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April 9, 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020 at 12:52 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, April 13, 2020.  You have each been emailed the meeting ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website and published in the NJ Herald. 

Thomas Russo Jr is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: April 13, 2020 Newton Town Council Meeting
Time: Apr 13, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the March 9th Special and Regular 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 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #87-2020* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure contract to Pall Corporation.  

Resolution #88-2020* will amend the 2020 Water Sewer Utility Temporary Capital Budget, this is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-6.

Resolution #89-2020* will authorize the suspension of shut-off of Town utilities during the State of Emergency.

Resolution #90-2020* will award Bid 7-2020 for Water Meter Supply to Schmidt’s Wholesale.  

Resolution #91-2020* will authorize amending the contract with Topology NJ, LLC as Conflict Planner for the Redevelopment of the G & H property.   

Resolution #92-2020* will authorize the support of legislation regarding municipal taxation of local exchange telephone companies.

Resolution #93-2020* will authorize amending the engineering design and construction administration for the Replacement of the Grit Collector System project.

Resolution #94-2020* will adopt a Temporary Operating and Water Sewer Budget for April.

Resolution #95-2020* will approve applying for the Safe and Secure Communities Grant.

Resolution #96-2020* will appoint Robert Boyle to the Parking Authority.

Resolution #97-2020* will appoint Robert Boyle to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

Resolution #98-2020* will authorize being able to enter into negotiations for an Emergency Sewer Contractor after going out to bid twice with no responses.

Resolution #99-2020* will authorize establishing a Storm Recovery Reserve to be used for the Coronavirus Emergency Response.

Resolution #100-2020* will authorize a refund a duplicate tax payment for Block 18.02, Lot 10.

Resolution #101-2020* will waive parking pass fees for April.

Resolution #102-2020* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 19.01, Lot 9.

Resolution #103-2020* will amend the three-year Capital Budget Program.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-7.

Resolution #104-2020* will authorize executing a Developer’s Agreement with the County and Thorlabs for traffic signal and intersection safety.

Resolution #105-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

ORDINANCES

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2020-6 will appropriate $35,500 for the Replacement of the Battery Back-up System at the Morris Lake Facility.

Ordinance 2020-7 will authorize $1,300,000 for digester conversion, rehabilitation or replacement and primary sludge pump replacement at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

HEARING ON THE 2020 BUDGET AS INTRODUCED

I will do a PowerPoint presentation of the 2020 Budget as introduced.  We will open it up to public comment (hearing).  Then our CFO will offer comments on a required budget amendment to occur at the next meeting on April 27th.         

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of April 6, 2020.  

Dr. Greene sent a PDF of the BOE budget presentation.  This has been shared with you on the Google Drive. 

Please be safe and well.  Blessings for a Happy Passover and Easter.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR