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May 11

May 11, 2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM by Terri Oswin

Just a reminder, there are interviews scheduled for volunteer candidates beginning at 6:30pm prior to the next regular Town Council meeting this Monday, May 14 , 2018 which begins at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 23rd Regular and Special meetings 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 is one (1) ordinance for public hearing:
Ordinance 2018-7 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various items from the 2018 Budget.
OLD BUSINESS
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – Harold E. Pellow will be present at the May 30th meeting to review his analysis.
RESOLUTION
Resolution #95-2018 will authorize executing a shared services agreement between the Town of Newton and the Housing Authority for certain engineering and personnel services.
CONSENT AGENDA
If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items. Many of these resolutions are done annually so they should look familiar to you.
Resolution #96-2018* will authorize a tax refund for a 100% disabled veteran.
Resolution #97-2018* will authorize a refund to an outside lien holder for 22 Douma Drive.
Resolution #98-2018* will cancel the TDR grant receivable balance of $9,705.90.
Resolution #99-2018* will appoint Dr. Nancy Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #100-2018* will reappoint Jack Durkin to the Housing Authority.
Resolution #101-2018* will authorize the purchase of two (2) Dodge Durango vehicles through the Cranford Police Cooperative Purchasing System.
Resolution #102-2018* will appoint Ron Biederman to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #103-2018* will cancel the Community Policing grant receivable balance of $10.92.
Resolution #104-2018* will concur with the appointment of a School Crossing Guard.
Resolution #105-2018* will authorize adopting the Local Strategic National Stockpile Plan.
Resolution #106-2018* will authorize purchasing computers, software and peripheral purchase through the State Contract if needed.
Resolution #107-2018 will accept the Firehouse demolition project as complete.
Resolution #108-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.
Resolution #109-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
There are three (3) items for discussion:
1. Fee Ordinance
 2. Food Truck Ordinance
3. Certification of the Municipal Petition
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #110-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session to discuss:
i. Attorney Client Privilege – Utilities
ii. Personnel – Daniel Flynn
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of May 7, 2018.
Congratulations to Councilwoman Diglio on her re-election and Councilmen-elect Schlaffer and Dickson on their election. Kudos to all 7 candidates for putting in time away from their families and responsibilities to run for office in Newton. Mayor Levante and Deputy Mayor Elvidge will be recognized at our last meeting in June for their years of service.
Routine business was discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting this week.
Jessica and I met with representatives from Senator Cory Booker’s office to talk about ways Washington can help our efforts in Newton – will keep you posted.
I convened a conference call this week to discuss the next RPM/Newton project – stay tuned!
I attended my first Newton Medical Center Community Advisory Board meeting and look forward to my active participation in this terrific group of community and hospital leaders.
Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR