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February 23, 2018

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 2:56 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 26, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 8th and 10th Budget meetings and the February 12th Regular meeting 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 and limited to one turn at the microphone. 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
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and adoption:

Ordinance 2018-2 will allow tattoo parlors in certain areas in the Town.

Ordinance 2018-3 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.

There are three ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2018-4 will amend certain fees as discussed.

Ordinance 2018-5 will authorize a franchise renewal for Elizabethtown Gas.

Ordinance 2018-6 will bond additional monies for the Firehouse 2 project based on the bids received.

OLD BUSINESS
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – no update

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #50-2018* will approve the participation in the State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Communities Program.

Resolution #51-2018* will recognize Town events and Town endorsed events for 2018.

Resolution #52-2018* will authorize an application to the Local Finance Board in relation to the Fox Hollow project funding.

Resolution #53-2018* will amend the 2017 contract with Mott MacDonald.

Resolution #54-2018* is done in conjunction with Resolution #52-2018 for funding for Fox Hollow.

Resolution #55-2018* will approve the revised Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook. A copy of the revised manual has been shared on the Google Drive for you.

Changes relate to:
1.2 Appearance
2.1 Disabilities
2.2 Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination
2.3 Sexual Harassment
2.9 EEO
3.6 Part-Time Employees: Leave Time addition of 4 paid holidays; vision insurance (new); and pension
4.4 Pension
5.5 Funeral Leave
8.10 Political Activity

Resolution #56-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with MailFinance, Inc., for our postage machine.

Resolution #57-2018* will reject the Water Meter Bid #1-2018.

Resolution #58-2018* will award the Water Meter Bid to Schmidt Wholesale, Inc.

Resolution #59-2018* will conditionally award the bid for the Renovations to Firehouse #2 to Zitone Construction.

Resolution #60-2018* will renew our agreement with Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for sludge disposal.

Resolution #61-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with Access Control Technologies.

Resolution #62-2018* will rescind a 2017 appropriation transfer.

Resolution #63-2018* will amend the 2018 Temporary Operating Budget.

Resolution #65-2018* authorize bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #66-2018* will amend the 2018 Temporary Capital Budget.

Resolution #67-2018* will refund monies due to an outside lien holder for 64 Sussex Street.

Resolution #68-2018* will refund monies due to an outside lien holder for 36 Diller Ave.

Resolution #69-2018* will designate 121 Water Street as a Non-Condemnation Area in Need of Redevelopment.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #64-2018 will accept the certified list of LOSAP participants for 2017 for the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad.

INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 19, 2018.

Routine business discussed this month at the NJMEBF meeting.

PBA negotiations will resume next week.

Internship applications are being reviewed.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR