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April 21, 2023

Posted on April 21, 2023 at 12:40 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, April 24, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from April 10, 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 who 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)

There are two (2) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2023-7 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $2,529,330 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $1,894,300 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-8 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $1,110,000 for various water/sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $1,110,000 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

 

There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2023-9 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $160,000 for the installation and reconstruction of sidewalks and all associated costs along Mill Street and authorizing the issuance of $152,350 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-10 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $100,000 for the acquisition and installation of accessible playground equipment for Pine Street Park and authorizing the issuance of $25,000 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2023-11 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $3,465,000 for various sewer improvements and authorizing the issuance of $3,465,000 bonds or notes for financing part of the appropriation.

 

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 #132-2023* accepts the certified list of qualifying 2022 Newton Fire Department LOSAP participants.

 

Resolution #133-2023* cancels a capital appropriation balance in the General Capital Fund.

 

Resolution #134-2023* authorizes credits due to water and sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #135-2023* approves a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for Newton Auto Exchange. 

 

Resolution #136-2023* approves a renewal application for a Junk Dealers License for George’s Salvage Company.

 

Resolution #137-2023* appoints the new Emergency Management Coordinator.

 

Resolution #138-2023* approves vacation and sick leave time payout for Kenneth Teets.

 

Resolution #139-2023* awards a contract for fencing services to Challenger Fence Company through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

 

Resolution #140-2023* reappoints Wendy VanderMaas to the Newton Housing Authority.

 

Resolution #141-2023* amends the Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #142-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.

 

Resolution #143-2023* authorizes the award of a required Disclosure Contract to the Olmsted Mural Group LLC, for a Greetings From Newton, NJ Mural as part of the Neighborhood Preservation Program of the State of New Jersey.


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is spilling over the top of the spillway! Our cup runneth over!

 

I met with the Executive Director of Market Street Mission this week to talk about the success of their local program here in Town and ways to improve the same.

 

TRC deemed our third cannabis retailer as complete and they will go before the Land Use Board in May.

 

Land Use Board approved our second cannabis retailer at their hearing on Wednesday.

 

Tom Talk was another smashing success as we interviewed the great Dan Hayek of Hayek’s Market!

 

Work continues on the HVAC repairs at Town Hall as of this writing. New cameras and panic buttons are being installed next week.

 

Let’s Go Rangers!

 

Be safe and well.

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR