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January 20, 2023

Posted on January 20, 2023 at 2:19 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 23, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from December 12, 2022 – Regular Meeting and from January 5, 2023 – Reorganization 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. 


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 #64-2023* will authorize refund of taxes for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption; Block 3.01, Lot 22.


Resolution #65-2023* will approve an extension of contract with JDP Automotive Repair DBA Boonton Tire & Auto Repair as Auto Repair Contractor per Bid 2R-2021.


Resolution #66-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 2.02, Lot 16, also known as 78 Mill Street.


Resolution #67-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 6.01, Lot 20, also known as 28 Douma Drive.


Resolution #68-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 43, also known as 5 Ashford Street.


Resolution #69-2023* is for the 2022 Tonnage Grant Application.


Resolution #70-2023* will grant authority for approval of certain purchases in excess of the bid threshold through New Jersey State Contracts and/or Purchasing Cooperatives for 2023.


Resolution #71-2023* will amend the Plan Document for certain Town of Newton employees.


Resolution #72-2023* will appoint Jonathan E. McMeen, Esq., as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Municipal Prosecutor for Calendar Year 2023.


Resolution #73-2023* will appoint Orlando R. Rodriguez, Esq., as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Public Defender for Calendar Year 2023.


Resolution #74-2023* will appoint Kristen Shotwell Vaitkevicius to the Newton Parking Authority.


Resolution #75-2023* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Jose Urena, 15 Hamilton Street, Newton, NJ.





Scott Holzhauer, Tax Assessor, will present information to the Council on the Reassessment of Property.


Morris Lake is 15 inches below the top of the spillway.


Our canine buddies seem to be very happy thus far at the new Dog Park. Bow to the Wow Wow!

One application approved at this month’s Planning Board meeting.


Preparation of the 2023 municipal and water/sewer budget continues.


Staff members are working on the Annual Report and Spring Newsletter.


Negotiations are continuing with the CWA and UPSEU.


I will be hosting a meeting next week to discuss the MGP site remediation with JCP&L.


Mandatory Active Shooter Training is next Friday, January 27th. Please sign up with Jennifer Dodd. Employees will be here all day but the Municipal Offices will be closed to the public.


Go Giants!


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Yours In Service,