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February 24, 2012

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, February 27th at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the February 2nd and 4th Budget Hearings and the February 13th Regular, Special, and Executive meetings for approval.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting.  There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes.  This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward.  The public can speak on any matter.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Our auditor, Tom Ferry, will be in attendance to discuss his recommendation regarding a refunding bond ordinance.  This will save the town a significant amount of money.  A resolution and ordinance in support of same will be on later in the agenda.

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:

Ordinance 2012-4 will authorize us to exceed the 2012 Municipal Budget appropriation limit and create a CAP bank which is an annual procedure. 

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-5 will authorize the sale of Block 22.09, Lot 7, 27 Orchard Street. 

Ordinance 2012-6 will provide for the refunding of several bonds, thus saving the town a significant amount of money.  Recommended by staff and professionals.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #35-2012* will authorize executing contractual agreements with both the SOA and PBA for calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Resolution #36-2012* will refund monies due an outside lien holder for Block 21.03, Lot 18.

Resolution #37-2012* will appoint Matt Smith to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.

Resolution #38-2012* will accept the Proposed Lighting Improvement Project as complete based on the recommendation of the Town Engineer.

Resolution #39-2012* will modify the tax collection rate allowing for the full deduction of the impact of tax appeal judgments.

Resolution #40-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #41-2012* will amend the 2012 temporary operating budget.

Resolution #42-2012* will allow the town to make application to the Local Finance Board for the refunding of various bonds.

Resolution #43-2012* will be a capital budget amendment as provided by the CFO.

Application:

  1. An application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, to be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Krave Café & Caterers, 102 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ.

INTRODUCTION OF 2012 BUDGET

We will introduce the 2012 Municipal Budget.  Please note that the official term (according to Trenton) for introduction is “Approve”.  The actual Town Council approval comes with our adoption, which must be preceded by advertisement and public hearing.  The public hearing will be held at the March 26th meeting.  There is no public comment upon introduction.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

  1. Truck Route Signage – Cory Stoner, Mike Richards, and Steve Van Nieuwland will be in attendance to discuss this matter.  A copy of the map outlining the signage has been included in your packet.
  2. Engine Braking Ordinance – a draft copy has been included in your packet.  Cory, Mike, and Steve will also be available to discuss same.
  3. Elizabethtown Gas – a request for road openings for the upgrading of their gas mains.  Cory will be available to discuss this.
  4. Loading Zone Ordinance – a draft copy has been included in your packet.  Steve will be available to discuss this.
  5. Katie’s House Request – their request has been included in your packet.
  6. Pool Fees Ordinance – a draft of proposed changes has been included in your packet.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION – None.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was even with the top of the spillway on 2.20.12.

Several of us attended the terrific NASA/International Space Station event at Newton High School on Wednesday morning.  It was great seeing the enthusiasm of the students as they spoke to two astronauts live on the ISS.

Painting continues on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building, and the new elevator project continues to move forward.

A friendly reminder that your CEPA certifications are due to Linda Roth asap.

As per the Council’s suggestion, I asked Ken Jaekel to research the refurb option for the street sweeper.  The cost for refurb came in at $138,000 (6-year life expectancy).  Due to the high cost and limited life span of the refurb option, I have left the new sweeper ($200,000 with 20-year life expectancy) in the 2012 budget.

I held a conference call this week with our professional staff to determine the COAH obligation for the proposed Martorana development.  I will be sharing same with the developer next week.

Enjoy your weekend!

TSRJR