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August 19, 2011

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, August 22th at 7:00pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the July 25th and August 8th meetings 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

Keith Mitchell will be in attendance to discuss Fire & Safety Services’ insurance coverage for the Firemen’s Convention in Wildwood.

There is a Utility Board appeal for consideration.   

On the Consent Agenda tonight is a resolution adopting the Best Practices Inventory.  At this time we may discuss any questions or concerns relative to same.


I would like to discuss the Fire Department’s 175th Anniversary Celebration.

ORDINANCES
There are four ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing.

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

Ordinance 2011-16
will establish the Pay-to-Play policy for the Town of Newton with regards to business entities that do business with the Town making political contributions.

Ordinance 2011-17 will provide that overnight parking passes may be purchased on an annual basis as well as on a monthly basis.

Ordinance 2011-18 will approve the amendments to the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Plan based on the recommendations of the Planning Board. 

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #177-2011* will authorize renewing membership in the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund.

Resolution #178-2011* supports the passage of A-3412 which would require fire districts, school districts and county government to share in the burden of property assessment appeal refunds.

Resolution #179-2011* will award the contract for the Paving of Various Streets Project to Tilcon, New York and Denville Line Striping.  We are able to save money by going through the Morris County Co-op for this project.   

Resolution #180-2011* will award the bid for the purchase of the single axle sewer cleaner to Eagle Equipment, Inc., d/b/a Pierce Equipment Co.

Resolution #181-2011* will award the bid for the Proposed Lighting Improvements Project to Manor II Electric.

Resolution #182-2011*
will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for the 2011-2012 school year.

Resolution #183-2011* will formally appoint Lucy M. DeLoreto, C.M.C.A. as Newton’s Municipal Court Administrator.

Resolution #184-2011*
will award the bid for the Proposed Elevator Upgrade project to ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation based on the recommendations of VDA, LLC and HPA.  

Resolution #185-2011*
will approve the Best Practices Inventory Questionnaire for submission to the DLGS.

Resolution #186-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications*


There are two applications for your consideration:

  1. Application for Louis R. Ratti, 26 Stillwater Road, Newton to join the Newton Fire Department.
  2. Application of an on-premise 50/50 from Pride Foundation to be held September 10th at 1pm , October 1st and 2pm, October 15th and 29th at 1pm and November 5th at 1pm.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
Dave Simmons will be in attendance along with Paul Baldwin to discuss the Gardner Avenue Well. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Morris Lake Reservoir was 7 inches below the top of the spillway on 8.15.11.

The Merriam Avenue Watermain Project is almost completed.  There is approximately 275 feet left of pipe to be placed in Merriam Avenue.  If weather permits, the 12-inch watermain should be completed by Monday.  Work will then commence on service connections for approximately 57 homes on Merriam Avenue. 

Tony’s Concrete began work on the Adams Street parking lot on Thursday.  Work will continue within the central business district over the course of the next two weeks. 

A pre-construction meeting was held on Monday for the sidewalk project and one was also held for the paving project.  We look forward to the successful completion of same.

The Planning Board continued its review of the draft Land Use Ordinance.

Due to the adjustments recommended by our staff for future improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the solar project at the Townsend Street facility will be modified from 152 kW to 109 kW.  The Town will still expect significant savings on this free project.

Enjoy your weekend! 

TSRJR