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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 09

November 9, 2018

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 10:49 AM by Terri Oswin

Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day – many thanks to the men and women who have proudly worn the uniform of our nation in its defense. Municipal offices are closed Monday, November 12th in observance of the holiday.
Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, November 26, 2018. At 5:00pm that evening we will have the interviews for Sewer Engineer.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 5 inches above the top of the spillway as of November 5, 2018.
The Parking Authority has recommended the creation of 44 additional overnight parking spaces in Central Plaza Lot #4. An ordinance regarding same will be introduced on November 26th.
The Parking Authority also supported a resolution authorizing a contract with J. Caldwell & Associates to investigate the possibility of acquiring properties in order to create additional downtown parking. I will keep you posted.
Congratulations to all newly elected and re-elected government officials! May they serve the public with honor and distinction.
As per your request, I am working with staff on recommendations for shared services opportunities.
I have updated the annual salary ordinance for introduction in December. We did a comprehensive review of all existing and anticipated positions as well as look at the entry-level salaries to stay ahead of the curve from Trenton.
The WizardCon event is on! Go on Eventbrite and purchase your tickets today! Discounts for Newton residents!
Safe travel to all who are attending the annual NJSLOM conference in Atlantic City, NJ next week.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 26

October 26, 2018

Posted on October 26, 2018 at 12:14 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, November 26, 2018.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of October 22, 2018.
Planning efforts are ongoing for the Halloween Parade coming up on October 31st.
Depositions occurred this week in the Newton West Tax Appeal matter. I will keep you posted.
I sent correspondence to Microcenter to see if they were interested in opening a location in Newton. I will keep you posted on this as well.
The Town received the two (2) new Dodge Durangos. Thank you Sherri for coordinating delivery and to Rick and everyone who assisted in receiving same. Drive safely!
Dawn and I reviewed the annual Best Practices checklist with staff in preparation for submittal. The State may update the form soon (shocker) so we will see how it goes.
The WizardCon event is on! Go on Eventbrite and purchase your tickets today! Discounts for Newton residents!
Chief Richards and I attended the annual PSS press conference on the holiday toy drive. We wish them well in obtaining donations for the children in our community. A great cause indeed!
Thank you to Statewide Insurance Fund for the luncheon today recognizing our achievements in the realm of insurance.
Have a great weekend! Alas, no more Go Giants – the season is over! Over I tell you!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Oct 22

October 19, 2018

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 10:16 AM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, October 22, 2018.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 10th Regular meeting 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 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 & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
There are two ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2018-20 will adjust water and sewer connection fees as discussed at our last meeting.
Ordinance 2018-21 will amend requirements in the SD-3 Zone including the relevant comments from the Planning Board.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #199-2018* will re-appoint Keith Mitchell as the Town of Newton’s Risk Management Consultant for 2019.
Resolution #200-2018* will approve a fireworks display for Newton Medical Center’s annual Festival of Lights on November 10, 2018.
Resolution #201-2018* will cancel appropriation balances for the Fox Hollow project in the Water Sewer Capital Fund.
Resolution #202-2018* will cancel the remaining $109.68 in the 2017/2018 Municipal Alliance grant receivable account.
Resolution #203-2018* with authorize the insertion of $3,397.00 for Tactical Barricades through the SIF Risk Control Grant.
Resolution #204-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
Resolution #205-2018* will revise the Personnel Policies and Procedure Manual and Employee Handbook to include certain changes due to the NJ Paid Sick Leave Act to become effective on October 29, 2018.
Resolution #206-2018* will denounce the despicable act of anti-Semitic graffiti on a home in Hampton Township.
Resolution #207-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
1. The Department of Public Works will give you a brief overview of their department.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of October 15, 2018.
Planning efforts are ongoing for the Halloween Parade coming up on October 31st.
The WizardCon event is on! I have signed the trilateral agreement along with GNCC Interim Executive Director Tom Dust and Lori Konya from BBBS! Wizard on!
Congrats to Ken Teets for being inducted into the NHS Hall of Fame!
Congrats to the Newton Volunteer First Aid Squad and to Officers Morales and Post for their awards at the recent NJEMS Conference in Atlantic City.
Spring Street was named Great Street 2018 by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association – an awards reception is being held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center October 29th.
I will be receiving an award from Seton Hall University in April for the work done on the marketing project with students from the Stillman School of Business.
#MakeNewtonGreatAgain
Tired of Winning yet? Not me!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR