RUSSO web.JPG

MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 11

May 11, 2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM by Terri Oswin

Just a reminder, there are interviews scheduled for volunteer candidates beginning at 6:30pm prior to the next regular Town Council meeting this Monday, May 14 , 2018 which begins at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the April 23rd Regular and Special 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
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
There is one (1) ordinance for public hearing:
Ordinance 2018-7 is a fully funded capital improvement ordinance for various items from the 2018 Budget.
OLD BUSINESS
1. Spring Street Parking Analysis – Harold E. Pellow will be present at the May 30th meeting to review his analysis.
RESOLUTION
Resolution #95-2018 will authorize executing a shared services agreement between the Town of Newton and the Housing Authority for certain engineering and personnel services.
CONSENT AGENDA
If none of you have any items that you wish to pull from the Consent Agenda, the Mayor shall call for one roll call vote for all of the Consent Agenda items. Many of these resolutions are done annually so they should look familiar to you.
Resolution #96-2018* will authorize a tax refund for a 100% disabled veteran.
Resolution #97-2018* will authorize a refund to an outside lien holder for 22 Douma Drive.
Resolution #98-2018* will cancel the TDR grant receivable balance of $9,705.90.
Resolution #99-2018* will appoint Dr. Nancy Craddock to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #100-2018* will reappoint Jack Durkin to the Housing Authority.
Resolution #101-2018* will authorize the purchase of two (2) Dodge Durango vehicles through the Cranford Police Cooperative Purchasing System.
Resolution #102-2018* will appoint Ron Biederman to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.
Resolution #103-2018* will cancel the Community Policing grant receivable balance of $10.92.
Resolution #104-2018* will concur with the appointment of a School Crossing Guard.
Resolution #105-2018* will authorize adopting the Local Strategic National Stockpile Plan.
Resolution #106-2018* will authorize purchasing computers, software and peripheral purchase through the State Contract if needed.
Resolution #107-2018 will accept the Firehouse demolition project as complete.
Resolution #108-2018* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.
Resolution #109-2018* will authorize credits due utility accounts.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
There are three (3) items for discussion:
1. Fee Ordinance
 2. Food Truck Ordinance
3. Certification of the Municipal Petition
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #110-2018 will authorize going into Closed Session to discuss:
i. Attorney Client Privilege – Utilities
ii. Personnel – Daniel Flynn
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of May 7, 2018.
Congratulations to Councilwoman Diglio on her re-election and Councilmen-elect Schlaffer and Dickson on their election. Kudos to all 7 candidates for putting in time away from their families and responsibilities to run for office in Newton. Mayor Levante and Deputy Mayor Elvidge will be recognized at our last meeting in June for their years of service.
Routine business was discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting this week.
Jessica and I met with representatives from Senator Cory Booker’s office to talk about ways Washington can help our efforts in Newton – will keep you posted.
I convened a conference call this week to discuss the next RPM/Newton project – stay tuned!
I attended my first Newton Medical Center Community Advisory Board meeting and look forward to my active participation in this terrific group of community and hospital leaders.
Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR

May 04

May 4, 2018

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 2:37 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Looking forward to the annual NFD dinner tomorrow evening. Appreciate your service to our community!

Good luck to all of the Council candidates this Tuesday!  Polls are open from 6am-8pm.

May the 4th Be With You!

There are interviews scheduled for volunteer candidates beginning at 6:30pm prior to the next regular Town Council meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018 which begins at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 30, 2018.

We had our kickoff for the TransOptions Street Smart campaign. I appreciate the efforts of all of our officers who will be involved in this important endeavor.

Staff enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo party today – thank you Sherri and Team for all of your efforts.

Lots of developer interest on buildings on Spring Street as well as other properties in Town. I will keep you posted on plans as they further develop.

Our vendor installed the new large screen television in the back of the Courtroom as per Council’s request.

Don’t forget to check out the awesome deals available at various restaurants and shoppes in Newton on May 5th – Cinco de Mayo! Thanks to Kimberly for her efforts!

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Apr 27

April 27, 2018

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 3:02 PM by Terri Oswin

There are interviews scheduled for volunteer candidates beginning at 6:30pm prior to the next regular Town Council meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018 which begins at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 23, 2018.
Kudos to Deb Danielson, Kat Walker, DPW and scores of volunteers who made NHN another wonderful success!
Many thanks to OEM for coordinating the fire drill at the municipal building this week. Other drills are being planned in the future.
I am also working with OEM on the written plan for obtaining medications from the Strategic National Stockpile during times of emergency. It is intended to be an attachment to our municipal EOP and will be formally adopted by the Town.
We have finalized our agreement with the Swim Team for annual use of the municipal pool and give thanks for their efforts.
Wednesday was a great day for Newton as we formally opened the RPM Newton Town Centre senior housing building on Spring Street! What started out as a simple vision turned into wonderful housing, a spacious senior community center and awesome new retail space. My thanks and appreciation to RPM, staff, professionals, and all who made this $15 million investment in Newton possible – on to the next exciting project!
Don’t forget to check out the awesome deals available at various restaurants and shoppes in Newton on May 5th – Cinco de Mayo! Thanks to Kimberly for her efforts!
Routine business discussed at the HIF meeting in Randolph this week.
I attended the quarterly 24th Legislative District meeting in Andover Borough today. We appreciate the efforts of our great legislators on important issues such as fair school funding.
Welcome to Big Blue Saquon Barkley! And congrats to Gang Green for a great selection in Sam Darnold!
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR