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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 21

November 22, 2017

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:51 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Happy Thanksgiving! Offices will close at 2:30pm on Wednesday and be closed Thursday and Friday. Gobble Gobble.

Don’t forget to attend the annual GNCC Holiday Parade on Saturday at 10:00am! Following the festivities will be the Harry Potter event on Spring Street until 5:00pm. Meet you at Hogwarts!

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, November 27th beginning at 7:00pm. A friendly reminder there are five (5) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:30pm for the position of Public Defender. Information has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the three November 13th 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

ORDINANCES
There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2017-22 will prohibit parking on certain portions of Condit Street.

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2017-21 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees for calendar year 2018.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #225-2017* will authorize a 100% Disabled Veteran Status and refund of taxes paid.

Resolution #226-2017* will confirm a refund a monies due to a State Tax Appeal.

Resolution #227-2017* will authorize the Town to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with The Canning Group, LLC for Qualified Purchasing Agent services.

Resolution #228-2017* will authorize the payout of vacation and sick time for Ervin Lasso, his retirement is effective December 1, 2017.

Resolution #229-2017* will accept the Fox Hollow watermain replacement project as complete.

Resolution #230-2017* will approve appropriation transfers.

Resolution #231-2017* supports school funding litigation at the request of Dr. Greene and the BOE and Town attorneys.

Resolution #232-2017* will re-appoint Keith Mitchell as Risk Management Consultant for 2018.

Resolution #233-2017* will award the contract for the demolition of Firehouse No. 2 to IBN Construction Corp.

Resolution #234-2017* will appoint the Fund Commissioner and Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Statewide Insurance Fund for 2018.

Resolution #235-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION
1. Tax Abatement Program Expansion (Scott Holzhauer)

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 6 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 20, 2017.

Have a great holiday and weekend! Happy shopping!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Nov 09

November 9, 2017

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 4:13 PM by Terri Oswin

A friendly reminder there is an Executive Session Monday, November 13th beginning at 6:00pm on Monday night followed by our next regular Town Council meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 23rd Special, 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 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

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

Ordinance 2017-21 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees for calendar year 2018.  

OLD BUSINESS 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #213-2017* will appoint John Ragsdale to the Planning Board as an Alternate Member beginning January 1, 2018.

Resolution #214-2017* will authorize a lease agreement with NEC Financial Services, LLC for the new phone system.

Resolution #215-2017* will authorize auction of the old Parking Authority car on govdeals.com.

Resolution #216-2017* will authorize an agreement with the Parking Authority for 2018.

Resolution #217-2017* will authorize an agreement with James Sloan, Esq., for the services of Municipal Court Judge for calendar years 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Resolution #218-2017* will authorize an agreement with Jonathan E. McMeen, Esq., as Municipal Prosecutor for 2018.

Resolution #219-2017* will approve Change Order No. 2 for the RBC replacements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Resolution #220-2017* will authorize renewal in the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Resolution #221-2017* will confirm the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 22.10, Lot 18.

Resolution #221-2017* will confirm the refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 13.04, Lot 4.

Resolution #223-2017* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

INTERMISSION

DISCUSSION

  1. Condit Street Parking Draft Ordinance
  2. Tax Abatement Program Expansion

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #224-2017 will authorize entering into Executive Session for an Attorney – Client Privilege discussion on the PBA Grievance.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 6 inches below the top of the spillway as of November 6, 2017.  

All departments have finalized their budget submittals for 2018 – thank you!

I received a resignation letter from Erv Lasso this week.  We wish him well in his future endeavors.

Congratulations to the BOE winners in Tuesday’s election.  We look forward to working with them.

Bids for the Firehouse No. 2 Demolition Project are being reviewed by Tom Kosten and Cory Stoner.

TRC reviewed three applications which will be on for the December PB meeting.

Several of us attended the wonderful ribbon cutting for the Roller Hockey rink capital improvements.

Routine business discussed at Statewide Insurance Fund, with the budget to be introduced later this month.

No newsletter next week with our editor and many attendees down in Atlantic City, NJ for the annual League of Municipalities Conference.  Safe travel!

Have a great weekend!                                                                                                   

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Nov 03

November 3, 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 10:40 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Daylight Savings Time – remember to change your clocks back one hour on Sunday at 2am. Also it is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Remember to vote on Tuesday! Polls are open from 6am-8pm.

We are closed on Friday, November 10th in recognition of Veterans Day (11/11). Many thanks to all those who served in the US Armed Forces. We are eternally grateful.

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, November 13th beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of October 30, 2017.

We are grateful to all those who participated or volunteered to make the Lower Spring Street Event a great success last night!

Our marketing team worked this week on an updated draft schedule of events with budgets for 2018.

Our Seton Hall team partners visited us on Tuesday to discuss the final version of the online survey.

Plans are already underway for the Tree Lighting (thanks Deb and Kimberly) in December as well as our annual Town employee holiday party (thanks Sherri) at Sol Azteka.

Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting.

Congratulations to Michelle for winning the best costume contest this year and many thanks to all those who dressed up for Halloween…I still have a splitting headache though…

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR