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September 7, 2012

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM by Terri Oswin

The 11th Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 4:00pm at Sussex County Community College.

A reminder that the Taste of Newton is on Monday, September 10th @ 7:00pm.

Our next Council meeting is Wednesday, September 12th @ 7:00pm.  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the August 27th Regular and Special meetings for review.

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

ORDINANCES

There is one ordinance for public hearing:

Ordinance 2012-23 is an ordinance to amend the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment Plan.  Jenn Credidio and Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to answer any questions.

OLD BUSINESSNone.

CONSENT AGENDA

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 #186-2012* will authorize entering into an Interlocal Shared Services Agreement with the Borough of Netcong so they may purchase a radar trailer from us that we no longer utilize.

Resolution #187-2012* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 15.01, Lot 8 (formerly Block 801, Lot 8).

Resolution #188-2012* will authorize the issuance of a $950,000 bond anticipation note.

Resolution #189-2012* will authorize the execution of a Banking Services Agreement with Lakeland Bank. 

Resolution #190-2012* will authorize a credit due a utility account as requested by the Collector.

Resolution #191-2012* will cancel $209.32 of unrealized revenue in the 2012 budget for a Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #192-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

There is one item for discussion:

  1. Tree Bank Ordinance – Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to discuss. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 25 inches below the top of the spillway on 9.3.12.  The Drought Alert is still in effect. 

Due to the installation of solar panels at Merriam Avenue School, the Town is allowing parking on: Sussex Court (ext.) on the East side only; York Road; Clive Place; Kory Road; Mason Avenue; Sussex Street (West side only); Orchard Street (West side only); Trenton Place (North side only – and no further then where it meets Trenton Court).  The project may take up to 8 weeks, so please exercise caution when driving or walking in this area.

We had our first subcommittee meeting to discuss the parameters of the Vision Plan Update project.  We are looking at several public sessions in the fall as well as a discussion at the November 26th Council meeting.  This is an exciting project and we look forward to all of the great ideas that will be generated by same.

The Water department has completed five services on Maple Avenue.

The mayor and Debi met with a representative from NJDEP today to see what assistance they could provide us on a variety of projects.

The Newton School District is inviting all employees to the unveiling of their new turf field at Newton High School on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9:45am.  There will be multiple games played on the field that day.

Enjoy your weekend! 

TSRJR