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September 9, 2023

Posted on September 8, 2023 at 10:43 AM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Wednesday, September 13, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from August 21, 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 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.



Town Manager – Proclamations – Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.



There is (1) ordinance for Second Reading/Public Hearing:


Ordinance 2023-23 is an ordinance to re-establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for Officers and Employees of the Town of Newton for Calendar Year 2023. We are adding the two (2) ACO titles with no other changes.


There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:


Ordinance 2023-24 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 25 of the Town of Newton Code, entitled “Personnel” by repealing the existing Chapter 25 and replacing same with a new Chapter 25, entitled “Personnel”.



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 #216-2023* concurs with the Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for 2023-2024 school year.


Resolution #217-2023* authorizes entry into a Commodity Resale Agreement for Gasoline and Diesel Fuel with the Hopatcong Board of Education and authorizing the Town Manager and Municipal Clerk to execute same on behalf of the Town of Newton.


Resolution #218-2023* authorizes renewing membership in the Statewide Insurance Fund for calendar years 2024, 2025, and 2026.


Resolution #219-2023* authorizes a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for block 7.05, lot 1, also known as 72 High Street. 


Resolution #220-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.



Morris Lake is just above the top of the spillway.


Tom Talk was once again exciting and legendary as we welcomed Tamrin Serpico, Executive Director of the GNCC. Next up: Tammie Horsfield.


The Town is out to bid for the Roller Hockey Rink improvements as well as the New Hampshire StreetProject.


The bid for the Firehouse No. 1 renovations is almost ready for prime time.


We did not obtain the Fire Museum Grant that we applied for but we are going to see if we can afford the opportunity to work with Millennium on other strategies.


Keep an eye out for the Mural Installation which will be occurring in the next week or so.


Taste of Newton is Monday night at 6:00pm! Tickets are still available, hope to see you there!


Go Giants! And Jets!


Be safe and well.


Yours In Service,