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February 25, 2022

Posted on February 25, 2022 at 12:25 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, February 28, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from February 14, 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 Second Reading:

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

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2022-3 will authorize the conveyance of certain real property to Emerger Property Management, LLC.

Ordinance 2022-4 to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and establish a Cap Bank. This is done annually as part of the budget process.


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 #77-2022* will authorize Change order No. 2 for repairs to the Final Clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project.

Resolution #78-2022* will approve a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage Company.

Resolution #79-2022* will approve a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Exchange.

Resolution #80-2022* will support the Implementation Plan of the Neighborhood Preservation Program.

Resolution #81-2022* will determine the form and other details of a bond note not to exceed $555,000 for drainage improvements at the Babe Ruth League Baseball Field at Memory Park.

Resolution #82-2022* will anticipate miscellaneous revenues in the 2022 budget using the three-year average.

Resolution #83-2022* will use a three-year average collection rate for the 2022 budget reserve for uncollected taxes.

Resolution #84-2022* will certify the self-examination of.2022 budget.

Resolution #85-2022* will introduce the 2022 Municipal and Water and Sewer Utility Budgets.

Resolution #86-2022* will authorize credits due Water and Sewer Utility Accounts.

Resolution #87-2022* will further historic preservation through a grant from the NJ Historic Trust in the amount of $30,000 for the Newton Town Plot Historic District.

Resolution #88-2022* will support the issuance of a Cannabis Class 5 Retailer License to Newton CB, LLC.

Resolution #89-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


As of February 24, 2022, Morris Lake is 2” above the spillway.

Building hours return to 9:00am–4:00pm starting Monday without appointment for members of the public.

We have advertised for the Water Operator position.

Routine business was discussed this week at the NJMEBF meeting.

In addition to the cannabis retail application we have on for Monday night, we had conversations this week with interested micro-cultivators. I will keep you posted.

Eric coordinated a productive Zoom meeting with representatives from the County and RPM to discuss current conditions at the Newton Town Centre building.

Planning continues on the research for the new fire truck.

I have started DEI Training course 3 and am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to learn new information about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The drafts of the new Annual Report and Spring Newsletter are being reviewed next week.

Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours In Service,