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October 8, 2021

Posted on October 8, 2021 at 3:27 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Wednesday, October 13, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.   


          a. Justin Sibblies – Police Officer – Oath of Office


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

September 27, 2021 – Regular Meeting.

September 27, 2021 – Special Interviews


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.  Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.


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


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-19 will amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 30 entitled “Police Department”, most notably Section 30-5 “Qualification and Appointment of Members of Department” of the Town Code


  1. Resolution #195-2021*                    Authorize Amendment to the Town of Newton Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook with Addition of Nepotism Policy 
  2. Resolution #196-2021*                    Appoint Mary Ann Carlson to the Newton Housing Authority
  3. Resolution #197-2021*                    Appoint Lisa Qarmout to the Advisory Recreation Commission     
  4. Resolution #198-2021*                    Appoint Monica McGee to the Economic Development Advisory Committee
  5. Resolution #199-2021*                    Amend Resolution #279-2020 Award of a Proprietary Contract to Pall Water Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                      
  6. Resolution #200-2021*                    Appoint Fund Commissioner for the Statewide Insurance Fund for Calendar Year 2022
  7. Resolution #201-2021*                    Appoint Keith Mitchell as Risk Management Consultant for the Town of Newton for Calendar Year 2022
  8. Resolution #202-2021*                    Appoint George Edwards as School Crossing Guard for 2021-2022 School Year
  9. Resolution #203-2021*                    Approve Bills and Vouchers for Payment


a.     2022 Proposed Fee Changes 


Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of October 8, 2021.

Interviews commenced for the Water Operator position.

We received another grant award this week for $30,000 from Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust.  This follows on the heels of the recent $125,000 grant award from the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP).  Boom!   He shoots, he scores!

Dave Simmons and I worked with the College on their W/S connection fees for various projects throughout the town.

Budget plans for 2022 are still being coordinated with information due back to me by the end of October.

Plans are being finalized for the Babe Ruth field project so we can go out to bid.

Weather looks favorable for Sunday’s activities; hope to see you at the Rail Trail dedication at 10:00am followed by another awesome Fall Fest 11:00am-4:00pm.  See you there!

Yours in Service,