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June 24, 2022

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 12:50 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, June 27, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from June 13, 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 are two (2) ordinances for Second Reading:


Ordinance 2022-15 is a Bond Ordinance providing an appropriation of $115,000 for various Water/Sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $109,000 bonds or notes of the Town for Financing Part of the Appropriation.


Ordinance 2022-16 is a Bond Ordinance reappropriating $45,000 for improvements to the Dog Park.



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 #162-2022* will transfer school monies for the period July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.


Resolution #163-2022* will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances in the General Capital Fund.


Resolution #164-2022* will renew Plenary Retail Distribution Licenses for 2022-2023.


Resolution #165-2022* will authorize the execution of an agreement with Heartland Payment Systems to provide Merchant Services.


Resolution #166-2022* will award Bid 4R-2022 to XFComputers LLC for Surveillance System Bid.


Resolution #167-2022* will appoint Joseph Ricciardo to the Newton Housing Authority.


Resolution #168-2022* will approve submittal of a grant application and execute a grant contract with the NJDOT for the Clinton Street, West Nelson Street, and Division Street Resurfacing Project.


Resolution #169-2022* will award the contract for proposed improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street to Tilcon New York, Inc. and Denville Line Painting, Inc. through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.


Resolution #170-2022* will authorize a shared services agreement between County of Sussex and Town of Newton for proposed improvements on Route 519 Mill Street.


Resolution #171-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


As of June 24, 2022, Morris Lake is 2 inches below the spillway.


We had a terrific on-site meeting with Ryan Gleason who is our point of contact at DCA for the Neighborhood Preservation Program. He is incredibly pleased with our progress thus far and the exciting things we have planned over the next 18 months. Stay tuned!


The Ribbon Cutting for Alpha Fitness was very well attended on Thursday at Noon. We wish them continued success and congratulate them on joining the local Chamber of Commerce.


Today was National Dog to Work Day! We had three (3) of our furry friends come to our offices to brighten our day. Check out the cool video on social media. They were very opinionated about our new dog park.


Today was also the grand opening of the Newton Town Pool for the 2022 pool season! Best wishes to everyone for a safe, fun, and memorable summer of pool activities and enjoyment.


I hope all of the fathers enjoyed their special day on Sunday.


I also want to recognize the importance of the Juneteenth holiday which was on Sunday and recognized by the Town on Monday. May we remember to respect and value the contributions of everyone and acknowledge the importance of a nation commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people.


Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


Yours In Service,