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February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:42 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. The Deputy Mayor will run the meeting in the mayor’s absence.

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 4th Budget meeting and the February 13th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.

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.


There is one ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-3 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.

There are two ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2017-4 will create a new sewer ordinance and establish sewer surcharge fees.

Ordinance 2017-5 will increase certain pool rates for the upcoming 2017 season.


Resolution #30-2017* will reject a bid received for Electrical Services (Bid #1-2017) submitted by Newton Electrical Services, Inc. for failure to provide the Public Workers Contractor Registration proof as required by law.

Resolution #31-2017* will reject a bid received for Electrical Services (Bid #1-2017) submitted by Magic Touch Construction, Inc. for providing a response under the prevailing wage rate.

Resolution #32-2017* will approve awarding the bid for Electrical Services (Bid #1-2017) to Kieffer Electric.

Resolution #33-2017* will award the bid for Sludge Hauling/Chemical Waste (Bid #2-2017) to Accurate Waste Systems.

Resolution #34-2017* will award the bid for the Purchase of Chemicals (Bid #4-2017) to Coyne Chemical and the Holland Company.

Resolution #35-2017* will appoint authorize the submission of a Strategic Plan for the Municipal Alliance for 2018 fiscal year.

Resolution #36-2017* will approve participation in the State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Grant Program.

Resolution #37-2017* will approve the purchase of a 2017 Dodge Durango for the Police Department from Beyer Chrysler through State contract.

Resolution #38-2017* will award a contract to Hamburg Plumbing supply for materials related to a watermain break.

Resolution #39-2017* will amend the 2017 Temporary Operating Budget.

Resolution #40-2017* will approve an initial Taxicab Driver’s license for Michael Graycar.

Resolution #41-2017* will confirm the refund of monies due an outside lien holder for Block 8.03, Lot 10.

Resolution #42-2017* will confirm the refund of monies due an outside lien holder for Block 13.05, Lot 18.

Resolution #43-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #44-2017* will authorize a contract to Access Control Technologies, Inc. to maintain and upgrade access and security systems for the Police Department.

Resolution #45-2017* will award a proprietary contract to Pumping Services, Inc. for maintenance, upgrades for the Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant SCADA system.

Resolution #46-2017* will authorize a non-fair and open contract with Pumping Services for maintenance and upgrades for the Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant SCADA system

Resolution #47-2017 will certify the list of qualifying Volunteer First Aid Squad LOSAP participants for 2016.





Morris Lake is 40 ½ inches below spillway as of February 20th. Water restrictions are still in place.

I submitted our 2017 grant application for the Safe Streets campaign which will be coordinated once again by TransOptions and the Newton Police Department.

Cory Stoner will commence work on an updated study on the need for road improvements and traffic signal for the Hicks Avenue/Sparta Avenue intersection as part of the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment Project. When completed, same will be shared with our counterparts at the County for review.

Information has been going back and forth with the redeveloper of the McGuire Redevelopment Area for review. I will keep you posted.

Spoke with several developers/investors this week about properties on Route 206 and Spring Street. In spite of what you may read in the media, Newton remains a great place to conduct business, and the savvy investor will take a serious look at some of the exciting business/investment opportunities in play.

We met with the sales representative from Mitchell Humphries to go over the proposed Property Maintenance program implementation.

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,