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June 25, 2021

Posted on June 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Webinar ID: 864 6822 4876 Passcode: 622473

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

a.     June 14, 2021 – Special Meeting

b.     June 14, 2021 – 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.  There is one Proclamation to be noted for the record for Garrett Vanni, who received the rank of Eagle Scout.



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

Ordinance 2021-11 will amend the Town’s “Smoking Policy” to add the prohibition of smoking cannabis.

Ordinance 2021-12 will regulate the cultivation, processing, sales, and distribution of legal cannabis within the Town of Newton.

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-13 which will amend Ordinance 2021-12, revising the permitted days/hours of operation and payment responsibility of odor control monitoring, as per the unanimous recommendation of the Planning Board last meeting.

Ordinance 2021-14 will extend our existing tax-abatement program in the Downtown Historic District for an additional five (5) years.


Resolution #141-2021* will approve a proprietary contract to refurbish the 2006 Elgin Pelican to W.E. Timmerman Company, Inc.

Resolution #142-2021* will authorize the auction of two (2) police vehicles no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #143-2021* will renew the club liquor license for the 2021-2022 permit year.

Resolution #144-2021* will appoint Wendy VanderMaas and Karen Crossley to the Housing Authority.

Resolution #145-2021* urges the Sussex County Board of Commissioners to endorse the County Homelessness Trust Fund Act.

Resolution #146-2021* will authorize entering into a five (5) year agreement with Global Recycling Solutions, LLC for Recycling Services. 

Resolution #147-2021 will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   


Resolution #148-2021 will approve the contractual accumulated vacation and sick time payout for the retiring Chief Osborn. (Councilman Couce and Councilwoman Teets will recuse)


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)




Morris Lake is 2 inches below the top of the spillway as of June 21, 2021.

We are working on a PowerPoint regarding the SCCC McGuire’s Redevelopment in order to best assist our RFQ endeavors.

I have compiled data with our staff and engineers on the proposed Spray Park @ the Newton Pool.

The Town has filed for its share of the American Rescue Plan federal funds.

The pool season is off to a great start!  Make sure you check it out!

Several staff members enjoyed the bounty that is lunch at Grinds & Greens on Spring Street – it is definitely worth the visit!  Support local!

Routine business discussed at the monthly health insurance fund meeting.

Interviews will be coming up for the Land Use Administrator/Zoning Officer position.

Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day!  As of this writing, all is good…could change…

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,