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Sep 11

September 11, 2020

Posted on September 11, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

We have an interview with Maureen Cuff for a volunteer position scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 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.
Passcode: 573837 Webinar ID: 856 3311 8248
Or join by phone: Dial: 
1 929 205 6099 or 1 301 715 8592 or
1 312 626 6799 or 1 669 900 6833 or
1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 856 3311 8248 Passcode: 573837



Nathan Brottman will provide a brief update on his Eagle Scout Project in the Town of Newton.


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.


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

Ordinance 2020-19 will amend Chapter 320 of the Code Book in relation to “Definitions” and “Parking and Driveway Standards”.

Ordinance 2020-20 will amend Chapter 231 of the Code Book in relation to the property maintenance code.

Ordinance 2020-21 will amend the Merriam-Gateway Redevelopment Plan. 


Resolution #195-2020* will affirm the issuance of a $88,500 Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).
Resolution #196-2020* will eliminate pool fees for Newton residents for the 2021 pool season.
Resolution #197-2020* will authorize purchasing rock salt/grit through the Sussex County Co-op.
Resolution #198-2020* will accept the Corrective Action Plan for the 2019 Audit.

Resolution #199-2020* will appoint school crossing guards for the upcoming school year.
Resolution #200-2020* will appoint Beatriz Bueno to the Advisory Board of Health.
Resolution #201-2020* will authorize the removal of deed restrictions for property now owned by Thorlabs.
Resolution #202-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Paving Portion of the Proposed Improvements to Halsted Street & Madison Street Project.
Resolution #203-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Construction of ADA Ramps on Halsted Street and Madison Street Project.
Resolution #204-2020* will authorize executing an agreement with The Canning Group, LLC to provide QPA services to the Town for calendar year 2021.
Resolution #205-2020* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses for the 2020-2021 licensing year.
Resolution #206-2020* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #207-2020* will authorize our Qualified Purchasing Agent to received bids electronically.
Resolution #208-2020* will authorize a redemption of monies to an outside lienholder for 5 Clarkson Street.
Resolution #209-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.


Our auditor Tom Ferry will be in attendance to briefly discuss our 2019 audit.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of September 8, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Our gratitude to the Sussex County PBA, Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, and Newton First Aid Squad for their coordination and participation in the annual 9/11 ceremony at SCCC today.  We pray for the families impacted by the terrorist attacks on our nation that fateful day.

The GNCC is having its meet and greet at the Newton Pool on Monday evening from 5pm-7pm…hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Garrett Armstrong whom I have hired as a new Police Officer for the Town of Newton.  He will join the force on Monday, October 5th.  We are in the process of planning a daytime formal swearing-in ceremony to be held outdoors at Town Hall.

Be safe and well.  Go Giants!
Yours in Service,