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January 20, 2012

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is a joint meeting with the Board of Education on Monday, January 23rd at 6:00pm; immediately following same will be our regular meeting.  As you recall from last year, the joint meeting is a Best Practices requirement.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the January 9th Regular and Executive meetings for approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting.  There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2012-1 will appoint Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc., as the Town’s engineer for calendar years 2012-2014.

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-2 will formally adopt the Town’s new codified Code Book. 

Ordinance 2012-3 is an ordinance authorizing the sale of municipal lands not needed for public use.  As previously discussed, this will allow us to sell Block 1301, Lot 1.07.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #14-2012* will authorize the purchase of road salt through the State regulated County Purchasing System.  The company that was awarded the salt contract for the County is offering the same price to all the municipalities in Sussex County.

Resolution #15-2012* will authorize credits due utility accounts as recommended by the collector.

Resolution #16-2012* will allow HPA to create options for the Railroad District as per Council’s direction.

Resolution #17-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #18-2012* will appoint Robert Caffrey as a Regular Member of the Planning Board.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing will be held as required by State statute regarding the special added assessment to certain properties for the Mill Street Waterline Improvement Project.  Andrea Kahn, Esq. and Michael Holenstein will join us.

RESOLUTION

In your packets you will find two versions of the resolution below: one accepts the waterline assessment report as presented or one that accepts it with changes.  You can decide which resolution to adopt at the meeting after the public hearing.

Resolution #19-2012 will accept the waterline assessment report (as presented or with changes) and assess a portion of the cost of the project on properties thereby over a period of twenty years.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #20-2012 will authorize the Town Council to go into closed session.

Fred Knapp will be in attendance to discuss Contract Negotiations with the PBA & SOA.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway on 01.16.12.

Tom Kosten from FKA was in this week to go over some ideas for renovating Firehouse 2.  I will be placing money in the 2012 capital budget for this project (arch. only).

The Alternative Press (Jennifer Jean Miller) will be making Newton its first Sussex County community they cover online!  They have built a successful track record of covering communities in Somerset, Union, and Morris counties and we look forward to working with them on touting our success.

I spoke at this week’s Newton Rotary meeting at Lafayette House and appreciated the chance to talk about the great things happening in town.

Congratulations go out to Marge McCabe on her retirement from the Newton Planning Board.  We thank her for her many years of service and leadership on same.

Don’t forget to respond to the survey regarding late night office hours for Town Hall.  Some good responses thus far.

The DPW crew is all set for this weekend’s snow event…let’s hope things are relatively calm and quiet for all (last report says 3-6 inches).

Enjoy your weekend!

TSRJR