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March 11, 2016

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings Time!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, March 14th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the February 22nd Regular, Special and Executive meetings for consideration and approval.

SWEARING-IN OF NFAS OFFICERS BY MAYOR FLYNN

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.
A proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month will be read into the record.

Chief Richards will discuss the new CLEAR initiative.

ORDINANCES
There is one (1) ordinance for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2016-3 will establish regulations for parking on the brick pavers near the Fire Museum on Spring Street.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #36-2016* will approve a 2015 appropriation reserve be lapsed into trust-snow removal reserve.

Resolution #37-2016* will authorize the private sale of 53 Diller Avenue.

Resolution #38-2016* will appoint Jacqualine Butterfield to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #39-2016* will authorize the submission of a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance for 2017.

Resolution #40-2016* will authorize using a three-year average collection rate for the reserve for uncollected taxes for the 2016 budget.

Resolution #41-2016* will approve the renewal of a junk dealers license for Newton Auto Exchange.

Resolution #42-2016* will authorize the refund of taxes for a disabled veteran.

Resolution #43-2016* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 7.02, Lot 4.

Resolution #44-2016* will authorize the Town entering into a shared services agreement with SCMUA for Recycling Coordinator Services.

Resolution #45-2016* will approve the sale of 27 Orchard Street.

Resolution #46-2016* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* - I have several applications for your consideration:

1. An application for Special Permit for Social Affair from the Catholic Academy of Sussex County to be held on April 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at 20 Jefferson Street, Newton.
2. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Catholic Academy of Sussex County to be held on April 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 20 Jefferson Street, Newton.
3. An application for an on-premise raffle (Tricky Tray) from the Catholic Academy of Sussex County to be held on April 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 20 Jefferson Street, Newton.
4. An application for an on-premise raffle (merchandise) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on April 9, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at One College Hill Road, Newton.
5. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on April 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm at One College Hill Road, Newton.
6. An application for an on-premise raffle (50/50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on June 30, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at One College Hill Road, Newton.
7. An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation to be held on July 7, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; July 14, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; July 21, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; July 28, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and August 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at One College Hill Road, Newton.
8. An application for Special Permit for Social Affair from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council to be held on May 7, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 133 Spring Street, Newton.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Firehouse #2 renovations
2. Proclamation request for Charles Tice from the Historic Commission. Please see the memo that has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 20 inches below the top of the spillway on 3.7.16.

Congratulations and recognition to Chief Richards and the Center for Prevention and Counseling for the launch of the CLEAR initiative at today’s press conference. Once again, the Newton PD is ahead of the curve, being innovative in areas that impact the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors alike.

Petitions were turned in by four candidates for the two available positions on the Governing Body. Best of luck to the candidates!

Louise Wilson, of NJ Future, came and spoke to us regarding Green Infrastructure initiatives and grant programs that are available. We are excited to work with Louise and her team!

Routine business discussed at the quarterly safety committee meeting and Statewide Insurance Fund monthly meeting.

The trees on the easement by Fox Hollow Lake have been removed based on the wetlands permit conditions.

Safe travel to our NFD team which heads out to Appleton, Wisconsin to review our fire apparatus for final inspection. Our QPA will keep everyone on task and in line! Send pictures!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Springtime weather!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR