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March 24, 2016

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 2:59 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy Easter!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, March 28th beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the March 14th 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

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #47-2016* will authorize a 2% salary increase for certain non-union employees.

Resolution #48-2016* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #49-2016* will approve a fireworks display at SCCC on June 30th for the Rockin’ Fest Event.

Resolution #50-2016* will approve the transfer of an erroneous tax payment.

Resolution #51-2016* will authorize the Tax Assessor, Town Manager and Tax Counsel to bring and prosecute a tax appeal seeking to set aside the property tax exemption for Block 1.01, Lot 4 for Tax Year 2016.

Resolution #52-2016* will authorize the Mayor and Clerk entering into an Easement Agreement with the owners of 14 Briarwood Court in Sparta regarding an existing waterline easement.

Resolution #53-2016* will authorize the purchase of chemicals.

Resolution #54-2016* will authorize the purchase contracts for sludge and chemical waste trucking.

Resolution #55-2016* will executing an escrow agreement between the Town of Newton and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless.

Resolution #56-2016* will approve 2015 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #57-2016* will support the Town’s participation in the CLEAR Program.

Resolution #58-2016* will approve bills and vouchers for payment

Application(s)* I have one (1) application for your consideration:

1. A membership application from Christopher M. Chartier, 365 Mohegan Circle, Lafayette, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

INTERMISSION

INTRODUCTION OF 2016 BUDGET
A copy of the budget has been shared on the Google Drive.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #59-2016 will authorize entering into closed session to discuss possible acquisition of real property.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake was 20 inches below the top of the spillway on 3.21.16.

My thanks to everyone who participated, supported, or helped to coordinate the Egg Hunt, Parade and Senior Luncheon – all great events which showcased Newton very effectively!

Debi spoke with Harold and the lenses are in for the Spring Street lights; however, the bulbs are on back order. We estimate High Point being on site within the next 3 weeks to start the work.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,
TSRJR