduled next week for several potential candidates for both the Clerk’s office and Community Development positions. The job ad for Deputy Municipal Court Administrator should be posted shortly.

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR