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Nov 22

November 22, 2022

Posted on November 22, 2022 at 3:22 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 28, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

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 six (6) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2022-24 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code, entitled “Property Maintenance” to add Article IV, “Lead-Based Paint Testing”.

 

Ordinance 2022-25 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 228 of the Town Code, entitled “Sewer and Water”, Article IV “Water and Sewer Rates”, most notably Section 228-10, entitled “Billing and Collecting”.

 

Ordinance 2022-26 establishes minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees of the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.

 

Ordinance 2022-27 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 100 of the Town Code, entitled “Fees and costs”, most notably Section 100-2 “Peddling and soliciting”; Section 100-5 “Special sales”; Section 100-10 “Clothing bins”; Section 100-13 “Animals”; Section 100-14 “Taxicabs and limousines”; and Section 100-24 “Miscellaneous fees and charges”; and other related Town Code provisions.

 

Ordinance 2022-28 provides an appropriation of $97,150 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizes the issuance of $92,150 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-29 provide a reappropriation of $90,421 for improvements for various other capital items.

 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-30 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Entitled “Property Maintenance”, More Specifically Adding a New Article V, Entitled “Business and Residential Rental Unit Registration and Liability Insurance”.


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 #258-2022* will cancel Trust Police Outside Service escrow balances.

 

Resolution #259-2022* will accept as final and complete the Proposed Resurfacing of Dunn Place Project and authorize final paperwork be prepared.

 

Resolution #260-2022* rejects all bids for Chemical Supply Bid Newton Water/Sewer Utilities Bid #16-2022.

 

Resolution #261-2022* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #262-2022* 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 #263-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.

 

Resolution #264-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

 

Resolution #265-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

 

Resolution #266-2022* authorizes award of Bid 11R-2022, Camera and Panic Button Installation Bid to Commercial Technology Contractors Inc.

 

Resolution #267-2022* amends the Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #268-2022* will approve 2022 appropriations transfers.

 

Resolution #269-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #270-2022 provides for a Meeting Not Open to the Public in Accordance with the Provisions of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12.

  • Personnel – Town Manager’s Annual Review

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Congratulations to our friends at Chipotle for their recent opening! Fresh guac and chips for everyone!

 

Wishing all of you the blessings of a wonderful, happy, and heathy Thanksgiving!

 

Go Giants! (Not optimistic) and kudos to the Devils! (you are welcome, Matt).     

 

Hope to see you at the annual GNCC Holiday Parade on Saturday at 10:00am! And do not forget our annual Tree Lighting at Town Hall at 5:00pm on Friday, December 2nd. Free Starbucks! Yesssss! Tired of winning? Not me!

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR

Nov 10

November 10, 2022

Posted on November 10, 2022 at 2:21 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 14, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 24, 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 is one (1) ordinance for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2022-23 amends the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Chapter 57, entitled “Animals”, Article I “Domestic Animals”, most notably, Section 57-4, entitled “Standards for Keeping Chickens”.

 

There are six (6) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-24 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code, entitled “Property Maintenance” to add Article IV, “Lead-Based Paint Testing”.

 

Ordinance 2022-25 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 228 of the Town Code, entitled “Sewer and Water”, Article IV “Water and Sewer Rates”, most notably Section 228-10, entitled “Billing and Collecting”.

 

Ordinance 2022-26 establishes minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees of the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.

 

Ordinance 2022-27 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 100 of the Town Code, entitled “Fees and costs”, most notably Section 100-2 “Peddling and soliciting”; Section 100-5 “Special sales”; Section 100-10 “Clothing bins”; Section 100-13 “Animals”; Section 100-14 “Taxicabs and limousines”; and Section 100-24 “Miscellaneous fees and charges”; and other related Town Code provisions.

 

Ordinance 2022-28 provides an appropriation of $97,150 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizes the issuance of $92,150 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-29 provide a reappropriation of $90,421 for improvements for various other capital items.

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 #238-2022* will authorize the award of a proprietary contract to Pall Water.

 

Resolution #239-2022* will amend the award of a required disclosure contract for David B. Simmons, Jr., of Harold Pellow & Associates, Inc., as Water Engineer for the Town of Newton for calendar year 2022.

 

Resolution #240-2022* will award a bid after negotiations for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment, Bids 9-2022/9R-2022.

 

Resolution #241-2022* will reject all bids for Department of Public Works Vehicle Bid 17-2022.

 

Resolution #242-2022* is a resolution regarding the Small Cities Citizen Participation Plan.

 

Resolution #243-2022* is a resolution Regarding Fair Housing – Statement of Actions.

 

Resolution #244-2022* will give approval to submit an application for Small Cities Grant for a Public Facilities Fund Project to Construct a sidewalk along Swartswood Road to benefit Town residents of low and moderate incomes.

 

Resolution #245-2022* will approve a Grant Management Plan for Small Cities Grant for a Public Facilities Fund Project to Construct Sidewalks on Swartswood Road to provide pedestrian facilities for low and moderate income residents of the Town of Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.

 

Resolution #246-2022* authorizes execution of the annual agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Parking Authority.

 

Resolution #247-2022* approves amendment to the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #248-2022* will authorizes Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street Project (ADS Contractors, LLC).

 

Resolution #249-2022* rejects all bids for Sludge Hauling Bid Town of Newton Bid #13-2022.

 

Resolution #250-2022* authorizes credits due Water and Sewer Utility Accounts.

 

Resolution #251-2022* will authorize a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 34, also known as 3 Foster Street.

 

Resolution #252-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street Project (Tilcon New York, Inc.).

 

Resolution #253-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Resurfacing of Dunn Place Project.

 

Resolution #254-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Resurfacing of Smith Street and Grand Avenue Project.

 

Resolution #255-2022* will authorize Employment Agreement of Steven VanNieuwland as Police Chief.

 

Resolution #256-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

Application(s)*: 

  • An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Craig Masker, 51 Lincoln Place, Newton, NJ.       
  • An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Giuseppe (Joe) Santillo, 9A Diller Avenue, Newton, NJ.

 

DISCUSSION

Best Practices/Parking Authority – Monica Miebach, CFO

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #257-2022 provides for a Meeting Not Open to the Public in Accordance with the Provisions of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12

  • Attorney-Client Privilege – Auction Sales/In Rem Foreclosure Properties
  • Personnel – Town Manager’s Annual Review

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of November 10, 2022, Morris Lake is 30 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Tomorrow is Veterans Day – we give our heartfelt thanks to all veterans who served the United States and their families. God bless them all.

 

Congratulations to Sandra Diglio, Matthew Dickson, and Helen Le Frois on their election to the Newton Town Council! We look forward to working with them for the next four (4) years. And kudos to all candidates who ran for office as it takes a lot of time and courage to be out in the public arena.

 

Several staff members will be attending the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City – safe travels!

 

Congratulations to Starbucks on their successful ribbon cutting this week! We wish them the very best of success in our community and feel very fortunate to host this wonderful national retailer. Jobs and coffee, not a bad combination!

 

Interviews will be conducted on Monday for Sewer Engineer. I will keep you posted.

 

Go Giants!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR

Oct 21

October 21, 2022

Posted on October 21, 2022 at 3:12 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, October 24, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 12, 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. There are two (2) Proclamations at this meeting including Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-23 amends the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Chapter 57, entitled “Animals”, Article I “Domestic Animals”, most notably, Section 57-4, entitled “Standards for Keeping Chickens”.

 

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 #225-2022* will reappoint Rick Bitondo to the Newton Housing Authority.

 

Resolution #226-2022* will authorize negotiations for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment.

 

Resolution #227-2022* will reject all bids for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment Re-Bid 9R-2022.

 

Resolution #228-2022* will appoint the Fund Commissioner for the Statewide Insurance Fund for calendar year 2023.

 

Resolution #229-2022* will appoint Keith Mitchell as Risk Management Consultant for the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.

 

Resolution #230-2022* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #231-2022* will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into an agreement with The Canning Group, LLC for the provision of Qualified Purchasing Agent services for calendar year 2023.

 

Resolution #232-2022* is the NJDEP It Pay$ to Plug In 2022 Grant Resolution for execution.

 

Resolution #233-2022* authorizes a Person-to-Person Transfer of Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 1915-33-009-005.

 

Resolution #234-2022* approves revised Town of Newton Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and Employee Handbook.

 

Resolution #235-2022* will approve fireworks display at Newton Medical Center, Atlantic Health System.

 

Resolution #236-2022* authorizes award of Re-Bid Retaining Wall Repair to Hear Construction, Inc.

 

Resolution #237-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of October 21, 2022, Morris Lake is 26 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

RFP’s are slowly coming in for Sewer Engineer, Prosecutor, Public Defender, and Conflict Planner.

 

The Town has been nominated for the “Municipal Award” from the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership. The awards luncheon will be November 4th.

 

Don’t forget to purchase your flags for the Flags of Honor event on Saturday, November 5th.

 

Dog Park Rules have been sent to the sign company for production. Woof. Bow to the wow wow.

 

We are looking to expand the NPP geographic parameters for 2023 and will be making application to the State for the same.

 

Plans are underway for active shooter training for employees.

 

Although “Tom Talk” is super excited about the NY sports scene, this author remains skeptical (Doubting Thomas) and is not as enthusiastic based on the Yankees lack of hitting and Rangers forgetting how to play in the 3rd period and overtime. Nevertheless, we are hopeful the Giants and Jets will make up for this lack of fan respect!

 

Enjoy the weekend…

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR