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Oct 05

October 5, 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM by Terri Oswin

Exciting hot-off-the-press news!  The Town of Newton is the 2012 recipient of the Leading Public-Private Economic Development Partnership Award from the Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development.  Congratulations to all who participated in the success of the Newton/Thorlabs Redevelopment Project which made this award possible!  I will be leading our team down to Atlantic City in a few weeks to accept this prestigious award. 

A reminder that the Municipal Offices are closed on Monday, October 8th for the Columbus Day holiday.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm.


Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the September 24th Regular and Executive meetings for review.


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.


Doug Tavella of Appalachian Forestry Management will be in attendance to discuss the Forestry Stewardship Plan for Morris Lake.


There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-24 is a fully funded water and sewer capital improvement ordinance to fund the reconditioning of gear boxes of 2 RBC units at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Ordinance 2012-25 will amend the regulations and fees with regards to Certificate of Compliance inspections.



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 #206-2012* will amend the water and sewer capital budget.  This is done in conjunction with the ordinance above.

Resolution #207-2012* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 24.02, Lot 10.

Resolution #208-2012* will approve executing a shared services agreement for Newton to provide the services of a Qualified Purchasing Agent to Stillwater Water District No. 1.

Resolution #209-2012* will cancel taxes for 60 Merriam Avenue for a qualified veteran.  

Resolution #210-2012* will approve a Rights-of-Way Use Agreement with Cross River Fiber, LLC.

Resolution #211-2012* will authorize credits due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #212-2012* will approve the auction of two vehicles that are no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #213-2012* will approve the Town of Newton partnering with Project Self Sufficiency as an official organization supporting their “Enough Abuse” campaign.

Resolution #214-2012* will award the contract for the Proposed Streetscape Improvements to Lower Spring Street Project to V & K Construction.

Resolution #215-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.



There is one item for discussion.

  1. Fee Ordinance.




Resolution #216-2012 will authorize the Town Council to go into closed session to discuss contract negotiations.  We will be conducting interviews for various professional services.


The Morris Lake Reservoir was 26 inches below the top of the spillway on 10.4.12.  Even though we received quite a bit of rain, the water restrictions are still in place.

The Sparta Town Center transmission mains will be connected on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, starting at 4:00 a.m.  Newton will be placed on Sparta Township’s water supply for approximately 24 hours or until the job is completed.  Newton Water and Sewer personnel will be on site during the entire construction to assist and monitor the water being supplied to Newton. 

Our condolences to Scott Holzhauer on the passing away of his mother.

The Planning Board approved the Martorana townhouse development behind Quick Chek on Sparta Avenue.  We look forward to the successful completion of this important housing project (Grande Villaggio at Newton).

My annual budget memorandum went out to all department heads requesting their 2013 budget information by Friday, October 26th.

A preliminary meeting was held with the School District and SCCC and the Town regarding the proposed fiber optics project.  I am still awaiting updated figures to determine if it will be included in my 2013 capital budget.

The Vision Plan Update subcommittee met this week to discuss the status of stakeholder interviews as well as plan the two upcoming public sessions: October 25th at 7pm and October 27th at 9am, both held at Town Hall.  I hope to see many of the staff members at one of the sessions to provide their valuable input.

I distributed a memorandum to department heads today regarding the state statute that governs employees who are members of the Newton Fire Department or Newton First Aid Squad participating in active calls during the workday.  We appreciate their service.

The fall newsletter has been sent to the graphic designer.

Congratulations to Detective Tom Muller who was appointed a provisional Sergeant in the Newton Police Department, and we thank him for his excellent service to our community.

We are looking to schedule our annual joint Council/School Board shared services meeting at some point in December.  I will keep you posted.

Enjoy your weekend!