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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 05

November 8, 2019

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 3:07 PM by Terri Oswin

A couple of reminders: tomorrow is the Flags of Honor ceremony beginning at 11:00am in front the Municipal Building. The Municipal Offices are closed Monday, November 11th for the Veterans’ Day holiday. Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 28, 2019 Regular and Executive meetings for your consideration and approval.
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 and limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. I have one proclamation to be recorded into the minutes.
ORDINANCES
There are three ordinances for 2nd reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-11 will revise our current LOSAP ordinance.
Ordinance 2019-12 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the acquisition of a new utility truck for Mr. Jaekel.
Ordinance 2019-13 will fund the 2011 Trail Grant project.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #221-2019* will authorize the disbursement of $60,000 from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to the CCI Foundation to construct a supportive special needs housing project.
Resolution #222-2019* will authorize a PILOT with CCI Foundation, Inc.
Resolution #223-2019* will authorize the purchase of road salt/grit through the Sussex County Co-op.
Resolution #224-2019* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure contract with Suburban Consulting Engineers for the pool renovations.
Resolution #225-2019* will establish a Domestic Violence Policy as required by State statute.
Resolution #226-2019* will approve 2019 appropriation transfers.
Resolution #227-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #228-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss my Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 12 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 4, 2019.
My thanks to everyone who assisted with the great Halloween Parade this past week.
Interviews were conducted this week for the position of Deputy Municipal Court Administrator. I will keep you posted on my hiring decision.
Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 31

November 1, 2019

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 3:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Offices are closed on Monday, November 11th, in recognition of Veterans’ Day.
Our next Town Council meeting is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 16 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 28, 2019.
I have secured proper funding for the G&H Redevelopment Plan so things are moving forward.
Our responses to the Best Practices questionnaire were finalized and submitted by the deadline.
Thanks to everyone who helped out with our retirement party for Dawn Babcock and the annual Halloween Party.
Congratulations to the winners of our annual costume contests!
The open enrollment process has begun – please look for emails from Jennifer Dodd regarding same.
We welcome our new CFO, Monica Miebach, to the team and wish our former CFO, Dawn Babcock, a happy and healthy retirement!
My annual staff budget review meetings are scheduled on Wednesday, December 4th. Staff has been so notified.
Don’t forget Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday!
The roofing project at Town Hall/Police Department continues.
Deputy Court Administrator interviews will occur next week.
The fiber optics project at Town Hall/Police Department is almost complete. Zoom!
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 25

October 25, 2019

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 1:29 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 16, 2019 Regular meeting for your consideration and approval.
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 and they are limited to one turn at the microphone. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and keeps the meeting moving forward. The public can speak on any matter. Council may or may not choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
PRESENTATION
Fred Margron, David Simmons, Kenny Jaekel, and Joe Carr will be in attendance to discuss our 10-year Water Sewer Capital Budget Plans.
ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for 2nd reading and public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-10 will incorporate the State Police Schedule of Service for towing into the Town’s ordinances.
There are three ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-11 will revise our current LOSAP ordinance for 2020 to allow for annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.
Ordinance 2019-12 is a fully funded Water Sewer Capital Improvement ordinance for the acquisition of a new utility truck for Mr. Jaekel.
Ordinance 2019-13 will fund the 2011 Trail Grant project.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #212-2019* will insert $24,000.00 into to the 2019 Budget from the 2012 Recreational Trail Grant program.
Resolution #213-2019* will authorize credits due a water and sewer utility account.
Resolution #214-2019* will cancel monies unexpended for the Gardner Ave Well Study into the Capital Improvement Fund.
Resolution #215-2019* will amend the Water Sewer Capital Budget to allow for the purchase of a utility truck. This resolution is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2019-12 and Resolution #214-2019.
Resolution #216-2019* will approve the payout of vacation and sick leave time for Dawn L. Babcock upon her retirement.
Resolution #217-2019* will approve the payout of vacation and sick leave time for James Sisco upon his retirement.
Resolution #218-2019* will authorize an amendment to the capital budget for the 2011 Trail Grant. This resolution is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2019-13 above.
Resolution #219-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
DISCUSSION
I will brief you on the Best Practices worksheet and give an overview on the Parking Authority.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #220-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss part 1 of my Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 16 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 21, 2019.
Out friends from the Market Street Mission in Morristown visited this week to chat about the possibility of a location in or near Newton for this 130-year old institution. I will keep you posted.
Routine business discussed at the monthly HIF meeting in Randolph.
Today was the kickoff for the annual PSS Toy Drive in Newton.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR