From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Mar 16

March 16, 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 2:47 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

The annual county St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be tomorrow on Spring Street commencing at 11:30am. Don’t forget to stick around after the parade to enjoy some great discounts at area merchants, boutiques and restaurants!

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, March 26, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of March 12, 2018.

Special thanks to Sherri for once again coordinating a wonderful employee celebration, this time for St. Patrick’s Day! Next up: Cinco de Mayo…

This week I was able to assist several current/former Seton Hall University students with their public administration job search endeavors. Always grateful to help the next generation of leadership. Go Pirates!

Deb Danielson, Kat Walker and I are working collaboratively on accommodating the needs of the Swim Team for their Newton Pool endeavors this summer. Looking forward to another great season of fun in the sun at the cool Newton Pool!

Routine business discussed at this month’s Statewide Insurance Fund meeting. Ivan Cohen toured various departments this Wednesday for safety inspections and advised we performed well.

Dawn and I are busy working on the Budget Adoption PowerPoint presentation for April 9th.

We are tentatively looking at April 25th for the RPM Newton Town Centre ribbon cutting.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
Mar 09

March 9, 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 2:40 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, March 12, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm.
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 26th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.
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.
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
There are three ordinances for 2nd Reading and adoption:
Ordinance 2018-4 will amend certain fees as discussed.
Ordinance 2018-5 will authorize a franchise renewal for Elizabethtown Gas.
Ordinance 2018-6 will bond additional monies for the Firehouse 2 project based on the bids received.
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – no update
Resolution #72-2018* will authorize the award of a required disclosure contract with Harold E. Pellow & Associates, Inc., for construction management and inspections services for the Firehouse #2 Renovations project.
Resolution #73-2018* will authorize the release of a performance bond and maintenance bond for Block 3.04, Lot 14 (Kohl’s).
Resolution #74-2018* will authorize the release of a performance guarantee and maintenance guarantee for Block 3.03, Lot 5 (Applebee’s & Holiday Inn).
Resolution #75-2018* will award the bid for the Dam Site #2 Improvements to T.R. Weniger, Inc.
Resolution #76-2018* will authorize executing a service contract with PALL Corporation of the microfiltration system.
Resolution #77-2018* authorize bills and vouchers for payment.
We will introduce the 2018 Municipal and Water & Sewer Utility Budget. The hearing will be on April 9th.

Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of March 5, 2018.

Many thanks to all staff who worked tirelessly during the past two storms (and entire winter for that matter) to keep Newton running smoothly and safely.

Jennifer and I are reviewing the applications received for the various internship positions and look to conduct phone interviews on same later this month.

There are seven (7) declared candidates officially on the ballot for three (3) Town Council positions in May. Best of luck to all candidates and kudos to individuals who care enough about Newton’s future to sacrifice their time and talent to run for office at any level of government. Public service is not an easy task but is very rewarding.

A reminder that the staff St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be next Friday at Noon – my thanks to Sherri for coordinating same.

Our Community Development Director, Kimberly Williams, has worked on some great flyers/posters for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and post-parade sales! Keep an eye out for the flyers/posters in various stores throughout the Spring Street area. Many thanks to the merchants who are participating in same. We hope for great weather and prosperous sales for all! The parade is on Saturday, March 17th at 11:30am.

KKPR is working on a fillable PDF form for the new event checklist authorized by Resolution #51-2018.
RPM is looking at April dates for the official grand opening of the Newton Town Centre building – I will keep you posted as we get closer.

Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,

Mar 01

March 1, 2018

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:24 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

There will be a Special Town Council meeting at Town Hall on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00pm to discuss the official conduct of the mayor of the Town of Newton.