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November 19, 2021

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 1:56 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 22, 2021, beginning at 7:00pm.



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from November 8, 2021 – Regular Meeting and November 8, 2021 – Executive Session.



This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay 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. 


PRESENTATIONS – Swearing in of Patrolman Jordan Harvey.



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


Ordinance 2021-20 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for 2022.


Ordinance 2021-21 will provide funding for site improvements to the Municipal Building and Police Department. 


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:


Ordinance 2021-22 will amend, revise, and supplement various fees in the Town Code of the Town of Newton.



Resolution #221-2021* will reject all bids for equipment/pump maintenance services for Bid #9-2021.


Resolution #222-2021* will authorize premium payment to be turned over to the Treasurer.


Resolution #223-2021* will authorize refund of taxes for Block 14.04, Lot 30.02, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.


Resolution #224-2021* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure Contract for HFE Services LLC.


Resolution #225-2021* will authorize the execution of an agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Parking Authority.


Resolution #226-2021* will appoint Evin Joice to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.


Resolution #227-2021* will approve 2021 appropriation transfers.


Resolution #228-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.

Resolution #229-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.


Resolution #230-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.


Resolution #231-2021* will approve submittal of an application for Sussex County Trails Program to construct a pedestrian trail.


Resolution #232-2021* will approve participation with the State of New Jersey in a Safe & Secure Communities Program.


Resolution #233-2021* will authorize credits due Water and Sewer utility accounts.


Resolution #234-2021* will approve vacation and sick leave time payout for Katherine Citterbart.


Resolution #235-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


Resolution #237-2021* will approve a person-to-person transfer of plenary retail consumption with broad package privilege license no. 1915-32-005-011.


Application(s)* there are two (2) applications:


A membership application for Kamran Yazdanfar, 54 Lawnwood Annex, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.


A membership application for Eryk Jaworski, 100 Swartswood Road, Apt. 98, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.



Resolution #236-2021 Town Manager’s annual review. 



Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above the spillway as of November 19, 2021.


Work continues on the NPP application process, with a survey online being created, the application itself, along with design standards.


Several staff members attended the annual NJSLOM conference in Atlantic City. It is always worthwhile to learn what other communities are doing for best practices and to see what new products and services are being offered throughout the state.


Preparation continues for the annual GNCC Holiday Parade on Saturday the 27th of November.


Yours in Service,