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April 24, 2020

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 1:26 PM by Kat Walker

Our next meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, April 27, 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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 13th 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 3 minutes and limited to one turn.  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

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

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

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.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #108-2020* will authorize participation in the New Jersey Surplus Property Program.  

Resolution #109-2020* will authorize issuing estimated tax bills for the 3rd quarter due to the late adoption of our Budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resolution #110-2020* will accept the Firehouse No. 2 project as final and complete.  

Resolution #111-2020* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board’s recommendation for 23 Union Place (Samaritan Inn) to upgrade their water service.   

Resolution #112-2020* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #113-2020* will concur with the Utility Advisory Board’s recommendation for 120 Woodside Avenue to connect to the Town’s sewer system.  

Resolution #114-2020* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with Convergint Technologies Inc.

Resolution #115-2020* is a replacement of Resolution 88-2020.  It is a Water and Sewer Capital Budget Amendment done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-6 above for the alarm system for Morris Lake.

Resolution #116-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

HEARING ON THE 2020 BUDGET AMENDMENT

The Mayor will open the meeting to the public on the budget amendment.

Resolution #107-2020 will amend the introduced 2020 Budget.

RESOLUTION ON THE 2020 BUDGET AS AMENDED

Resolution #117-2020 will adopt the 2020 Municipal and Water & Sewer Budget.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 20, 2020.  

Routine business discussed on my Statewide Insurance Fund conference call this week.

Routine business discussed during my NJMEBF Zoom call this week.

My thanks to all Council members, employees, professionals, and volunteers for their continued hard work and diligence during this pandemic.

Please be safe and well.  And please support local Newton businesses that are open, too.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR