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May 6, 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 9th, with an Executive Session at 6:00pm and the Regular Meeting at 7:00pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Irene has prepared the minutes of the April 25th Regular and Executive meetings for 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 ordinances for public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-7 will lower the speed limit on North Park Drive to 25 mph.

Ordinance 2011-8 is a fully funded Water/Sewer Capital Improvement Ordinance for the Merriam Avenue Watermain Project.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2011-9 will amend Chapters 10, 11, 13 and 21 of the Revised General Ordinances relative to Fire Subcode/Prevention duties and certain fees.

OLD BUSINESS

a)     Utility Board Appeal – Mautone

b)     Utility Board Appeal – Oricchio



CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #82-2011* will authorize the use of funds from the Tonnage Grant to be used toward the purchase of a new recycling truck.

Resolution #83-2011* will support the submission of an application for a Historic Preservation Grant for the purposes of funding the Historic ordinance update and the printing of a new Historic Preservation booklet.

Resolution #84-2011* will cancel water and sewer accrued interest on notes. 

Resolution #85-2011* will designated Authorize.net as the authorized gateway service provider in order to process online credit card payments.

Resolution #86-2011* will certify the annual audit. 

Resolution #87-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 1216, Lot 6.

Resolution #88-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 1210, Lot 4.

Resolution #89-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 1223, Lot 8.

Resolution #90-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 502.01, Lot 5.06.

Resolution #91-2011* will authorize credits due utility accounts.

Resolution #92-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 1303, Lot 29.

Resolution #93-2011* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to a lien holder for Block 1303, Lot 32

Resolution #94-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #95-2011* is a resolution of concurrence by the Town designating a bus stop on Rt. 206 at Hamilton Street.  This is required by the State.

Resolution #96-2011* will authorize the release of the Performance and Maintenance Guarantees for Julie Richard LLC for the development of 51 Sparta Avenue (the DMV Building).  Dave Simmons has reviewed the work and is satisfied all work is complete.  Kathy Citterbart has certified all fees and bills have been satisfied.

Resolution #97-2011* will authorize a six (6) month unpaid leave of absence for Lou Read.  

Applications* there is one application for your consideration for an on-premise raffle (tricky-tray and 50/50) from the Auxiliary of Newton Memorial Hospital to be held on June 2, 2011 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at SCCC. 

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

a)     Wayfinding – Level G

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Morris Lake Reservoir was 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 5.2.11.

We met this week with Sheriff Strada and his new Correctional Facility leadership team.  The Sheriff is very supportive of open communication with our Police Department and business community so that a safe environment for residents and visitors continues to exist in Newton.  I am grateful for his outreach efforts and support of Newton.

We met this week to discuss the snack stand for the Pool at Memory Park.  FKA will put together a draft bid document which we will share with both the County Health Department and Hardyston Construction Department so that we can obtain the proper feedback before we go out to formal bid.

We are looking to possibly make some changes to the parking on Jefferson Street.  There are several spots that are infrequently utilized that we are going to discuss migrating to short-term (15-minute) parking and/or loading spaces.  This will help alleviate the concerns of the businesses impacted by the Newton Theatre transaction.  I will discuss same with the Parking Authority in June after Cory’s review.

Terri and I came up with a list of needs for the new MSN website and sent the list over to the Board members and members of the Promotions Team for their action.

The reassessment has yielded the desired result as it relates to the number of State and County tax appeals as both categories saw a tremendous decrease in the number of said appeals.

Next week is the trip to Wisconsin for those of us involved in the review of the new ladder fire truck.  She is quite the beauty and we look forward to her anticipated arrival in June…

Enjoy your weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!

TSRJR