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July 10, 2020

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM by Kat Walker

A friendly reminder for the Nerds concert tomorrow at Memory Park at 7:00pm.  Tickets are SOLD OUT!

We have an interview with Alan Abramson for a volunteer position scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:45pm via ZOOM followed by our regular Town Council meeting 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.

Webinar ID: 818 6276 0705 Password: 390009

Or members of the public can call in at:

1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

1 301 715 8592 or 1 346 248 7799

1 669 900 6833 or 1 253 215 8782


Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 22nd Regular meeting for consideration and approval.


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.


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



We have four (4) resolutions to be considered before the ordinances:

Resolution #161-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for the purchase of two (2) police vehicles. This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-12.

Resolution #170-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Fire Alarm Replacement and Upgrade at the Morris Lake Treatment Plant.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-15.

Resolution #171-2020 will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget for the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s major repairs and replacement of pumps and other equipment.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-16.

Resolution #172-2020 will amend the Capital Budget for the crack repairs at the pool.  This is being done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-17.


There are four (4) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

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.

There are three (3) ordinances being introduced:

Ordinance 2020-15 will reappropriate funds for the Fire Alarm upgrades and improvement for the Water Utility.

Ordinance 2020-16 will reappropriate funds for the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s major repairs and replacement of pumps and other equipment.

Ordinance 2020-17 will reappropriate funds for the crack repairs at the pool.


Resolution #159-2020* authorize the insertion of revenues from the Clean Communities grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #160-2020* will authorize the purchase of a Kubota Excavator through the Bergen County Cooperative Pricing System.

Resolution #162-2020* will award Bid #8-2020 for the RBC repair to Rapid Pump & Meter, Inc.

Resolution #163-2020* will amend Resolution #135-2020 with regard to additional cleaning services due to the Covid-19 Emergency.

Resolution #164-2020* will certify the annual audit.  An electronic copy of the audit and the Corrective Action Plan has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

Resolution #165-2020* will designate June as “LGBTQ Pride Month” in the Town of Newton.

Resolution #166-2020* will rescind Resolution #153-2020 which canceled the Wellness Tobacco Free Grant.  We will now use the money for the purchase of cigarette receptacles for our parks and downtown with signage advising the public to dispose of their butts before entering.

Resolution #167-2020* amend our sewer engineer’s contract for an amount not to exceed $45,000 for the year.

Resolution #168-2020* will authorize execution of an agreement with Elevon, Inc. to provide merchant services with regard to the credit card payments for the Recreation Programs.

Resolution #169-2020* will refer proposed amendments to the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan to the Planning Board for review and comment.

Resolution #173-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 2 for the crack repairs at the pool.

Resolution #174-2020* will request the County provide a separate taxation to municipalities utilizing County dispatching services.

Resolution #175-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* will approve membership into the Newton Fire Department for Samantha Wechtler of 21 Hillside Terrace, Newton as a Junior Firefighter.


1.     Property Maintenance Ordinance.   A draft of the ordinance has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 4 inches below the top of the spillway as of July 6, 2020.  

Work continues on both the municipal pool reconstruction project and the Babe Ruth Field project.

Routine business discussed with staff at our monthly Zoom meeting.

Plans are underway for a modified annual staff BBQ which will be done with social distancing and via Zoom.

The new municipal building hours worked well this week for both staff and customers alike.

Plans are moving forward with the redevelopment project for 56 Paterson Avenue redevelopment area.

Thorlabs received a TCO for the renovated Iliff building and a permit for the new vertical building.  They are making awesome progress and we are excited to see their plans come to fruition.

Yours in Service,