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October 23, 2015

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Monday, October 26th. We have one item for Executive Session.

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the October 9th, Special and October 14th, Regular meetings for 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.


There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2015-30 will revise the current alarm ordinance.

Ordinance 2015-31 will amend the current requirements for the appointment of police officers.

Ordinance 2015-32 will delete the no right turn on red regulation from Madison Street onto Spring Street.


Resolution #177-2015* will approve the fireworks display for Newton Medical Center on November 14th.

Resolution #178-2015* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Milling and Paving of Spring Street Project which will result in an overall cost reduction.

Resolution #179-2015 will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #180-2015* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Replacement of the Primary Settling Tank Drive and Covers Project at the WWTP.

Resolution #181-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* - two for the Newton Fire Department.


There are two (2) items for discussion:
1. Universal Health Fair request from Tree of Health Center, LLC. – As you requested several months ago, a member from the Center will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have on this proposed 2016 event.
2. Charles Tice Historic Designation – Mr. Tice would like you to consider designating his home on Dunn Place as “Historic”. Please see information on the Google Drive.



Resolution #182-2015 will authorize a discussion on potential litigation.

Morris Lake was 36 inches below the top of the spillway on 10.19.15.

I reviewed directional signage this week at Council’s request and have made several dozen recommendations to the DPW.

Debi and I attended the bi-annual 24th District Legislators meeting to find out what is new and exciting in Trenton.

All items passed at this week’s Planning Board meeting – most notably a new ATM lane at the PNC Bank on Water Street and the rehabilitation of The Style Shop on Spring Street.

If you are interested in attending the Radio City Music Hall “Christmas Spectacular” on Sunday, November 29th please contact Kat Walker at x228 or Bus leaves Newton Park & Ride at 9:00am and the show is at 2:00pm. Plenty of time to have lunch in NYC! Bus arrives back in Newton at 5:30pm. Tickets are $90 per person and are going fast! What are you waiting for?

Annual Senior Holiday Dinner is Sunday, December 6th at Noon at Newton High School.

The decorative ‘N’ brickwork was completed in front of the Newton Fire Museum. Nice!

The Trinity Street traffic signals are being installed and we are hopeful same will be completed in the next two weeks. Also, a tree trimming company will come in to ensure no branches are blocking any views.

The Fox Hollow Lake wetlands permits have been approved. Debi will file same with the County and work on obtaining approval from the Lake Association on a riparian planting area.

The wetlands permit for the boardwalk on the rail trail is in the process of being filed.

A reminder to staff that tasteful Halloween attire is permitted at work on Friday, October 30th. A prize will be given to the best dressed office staff. Contrary to rumors, the Clerk’s Office does not have this locked up.

Work shall commence soon on the new LCD monitor in the TH lobby which will rotate information on various events and Town happenings.

Hope all employees who are participating in the new wellness program are enjoying their Fitbit HR’s! Let me check mine…1,761 steps? Only 1,761? Do these things even work…gotta go for a walk!

Have a great weekend! Let’s Go Rangers!
Yours for a Better Newton,