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June 21, 2019

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 12:41 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 24, 2019 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 June 10, 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.

PRESENTATION
Paul Rummerfield of Phillipsburg Housing Authority will be in attendance to give an overview of the Newton Housing Authority.

Suburban Consulting Engineers will give an update on the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.

ORDINANCES
We have two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

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

Ordinance 2019-6 will add a new chapter to the code book regarding soil importation and grading.

OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance 2019-B regarding animals has been revised for your review.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #149-2019* will renew our shared services agreement with the Borough of Hopatcong for animal control and pound services.

Resolution #150-2019* will authorize insertion of special items of revenue into the 2019 Budget with regards to the Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #151-2019* will authorize repairs for the Morris Lake Micron Screen.

Resolution #152-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with R&J Controls, Inc.

Resolution #153-2019* will authorize auction of surplus property on Municibid.com.

Resolution #154-2019* will renew the plenary retail consumption liquor licenses for Spring Street Pub & Grill, LLC and the Barrel House for 2019.

Resolution #155-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 17, 2019.

We had a productive meeting this week to discuss the Rail Trail project with our friends from Thorlabs. They are very interested in assisting us with our endeavors.

Work continued on the 10-year water and sewer capital budget projections.

I attended the annual MCCPC luncheon in Randolph. Always good to hear about the success of the cooperative I used to be in charge of in my previous life.

We met with Suburban Consulting Engineers to discuss the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis which is on for discussion at this Monday night’s meeting.

We met with an interested developer for the 56 Paterson Avenue redevelopment area. I will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend! Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,
TSRJR