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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 19

November 21, 2018

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 2:39 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next regular Town Council meeting is at 7:00pm, on Monday, November 26, 2018. A friendly reminder there are five (5) interviews scheduled to be held prior to our next Council meeting beginning at 5:00pm for the position of Sewer Engineer. You have been given copies of the RFP’s submitted.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the October 22nd 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.
PRESENTATION
APPEAL
The owners of 33 Mill Street are appealing a decision by the Utility Advisory Board on their request to waive a late penalty. Supporting information has been shared with you on the Google Drive. The penalty is $3,628.70.
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 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:
Ordinance 2018-20 will adjust water and sewer connection fees as discussed.
Ordinance 2018-21 will amend requirements in the SD-3 Zone including the comments from the Planning Board.
There are two ordinances for introduction:
Ordinance 2018-22 will amend certain parking regulations related to parking in municipal parking lots.
Ordinance 2018-23 will establish salary and wage ranges for calendar year 2019.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #208-2018* will authorize a refund for a disabled veteran at 18 Douma Drive.
Resolution #209-2018* will appoint the Town Manager as Fund Commissioner and Jennifer Dodd as Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Town of Newton in the Statewide Insurance Fund.
Resolution #210-2018* will concur with the Town Manager’s Appointment of Special Police Officers for calendar year 2019.
Resolution #211-2018* will authorize the sale of surplus items on GovDeals.
Resolution #212-2018* with authorize the annual agreement with the Newton Parking Authority.
Resolution #213-2018* will authorize the execution of an updated employment agreement with Police Chief Michael S. Richards as per the recommendation of the Town Manager.
Resolution #214-2018* will cancel appropriation balances in the water and sewer capital fund.
Resolution #215-2018* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Glenn T. Spicer.
Resolution #216-2018* will renew the taxicab driver’s license for Doragail Spicer.
Resolution #217-2018* will renew the taxicab owner’s license for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.
Resolution #218-2018* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for 74-A Trinity Street.
Resolution #219-2018* will refund redemption monies to an outside lien holder for 120 Woodside Avenue.
Resolution #220-2018* will authorize the redemption of a Town held lien for Block 13.03, Lot 10.
Resolution #221-2018* will approve the vacation and sick leave payout for Joseph Sapio.
Resolution #222-2018* will renew the Town’s Fund Balance Policy.
Resolution #223-2018* will renew the Water and Sewer Utility Fund Balance Policy.
Resolution #224-2018* will approve 2018 appropriation transfers.
Resolution #225-2018* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Application(s)* there is one application for your consideration:
1. Bryan Lee Farence, 99 Woodside Avenue, Newton for membership into the Newton Fire Department.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
1. Chief Richards will give a brief overview of the Police Department.
2. Dawn Babcock will give an overview of our Best Practices, Parking Authority and a few other items of interest.
3. John Scheri will give an update on the Sparta Avenue Pump Station. Information has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution #226-2018 will authorize a discussion on the Town Manager’s Annual Performance Review.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 4 inches above the top of the spillway as of November 19, 2018.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
Don’t forget the Annual Holiday Parade followed by WizardCon 2018 this Saturday! Parade attendance is free while wristbands can be purchased for WizardCon 2018 online for a nominal fee…
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
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