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October 23, 2020

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 9:03 AM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, October 26th at 7:00pm via ZOOM.

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1.     October 14, 2020 - Regular Meeting


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.



Ordinance 2020-22 is a bond ordinance which will provide for a refund of outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 in relation to the Morris County Improvement Authority.

Ordinance 2020-23 will appropriate $30,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the Sussex Branch Trail Project, Phase III, $24,000 of it will be reimbursed by the NJDEP.

Ordinance 2020-24 will adopt a new section in the Town Code and approve a mid-block crosswalk on Trinity Street.  This is being done as part of the Sussex Trail Project.


Resolution #228-2020* will reappoint Keith Mitchell as the Town’s Risk Management Consultant for 2021.

Resolution #229-2020* will reappoint myself as Fund Commissioner and Jennifer Dodd as Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Town of Newton in the Statewide Insurance Fund.

Resolution #230-2020* will appoint Joseph Ricciardo as an Alternate Member of the Planning Board.

Resolution #231-2020* will concur with my appointment of Robert Teets as a School Traffic Guard for the 2020-2021 school year.

Resolution #232-2020* will authorize the execution and delivery of notes for the Babe Ruth Field Drainage Project at Memory Park through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank Construction Financing Loan Program.

Resolution #233-2020* will extend the Town’s temporary outdoor restaurant seating guidelines during the pandemic through March 31, 2021.

Resolution #234-2020* will authorize a submission of an application for the Local Government Emergency Fund Grant for reimbursement of expenses due to the COVID pandemic.

Resolution #235-2020* will amend the capital budget.

Resolution #236-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:

1.     Newton Fire Department – Aaron Cassick, 11 Stuart Street, Newton, NJ


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 19 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 19, 2020.  

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

This Wednesday the 28th, TAPInto Newton will be hosting “Newton Town Council Candidate Debate” at SCCC beginning at 6pm.  Best of luck to all the candidates.

Routine business discussed at both the Statewide Insurance Fund and NJMEBF monthly meetings.

Monica is finalizing our response to the annual Best Practices questionnaire.

2021 Budget Requests are due by the end of next week.

The Planning Board approved the Farm Store application.  If you recall, the same was approved several years ago and due to inaction on the part of the applicant the approval lapsed.  Now that it was re-filed and reapproved, we look forward to this great, growing national franchise being in Newton!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,