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Sep 09

September 9, 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM by Terri Oswin

The Grand Re-opening of the Newton Theatre will be tonight!  The Ribbon Cutting is at 5:30pm, followed by the VIP Reception at 6:00pm and the Todd Rundgren concert at 8:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is at Sussex County Community College on Sunday at 4:00pm.

A reminder that the Taste of Newton event is Monday evening, September 12th at 7:00pm.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00pm.  

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the August 22nd 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 are no ordinances.

1.    Application for Louis R. Ratti, 26 Stillwater Road, Newton to join the Newton Fire Department.  Bill Hinkes, Esq. will provide guidance in a memorandum which will be distributed via email on Monday. 

Resolution #187-2011* will provide for a $38,200 emergency appropriation in the budget for the costs associated with the watermain break in June.  

Resolution #188-2011* authorizes the submission of an application for the Action Alliance Grant.  This has been requested by the Newton Board of Education.  

Resolution #189-2011* will authorize the membership renewal with the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.   

Resolution #190-2011* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 602.02, Lot 3.

Resolution #191-2011* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 405, Lot 32. 

Resolution #192-2011* will authorize a lien redemption for Block 1004, Lot 1.01. 

Resolution #193-2011* will amend the original agreement with the County of Sussex for the installation of the video surveillance cameras to clarify that the payment will be made by the County directly to the vendor. 

Resolution #194-2011* will authorize an agreement with the owners of 141-143 Spring Street and 219 Spring Street for the placement of lighting in the alleys adjacent to the properties for public safety.

Resolution #195-2011* will ratify and affirm the issuance of bonds through the MCIA.

Resolution #196-2011*
will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Sidewalk Replacement on Various Streets project which will result in an increase of $29,962.13. 

Resolution #197-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


  1. Application for an off-premise raffle from the Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 175 High Street, to be held November 19, 2011 at 6:30pm at the Medical Center.
  2. Application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair for the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, 133 Spring Street, Newton to be held at the Spring Board Shoppes on September 17, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Resolution #198-2011 will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Paving of Various Streets project resulting in a reduction of $11,487.18.



  1. Dave Vozza will be in attendance to discuss Newton’s participation in the North Jersey Municipal Employees Benefits Fund.


  1. I would like to discuss an amendment to Chapter 17.




Our condolences to Joe Inga and Gina Inga on the loss of Joe’s Dad, Carmen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I want to thank the DPW crew for their expeditious work today on the installation of the new bike racks and benches for Spring Street.  The fido houses should be installed next week.

I have concluded interviews for the Deputy Court Administrator position and will offer the position to a very qualified candidate shortly.

Congratulations to Adam Vough and his wife Jenn on the birth of their daughter Kahlan on August 25th!

Tony’s Concrete was back in town on Thursday beginning the drainage work in Western Plaza Lot #3.  

On Limecrest Road on Thursday the neighboring property to the PR Chamber had some flooding and their oil tank leaked and flooded onto our property.  Sussex County Hazmat and the NJDEP responded to the site for clean up.  Water department personnel were on site to help in the cleanup effort.  We are in the process of getting an environmental company out to pump out the water from the PR Chamber.

Thank you to the Newton Fire Department for hosting a wonderful Wet Down event last weekend.  And of course, our thanks to them for assisting homeowners and businesses during the recent and never-ending rainstorms.

Though there is a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm in the Downtown today due to the Theatre Grand Re-opening, our hearts are still heavy with sorrow knowing that the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 is around the corner.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those of you who may have lost family or friends during that tragic event.  And may we all thank the men and women who serve as paid or volunteer police officers, firefighters, emergency management staff, and first aid squad members.  God Bless America and the good people of the Town of Newton.

Enjoy your weekend!  Go Giants!