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March 5, 2020

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Kat Walker

There is a volunteer interview scheduled for this Monday, March 9, 2020 beginning at 6:45pm and our regular Town Council meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.  The volunteer application has been shared on the Google Drive. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 24th Special and Regular meetings 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 they are 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 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.

ORDINANCES

There are three ordinances for public hearing and adoption:

Ordinance 2020-3 will authorize the renewal of SECTV’s non-exclusive franchise agreement to provide cable services to the Town of Newton.

Ordinance 2020-4 will establish a CAP Bank.  This is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2020-5 will authorize the vacation of a small portion of Spring Street. 

OLD BUSINESS

Resolution #73-2020 will approve Change Orders No. 14 and 22 for Firehouse No. 2.  Tom Kosten of FKA, Project Architect, will be in attendance to answer any questions.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #80-2020* will appoint Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq., as the Town’s Alternate Prosecutor for calendar year 2020.  

Resolution #81-2020* will approve the introduction of the 2020 Municipal and Water Sewer Utility Budgets.

Resolution #82-2020* will authorize the credit to several utility accounts due to a glitch in our new computer system and the re-issuance of new utility bills.

Resolution #83-2020* will authorize credits due to water sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #84-2020* will authorize a refund to Jean Pierson due to an inaccurate meter reading on usage from a computer glitch prior to the sale of her property at 173 Spring Street.  

Resolution #85-2020* will authorize the refund of monies to an outside lien holder for Block 17.01, Lot 42, also known as 45 Mason Ave.

Resolution #86-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of March 2, 2020.  

Work has commenced on the bi-annual revisions to the Newton Employee Handbook.

I had a productive quarterly meeting with Dr. Greene this week.  He will attend our first meeting in April to review the proposed 2020 School Board Budget.

Several of us are attending the annual NJ Redevelopment Conference on Friday in New Brunswick, NJ.  Looking forward to learning about best practices throughout our State.

The design work for the G&H Redevelopment Plan continued this week.

Job ads are up on the Town website for summer interns, pool lifeguards, and pool recreation aides.

Work continues on the 1st Annual Newton St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Hope to see everyone there on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR