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May 25

May 25, 2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 3:08 PM by Terri Oswin

Just a reminder, Monday is Memorial Day and Municipal Offices are closed.
The Memorial Day Parade/Ceremony is Monday.
There is an interview scheduled for a volunteer candidate beginning at 6:45pm prior to the next regular Town Council meeting this Wednesday, May 30, 2018 which begins at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 14th Regular, Special and Executive 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.
PRESENTATIONS
a. Recognition of the Newton Braves Cheerleading Championship Squad
b. Chief Richards would like to recognize some officers and their outstanding efforts
c. The Advisory Shade Tree Commission will make a brief presentation
d. Debbie Danielson will give a brief overview presentation on the Recreation Department
INTERMISSION
At this time we will take a brief intermission for photos and congratulations.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
Harold E. Pellow will discuss his Spring Street Parking Analysis as part of the Town Manager Report.
ORDINANCES
There are six (6) ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2018-8 is an ordinance amending the Code to adjust certain fees in Chapter 100.
Ordinance 2018-9 will amend §320-3 and §320-2.C to permit Light Industrial Uses in the T-4 and T-5 Zones.
Ordinance 2018-10 will amend §320-25 regarding the existing signs at 116-118 Spring Street.
Ordinance 2018-11 will create a new Article III to Chapter 206 to allow for Food Trucks.
Ordinance 2018-12 will direct the Clerk to submit a non-binding referendum to the Sussex County Clerk for inclusion on the November general election ballot so Newton voters can weigh in on moving the municipal election from May to November.
Ordinance 2018-13 will reappropriate funds to be used toward pool repairs/improvements.
OLD BUSINESS
1. Certification of Municipal Petition on Election.
2. Resolution 95-2018 (Tabled 5/14/18) will authorize a shared services agreement with the Housing Authority for certain engineering and personnel services.
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #111-2018* will authorize fireworks for Newton Day.
Resolution #112-2018* will authorize the insertion of special items of revenue into the 2018 Budget for the Street Smart Pedestrian Grant.
Resolution #113-2018* will authorize extending our current agreement with Lakeland Bank for one-year.
Resolution #114-2018* will authorize hiring a NJDEP Certified Laboratory for water testing through a competitive contracting process.
Resolution #115-2018* will authorize purchasing computer software supplies and peripherals through State Contract for the Police Department.
Resolution #116-2018* will authorize the Newton Police Department to apply to participate in the Federal 1033 Program to request and acquire excess Department of Defense Equipment.
Resolution #117-2018* will authorize a Capital Budget amendment. This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2018-13 above.
Resolution #118-2018* will authorize a refund of taxes for a 100% disabled veteran exemption.
Resolution #119-2018* will amend the current “not to exceed” amount on the previously approved resolution for Garden State Laboratories. (Resolution #43-2018)
Resolution #120-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.
Resolution #121-2018* will appoint Rachel Bucci and Xavier Izquierdo to the Economic Development Commission.
Application(s)* will authorize a Special Permit for a Social Affair for the VFW Auxiliary for Newton Memorial Post 5360 to be held on June 30, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at 85 Mill Street, Newton, NJ.
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 May 21, 2018.
A lot of development activity coming down the pike so I will keep you posted in subsequent newsletters.
Have a great holiday weekend! Thank you to all service members who made the ultimate sacrifice so we may live freely.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR