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October 21, 2022

Posted on October 21, 2022 at 3:12 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, October 24, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 12, 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) Proclamations at this meeting including Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:


Ordinance 2022-23 amends the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Chapter 57, entitled “Animals”, Article I “Domestic Animals”, most notably, Section 57-4, entitled “Standards for Keeping Chickens”.



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 #225-2022* will reappoint Rick Bitondo to the Newton Housing Authority.


Resolution #226-2022* will authorize negotiations for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment.


Resolution #227-2022* will reject all bids for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment Re-Bid 9R-2022.


Resolution #228-2022* will appoint the Fund Commissioner for the Statewide Insurance Fund for calendar year 2023.


Resolution #229-2022* will appoint Keith Mitchell as Risk Management Consultant for the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.


Resolution #230-2022* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.


Resolution #231-2022* will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into an agreement with The Canning Group, LLC for the provision of Qualified Purchasing Agent services for calendar year 2023.


Resolution #232-2022* is the NJDEP It Pay$ to Plug In 2022 Grant Resolution for execution.


Resolution #233-2022* authorizes a Person-to-Person Transfer of Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 1915-33-009-005.


Resolution #234-2022* approves revised Town of Newton Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.


Resolution #235-2022* will approve fireworks display at Newton Medical Center, Atlantic Health System.


Resolution #236-2022* authorizes award of Re-Bid Retaining Wall Repair to Hear Construction, Inc.


Resolution #237-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


As of October 21, 2022, Morris Lake is 26 inches below the top of the spillway.


RFP’s are slowly coming in for Sewer Engineer, Prosecutor, Public Defender, and Conflict Planner.


The Town has been nominated for the “Municipal Award” from the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership. The awards luncheon will be November 4th.


Don’t forget to purchase your flags for the Flags of Honor event on Saturday, November 5th.


Dog Park Rules have been sent to the sign company for production. Woof. Bow to the wow wow.


We are looking to expand the NPP geographic parameters for 2023 and will be making application to the State for the same.


Plans are underway for active shooter training for employees.


Although “Tom Talk” is super excited about the NY sports scene, this author remains skeptical (Doubting Thomas) and is not as enthusiastic based on the Yankees lack of hitting and Rangers forgetting how to play in the 3rd period and overtime. Nevertheless, we are hopeful the Giants and Jets will make up for this lack of fan respect!


Enjoy the weekend…


Yours In Service,