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May 8, 2020

Posted on May 8, 2020 at 12:38 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:00pm.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join:

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/89825280885?pwd=NEkyWEVNcEN3REowVlNycXVjOFA0UT09
Password: 909170

Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or 1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833 
Webinar ID: 898 2528 0885
Password: 909170
International numbers available: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc7A2l4mqE  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 27th 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 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

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

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

RESOLUTION

Resolution 118-2020 will accept the certified list of eligibles from the NFAS to receive LOSAP benefits for 2019.  Mayor Diglio will have to recuse herself for this. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #119-2020* will amend the Local Emergency Planning Committee for calendar year 2020.  

Resolution #120-2020* will waive the fee for parking permits for the month of May.

Resolution #121-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 2 for the Improvements to Plainfield Avenue Project so the final paperwork to close the project can be processed.  

Resolution #122-2020* will accept the certified list of eligibles from the Fire Department to receive LOSAP benefits for 2019.

Resolution #123-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Daily OEM Briefings continued this week with key Emergency Planning Committee members in virtual attendance via ZOOM.  Same will continue for the duration of the pandemic.

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer.  I pray for the health, safety, and well-being of all of our families, friends, Newton residents, and businesses during this difficult time.

We did a Facebook Live session this week to announce that although the Memorial Day Parade is canceled for 2020, we will live stream a brief ceremony to remember our fallen heroes at 11:00am that day.  Also, rather than cancel Miss Newton we have made the Miss Newton/Little Mr. and Miss Newton Contests virtual via ZOOM and Facebook Live at 6:00pm on Friday, June 12th.  More details on both to follow!

We are reviewing offices and common areas to see what kind of additional barriers/modifications we should construct and implement prior to re-opening for the general public.  I will keep you posted.

Everyone be safe and well.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR