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September 23, 2019

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 3:34 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 11, 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. Councilmembers may or may not choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have a proclamation to be recorded in the minutes.
PRESENTATION
Michelle Estremera will give a presentation on the Recreation Department.
PUBLIC HEARING
As part of SECTV’s cable franchise renewal, a public hearing must be held. The cable franchise report has been shared again with you on the Google Drive. Representatives from Service Electric are expected to be in attendance to give a presentation.
ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-8 will amend the salary ordinance relative to the Chief Financial Officer’s salary range.
There is one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-9 will authorize going out to bond for the costs for the pool improvements.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #199-2019* will authorize entering into an agreement with the Canning Group, LLC to provide services of a Qualified Purchasing Agent for 2020.
Resolution #200-2019* will accept the proposal for Lakeland Bank to provide the Town with banking services. Based on the recommendation of our CFO, Tax Collector, and Treasurer.
Resolution #201-2019* will concur with the Utility Board’s recommendation for the allocation of water and sewer gallonage and fees for 30 Madison Street.
Resolution #202-2019* will concur with the Utility Board’s recommendation for the allocation of water and sewer gallonage and fees, with a phased-in payment plan for Thorlabs.
Resolution #203-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment. The Deputy Mayor will recuse on Check #1350.
Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration for Ryley Hickman of 16 Linwood Avenue to join the Newton Fire Department.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #204-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss PILOTS.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 8 inches below the top of the spillway as of September 16, 2019.
I was happy to visit with Joe DiPaolo this week to wish him well in his retirement from Atlantic Health. We look forward to working with his successor.
I was interviewed this week (along with Mayor Le Frois and CD Director Williams) for the upcoming Newton insert in the NJ Herald. Always grateful for the opportunity provided by our local paper of record to discuss the plethora of activity in Town.
We are finalizing details for the Developer’s Agreement for Thorlabs.
A reminder that Fall Newsletter submissions are due to Terri by Friday, September 27th.
I conducted 2nd round interviews for the Laborer position in Public Works.
We are still working on finalizing the CWA and UPSEU contracts.
Have a great weekend! Be safe. Go Giants – the Daniel Jones Era Begins!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR