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Sep 22

September 23, 2022

Posted on September 22, 2022 at 3:36 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, September 26, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from September 14, 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:

 

Ordinance 2022-20 provides funding for upgrades and replacements of the Water Filtration System for the Town of Newton and appropriating $500,178 for such purpose.

 

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-21 amends Bond Ordinance 2020-10 adopted by the Town of Newton on June 22, 2020.

 

Ordinance 2022-22 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $280,000 for the acquisition and installation of an electric vehicle charging station in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $266,000 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

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 #210-2022* will grant authority for the approval of certain purchase in excess of the bid threshold through New Jersey State Contracts and/or Purchasing Cooperatives for 2022.

 

Resolution #211-2022* will amend the Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #212-2022* will authorize the award of Fire Apparatus Repair Bid 8-2022 to Firefighter One.

 

Resolution #213-2022* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for 2022-2023 school year.

 

Resolution #214-2022* will approve vacation and sick leave time payout for Richard Straway.

 

Resolution #215-2022* will amend the Water/Sewer Capital Budget.

 

Resolution #216-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of September 22, 2022, Morris Lake is 25 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

The Taste of Newton event was super successful this week. Hopefully, you had a ticket and enjoyed some great food, drink, music, and camaraderie. 

 

Make sure you mark your calendar (on your phone or on the refrigerator) for the annual Fall Festival/Car Showwhich will be on Sunday, October 9th from 11am-4pm. As this is the Town’s biggest event, we hope you will make plans to join us for some fall fun!

 

Plans are currently in motion for the annual Halloween Parade and the Flags of Honor. Please check out our social media accounts to learn more about both events.

 

The Town was awarded grant funds for an EV Charging station to be installed in Central Plaza Lot #4, 36 Trinity Street, in 2023. Get your Tesla’s and Mustang Mach-E’s ready! Vroom!

 

Expect the exciting, full-color fall newsletter edition to arrive in mailboxes in the early part of October. It will include the always popular recycling newsletter information as well.

 

I don’t know about you, but I can smell the coffee brewing! The Newton Starbucks should be opening by the end of the month, followed shortly thereafter by Panera Bread and Chipotle. Get your apps and orders ready!

 

Go Giants!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR

Sep 09

September 9, 2022

Posted on September 9, 2022 at 2:47 PM by Kathryn Alcock

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from August 15, 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:

 

Ordinance 2022-19 provides funding for engineering and architectural services related to the interior renovation of the Fire Museum for the Town of Newton and appropriates $25,000 for such purpose.

 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-20 provides funding for upgrades and replacements of the Water Filtration System for the Town of Newton and appropriates $500,178 for such purpose.

 

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 #204-2022* will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2022 Town of Newton Budget.

 

Resolution #205-2022* will designate proprietary the Bid of Membrane Filtration Equipment and Accessories at the Morris Lake Water Treatment Plant.

 

Resolution #206-2022* will refund monies for taxes due to a County Tax Court Judgement for Block 7.07, Lot 7, also known as 100 B Main Street.

 

Resolution #207-2022* will authorize entry into a Commodity Resale Agreement for Gasoline and Diesel Fuel with Hopatcong Board of Education and authorize the Town Manager and Municipal Clerk to execute same on behalf of the Town of Newton.

 

Resolution #208-2022* will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex for the relocation of Newton’s water main for the replacement of Sussex County Bridge Q-06 carrying Main Street in Sparta.

 

Resolution #209-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #210-2022 will discuss Attorney-Client Privilege with regards to the potential or anticipated litigation – Sustainable Asset Management, LLC.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of September 9, 2022, Morris Lake is 20 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Several of us attended the wonderful ribbon cutting and dedication at the new Thorlabs building. We are grateful for their continued investment in our community and look forward to their next project at EJ Brooks Plaza.

 

We held a video conference meeting this week with JCP&L to discuss their remediation of the MGP site behind Tri-State Rentals.

 

Discussions are ongoing between the Town and SCCC regarding the McGuire’s Redevelopment Project.

 

Best wishes to all of the students going back to school this fall. We wish you the best of success!

 

See you at Taste of Newton!

 

Let’s Go Giants!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR

Aug 12

August 12, 2022

Posted on August 12, 2022 at 12:39 PM by Kathryn Alcock

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, August 15, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from July 18, 2022 – Regular Meeting and Executive Session.

 

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 two (2) ordinances for Second Reading:

 

Ordinance 2022-17 is an ordinance to amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 49 of the Town Code entitled “Alcoholic Beverages” and Chapter 234 of the Town Code entitled “Sidewalk Cafes”.

 

Ordinance 2022-18 is a bond ordinance providing an appropriation of $894,909 for the acquisition of a fire truck with accessories in and by the Town of Newton and authorizing the issuance of $474,909 bonds or notes of the Town for financing part of the appropriation.

 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2022-19 provides funding for renovation of the Fire Museum for the Town of Newton and appropriates $25,000 for such purpose.

 

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 #183-2022* will certify the Town of Newton Annual Audit.

 

Resolution #184-2022* will affirm the issuance of a $2,750,510 Bond Anticipation Note.

 

Resolution #185-2022* will authorize an emergency repair of fire panel at Newton Water Filtration Plant.

 

Resolution #186-2022* will authorize fire personal protective equipment and accessories contract pursuant to New Jersey State Contract – Division of Purchase and Property Number T0790.

 

Resolution #187-2022* authorizes award of contract to Creative Bus Sales through HGAC National Cooperative Contract #BT01-21 for a 2023 Ford E-450 20-passenger, 2-wheelchair bus.

 

Resolution #188-2022* will approve a Cooperative Purchasing Contract, Roofing & Building Envelope Services – BID ESCNJ/AEPA-21D to Weatherproof Technologies (Tremco).

 

Resolution #189-2022* will authorize Tax Collector to refund a tax overpayment for 22 Hamilton Street.

 

Resolution #190-2022* will refund redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 19.04, Lot 12, also known as 91 Mount View Street.

 

Resolution #191-2022* will approve vacation and sick leave time payout for Scott King.

 

Resolution #192-2022* will approve vacation, sick leave, and accumulated compensatory time payout for Thomas Tosti.

 

Resolution #193-2022* will award bid to ADS Contractors, LLC for ADA ramps and signage for Newton High School on Ryerson Avenue.

 

Resolution #194-2022* will award bid to ADS Contractors, LLC for proposed improvements to Lawnwood Avenue, Nelson Street, and East Clinton Street project.

 

Resolution #195-2022* will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances in the General Capital Fund.

 

Resolution #196-2022* will authorize the award of a required Disclosure Contract with Planet Networks for a public speaker system (as part of the NPP Grant Program) to include sound equipment, speaker installation, and maintenance services for Spring Street.

 

Resolution #197-2022* will award contract for fencing services to Challenger Fence Company through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

 

Resolution #198-2022* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #199-2022* will authorize disposal of surplus property – Public Works vehicles.

 

Resolution #200-2022* will approve the execution of a Shared Services Agreement with Frankford Township to provide Animal Control services through December 31, 2023.

 

Resolution #201-2022* will authorize the conditional designation of Caruso Redevelopment Group, LLC as redeveloper of the Hicks Avenue Redevelopment Area and the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Area in the Town of Newton.

 

Resolution #202-2022* will award the contract for proposed resurfacing of Dunn Place project to Tilcon New York, Inc. through the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

 

Resolution #203-2022* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.


THE WEEK IN REVIEW

As of August 12, 2022, Morris Lake is 17 inches below the top of the spillway.

 

Mental health professionals from Newton Medical Center will be here at 11:30am on Monday, August 15th in the Council Chambers. Separate email from HR will provide more details on the same.

 

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 13th) is our next concert at Memory Park – Naughty Humphrey at 7:00pm!

 

We are meeting next week with our EV Charging station partner to determine next steps – several of our grant applications were approved and some were not.

 

I will be continuing work on modifications to the security, parking, and fencing at the Municipal Building.

 

We are meeting next week with a vendor who may be able to assist us as we plan on a large public mural in Town for the 2023 NPP grant program year.

 

The Planning Board will be hearing the application of the cannabis retailer proposed for the old Carpet Gallery Building.

 

The Fall Newsletter has gone into production – thank you to everyone for your submittals.

 

A few more weeks remain in the Newton Town Pool season.

 

On August 26th we will host our last movie night of the summer season – King Richard will play at 8:00pm at Memory Park.

 

The new Parking kiosks have been installed in the four locations – to be operational with the new rates in September.

 

On Monday, September 12th, the GNCC will host the annual Taste of Newton event in Central Plaza – only 400 tickets will be available so check out their website for more information.

 

Captain Trouba! Jacob Jacob!

 

Yours In Service,

TSRJR