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Jun 24

June 24, 2022

Posted on June 24, 2022 at 12:50 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, June 27, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from June 13, 2022 – Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

 

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) ordinances for Second Reading:

 

Ordinance 2022-15 is a Bond Ordinance providing an appropriation of $115,000 for various Water/Sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $109,000 bonds or notes of the Town for Financing Part of the Appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-16 is a Bond Ordinance reappropriating $45,000 for improvements to the Dog Park.

 

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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #162-2022* will transfer school monies for the period July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

 

Resolution #163-2022* will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances in the General Capital Fund.

 

Resolution #164-2022* will renew Plenary Retail Distribution Licenses for 2022-2023.

 

Resolution #165-2022* will authorize the execution of an agreement with Heartland Payment Systems to provide Merchant Services.

 

Resolution #166-2022* will award Bid 4R-2022 to XFComputers LLC for Surveillance System Bid.

 

Resolution #167-2022* will appoint Joseph Ricciardo to the Newton Housing Authority.

 

Resolution #168-2022* will approve submittal of a grant application and execute a grant contract with the NJDOT for the Clinton Street, West Nelson Street, and Division Street Resurfacing Project.

 

Resolution #169-2022* will award the contract for proposed improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street to Tilcon New York, Inc. and Denville Line Painting, Inc. through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

 

Resolution #170-2022* will authorize a shared services agreement between County of Sussex and Town of Newton for proposed improvements on Route 519 Mill Street.

 

Resolution #171-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of June 24, 2022, Morris Lake is 2 inches below the spillway.

 

We had a terrific on-site meeting with Ryan Gleason who is our point of contact at DCA for the Neighborhood Preservation Program. He is incredibly pleased with our progress thus far and the exciting things we have planned over the next 18 months. Stay tuned!

 

The Ribbon Cutting for Alpha Fitness was very well attended on Thursday at Noon. We wish them continued success and congratulate them on joining the local Chamber of Commerce.

 

Today was National Dog to Work Day! We had three (3) of our furry friends come to our offices to brighten our day. Check out the cool video on social media. They were very opinionated about our new dog park.

 

Today was also the grand opening of the Newton Town Pool for the 2022 pool season! Best wishes to everyone for a safe, fun, and memorable summer of pool activities and enjoyment.

 

I hope all of the fathers enjoyed their special day on Sunday.

 

I also want to recognize the importance of the Juneteenth holiday which was on Sunday and recognized by the Town on Monday. May we remember to respect and value the contributions of everyone and acknowledge the importance of a nation commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people.

 

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR

Jun 10

June 10, 2022

Posted on June 10, 2022 at 12:47 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, June 13, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from May 23, 2022 – Regular Meeting and June 3, 2022 - Special Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

 

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-15 is a Bond Ordinance providing an appropriation of $115,000 for various Water/Sewer improvements in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorizing the issuance of $109,000 bonds or notes of the Town for Financing Part of the Appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-16 is a Bond Ordinance reappropriating $45,000 for improvements to the Dog Park.

 

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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #149-2022* will appoint the “Public Officer” as defined by N.J.S.A. 55:19-80.

 

Resolution #150-2022* will appoint Jessica M. Vollero as Animal Control Officer for the Town of Newton.

 

Resolution #151-2022* will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2022 Town of Newton Budget pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (C. 159, PL 1948).

 

Resolution #153-2022* will authorize credits due Water and Sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #154-2022* will authorize contracts with certain approved Sussex County Cooperative Contract Vendors.

 

Resolution #155-2022* will approve Cooperative Purchasing Contract, Vehicle – Bid #ESCNJ 20/21-55 to Cliffside Body Corporation.

 

Resolution #156-2022* will reject all bids for Surveillance System Bid #4-2022.

 

Resolution #157-2022* will amend Resolution #144-2022, Refund of Redemption Monies to Outside Lien Holder for Block 21.08, Lot 13, also known as 15 Kory Road.

 

Resolution #158-2022* will renew Plenary Retail Consumption Licenses for 2022-2023.

 

Resolution #159-2022* will renew a Club License.

 

Resolution #160-2022* will authorize the Mayor and the Municipal Clerk to execute new Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 138 and the Police Superior Officers’ Association.

 

Resolution #161-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of June 10, 2022, Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway.

 

Thank you to Deb Danielson and the DPW team for all their great management of the 2nd part of NHN! It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to help our community look its best! I appreciate all the staff and residents who volunteered their time.

 

The TRC met this week to discuss the proposed cannabis retailer at the Carpet Gallery building. We should see them before the Board in August or September.

 

We held a productive courtesy meeting with the new owner of the County Seat building. Same will be renovated for new apartments. I expect this application in the fall as well.

 

Sandy Diglio and I attended the wonderful retirement party for Dr. Ken Greene yesterday. It has been a pleasure working with him for the betterment of the community and we all wish him the best of health and happiness in his future endeavors.

 

See you at Newton Day!

 

Let’s Go Rangers! (I know, on life support...but not over quite yet…)

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR

May 20

May 20, 2022

Posted on May 20, 2022 at 1:45 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, May 23, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from May 9, 2022 – Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

 

ORDINANCES

There are three (3) ordinances for Second Reading:

 

Ordinance 2022-12 will provide funding for various Water/Sewer improvements for the Town of Newton and appropriate $1,010,108 for such purpose.

 

Ordinance 2022-13 will provide an appropriation of $420,000 for the installation of sidewalks in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorize the issuance of $57,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-14 will provide an appropriation of $927,450.50 for various Capital Improvements in and by the Town of Newton, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey and authorize the issuance of $664,593 Bonds or Notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.          

 

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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #141-2022* will accept as final and complete the repairs to the Final Clarifier at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project.

 

Resolution #142-2022* will insert special items of revenue in the 2022 Town of Newton Budget pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (C. 159, PL 1948).

 

Resolution #143-2022* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure Contract for Airmatic Compressor Systems, Inc.

 

Resolution #144-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 21.08, Lot 13, also known as 15 Kory Road.

 

Resolution #145-2022* will cancel a NJ DOT grant receivable balance in the General Capital Fund.

 

Resolution #146-2022* will designate June as “LGBTQIA+ Pride Month” in the Town of Newton.

 

Resolution #147-2022* will authorize the Town Manager to execute an amended and restated deed of drainage easement with Brookside Realty Urban Renewal, LLC.

 

Resolution #148-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of May 20, 2022, Morris Lake is 2 inch above the top of the spillway.

 

Three (3) new employees were hired for June 6th in the Department of Public Works. We look forward to Joshua Guest, Tim Wistuba, and Anthony Ford joining our team and wish them long, happy, and successful careers with the Town of Newton.

 

Work continues on the financing and bid process for the Babe Ruth Project.

 

I conducted a walk-through of Town Hall, Police Department, Firehouse 1 and Firehouse 2 with Roy and Kat this week to produce a wish list of action items for DPW (short-term and long-term).

 

Kat and I are working with the Fire Department on several new grant applications. One for State funding via the ARP funds and the other through Firehouse Subs. I will keep you posted.

 

I spoke yesterday at a virtual conference on the nascent cannabis industry. Speakers and attendees were impressed with the way in which Newton handled the ordinances and process for legal cannabis sales within the Town. We continue to receive heavy interest in the same and have a TRC meeting in June for the first retailer on Route 206. I will keep you posted.

 

Let’s Go Rangers!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR