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May 6, 2022

Posted on May 9, 2022 at 1:48 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, May 9, 2022,beginning at 7:00pm.


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from April 25, 2022 – Regular Meeting and 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. 



Resolution #130-2022 will amend the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.


Resolution #131-2022 will amend the Capital Budget.


Resolution #140-2022 will amend the Capital Budget.


There is one (1) ordinance for Second Reading:


Ordinance 2022-11 will amend, revise, and supplement the Town Code of the Town of Newton, most notably Chapter 307, Entitled “Vehicles and Traffic”; Most Notably Provisions of Article V “Parking Meters”, and Article VIII “Metered Parking Lots”, as well as Chapter 100 “Fees and Costs”, most notably Section 100-15, Entitled “Vehicles and Traffic” as recommended and approved by the Newton Parking Authority.


There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:


Ordinance 2022-12 will provide funding for various Water/Sewer improvements for the Town of Newton and appropriate $1,010,108 for such purpose.


Ordinance 2022-13 will provide an appropriation of $420,000 for the installation of sidewalks in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorize the issuance of $57,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.


Ordinance 2022-14 will provide an appropriation of $927,450.50 for various Capital Improvements in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorize the issuance of $664,593 Bonds or Notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.          


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 #132-2022* will authorize submission of a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance for grant cycle July 2022 - June 2023, amending Resolution #59-2022.


Resolution #133-2022* will approve a Cooperative Purchasing Contract purchase for the repair of shafts and bearing replacements on RBC’s 1C and 1D through North Jersey Wastewater Cooperative Pricing System Contract B279.


Resolution #134-2022* will authorize the Addendum to the Employment Agreement of Thomas S. Russo, Jr., as Town Manager.


Resolution #135-2022* will concur with the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board in allocating Water and Sewer connection fees for Block 7.09, Lots 3 & 5.


Resolution #136-2022* will authorize the issuance of estimated 3rd Quarter Tax Bills.


Resolution #137-2022* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure Contract with Planet Networks for Telephonic Communications Services.


Resolution #138-2022* will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2022 Town of Newton Budget pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (C. 159, PL 1948).


Resolution #139-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


As of May 6, 2022, Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway.


Wishing all the Moms out there an incredibly Happy Mother’s Day!


Grant applications are being submitted to the NJDEP and BPU for funding for 3 EV charging stations in Town.


I appreciate DPW taking over the cleaning duties for our municipal buildings as we will save cost and increase customer service.


Several interested parties are seriously looking at Hicks Avenue, Paterson Avenue, and McGuire’s Redevelopment areas.


NHN will be rescheduled (clean-up portion only) to Monday, June 6th. Staff will be allowed to work either 9am-Noon or 1pm-4pm to help our annual clean up activities. Pizza will be provided for all volunteers at Noon.


Let’s Go Rangers!


Yours In Service,