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March 10, 2023

Posted on March 10, 2023 at 2:26 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, March 13, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. The annual joint meeting with the BOE will commence at 5:30pm.



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from February 27, 2023 – 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 is one (1) ordinance for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

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


There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2023-2 is a Bond Ordinance restating and amending Ordinance 2020-10 adopted by the Town Council on June 22, 2020.


Ordinance 2023-3 is a Bond Ordinance providing an appropriation of $4,113,300 for the construction of Sparta Avenue Pump Station and authorizing the issuance of $4,113,300 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 #101-2023* authorizes credits due a water and sewer utility account.


Resolution #102-2023* authorizes the hiring of certain Police Officers.


Resolution #103-2023* accepts as final and complete the Proposed Improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street Project.


Resolution #104-2023* introduces the 2023 Municipal and Water and Sewer Utility Budgets. 


Resolution #105-2023* requests permission to establish a Dedicated Trust by Rider for Newton Animal Control donations required by N.J.S.A. 40A:5-29.


Resolution #106-2023* appoints Jason Schlaffer as an Alternate Member of the Planning Board.


Resolution #107-2023* appoints Jason Schlaffer as a member of the Utility Advisory Board.


Resolution #108-2023* will authorize execution of an agreement with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), AFL/CIO Local 1032 Employees Union.


Resolution #109-2023* is a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 45, also known as 11 Ashford Street.


Resolution #110-2023* authorize compensation adjustments for 2023 calendar year for certain Town of Newton employees not covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements of individual contracts.


Resolution #111-2023* approves vacation and accumulated compensatory time payout for Steven Kneidl.


Resolution #112-2023* will amend the 2023 Water Sewer Temporary Capital Budget.

Resolution #113-2023* 
approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.




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


Morris Lake is 4 inches below the top of the spillway.

Tom Talk, Sinus Infection Edition, made its way back into the hearts and minds of thousands of overjoyed Newtonians this week as we did our first Facebook Live of 2023! The excitement was palpable, feedback was overwhelming, and the drive to do even better in 2 weeks remains.


On a more realistic note, the ACO van is totally decked out! Check out Biggie, Lucky, Stormy, Joy, and generic Oswin Golden Retriever! Take pictures with your friends…while the vehicle is parked, pleased. No charge.


Routine business discussed this quarter at Staff/Safety/Admin. Meetings.


Annual Report and Spring Newsletter are being finalized for production. El Boletín de Primavera también se imprimirá en español.


We have finalized details on the new EV charging stations that will go across the street at Lot #4. Our friends from JCP&L will coordinate the necessary power for the same. Get your Tesla’s ready for Fall 2023. Charge away! (pay first)


I met with our new School Superintendent this morning at our new favorite fast casual coffee retail shop. Lots of great energy, ideas, and excitement with Dr. Piccirillo! Looking forward to working with him for many years to come.


Let’s Go Rangers!


Be safe and well.

Yours In Service,