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October 6, 2023

Posted on October 6, 2023 at 2:09 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Wednesday, October 11, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 


Municipal offices are closed on Monday, October 9th in recognition of the Columbus Day Holiday.



The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from September 25, 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.





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


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”.


Ordinance 2023-25 is an ordinance to amend Section 307-48.A of the Code of the Town of Newton to prohibit parking on certain portions of Moran Street. This is to allow for safe selfies at our new Mural.


There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:


Ordinance 2023-26 is an ordinance to provide funding for recreational park improvements for the Town of Newton and appropriating $25,759.97 for such purpose.


Ordinance 2023-27 is an ordinance providing funding for various water/sewer improvements for the Town of Newton and appropriating $247,300 for such purpose.




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 #225-2023* authorizes award of Bid #7-2023 for the purchase of watermain and sanitary sewer pipes and fittings to Capitol Supply.


Resolution #226-2023* cancels a Water Sewer Capital appropriation.


Resolution #227-2023* cancels $26,843.20 from the Water Sewer Utility Reserve for Fences to fund balance.


Resolution #228-2023* cancels capital appropriation balances in the Water Sewer Capital Fund.


Resolution #229-2023* cancels appropriated reserve and receivable balance in the Federal and State Grant Fund – NJ Dept of Human Service/Division of Mental Health & Addition Services (DMHAS).


Resolution #230-2023* cancels a NJ DOT grant receivable balance and improvement authority balance in the general capital fund.


Resolution #231-2023* refunds redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 21.04, Lot 7, also known as 3 Clive Place.


Resolution #232-2023* authorizes contracts with certain approved Sussex County Cooperative Contract vendors.


Resolution #233-2023* approves Cooperative Purchasing Contract, Vehicle Repair – Bid # ESCNJ 23/24-04 to Cliffside Body Corporation.


Resolution #234-2023* approves Bills and Vouchers for payment.





Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway.


I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday for the 8th Annual Fall Festival & Car Show! Don’t forget to look for the Seton Hall Pirate (my bff) around 12:30pm/1:00pm and the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile!


The 2024 Budget Season has commenced! Department heads are diligently working with staff on their requests for next year.



Another great guest on Tom Talk this week – Ron Tappan, County Administrator. Next up: Danielle Finkle!


The mural dedication was a great success! My thanks to everyone involved. Please enjoy the mural with your family & friends for many years (and safe selfies) to come.

The speaker system in our downtown has been activated. Several areas need to be addressed and repaired and Planet Networks is diligently working on the same.


Kat, Terri, and I are working on a new vendor to replace Archive Social for the archiving of our social media accounts.


Our friends in Montague are going to continue to be our tax collection customer for another three-years. Thank you Theresa and Jackie for all of your efforts.


Congratulations to our favorite animal control officer as I have promoted her to full-time starting Monday. Jessica will now be reporting to the Police Department under the direction and supervision of the Chief and his team. We look forward to expanding our shared services presence in this area for 2024 and beyond.


Be safe and well. Sorry Jets & Giants fans, at least hockey season starts next week…LGR!


Yours In Service,