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May 24, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 10:27 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 27th at 10:00am. Following same will be the ceremony at Memory Park at 11:00am. Please remember those who died in our nation’s service.

Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm.

A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 13, 2019 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
We have one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2019-4 will add the Violations Clerk and Recreation Coordinator titles to the salary ordinance.

We have one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2019-5 will allow industrial uses in the T3 Zone.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #136-2019* will authorize a fireworks display for the Newton Day Festival.

Resolution #137-2019* will appoint Vicki Hall to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #138-2019* will authorize payment of vacation and sick time due to Scott Vertetis upon his retirement.

Resolution #139-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION
The first draft ordinance pertains to the current code with regard to domestic animals. The second draft ordinance is in regard to soil disturbance and grading. The Planning Board has reviewed the ordinances and the memos on both are included in your agenda packet.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of May 20, 2019.

We did another exciting Facebook Live this week with pithy content provided by Tom Talk – the world’s most or least interesting newsletter about the cool happenings in Newton. Awesome! Who needs Low-Carb High-Fat nonsense when we give you full throttle excitement!

Interviews were conducted this week for the vacant Deputy Municipal Court Administrator position. I will keep you posted on next steps.

Many schools and businesses participated in this week’s Newton Strong White Out Day in memory of Lexi Faye. Town staff shared in this endeavor as well.

On behalf of the Town I received a framed football jersey from Coach Matt Parzero of the State Champion Braves! We will proudly display same in Town Hall.

I toured various sites this week in preparation for my next Parking Authority meeting as we continue our deliberations about possibly purchasing property for additional downtown parking…exciting!

Have a great weekend! Be safe.

Yours in Service,
TSRJR