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July 22, 2011

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 25th at 8:00pm.  Please note the new start time as per the request of Mayor Le Frois.

Lorraine has prepared the minutes of the July 1st Reorganization meeting and July 11th 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.

Cadence Bowden (Gabel Associates) and Gerry Genna (Birdsall Services Group) will be in attendance to discuss the County of Sussex Solar PPA project.  A resolution is prepared for consideration later in the meeting.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2011-14
will revise and amend the Flood Damage Control ordinance as required by the State.

Ordinance 2011-15 is an ordinance providing for tax exemptions for Historic District properties that qualify for same.


Resolution #157-2011* will authorize the redemption of monies to an outside lien holder for Block 711, Lot 26.

Resolution #158-2011*
will accept the Paving of Various Streets Project as final and complete base on the recommendation of the Town Engineer.

Resolution #159-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #160-2011* will approve the annual taxicab owner’s license renewal for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo. 

Resolution #161-2011* will approve the annual taxicab driver’s license renewal for Doragail Spicer.

Resolution #162-2011* will approve the annual taxicab driver’s license renewal for Glenn T. Spicer.

Resolution #163-2011*
will approve the annual taxicab driver’s license renewal for Ralph E. Drake.

Resolution #164-2011*
will deny the application for the annual renewal taxicab owner’s license for Harold R. Storm, Jr.  

Resolution #165-2011* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #166-2011* will authorize the issuance, sale and award of refunding bonds not to exceed $4,370,000 through the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Resolution #167-2011* will authorize the combination of General Improvement Bonds into a single issue of bonds aggregating $3,080,000 in principal.

Resolution #168-2011* will deny the application for the annual renewal taxicab driver’s license for Harold R. Storm, Jr.

Applications* there are four applications for your consideration:
1. An application for an off-premise raffle from St. Joseph RC Church, 17 Elm Street, to be held on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7:30pm at the school at 20 Jefferson St.

2. An application for membership to the Newton Fire Department by Kyle A. Inga, 16 Birch Drive, Newton.  Kyle was previously a Junior Firefighter, but now he will move up to a regular member.

3. An application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from the GNCC for the Taste of Newton on Spring Street on Monday, September 12, 2011 for 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

4. An Application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from the Newton Fire Department for their Wet Down to be held on August 27th at the VFW, 85 Mill Street from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.

Resolution #169-2011 will authorize applying to the Local Finance Board to participate in the Sussex County Guaranteed Renewable Energy Program Lease Revenue Bonds.  This enables us to put solar panels at the DPW complex and the Wastewater Treatment Plant at no cost to the taxpayers and with significant savings on utility bills.



  1. Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan.
  2. Pay to Play Ordinance – Sandy Hollander has drafted an ordinance which formally regulates limits that a business entity can contribute to a political organization or party. 
  3. Super Senior Nomination – the Sussex County Fair each year selects a “Super Senior of the Year” at the Fair.  The president of the organization, Louis Ruggerio, is from Newton and would like a submission from his hometown. 
  4. Parking Authority Overnight Pass – there is draft ordinance that if adopted will allow for overnight parking passes to be purchased either monthly or annually.



The Morris Lake Reservoir was 3 inches below the top of the spillway on 7.18.11.

The Merriam Avenue watermain project has been progressing well.  The main was pressured tested from Sparta Avenue to Pine Street and a bacteria test was taken on Tuesday.  The new 12” watermain passed both tests and is now live.  The Water Department has been connecting services on the new section of main that passed Tuesday’s test.  The watermain is still being laid on Merriam towards Gardner Avenue.  The total distance of new watermain completed so far is 1,200 feet.  On Monday, the water will be shut off at the intersection of Pine Street and Merriam Avenue for connection work to be completed.

The Historic Commission on Monday approved the proposed wayfinding signage.  The only condition of approval was adding the word ‘Historic’ to the Welcome to Downtown Newton sign and Downtown Newton sign.  I will adjust the signs accordingly.

Enjoy your weekend!