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July 17, 2015

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 12:32 PM by Terri Oswin

I have scheduled an interview for a candidate interested in serving on the Utility Advisory Board 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 June 22nd and July 1st meetings for your 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.



  1. Request for the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  2. Recording in the minutes - Proclamation for Eagle Scout Steven P. Sherwood, Jr.




If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items.  

Resolution #118-2015* will release executive session minutes to the public.  

Resolution #119-2015
will approve for auction a copier that is no longer in use.

Resolution #120-2015*
will support the U.S. Department of Veterans establishing a community based outpatient clinic in Sussex County. 

Resolution #121-2015* will authorize credits for the Board of Education’s utility accounts. 

Resolution #122-2015* will accept the Fire Museum Masonry Renovation Project as complete. 

Resolution #123-2015* will authorize the award of a contract to Hatch Mott MacDonald for engineering services related to the Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) at the WWTP.

Resolution #125-2015* will declare the Town’s support of JCP&L’s Montville – Whippany Reinforcement Project.

Resolution #126-2015*
will authorize the Tax Collector to hold a Tax Sale. 

Resolution #127-2015* will affirm the Tax Collector’s action in refunding redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 7.03, Lot 12.

Resolution #128-2015*
will affirm the Tax Collector’s action in refunding redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.09, Lot 19.

Resolution #129-2015*
will direct the DLGS to change title, text or amount of the appropriation with regard to the health benefits for the Tax Assessor.

Resolution #130-2015*
will appoint Brian Lockwood to the Utility Advisory Board.  

Resolution #131-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 


  1. An application for a special permit for a social affair (Taste of Newton) from the GNCC to be held on Spring Street on September 21st.
  2. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Pride Foundation to be held on several days from September through December.
  3. An application for an off-premise raffle (50-50) from St. Joseph’s Church to be held on October 30th at 7:00pm at 20 Jefferson Street.



  1. Fence Draft Ordinance
  2. Housing Draft Ordinance
  3. Public Street/Decency Draft Ordinance
  4. Sign Draft Ordinance



Resolution #132-2015 will authorize discussions on contract negotiations relative to the PBA/SOA negotiations. 

Resolution #133-2015 will release executive session minutes from April 27th to the public.  Councilman Elvidge was not in attendance for this meeting. 

Resolution #134-2015 will authorize the execution of collective bargaining agreements between the Town of Newton and the SOA and PBA for the calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Resolution #135-2015
will authorize an increase to the Town of Newton’s bid threshold.  The Governor increased the threshold from $36,000 to $40,000.

Resolution #124-2015* will approve the purchase of a 2016 Type III Ford E-450 Horton ambulance through HGAC Buy.

Morris Lake was 10 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.13.15.

The Spring Street/Trinity Street projects should commence on July 27th, weather permitting.

We are almost done with our how to open a new business in Newton brochure.

We are currently reviewing an updated version of and AzulCore is also doing a terrific job with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Xavier will be coming to our August 24th Council meeting with a demo on same.

Routine business discussed at the NJMEBF meeting.  
We are still pulling together the updated handbook.  I anticipate a version ready for August or September.

TRC deemed the Iliff application for a retail store, daycare and buffet restaurant conditionally complete – to be heard on August 19th by the Planning Board.

The Planning Board approved the Punctuated Equilibrium LLC application as well as the Valley View Nursing Home application.  The Taco Bell application was started but will need to be continued on the August 19th agenda.

The Clerk’s office is working on a new digital sign board for the lobby.  DPW will be taking down wallpaper and repainting same shortly.

Have a great weekend!  

Yours for a Better Newton,