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April 20, 2012

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm.


Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes of the April 9th Regular and Executive meetings 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.


Hank Pomerantz of SCCC will be in attendance to receive the Relay for Life proclamation.


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

Ordinance 2012-14 is a fully funded general capital improvement ordinance to provide funding for various improvements in town.

Ordinance 2012-15 will authorize the sale of the portion of the Railroad Avenue ROW.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-16 is an ordinance appropriating $285,000 for the Lower Spring Street Beautification Project (includes $200,000 NJDOT grant).


Utility Board Appeal – 19 Diller Avenue.  As you may recall this matter was discussed at the February 13th meeting and it was also dismissed without prejudice at our last meeting.  Ms. Columbus would like to speak further regarding her appeal. 


Resolution #73-2012* will authorize executing a grant agreement with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office for funding to update the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Resolution #74-2012* is a refunding form and sale resolution relative to the $11,000,000 bond ordinance recently adopted.

Resolution #75-2012* will cancel capital appropriation balances that are no longer needed relative to the Truck Wash and Brine projects.  

Resolution #76-2012* will cancel capital appropriation balances into the general capital fund for various projects.

Resolution #77-2012* will appoint JMC Environmental Consultants, Inc., as the Town’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional for the DPW Facility site remediation.

Resolution #78-2012* will authorize the submission of a Safe and Secure grant application.

Resolution #79-2012* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 8.09, Lot 8.

Resolution #80-2012* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 13.06, Lot 10.

Resolution #81-2012* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts. 

Resolution #82-2012* is a capital budget amendment reflecting Ordinance 2012-16 above.

Resolution #83-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #84-2012* will authorize the Planning Board to investigate whether certain properties on South Park Drive should be designated as an area in need of redevelopment.



a)   Katie’s House Request

b)   Truck Route Signage





The Morris Lake Reservoir was 8 inches below the top of the spillway on 4.16.12.

Linda, Kirsti, and I attended the MELJIF/HIF Conference on Monday which detailed rules and regulations on health insurance and other related matters.

Several of us met onsite with FKA at the Fire Museum to discuss the next steps for this project.  Tom Kosten will come to our May 14th meeting to discuss same with the Town Council.

I hosted a roundtable meeting with other town managers/administrators as well as County Administrator Eskilson this week.

The Planning Board heard plans for the new synthetic turf field at Newton High School.  The PB also heard a portion of the application for the Martorana townhome project.  This application will be continued at the next PB meeting in May.

I attended the quarterly legislators meeting in Hardyston Township with Sen. Oroho, Assemblyman Chiusano, and Assemblywoman McHose.  It looks like school funding, civil service reform, income tax reduction, and the budget are the hot topics in Trenton right now.

It is not too late to sign up to volunteer for Neighbors Helping Neighbors II.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 8:30am-Noon.  We will meet here at Town Hall for breakfast and assignments from 8:30am-9:00am.  Work will be conducted from 9am-Noon at various locations throughout the community.  We will then reconvene at Memory Park for pizza.  Several area houses of worship and nonprofit groups have signed up to participate.  Please contact Terri if you can assist us in this worthy event.

Enjoy your weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!  TSRJR