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May 5, 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

My thanks to all volunteers and staff who came out to support our second annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event.  We had approximately 80 people around town performing various clean-up work as well as mulching at the parks.  I look forward to our efforts next year for the third annual event!

Congratulations to the Newton Fire Department on their very successful Steak Bust event.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, May 14th at 7:00pm.  There is an interview at 6:45pm for a candidate for the Recreation Commission.


The Morris Lake Reservoir was 4 inches below the top of the spillway on 5.4.12.

The DPW crew has commenced work on the retaining wall project here at Town Hall…please be careful walking and driving around same.

We had a staff review this week on the status of the Newton Armory Redevelopment Plan.  Updates will be made in hopes of having same on the agenda for the June PB meeting. 

I sent correspondence to both Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s office as well as Sen. Oroho’s office, enlisting their support in gaining access to the Armory facility from the State of NJ.

Now that we have agreement on the conditions for the Newton Townsquare use of our property, work will commence on the other items needed to get this important project moving forward.

The Town of Newton was awarded its first ever designation as a Tree City USA!  Congratulations to the Council, Shade Tree Commission, and staff members who made this possible.  A press release on same will go out shortly.

A meeting was held this week with residents in the area of Division Street to talk about some policing and property maintenance issues.  A variety of activities will be undertaken by the police, town attorney, and town staff, to work towards measurable quality of life improvements.

Work was not completed on the transmission main at Sparta Town Center so there will be no connections made next week to the new mains (the mains do not have the thrust blocks yet).  Also, no pressure testing nor bacteria testing have been done. 

Work continues on adding additional dispatching contracts with neighboring communities.  I will keep you updated as conditions warrant.

Enjoy your weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!  6 down and 10 more to go…