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November 20, 2015

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

A reminder there is an interview scheduled for 6:45pm on Monday night and our next Town Council meeting will follow beginning at 7:00pm. Mr. Carchia’s volunteer application has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Town Hall will close at 3:30pm next Wednesday, November 25th. We will be closed for Thanksgiving and the day after same. From my family to yours - enjoy the holiday!

Next week – no newsletter!

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the November 9th Regular meeting 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.

ORDINANCES
There are two (2) ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2015-33 will amend Chapter 139, to designate 3 Dunn Place as a local historical landmark.

Ordinance 2015-34 will revise Chapter 307 to provide for the installation and operation of the new traffic signals.

There are two (2) ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2015-35 will establish minimum and maximum salaries for 2016.

Ordinance 2015-36 will amend Chapter 307 with regards to traffic violations as discussed at our last meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #194-2015* will cancel a grant receivable and appropriation reserve for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Resolution #195-2015* will cancel outstanding checks in the Court accounts.

Resolution #196-2015* will concur with the decision to hire Jo-Med Contracting Corp for the Stuart Street emergency sewer main project.

Resolution #197-2015* will authorize cancelling the taxes for Block 4.02, Lot 20.

Resolution #198-2015* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 15.01, Lot 27.

Resolution #199-2015* will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #200-2015* will approve appropriation transfers.

Resolution #201-2015* will approve Change Order No. 1 for the Traffic Signal Improvements for Trinity Street Project.

Resolution #202-2015* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)*
1. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from H.S.A. Camp Auxilium Learning Center to be held on December 12, 2015 from Noon to 1:00pm at 44 Ryerson Avenue.
2. A membership application from Joseph Chavarria, 7A Donald Avenue, Newton into the Newton Fire Department.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Katie’s House - COAH.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #203-2015 will authorize a discussion on potential litigation and contract negotiations.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 41 inches below the top of the spillway on 11.16.15.

I hope that all NJSLOM Conference attendees enjoyed their time in Atlantic City and came back with some new information and new contacts!

Jo-Med is progressing with the emergency sewer main project. Due to the depth that has to be dug to get to the main the project is progressing slowly.

Sewer Division personnel provided tours this week to Science Department students from SCCC.

Have a great weekend!

I would say “Let’s Go Rangers” normally here in closing, but how in the world do you give up a short-handed goal with a minute left in the game when you are on the power play? Come on! And I am certainly not going to say anything about the Giants…ugh.

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR