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Oct 07

October 7, 2011

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM by Terri Oswin

Town Hall will be closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. 

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm

Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the September 26th 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. 

I have one proclamation for Thomas B. Trudgeon, Sr., on his recent retirement.  Deputy Mayor Diglio presented Tom with the proclamation at his retirement party held on September 30th.   

I have invited Dave Simmons to attend to briefly review his report on the Sparta Glen.

There are two ordinances for public hearing.

Ordinance 2011-19 will amend Chapter 17 of the Revised General Ordinances with regards to notice given property owners regarding dangerous trees.

Ordinance 2011-20 will amend Chapter 10, Schedule III of the Revised General Ordinances with regards to the two 15-minute parking spots that were established on Jefferson Street and the one 15-minute parking spot that was established on Spring Street.


Resolution #209-2011* will designate and authorize the Town Manager to sign the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund Plan Document and Summary Plan Description. 

Resolution #210-2011*
will authorize amending our current agreement with MWH Americas for water and sewer utility general consulting services.  This amendment is needed due to some permit updates required for the Water Treatment Plant.

Resolution #211-2011* will authorize a refund of monies due to an outside lien holder for Block 803, Lot 1.03.

Resolution #212-2011* will reject all bids submitted for the pool concession stand as they exceeded the estimated budget amount. 

Resolution #213-2011 will award the bid for a single axle dump truck with plow and spreader.

Resolution #214-2011* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts. 

Resolution #215-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. 


  1. Application for a raffle license (tricky tray and 50/50) from the Pride Foundation to be held on November 11th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the Merriam Avenue School.



Outdoor Furnace Ordinance.  



The Morris Lake Reservoir was 4 inches above the top of the spillway on 10.3.11.

Congratulations to Mayor Helen Le Frois for her well-deserved recognition as one of the 2011 New Jersey Herald 20 Under 40 Stars!

I want to welcome Donna Manna to Newton as the new Deputy Court Administrator!  Please make sure you stop by to say hello to our newest team member.

My annual budget request memorandum has been distributed to all department heads.  I look forward to another successful year of hearings and discussions.

We met with Animal Control this week to discuss the dangerous dog condition near Liberty Towers.  John will follow-up on this matter with the Municipal Court.

We had an extremely productive meeting with FEMA representatives this week to discuss the reimbursement process for the Town’s extraordinary expenses incurred during the Hurricane Irene event.  

The DPW crew took care of the issue near Mr. Porter’s home that was brought to my attention in direct conversation with him and brought to your attention at a recent Council meeting.

I gave a public “State of the Town” address to the congregants at the First United Methodist Church in town.  Members of the general public were also in attendance.  I appreciated the opportunity to speak candidly about the happenings in town.

The Plaza Restaurant re-opens on Monday, October 17th at 7am.  Hope to see you there at some point during the day to wish the new owner and staff well!

The DPW crew installed the new FIDO houses on Spring Street.

On October 24th we will have representatives come from Excel Environmental Resources to discuss the final report on the Armory and next steps.

I want to wish all of our friends of the Jewish faith an easy fast for Yom Kippur - Tzom Kal!

Enjoy your weekend!  

Baseball season is over (for most of us local fans anyway), so now we turn our attention to hockey season!  Let’s Go Rangers!