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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 18

January 18, 2019

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 3:35 PM by Terri Oswin

Municipal offices are closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Our next Town Council meeting will be on Monday, January 28th at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of January 14, 2019.
The 2019 budget is being compiled as we speak. Budget meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 5pm and Saturday, February 9th at 9am.
A favorable settlement was reached in the Newton West tax appeal matter. A resolution will be on for adoption at the next meeting.
Thorlabs came in before the TRC on Wednesday to discuss plans for their new 150,000 square foot building at the old Moose Lodge property, as well as renovations to the existing building where Camp Iliff was located. The application will be heard before the PB in February.
Have a great weekend! Be safe!
Prediction: Rams and Patriots! Lock it up!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 11

January 11, 2019

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 11:34 AM by Terri Oswin

There is a volunteer interview scheduled for 6:40pm on Monday night, January 14th; our next Town Council meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the December 26th Regular and January 3rd Reorganization 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 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.
SWEARING-IN
The Mayor will swear-in the 2019 officers for the Newton Fire Department.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Mayor Le Frois will present a proclamation to the Newton Youth Football team for their undefeated season. Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #28-2019* supports the NJ Safe Routes to School Program.
Resolution #29-2019* supports Assembly and Senate bills allowing Junior Firefighters to perform certain fire support duties.
Resolution #30-2019* will authorize the Tax Collector to sell municipal liens in 2019.
Resolution #31-2019* will appoint Matthew Dickson as BOE liaison for 2019.
Resolution #32-2019* appoints Joyce Franklin as the Senior Citizen Coordinator for the Town for 2019. This is usually given to the president of the Prime Time Seniors each year.
Resolution #33-2019* will make Barbara Vrahnos a regular member of the Planning Board.
Resolution #34-2019* will re-appoint EXCEL Environmental Resources, Inc., as the Town’s Environmental Engineer for 2019.
Resolution #35-2019* appoints Jarrod C. Cofrancesco, Esq. as the alternate prosecutor for 2019.
Resolution #36-2019* will adopt the Temporary Budget.
Resolution #37-2019* will extend the contract for electrical services by Kieffer Electrical Services per Bid #1-2017.
Resolution #38-2019* will authorize purchasing through NJ State Contracts and Purchasing Cooperatives for 2019.
Resolution #39-2019* is a resolution urging legislatures and NJDOT to address the unsafe road condition (water runoff) on Route 94 from the recent road work done by the State of NJ.
Resolution #40-2019* will authorize the liquor license transfer for Tuscany Bistro.
Resolution #41-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Application(s)* will approve an application for a Ryley Hickman to become a Newton Junior Firefighter.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of January 7, 2019.
HR has posted the need for summer interns. If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact Jenn Dodd.
The 2019 budget is being compiled as we speak. Budget meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 5pm and Saturday, February 9th at 9am.
Kimberly and I are working on the 2019 marketing calendar with KKPR, our social media and marketing firm. Looks to be another busy, successful year of fun events with some new ones, too!
Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jan 04

January 4, 2019

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 2:20 PM by Terri Oswin

Dear Council Members & Staff:
A reminder our next Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm on Monday, January 14th. Immediately preceding same at 6:00pm will be several volunteer interviews.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of December 31, 2018.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and health New Year! Wishing you and yours all the blessings of peace, prosperity, happiness and good health in 2019. Thank you for your hard work in 2018.
Our first January reorganization went very well last evening. Congratulations to Helen and Dan on their leadership roles. The entire organization looks forward to working with the Governing Body on a very productive year.
Kimberly and I have prepared the Marketing budget for 2019 with KKPR.
Budget hearing dates are being finalized for the first week or so in February. I will keep you posted.
Best wishes to those who started in new positions this year!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR