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March 9, 2012

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, March 12th at 7:00pm.

I want to welcome Kirsti Coghlan to my team as the new Human Resources Coordinator for the Town of Newton.  She brings a wealth of relevant HR experience to our organization.  She will come to the Council meeting on Monday evening to introduce herself.

Don’t forget – Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11th at 2am.  Set your clocks forward 1 hour.  Also, remember to check your smoke detectors.


Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the February 27th Regular meeting for approval.


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.



There are two ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:

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 and discussed with you at the last meeting.

There are three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-7 will amend Chapter 307, Vehicles and Traffic of the Code Book and establish a loading zone in Lot #1 – Adam Street Parking Plaza.

Ordinance 2012-8 will amend Chapter 100, Fees and Costs of the Code Book to update fees related to the pool.

Ordinance 2012-9 will amend Chapter 3, Administrative Code of the Code Book to establish a Department of Human Resources.   



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 of the Consent Agenda items. 

Resolution #43-2012* will authorize changing the Municipal Building hours of operation for a trial period of June through August.

Resolution #44-2012* will approve 2011 appropriation reserve transfers.

Resolution #45-2012* will amend the Town’s agreement with Fred Knapp, Esq. for labor relations matters.

Resolution #46-2012* will accept the Proposed Purchase of Watermain Pipes and Fittings for the Merriam Avenue Watermain Project as complete based on the recommendation of the Town Engineer.

Resolution #47-2012* will reappoint Mr. Henry Carr and Ms. Hyla June Fellner to the Newton Housing Authority at the request of Dr. Kimberly Woodhull.

Resolution #48-2012* will authorize credits due utility accounts as recommended by the Utility Collector.  

Resolution #49-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


Resolution #50-2012 will cancel trust escrow balances less than $10.00.



  1. Block/Lot Conversion – Scott Holzhauer will be in attendance.





The Morris Lake Reservoir was ½ inch below the top of the spillway on 3.5.12.

The draft Annual Report is in final stages of review and should be done shortly.

We had a follow-up meeting on the Thorlabs Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which is confirmed for Friday, March 23rd at 11:30am.

Two petitions were turned in for Town Council – incumbent Councilwoman Kristi Becker and newcomer & Planning Board member Dan Flynn.  The election is May 8th.

We had a meeting on Spring Street to discuss the proper placement of tables and tents for the upcoming Summer Farmers’ Market.  I anticipate an application to the Zoning Officer will be forthcoming from the Foodshed Alliance.  We look forward to the success of this event.

Check out all of the great press that the Town of Newton is receiving on  We are grateful for their coverage of our fine community.

The new Code Book is now live and active!  Make sure you follow same accordingly.

We had a conference call with FKA to discuss the Fire Museum.  Some levels of asbestos and lead based paint were found in the analysis.  I will keep you apprised of our next steps.

Make sure you check out the great shows this weekend at the Newton Theatre!  Tonight is the Little River Band show and Sunday night is the sold-out Travis Tritt concert!  Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!