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June 19, 2020

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting will be held via ZOOM on Monday, June 22, 2020.  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/j/81502185208?pwd=UTBibFdJdjJyeWZUcHBRVzlaKzNlUT09

Webinar ID: 815 0218 5208 Password: 953712

Or members of the public can call in at:

1-929-205-6099 or 1-253-215-8782                                                    1-312-626-6799 or 1-346-248-7799

1-301-715-8592 or 1-669-900-6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 8th 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

RESOLUTIONS

We have two (2) resolutions to be considered before the ordinances:

Resolution #155-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Resolution #157-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for repairs to the pool.

ORDINANCES

There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-8 will authorize the issuance of $70,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Halsted Street and Madison Street Improvements – Section II.  We received a grant for $175,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-9 will authorize the issuance of $100,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes for the Mill Street Sidewalk project.  We received a grant for $400,000 toward this project.

Ordinance 2020-10 will authorize appropriating $555,000 for the Memory Park Drainage project.

There are four (4) ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-11 will authorize appropriating $360,000 for the Major Repairs and Parts Replacement for the Clarifier at the Second Stage Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2020-12 is a bond ordinance for the acquisition of 2 SUVs for the police department.

Ordinance 2020-13 will cancel $15,000 from the Reserve for Senior/Teen Center to reappropriate it for repairs to the pool.

Ordinance 2020-14 will adopt the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H Property at 121 Water Street.
CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #143-2020* authorize the insertion of revenue from the Safe and Secure grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #144-2020* will award the contracts for the improvements to Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section to Tilcon for paving, Denville Line Painting for striping, and Campbell Foundry for drainage inlet accessories through the Morris County Co-op.  

Resolution #145-2020* will reject the re-bid for the fire alarm upgrade for the Water Utility.

Resolution #146-2020* will transfer school monies.

Resolution #147-2020* will award the contract for the guide rail on Overlook Road to Safety Systems, LLC.

Resolution #148-2020* will award a Required Disclosure Contract to Convergint Technologies for the installation of keyless access pads in the Municipal Building.

Resolution #149-2020* will award Bid 9-2020 for the Repairs to the Final Clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to BR Welding.

Resolution #150-2020* will authorize negotiations for the Fire Alarm upgrade and Installation at the Water Utility.  We went out to bid twice unsuccessfully, so we may now negotiate directly with vendors.

Resolution #151-2020* will permit temporary outside dining during the COVID-pandemic.

Resolution #152-2020* will authorize the purchase of five (5) mobile data terminals and accessories for the police department through State Contract.

Resolution #153-2020* will cancel the Wellness Tobacco Free Grant.

Resolution #154-2020* will award the bid for the ADA Ramps on Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section II to Cifelli & Son.

Resolution #156-2020* will authorize the purchase of two (2) Ford Utility Police Interceptor vehicles.

Resolution #158-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* will approve membership into the Newton Fire Department for Shawn Snedeke of 100 Swartswood Rd., Newton.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is two (2) inches below the top of the spillway as of June 15, 2020.  

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Our OEM briefings will start next week occurring on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

I had a productive ZOOM meeting with Dr. Greene and Rob Boyle to talk about current and future internet connectivity for our students and families in Town.  I will keep you posted.

Planning Board approved the Weis gas station as well as sent back the Redevelopment Plan for the G & H property with no changes or comments.

Happy Father’s Day!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR