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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jun 23

June 23, 2017

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have an interview scheduled for 6:30pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 12th Regular & Special meetings for 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. 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

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #103-2017* will cancel an appropriated reserve balance from the Firefighter Assistance Grant.

Resolution #104-2017* will authorize the extension of injury leave of absence for Erv Lasso.

Resolution #105-2017* will approve the payout of vacation leave for Linda Roth.

Resolution #106-2017* will insert special items of revenue into the 2017 Budget for the Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #107-2017* will authorize the award of a non-fair and open contract to Schmidt’s Wholesale.

Resolution #108-2017* will appoint Theresa Schlosser as Certified Tax Collector effective July 1, 2017.

Resolution #109-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Resolution #110-2017* will authorize the appointment of a Special Hearing Officer for certain disciplinary matters.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
Jessica Caldwell will be in attendance to update you on the Merriam Gateway Redevelopment.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the spillway as of June 19th.

A reminder that summer hours have commenced.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 15

June 16, 2017

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Never underestimate the crucial role of a good father or father-figure in the life of a child…

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday the 26th at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above spillway as of June 12th.

I want to thank Deb Danielson, Kat Walker, and the Recreation Commission for another successful Miss Newton contest at PSS. The children and families (and your favorite emcee) truly enjoyed themselves immensely.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered or worked on Newton Day! A great time was had by all.

The pedestrian safety grant for the TransOptions program got shifted from 2017 to 2018 due to funding changes so we will look to do part 2 of the program next year.

Update on legislation from Sen. Oroho was emailed to Council this week.

Our trip to Haddonfield, NJ was positively delightful! It was great to see a thriving and successful Business Improvement District and Downtown in person. If you are ever able to visit, please do so.

Best wishes to Aida as she moves on to another position in Jefferson Township.

Congratulations on all high school graduates (including my daughter) over the next few weeks! Best wishes to all of the families too!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 09

June 9, 2017

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 12:06 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Tomorrow is Newton Day! Hope to see you all there!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday night beginning at 7:00pm. A reminder we have two volunteer interviews at 6:30pm and 6:45pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the May 22nd Regular & Executive meetings for 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. 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
Property Tax Rebate Program. Information on this program has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-11 will establish a formal policy providing a retroactive refund of property taxes, for disabled veterans for a period of no greater than twenty-four months.

Ordinance 2017-12 will regulate the placement of trash dumpsters and roll-off containers within the Town only as it pertains to placement within public right-of-ways.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #92-2017* will transfer school monies for the period July 1 – December 31.

Resolution #93-2017* will approve the purchase of 2017 John Deere 410L Backhoe Loader through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey Cooperative Contract.

Resolution #94-2017* will authorize and designate the individuals authorized to sign checks for the Clerk’s Account.

Resolution #95-2017* will cancel outstanding checks in the Municipal Court Accounts.

Resolution #96-2017* will authorize the purchase of two crash trailers for the Department of Public Works through State Contract.

Resolution #97-2017* will authorize the purchase of a Ford F-250 for the Department of Public Works through State Contract.

Resolution #98-2017* will approve crediting water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #99-2017* will approve the renewal of the Club Liquor License for the VFW.

Resolution #100-2017* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Distribution Liquor Licenses.

Resolution #101-2017* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses.

Resolution #102-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* - There are four items for your consideration:

An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Sussex County Community College Foundation.

An application for an on-premise raffle (50-50) from the Pride Foundation, Inc.

An application for an on-premise raffle (Tricky Tray) from the Pride Foundation, Inc.

A membership application from Kamran Yazdanfar, Jr., 54 Lawnwood Annex, Newton, into the Newton Fire Department.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
I have two requests for use of Firehouse #1.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 ½ inches above spillway as of June 5th.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance Fund monthly meeting.

Best wishes to Linda Roth as she moves on to Randolph! We will introduce our new CTC to you in a future newsletter.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR