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Jan 13

January 13, 2012

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM by Terri Oswin

Our condolences to the family of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce.  As someone who was fortunate to be friends with Alex for all of my adult life, I am thankful for his mentoring, friendship, and his service to Parsippany, Morris County, and all of New Jersey.  He will be missed.

We will be closed Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will have our annual joint meeting with the Newton Board of Education at 6:00pm on Monday, January 23rd at Town Hall.  The regular Town Council meeting will commence that evening at 7:00pm.

Congratulations go out to Debra Carter, who is leaving the Town of Newton to become the Executive Director of Human Resources at Sussex County Community College.  We are sad to see her go, but wish her well in her new endeavors and thank her for all that she has done to bring our HR standards up to where they need to be.  We will begin the search for a replacement next week.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The Morris Lake Reservoir was 1 inch above the top of the spillway on 1.9.12.

We are in the process of completing the fixes for the outstanding PEOSHA violation issues at Firehouses 1 and 2.  Overall they were very minor issues that we have been able to fix in an efficient manner.  I want to thank Ken Teets, Ken Jaekel and the DPW staff, and Chief Teets, for their quick action on same.


Our budget hearings are scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd at 6:00pm and Saturday, February 4th at 9:00am.  I plan on distributing the draft municipal budget to the Council on January 27th.

The annual SWOT analysis was very successful this week as several employees assisted me in the goal setting for our organization for 2012.  As usual, great ideas came out of the conversation and they will be shared with the Council.

Mediation was held this week with the PBA/SOA to resolve outstanding issues in our negotiations.

Vac-Con 1 is here!  Our new sewer cleaning vehicle is a beauty and will be brought to a Council meeting in the future so everyone can check it out.  Very impressive and an important piece of equipment indeed!

Cartridge World is coming in next week to meet with us to discuss cost savings on printer cartridges.  We will start with one department as a trial run and see how we do.

I have granted permission to the GNCC to re-install the flower pots this year on Spring Street, on poles that do not have any parking or other necessary signage.  They are very pleased to have this amenity back in service and I am happy to assist in their efforts.

The Foodshed Alliance Winter Farmers’ Market was very successful in its first day of operations at the Springboard Shoppes on Spring Street last Saturday!  Make sure you check out this wonderful opportunity to support local farmers and businesses – 10am-2pm on Saturdays through the end of April.  We are already working on ideas for a summer market during the months of June through October!

We are beginning the process of installing anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware on the PC’s in the Town Hall side of the municipal complex.  I will perform several scans daily until they are all completed.

Enjoy your weekend!  TSRJR