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July 15, 2022

Posted on July 15, 2022 at 11:17 AM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, July 18, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.



The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from June 27, 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 Introduction:


Ordinance 2022-17 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 49 of the Town Code entitled “Alcoholic Beverages” and Chapter 234 of the Town Code entitled “Sidewalk Cafes”.


Ordinance 2022-18 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $894,909 for the acquisition of a fire truck with accessories in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $474,909 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 #172-2022* will award Bid 5-2022 to Planet Networks LLC for Fire Department Surveillance Bid.


Resolution #173-2022* will renew Plenary Retail Consumption License for 1915-33-009-005.


Resolution #174-2022* will renew Plenary Retail Consumption License for 1915-33-011-0010.


Resolution #175-2022* will award the contract for the Proposed Resurfacing of Smith Street and Grand Avenue Project to Tilcon New York, Inc. and Denville Line Painting, Inc. through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.


Resolution #176-2022* is the NJDCA ARP Firefighter Grant Resolution for Execution.


Resolution #177-2022* will refund Redemption Monies to Outside Lien Holder for Block 5.01, Lot 4, also known as 8 Harrison Street.


Resolution #178-2022* will issue a Duplicate Tax Sale Certificate.


Resolution #179-2022* will reappoint Karen Crossley to the Newton Housing Authority.


Resolution #180-2022* will provide Municipal Consent to the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs to discharge a previously assigned mortgage regarding 98 Trinity Street (Henrietta Crane).


Resolution #181-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.



Resolution #182-2022 will discuss Attorney-Client Privilege with regards to the potential or anticipated litigation – Sustainable Asset Management, LLC.


As of July 15, 2022, Morris Lake is 10 inches below the spillway.


We had an excellent meeting this week with a potential redeveloper for various projects in Town. I will keep you posted as conversations move forward.


I was fortunate to meet the Acting School Superintendent Bob Mooney this week. I look forward to preserving our strong relationship with the BOE during his anticipated 6-month tenure.


I hope everyone enjoys the concert tomorrow evening at Memory Park!


Have a safe and enjoyable weekend! Trocheck!


Yours In Service,