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Oct 28

October 28, 2011

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM by Terri Oswin

The Newton Fire Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Parade in Central Plaza Lot #4 on October 31st at 6:00pm.  A reminder that municipal employees who are not obligated to wear uniforms as part of their work may wear tasteful Halloween attire to the office on Monday.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, November 14th at 7:00pm.  We will have an Executive Session at 6:00pm to discuss contract negotiations. 


The Morris Lake Reservoir was even with the top of the spillway on 10.24.11.

We met with representatives this week from JCP&L to discuss the East Clinton project.  They are looking at demolition sometime in December.  I will keep you posted as conditions warrant.

Budgets are due today by 4:30pm.  I appreciate the adherence to same by my department heads and look forward to our discussions next month.

Discussions continued this week on the Merriam Gateway project.

I attended the Legislators’ annual meeting at the Freeholders’ meeting room this week.  A variety of topics were discussed.

Open enrollment continues for those employees who are eligible for health insurance benefits.  Please contact Deb Carter if you have any questions.

The Mayor and I nominated several Newton volunteers who were recognized by Gov. Chris Christie this week for their efforts with regards to Hurricane Irene.  Congratulations to OEM Coordinator Teets, Fire Chief Teets, Fire Chief Miller, and NFAS Lieutenant Deborah Phillips.  Deputy Mayor Diglio attended the Trenton War Memorial event as well.  Thank you to all volunteers who serve Newton.

Our Office Moving Project continues as Scott Holzhauer has now moved into the old Fire Prevention Offices on the Ground Floor of the Municipal Building.  Dawn Babcock is now slated for the next move upstairs to the 2nd Floor into the Tax Assessor’s old office area.  The next round will be the office re-shuffling in the Finance area on the Ground Floor.  My thanks to the DPW and Finance teams, Lorraine Read, Deb Carter, and Terri Oswin, for their hard work in making this transition happen quickly and seamlessly.

TR Weniger has been on site this week to begin work on the Morris Lake Dam mat installation.  Work is progressing and should be completed by next Friday, weather permitting. 

Enjoy your weekend and the snow?!?