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April 18, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 2:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Wishing everyone the blessings of a very Happy Passover and Happy Easter!
I have scheduled an interview to fill a vacancy on the Parking Authority at 6:45pm on Monday, April 18, 2019; our next regular Town Council meeting will immediately follow beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 8, 2019 Regular meeting for your 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. I have two proclamations for the record.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-3 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various items from the 2019 Budget.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #114-2019* is a required disclosure resolution for Dempsey Uniform. This is required when the costs in the aggregate exceed $17,500 in a 12-month period as part of the Pay-to-Play regulations.
Resolution #115-2019* will reappoint William Nannery and Carole Leonardo to the Newton Housing Authority.
Resolution #116-2019* will authorize a settlement agreement with 33 Mill Street regarding a water/sewer penalty.
Resolution #117-2019* will authorize four-year agreements with the PBA and SOA.
Resolution #118-2019* will appoint The Mitchell Agency as the insurance broker to oversee employee benefits.
Resolution #119-2019* will reappoint Dr. John Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #120-2019* will appoint Alexandra Kweselait to the Parking Authority.
Resolution #121-2019* will authorize credits to water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #122-2019* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board recommendation for 132 Spring Street.
Resolution #123-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
There are two (2) applications as part of the Consent Agenda for approval. The first is from Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. The second is from the VFW Auxiliary to Newton Memorial Post 5360.
DISCUSSION
Bernie Hattersley will give a brief presentation outlining the Code Enforcement Department operations.
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 April 15, 2019.
The State has been diligently working on the Armory cleanup work this week with many professionals on site working on remediation endeavors. We appreciate their diligence and commitment to seeing this project come to its logical conclusion in a safe and timely fashion.
The Master Plan subcommittee met this week to go over recommendations which will be presented to the Planning Board this summer.
The new Thorlabs project has been approved (Preliminary and Final) by the Planning Board. We look forward to the success of this awesome endeavor and thank Alex Cable and his entire team for their commitment to Newton.
A new Town event is being planned in November to honor Veterans. I will keep you posted.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR