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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 09

July 9, 2021

Posted on July 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82028000193?pwd=anBCK3N4THRBckltQ0VwVG8rT2w3dz09

Webinar ID: 820 2800 0193    Passcode: 242959

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

a.     June 28, 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #149-2021 will cancel certain appropriation balances for the preliminary stage of Sparta Avenue Pump Station Project.

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-13 which will amend Ordinance 2021-12 revising the permitted days/hours of operation and responsibility of odor control systems.

Ordinance 2021-14 will extend our tax-abatement program in the Downtown Historic District for an additional five (5) years.

There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-15 will provide funding for various water and sewer utility projects.

Ordinance 2021-16 is a bond ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2021-17 will authorize a tax for the sale of cannabis.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #150-2021* will concur with the Utility Board’s recommendation for water and sewer connection fees for the Water Street Holdings, LLC project.

Resolution #151-2021* will authorize the submission of a grant application and execution of a grant contract for the East Clinton Street, Lawnwood Avenue, and Nelson Street resurfacing project.

Resolution #152-2021* will authorize the refund due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #153-2021* will authorize the refund a taxes for a 100% disabled veteran for 49 Sussex Street.

Resolution #154-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.  

Application(s)* there is one application from Isarah Perrelli for membership as a junior firefighter in the Newton Fire Department.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch below the top of the spillway as of July 5, 2021.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Jun 25

June 25, 2021

Posted on June 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86468224876?pwd=WjVja2ZlSGRsOXhQU1BpUlk4TUdMUT09

Webinar ID: 864 6822 4876 Passcode: 622473

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

a.     June 14, 2021 – Special Meeting

b.     June 14, 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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.  There is one Proclamation to be noted for the record for Garrett Vanni, who received the rank of Eagle Scout.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-11 will amend the Town’s “Smoking Policy” to add the prohibition of smoking cannabis.

Ordinance 2021-12 will regulate the cultivation, processing, sales, and distribution of legal cannabis within the Town of Newton.

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-13 which will amend Ordinance 2021-12, revising the permitted days/hours of operation and payment responsibility of odor control monitoring, as per the unanimous recommendation of the Planning Board last meeting.

Ordinance 2021-14 will extend our existing tax-abatement program in the Downtown Historic District for an additional five (5) years.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #141-2021* will approve a proprietary contract to refurbish the 2006 Elgin Pelican to W.E. Timmerman Company, Inc.

Resolution #142-2021* will authorize the auction of two (2) police vehicles no longer needed for public use.

Resolution #143-2021* will renew the club liquor license for the 2021-2022 permit year.

Resolution #144-2021* will appoint Wendy VanderMaas and Karen Crossley to the Housing Authority.

Resolution #145-2021* urges the Sussex County Board of Commissioners to endorse the County Homelessness Trust Fund Act.

Resolution #146-2021* will authorize entering into a five (5) year agreement with Global Recycling Solutions, LLC for Recycling Services. 

Resolution #147-2021 will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #148-2021 will approve the contractual accumulated vacation and sick time payout for the retiring Chief Osborn. (Councilman Couce and Councilwoman Teets will recuse)

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches below the top of the spillway as of June 21, 2021.

We are working on a PowerPoint regarding the SCCC McGuire’s Redevelopment in order to best assist our RFQ endeavors.

I have compiled data with our staff and engineers on the proposed Spray Park @ the Newton Pool.

The Town has filed for its share of the American Rescue Plan federal funds.

The pool season is off to a great start!  Make sure you check it out!

Several staff members enjoyed the bounty that is lunch at Grinds & Greens on Spring Street – it is definitely worth the visit!  Support local!

Routine business discussed at the monthly health insurance fund meeting.

Interviews will be coming up for the Land Use Administrator/Zoning Officer position.

Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day!  As of this writing, all is good…could change…

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR



Jun 11

June 11, 2021

Posted on June 11, 2021 at 11:38 AM by Kat Walker

A reminder that Municipal Offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021 in recognition of the Juneteenth (6/19) Holiday.

Wishing all of the Dad’s and Father-figures a very Happy Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20th!

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.  A reminder there will be two interviews with individuals interested in serving on one our Boards/Commission beginning at 6:30pm.  It will be the same Zoom login information.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81234436683?pwd=M1V1bUh6N1d4S2VleUo1bGlUR3Exdz09

Webinar ID: 812 3443 6683  Passcode: 307445

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099 or   1 253 215 8782 or 1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 6833

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

a.     May 24, 2021 – Regular Meeting

PUBLIC HEARING

As a part of the Urban Parks Grant Application a public hearing must be held.  The purpose of the public hearing is to review the project for consistency with established needs and planning objectives, discuss the Town’s commitment to maintain the proposed park, and to gather public input in the project planning process.  The Town is proposing to apply for a $600,000 grant for its Babe Ruth Project which proposes to improve ballfields in the Town of Newton’s Memory Park.

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.

COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS

Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.  There is one Proclamation to be noted for the record for the Arbor Day Celebration which took place on June 5, 2021.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-10 will amend the current salary ordinance.

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-11 will amend the Town’s “Smoking Policy” to add the prohibition of smoking cannabis.

Ordinance 2021-12 will regulate the cultivation, processing, sales, and distribution of legal cannabis within the Town of Newton.

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #127-2021 will approve the accumulate comp-time payout for Chief VanNieuwland for his time in the Detective Bureau. (Councilman Couce and Councilwoman Teets will recuse)

Resolution #128-2021 will transfer school monies. (Mayor Dickson will recuse)

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #129-2021* will approve the insertion of grant monies received in the amount of $2,150.00 from the Statewide Insurance Fund for grant funding toward the purchase of One Emist EPIX 360 Disinfectant Sprayer, 26 Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Car Safety Hammer: Emergency Escape Tool with Car Window Breaker and Seatbelt Cutter, and 5 Patrol Vehicle Trauma Kits with Combat Gauze.   

Resolution #130-2021* will approve the application for a grant through the Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program, Urban Parks initiative, in the amount of $600,000 for the Memory Park Babe Ruth project.

Resolution #131-2021* will approve the application for a grant through the Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program in the amount of $600,000 for the Memory Park Babe Ruth project.

Resolution #132-2021* authorizes entering into negotiations for recycling receipt and marketing since no bids were received on two separate occasions

Resolution #133-2021* will designate June as “LGBTQ Pride Month” in the Town of Newton.

Resolution #134-2021* will refund monies to an outside lien holder for 29 Hillside Terrace.

Resolution #135-2021* will approve the insertion of monies received in the amount of $16,361.87 for the Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #136-2021* will authorize the redemption of a Town held lien for 29 Slate Hill Road.

Resolution #137-2021* will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #138-2021* will renew the plenary retail consumption liquor licenses for the 2021-2022 permit year.

Resolution #139-2021* will renew the plenary retail distribution liquor licenses for the 2021-2022 permit year.

Resolution #140-2021 will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of June 7, 2021.

We hosted the first of two COVID-19 vaccination clinics here at Town Hall.  Our thanks to our County partners for coordinating the same.

The Pool opens next week!  Awesome!

The job ad for P/Z Administrator/Zoning Officer has been posted.

Hope you are all enjoying the excitement that is our weekly Livestream on Thursdays at 10:30am with Kerry Barrett!

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR