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January 20, 2017

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 1:28 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Thank you to former president Barack Obama for his eight years of service and best wishes to our 45th president Donald J. Trump. May true wisdom and purpose guide his decision-making for the next four years.

I have scheduled two interviews for Monday night to fill a vacancy on the Housing Authority:
6:30pm George Wink.
6:45pm Jack Durkin

Our next Town Council meeting will follow beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the January 9th Special, Regular and Executive 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
1. Forestry Plan Update

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-1 will amend the current sign ordinance with regards to EMB illumination.

Ordinance 2017-2 will reappropriate funds for the purchase of an unmarked 4WD police vehicle.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #10-2017* will authorize the waiving of late payment penalty fees for utility payments received between June 25, 2017 and June 30, 2017. This will be the first quarter which the new payment due dates go into effect.

Resolution #11-2017* will execute an agreement with Robert B. McBriar, Esq., for his services as conflict counsel.

Resolution #12-2017* will approve the submission of a grant application and grant contract execution with NJDOT for the Plainfield Avenue Project

Resolution #13-2017* will approve the renewal of the Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage.

Resolution #14-2017* will approve the renewal of the Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Exchange.

Resolution #15-2017* will authorize 2016 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #16-2017* will authorize the payment of bills and vouchers.

Resolution #17-2017* will reappoint Brian Lockwood to the Utility Advisory Board for five (5) years.

Resolution #18-2017* will reappoint Matt Smith to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission for five (5) years.

Resolution #19-2017* will certify the list of LOSAP participants for the Fire Department for 2016.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 53 ½ inches below spillway. Water restrictions are still in place.

I met with representatives from the SCCC Foundation to discuss partnering on one of their summer concerts to benefit Veterans. We are looking at the end of June for same.

We will be working with our friends at the SC Food Pantry on volunteer hours for municipal staff as a way to give back to the greater Newton community in a different way. I will keep you posted.

The proposed 2017 municipal budget will be available to Council members next Friday.

We met with our friends at TransOptions to discuss Round II of the Street Smart Newton campaign which will commence this year after Labor Day. We look forward to another successful partnership on vehicle and pedestrian safety in Newton.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR