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From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Nov 19

November 19, 2021

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 1:56 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 22, 2021, beginning at 7:00pm.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for consideration and approval the minutes from November 8, 2021 – Regular Meeting and November 8, 2021 – 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. 

 

PRESENTATIONS – Swearing in of Patrolman Jordan Harvey.

 

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

 

Ordinance 2021-20 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for 2022.

 

Ordinance 2021-21 will provide funding for site improvements to the Municipal Building and Police Department. 

 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction:

 

Ordinance 2021-22 will amend, revise, and supplement various fees in the Town Code of the Town of Newton.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #221-2021* will reject all bids for equipment/pump maintenance services for Bid #9-2021.

 

Resolution #222-2021* will authorize premium payment to be turned over to the Treasurer.

 

Resolution #223-2021* will authorize refund of taxes for Block 14.04, Lot 30.02, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

 

Resolution #224-2021* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure Contract for HFE Services LLC.

 

Resolution #225-2021* will authorize the execution of an agreement between the Town of Newton and the Newton Parking Authority.

 

Resolution #226-2021* will appoint Evin Joice to the Economic Development Advisory Commission.

 

Resolution #227-2021* will approve 2021 appropriation transfers.

 

Resolution #228-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Owner’s License for Doragail Spicer t/a DADS Taxi & Limo.


Resolution #229-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Doragail Spicer.

 

Resolution #230-2021* will approve a renewal application for Taxicab Driver’s License for Glenn T. Spicer.

 

Resolution #231-2021* will approve submittal of an application for Sussex County Trails Program to construct a pedestrian trail.

 

Resolution #232-2021* will approve participation with the State of New Jersey in a Safe & Secure Communities Program.

 

Resolution #233-2021* will authorize credits due Water and Sewer utility accounts.

 

Resolution #234-2021* will approve vacation and sick leave time payout for Katherine Citterbart.

 

Resolution #235-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

 

Resolution #237-2021* will approve a person-to-person transfer of plenary retail consumption with broad package privilege license no. 1915-32-005-011.

 

Application(s)* there are two (2) applications:

 

A membership application for Kamran Yazdanfar, 54 Lawnwood Annex, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

 

A membership application for Eryk Jaworski, 100 Swartswood Road, Apt. 98, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #236-2021 Town Manager’s annual review. 

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above the spillway as of November 19, 2021.

 

Work continues on the NPP application process, with a survey online being created, the application itself, along with design standards.

 

Several staff members attended the annual NJSLOM conference in Atlantic City. It is always worthwhile to learn what other communities are doing for best practices and to see what new products and services are being offered throughout the state.

 

Preparation continues for the annual GNCC Holiday Parade on Saturday the 27th of November.

 

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Nov 05

November 5, 2021

Posted on November 5, 2021 at 3:29 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, November 8, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.   

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 25, 2021 – Regular Meeting.

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 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. 

PROCLAMATIONS – National Breast Cancer Month.  Vincenzo LaPilusa - Eagle Scout. 

ORDINANCES

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction: 

Ordinance 2021-20 will establish minimum and maximum salaries and wages for 2022.

Ordinance 2021-21 will provide funding for site improvements to the Municipal Building and Police Department. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #210-2021* will authorize the award of a State Cooperative Contract to Rachles/Michele’s Oil Company, Inc.

Resolution #211-2021* will approve participation with the State of New Jersey in a Safe and Secure Communities Program administered by the Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.

Resolution #212-2021* will cancel a trust escrow balance.

Resolution #213-2021* will cancel an outstanding check in the trust fund.

Resolution #214-2021* will award a bid for proposed Municipal Building and Police Department site improvements to Tony’s Concrete Construction, Co., Inc.

Resolution #215-2021* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 4.02, Lot 13, also known as 13 Academy Street, Newton, NJ.

Resolution #216-2021* will authorize refund of redemption monies to outside lien holder for Block 21.04, Lot 14, also known as 51 Paterson Avenue, Newton, NJ.

Resolution #217-2021* will authorize the award of a Required Disclosure Contract for Fire & Safety Services Ltd.

Resolution #218-2021* will approve 2021 appropriation transfers.

Resolution #219-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #220-2021 Town Manager’s annual review. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above the spillway as of November 5, 2021.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

 

Oct 22

October 22, 2021

Posted on October 22, 2021 at 1:43 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person and via Zoom – Hybrid Regular Meeting) is Monday, October 25, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.   

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from October 13, 2021 – Regular Meeting.

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 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. 

PROCLAMATION – October 2021 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-19 will amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 30 entitled “Police Department”, most notably Section 30-5 “Qualification and Appointment of Members of Department” of the Town Code.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #204-2021 will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into an agreement with the Canning Group, LLC for the provision of Qualified Purchasing Agent Services for calendar year 2022.

Resolution #205-2021 will approve the execution of a Shared Services Agreement with Montague Township to provide Certified Tax Collection Services for December 20, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

Resolution #206-2021 concurs with the Utility Plan for Sussex County Community College: Block 8.08 Lots 8, 9, and 10; Building E, Block 3301 Lots 2, 2.01, & 2.02 (Hampton Twp.); Building R, Horton Mansion Block 3.01, Lot 19.

Resolution #207-2021 will authorize Emergency Parts and Repairs Regarding SCADA at High Street Pump Station.

Resolution #208-2021 will approve vacation & sick leave and accumulated compensatory time payout for Michael Monaco.

Resolution #209-2021 will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of October 22, 2021.

Work continues at the Staff level on the 2022 municipal budget.

The Planning Board approved two (2) applications related to Atlantic Health: new signage for Urgent Care and carport solar panels at the hospital.

The Livestream with Dr. Jon Connolly from SCCC went very well this week!

Preparation continues for the Halloween Parade, Flags of Honor, and the Holiday Parade.

The pre-construction meeting for the G&H redevelopment project will occur on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend!  Let’s Go Rangers!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR