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Oct 19

October 19, 2012

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next meeting is Monday, October 22nd at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 10th Regular and Executive 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

I have two proclamations for Eagle Scouts that will be read into the record.  The Mayor will be presenting them to the recipients on October 27th.

ORDINANCES

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

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.

There is one ordinance for introduction:

Ordinance 2012-26 will amend Chapter 100, Fees and Costs as discussed.

OLD BUSINESS None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #217-2012* will approve the auction of one vehicle and an old chipper that are no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #218-2012* will authorize executing an agreement with PSE&G with regards to their Susquehanna-Roseland transmission system upgrade.

Resolution #219-2012* will award the contract for the Howard Street milling and paving project to Tilcon New York through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

Resolution #220-2012* will award the contract for the Howard Street drainage improvement project to Bob Viersma & Sons, Inc.

Resolution #221-2012* will authorize the refund of redemption monies to an outside lien holder for Block 17.02, Lot 26 (formerly Block 1011, Lot 8).

Resolution #222-2012* will affirm Change Order No. 1 for the Retaining Wall Renovations Project.

Resolution #223-2012* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Applications: There are three applications for consideration:

  1. Off-premise raffle (50/50) from the Pride Foundation to be held December 20, 2012 at Halsted Middle School at 2:25pm.
  2. Off-premise raffle for St. Joseph Church to be held on December 7, 2012 at 4:00pm at 17 Elm St.
  3. On-premise raffle (50/50 and Bingo) from the Pride Foundation to be held on November 30, 2012 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at Newton High School.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

  1. Spring Street Closure
  2. Tree Bank Ordinance – Jessica Caldwell

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #224-2012 will authorize the Town Council to go into closed session to discuss contract negotiations.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The Morris Lake Reservoir was 27 inches below the top of the spillway on 10.15.12.  The water use restrictions remain in effect.

Several of us attended the NJ Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development in order to receive the Leading Public-Private Partnership Award for the Thorlabs Redevelopment Project.  We are very proud and grateful for this recognition.

Our condolences to Kathy on the passing of her Mom.

Our condolences to Suzie on the passing of her Dad this week.  Details on the arrangements will be emailed out shortly.

The Water Department and DPW crew were on Maple Avenue this week paving
all the trench work from the watermain project.  All paving should be
completed by the end of next week.

Visitation hours for the late Peter Halke, former Chief of the Newton Fire Department, will be on Sunday, October 21st. from 2pm-5pm at Smith-McCracken.  The service is on Monday, October 22nd at 11am.  The repast will follow at #1 Firehouse on Mill Street.

A reminder that the GNCC Awards Dinner is on Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm at The Lafayette House.

Our visioning sessions are coming up!  Thursday, October 25th at 7pm and Saturday, October 27th at 9am – hope to see everyone at one or both of the sessions – your input as employees is very valuable and much appreciated!

 

Enjoy your weekend!  Go Giants!

 

TSRJR