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February 24, 2023

Posted on February 24, 2023 at 12:12 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, February 27, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from February 13, 2023 – Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 


ORDINANCE(S)

Ordinance 2023-1 to exceed the Municipal Budget appropriation limits and to establish a Cap Bank. This is done annually.


CONSENT AGENDA

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 #95-2023* authorizes the waiving of water and sewer utility charges for the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad for calendar year 2023.

 

Resolution #96-2023* authorizes the hiring of a Property Tax Reassessment Firm through the Competitive Contracting Process.

 

Resolution #97-2023* authorizes submission of a Strategic Plan for the Municipal Alliance for grant cycle July 2023 - June 2024.

 

Resolution #98-2023* rejects all proposals for IT Consulting Services Competitive Contract 1-2023. 

 

Resolution #99-2023* authorizes refund of redemption monies to Outside Lien Holder for Block 24.01, Lot 12, also known as 18 Lincoln Place.

 

Resolution #100-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers.


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

DISCUSSION

Laracy Associates LLC – Matt Laracy and Michael Rohal – Water/Sewer Rate Study


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 5 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Work successfully continued this week on the outdoor patio/railing/wall project at Town Hall.

 

Routine business was discussed at the Health Insurance Fund meeting in Randolph this week. Many towns are looking to escape from State Health Benefits to come onboard.

 

My thanks to all staff members who attended the annual budget hearing with the Governing Body on Wednesday. We will process with the March introduction.

 

Our friends from Byram Township visited us today to learn about how we successfully conduct our Hybrid Council and Planning Board meetings. Always happy to share the knowledge and experience with our friends in other communities.

 

The planning continues for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 18th. Mark your calendars!

 

Be safe and well.

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR