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January 6, 2012

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM by Terri Oswin

The annual Newton First Aid Squad dinner is tomorrow evening.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, January 9th at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the December 28th Regular Meeting for approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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 5 minutes.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

A proclamation that will be presented to the First Aid Squad on Saturday, January 7th will be read into the record.

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2011-27 will appoint Sanford L. Hollander, Esq., as the Town’s legal counsel for calendar year 2012.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #1-2012* will authorize the auction of some items that are no longer needed for public use.   

Resolution #2-2012* will authorize the waiving of the $100 waiver of site plan application fee for the Foodshed Alliance based on the recommendation of the Planning Board.

 

Resolution #3-2012* will authorize the release of a performance guarantee currently on file with the Town for Highway Enterprises, Inc., relative to their development of the old Rockaway Sales building, based on the recommendation of the Town Engineer.

Resolution #4-2012* will authorize the release of Executive Session minutes to the public.

Resolution #5-2012* will appoint Excel Environmental Resources, Inc., as the Town’s Environmental Engineer for 2012.

Resolution #6-2012* will ratify and affirm the issuance of a bond anticipation note.

Resolution #7-2012* will authorize a refund and cancellation of taxes.  A memo explaining same has been included in your packet.

Resolution #8-2012* will appoint Daniel A. Colfax, Esq. as conflict Public Defender for 2012.

Resolution #9-2012* will appoint Andrew A. Fraser, Esq., as the Town’s Alternate Prosecutor for 2012.

Resolution #10-2012* will approve 2011 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #11-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION - Resolution #12-2012

There are several items to discuss in closed session:

  1. Contract Negotiations – Sewer Engineer and Municipal Engineer.
  2. Potential Litigation
  3. Personnel

RESOLUTION

Resolution #13-2012 will appoint Newton’s Sewer Engineer for 2012.  Once an engineer has been selected, the name will be inserted.

ORDINANCE

Ordinance 2012-1 will be introduced to appoint Newton’s Municipal Engineer for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Once an engineer has been selected, the name will be inserted.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 2 inches above the top of the spillway on 1.2.12.

The Planning Board has referred the Land Use Ordinances over to the Town Council for approval.  Jessica Caldwell is updating same and we hope to have things ready for the first meeting in February.

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and that 2012 is off to a positive start for us all!

 

TSRJR