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October 21, 2011

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the October 12th 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.  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

ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for introduction.

Ordinance 2011-21 will formally adopt the revised Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.

Ordinance 2011-22 will reappropriate $95,744.02 to be used towards the purchase of a pick-up truck for the DPW (replacing the Foreman’s vehicle), the additional work needed for the Zoning Ordinance revisions, digitizing the Tax Maps, codification of ordinances, acquisition of an aerator, and new bleachers for Memory Park BB field.

Ordinance 2011-23 will amend Chapter 20 to establish regulations for outdoor furnaces.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #216-2011* will repeal Resolution #189-2007 and Resolution #177-2009.  These resolutions regulate the amount a full-time non-union employee pays for their health care dependent coverage.  With the new State regulations (Chapter 78), and to promote consistency and fairness, these resolutions are being repealed.

Resolution #217-2011* will concur with my appointment of two crossing guards.  We have a few resignations of late, and the positions need to be filled.

Resolution #218-2011* accepts the Sidewalk Replacement of Various Streets Project as final and complete based on the recommendation of the Town Engineer.

Resolution #219-2011* will refund an erroneous tax payment made by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  

Resolution #220-2011* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #221-2011* will provide for a special emergency appropriation in the 2011 Water and Sewer Utility Budget for the damages incurred during Hurricane Irene.

Resolution #222-2011* will provide for an emergency appropriation in the Town’s 2011 Budget for expenses incurred during Hurricane Irene.

Resolution #223-2011* will approve Change Order No. 2 for the Paving of Various Streets Project as recommended by the Town Engineer resulting in a reduction of $3,536.40.

Resolution #224-2011* will amend the 2011 Capital Budget to reflect Ordinance 2011-22.

Resolution #225-2011* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications*
There are four applications for consideration.

APPLICATION

There is one application on non-consent for your consideration – Newton Fire Department – Louis Ratti.

INTERMISSION


DISCUSSION

  1. Red Cross Draft Parking Agreement – a copy has been included in your packet.
  2. Newton Armory – professionals from Excel Environmental and McManimon & Scotland will be in attendance to discuss the matter. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 1 inch above the top of the spillway on 10.17.11.

The Plaza Mediterranean Restaurant successfully re-opened this past Monday and is doing well.

Several of us attended the annual Mayors’ Dinner hosted by the Sussex County EDP.  Newton was well represented and received many accolades for our economic redevelopment endeavors.

The Mayor and I will be sending out 50 EDC packets to area and regional businesses that we would like to attract to Newton.  If you have additional business ideas for the next wave of 50 packets to be mailed, please email me your suggestions.

I was interviewed this week by students at Halsted Middle School via teleconference.  The students asked very good questions about Newton’s present and future.  I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to them.

We held our first session with the PBA representatives for their contract negotiations.  I look forward to working with them on a successful process.

The Newton Fire Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Parade in Central Plaza Lot #4 on October 31st at 6:00pm.

Enjoy your weekend! 

Tom