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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jan 20

January 20, 2023

Posted on January 20, 2023 at 2:19 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, January 23, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from December 12, 2022 – Regular Meeting and from January 5, 2023 – Reorganization Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 


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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #64-2023* will authorize refund of taxes for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption; Block 3.01, Lot 22.

 

Resolution #65-2023* will approve an extension of contract with JDP Automotive Repair DBA Boonton Tire & Auto Repair as Auto Repair Contractor per Bid 2R-2021.

 

Resolution #66-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 2.02, Lot 16, also known as 78 Mill Street.

 

Resolution #67-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 6.01, Lot 20, also known as 28 Douma Drive.

 

Resolution #68-2023* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 43, also known as 5 Ashford Street.

 

Resolution #69-2023* is for the 2022 Tonnage Grant Application.

 

Resolution #70-2023* will grant authority for approval of certain purchases in excess of the bid threshold through New Jersey State Contracts and/or Purchasing Cooperatives for 2023.

 

Resolution #71-2023* will amend the Plan Document for certain Town of Newton employees.

 

Resolution #72-2023* will appoint Jonathan E. McMeen, Esq., as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Municipal Prosecutor for Calendar Year 2023.

 

Resolution #73-2023* will appoint Orlando R. Rodriguez, Esq., as the Town of Newton’s Alternate Public Defender for Calendar Year 2023.

 

Resolution #74-2023* will appoint Kristen Shotwell Vaitkevicius to the Newton Parking Authority.

 

Resolution #75-2023* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


Application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Jose Urena, 15 Hamilton Street, Newton, NJ.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

DISCUSSION

Scott Holzhauer, Tax Assessor, will present information to the Council on the Reassessment of Property.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 15 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Our canine buddies seem to be very happy thus far at the new Dog Park. Bow to the Wow Wow!


One application approved at this month’s Planning Board meeting.

 

Preparation of the 2023 municipal and water/sewer budget continues.

 

Staff members are working on the Annual Report and Spring Newsletter.

 

Negotiations are continuing with the CWA and UPSEU.

 

I will be hosting a meeting next week to discuss the MGP site remediation with JCP&L.

 

Mandatory Active Shooter Training is next Friday, January 27th. Please sign up with Jennifer Dodd. Employees will be here all day but the Municipal Offices will be closed to the public.

 

Go Giants!

 

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR

Nov 22

November 22, 2022

Posted on November 22, 2022 at 3:22 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 28, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently. 

 

ORDINANCES

There are six (6) ordinances for Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2022-24 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code, entitled “Property Maintenance” to add Article IV, “Lead-Based Paint Testing”.

 

Ordinance 2022-25 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 228 of the Town Code, entitled “Sewer and Water”, Article IV “Water and Sewer Rates”, most notably Section 228-10, entitled “Billing and Collecting”.

 

Ordinance 2022-26 establishes minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees of the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.

 

Ordinance 2022-27 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 100 of the Town Code, entitled “Fees and costs”, most notably Section 100-2 “Peddling and soliciting”; Section 100-5 “Special sales”; Section 100-10 “Clothing bins”; Section 100-13 “Animals”; Section 100-14 “Taxicabs and limousines”; and Section 100-24 “Miscellaneous fees and charges”; and other related Town Code provisions.

 

Ordinance 2022-28 provides an appropriation of $97,150 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizes the issuance of $92,150 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-29 provide a reappropriation of $90,421 for improvements for various other capital items.

 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-30 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Entitled “Property Maintenance”, More Specifically Adding a New Article V, Entitled “Business and Residential Rental Unit Registration and Liability Insurance”.


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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #258-2022* will cancel Trust Police Outside Service escrow balances.

 

Resolution #259-2022* will accept as final and complete the Proposed Resurfacing of Dunn Place Project and authorize final paperwork be prepared.

 

Resolution #260-2022* rejects all bids for Chemical Supply Bid Newton Water/Sewer Utilities Bid #16-2022.

 

Resolution #261-2022* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #262-2022* will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2022 Town of Newton Budget Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (C. 159, PL 1948).

 

Resolution #263-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.

 

Resolution #264-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

 

Resolution #265-2022* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

 

Resolution #266-2022* authorizes award of Bid 11R-2022, Camera and Panic Button Installation Bid to Commercial Technology Contractors Inc.

 

Resolution #267-2022* amends the Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #268-2022* will approve 2022 appropriations transfers.

 

Resolution #269-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #270-2022 provides for a Meeting Not Open to the Public in Accordance with the Provisions of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12.

  • Personnel – Town Manager’s Annual Review

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Congratulations to our friends at Chipotle for their recent opening! Fresh guac and chips for everyone!

 

Wishing all of you the blessings of a wonderful, happy, and heathy Thanksgiving!

 

Go Giants! (Not optimistic) and kudos to the Devils! (you are welcome, Matt).     

 

Hope to see you at the annual GNCC Holiday Parade on Saturday at 10:00am! And do not forget our annual Tree Lighting at Town Hall at 5:00pm on Friday, December 2nd. Free Starbucks! Yesssss! Tired of winning? Not me!

 

Yours In Service, 

TSRJR

Nov 10

November 10, 2022

Posted on November 10, 2022 at 2:21 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 14, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 24, 2022 – Regular Meeting.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan to stay for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 3 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 may choose to comment after the entire public portion has concluded. Comments from the public will be both in-person and via Zoom.

 

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 Second Reading/Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2022-23 amends the Town Code of the Town of Newton, Chapter 57, entitled “Animals”, Article I “Domestic Animals”, most notably, Section 57-4, entitled “Standards for Keeping Chickens”.

 

There are six (6) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-24 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 213 of the Town Code, entitled “Property Maintenance” to add Article IV, “Lead-Based Paint Testing”.

 

Ordinance 2022-25 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 228 of the Town Code, entitled “Sewer and Water”, Article IV “Water and Sewer Rates”, most notably Section 228-10, entitled “Billing and Collecting”.

 

Ordinance 2022-26 establishes minimum and maximum salaries and wages for officers and employees of the Town of Newton for calendar year 2023.

 

Ordinance 2022-27 amends, revises, and supplements Chapter 100 of the Town Code, entitled “Fees and costs”, most notably Section 100-2 “Peddling and soliciting”; Section 100-5 “Special sales”; Section 100-10 “Clothing bins”; Section 100-13 “Animals”; Section 100-14 “Taxicabs and limousines”; and Section 100-24 “Miscellaneous fees and charges”; and other related Town Code provisions.

 

Ordinance 2022-28 provides an appropriation of $97,150 for various capital improvements in and by the Town of Newton and authorizes the issuance of $92,150 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

Ordinance 2022-29 provide a reappropriation of $90,421 for improvements for various other capital items.

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 the Consent Agenda items. 

 

Resolution #238-2022* will authorize the award of a proprietary contract to Pall Water.

 

Resolution #239-2022* will amend the award of a required disclosure contract for David B. Simmons, Jr., of Harold Pellow & Associates, Inc., as Water Engineer for the Town of Newton for calendar year 2022.

 

Resolution #240-2022* will award a bid after negotiations for Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant Filtration Equipment, Bids 9-2022/9R-2022.

 

Resolution #241-2022* will reject all bids for Department of Public Works Vehicle Bid 17-2022.

 

Resolution #242-2022* is a resolution regarding the Small Cities Citizen Participation Plan.

 

Resolution #243-2022* is a resolution Regarding Fair Housing – Statement of Actions.

 

Resolution #244-2022* will give approval to submit an application for Small Cities Grant for a Public Facilities Fund Project to Construct a sidewalk along Swartswood Road to benefit Town residents of low and moderate incomes.

 

Resolution #245-2022* will approve a Grant Management Plan for Small Cities Grant for a Public Facilities Fund Project to Construct Sidewalks on Swartswood Road to provide pedestrian facilities for low and moderate income residents of the Town of Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.

 

Resolution #246-2022* authorizes execution of the annual agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Parking Authority.

 

Resolution #247-2022* approves amendment to the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #248-2022* will authorizes Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street Project (ADS Contractors, LLC).

 

Resolution #249-2022* rejects all bids for Sludge Hauling Bid Town of Newton Bid #13-2022.

 

Resolution #250-2022* authorizes credits due Water and Sewer Utility Accounts.

 

Resolution #251-2022* will authorize a refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 7.12, Lot 34, also known as 3 Foster Street.

 

Resolution #252-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street Project (Tilcon New York, Inc.).

 

Resolution #253-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Resurfacing of Dunn Place Project.

 

Resolution #254-2022* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Resurfacing of Smith Street and Grand Avenue Project.

 

Resolution #255-2022* will authorize Employment Agreement of Steven VanNieuwland as Police Chief.

 

Resolution #256-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

Application(s)*: 

  • An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Craig Masker, 51 Lincoln Place, Newton, NJ.       
  • An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department from Giuseppe (Joe) Santillo, 9A Diller Avenue, Newton, NJ.

 

DISCUSSION

Best Practices/Parking Authority – Monica Miebach, CFO

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #257-2022 provides for a Meeting Not Open to the Public in Accordance with the Provisions of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12

  • Attorney-Client Privilege – Auction Sales/In Rem Foreclosure Properties
  • Personnel – Town Manager’s Annual Review

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of November 10, 2022, Morris Lake is 30 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Tomorrow is Veterans Day – we give our heartfelt thanks to all veterans who served the United States and their families. God bless them all.

 

Congratulations to Sandra Diglio, Matthew Dickson, and Helen Le Frois on their election to the Newton Town Council! We look forward to working with them for the next four (4) years. And kudos to all candidates who ran for office as it takes a lot of time and courage to be out in the public arena.

 

Several staff members will be attending the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City – safe travels!

 

Congratulations to Starbucks on their successful ribbon cutting this week! We wish them the very best of success in our community and feel very fortunate to host this wonderful national retailer. Jobs and coffee, not a bad combination!

 

Interviews will be conducted on Monday for Sewer Engineer. I will keep you posted.

 

Go Giants!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR