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Feb 11

February 11, 2022

Posted on February 11, 2022 at 1:23 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, February 14, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from January 24, 2022 – Special Meeting and January 24, 2022 – Regular Meeting.


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. 


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2022-2 will amend Section 100-19 of the Newton Code regarding Water and Sewer connection fees.


If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #65-2022* will authorize the 2021 Tonnage Grant Application.

Resolution #66-2022* will amend Resolution #56-2022, related to refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 11.01, Lot 14, also known as 216 Woodside Avenue.

Resolution #67-2022* will authorize refund of taxes for Block 5.05, Lot 11, also known as 20-22 Clinton Street.

Resolution #68-2022* will appoint Andrew J. Imhof to the Utility Advisory Board.

Resolution #69-2022* will amend the Current Fund Balance policy.

Resolution #70-2022* will amend the Water Sewer Utility Balance policy.

Resolution #71-2022* will refund monies for taxes due to a State Tax Court judgement for Block 1.01, Lot 18 also known as 183 High Street.

Resolution #72-2022* will authorize a refund of tax overpayment for Block 4.05, Lot 7, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

Resolution #73-2022* will appoint Deborah Danielson as Deputy Municipal Recycling Coordinator for 2022.

Resolution #74-2022* will authorize the Newton Town Manager to appoint up to two (2) advisory young adult members to the Recreation Commission and the Economic Development Advisory Commission on an annual basis. Dr. Greene is very supportive of this initiative and looks forward to working with the Town on this important outreach endeavor.

Resolution #75-2022* will celebrate the month of February as National Black History Month.

Resolution #76-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

A membership application for Brian Hewitt, 318 Rt. 94 S, Newton, NJ 07860 into the Newton Fire Department.


As of February 11, 2022, Morris Lake is 1” above the spillway.

At the annual Statewide Insurance Fund reorganization, I was once again selected as Chairman of the Fund. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the fund and appreciate everyone’s efforts in our organization as we won the annual Safety Program Award!

We are still working with our friends at the County and Sparta on the Bridge Q-06 project. I will keep you posted.

Tomorrow is the annual Newton budget hearing, via Zoom and in-person. I thank everyone for their help in preparing another reasonable and responsible municipal budget.

On Monday, February 14th, Congressman Josh Gottheimer will be here at Town Hall for an important press conference at Noon to discuss law enforcement-related legislation he is dropping in Congress. I ask all staff to attend outside when this occurs.

We will re-open to the public without appointment on Monday, February 28th at 9:00am. To celebrate our re-opening, we will be having a Wear-Your-Zoom-Attire-To-Work-Day on Friday, February 25th. The excitement is palpable!

Go Rams!

Yours In Service,