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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Mar 08

March 8, 2019

Posted on March 8, 2019 at 12:08 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, March 11, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 9th Budget meeting and the February 25th Regular meeting for your 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. I have a proclamation to be noted for the record.
ORDINANCES
There is one ordinance for public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-2 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #78-2019* will authorize credits due to water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #79-2019* will authorize submitting a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance for the 2020 grant cycle.
Resolution #80-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with Convergint Technologies for the police department.
Resolution #81-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Resolution #82-2019* will authorize the purchase of more road salt from Morton Salt using the Sussex County Co-op.
Resolution #83-2019* will authorize refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 17.03, Lot 4 also known as 100 Sussex Street.
Resolution #84-2019* will authorize a refund to Newton West Ltd., due to a State Tax Court judgment.
Resolution #85-2019* will authorize an agreement with Vanessa Henderson, Esq. to be our Deputy Municipal Public Defender.
Resolution #86-2019* will authorize entering into a shared services agreement with the County of Sussex related to the pedestrian warning beacon along County Route 519.
Resolution #87-2019* will authorize a credit due the utility account at 196 Spring Street.
Resolution #88-2019* will award the bid for cleaning services to Chelbus Cleaning Co., Inc.
INTRODUCTION OF 2019 BUDGET
Resolution #89-2019 will approve the introduction of the 2019 Budget.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of March 4, 2019.
Congratulations and well-wishes on the retirement of Nancy Woods from the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce. Many of us attended her recognition dinner this week. Thank you Nancy for everything!
Routine business discussed at the Parking Authority meeting this week. Next month we will talk about the possibility of property acquisition for additional downtown parking.
Interviews have been concluded for the position of Deputy Municipal Court Administrator. I will keep you posted on the hiring process for same.
Met with Lisa Fairclough and Brian Fairclough to talk about all of the exciting real estate transactions going on thus far in 2019 – this will be an extremely busy and exciting year for development and construction!
There will be no newsletter next week as I will be out of the office Tuesday-Friday.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Saint Patrick’s Day employee party and parade!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR

Mar 01

March 1, 2019

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 3:49 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, March 11, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 1 ½ inches above the top of the spillway as of February 25, 2019.
Work continues on the Parking Analysis and the Master Plan revisions with J. Caldwell & Associates.
The 2019 budget will be on for introduction at our next regular Town Council meeting.
Bids were received this week for Cleaning Services and Pump Maintenance Services. Our staff and professionals are reviewing same.
Quotes were solicited for repair of the roof at Town Hall and Police Department. They have been shared on the Google Drive. Same will be included as part of the 2019 capital budget.
Plans are being formulated for additional recreational activities this summer for residents. I will keep you posted. Some events will be held at Memory Park while others will include bus trips to various destinations in the region.
Don’t forget the annual county St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 16th at 11:30am.
Tickets are still available for the GNCC annual awards dinner next Thursday evening. Nancy Woods will be honored for her many years of dedicated service.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Feb 22

February 22, 2019

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 3:37 PM by Terri Oswin

Our next Town Council regular meeting is Monday, February 25, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 6th & 9th Budget meetings and the February 11th Regular and Executive meetings for your 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 ordinance for public hearing:
Ordinance 2019-1 will amend the regulations for generators. Since the Newton Planning Board meeting was canceled due to inclement weather and they were therefore unable to review the ordinance, it needs to be carried to the March 25th Town Council meeting. Ursula will so advise.
We have one ordinance for introduction:
Ordinance 2019-2 will establish a CAP Bank. This is an annual procedure.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #66-2019* will authorize using a three-year average tax collection rate for the 2019 budget.
Resolution #67-2019* will authorize entering into a Shared Services agreement with the County of Sussex for the maintenance and repair of Traffic Signals.
Resolution #68-2019* will adopt the Cable Franchise Ascertainment Renewal Report with SECTV. This is part of the franchise renewal process. A copy of the report has been shared with you on the Google drive.
Resolution #69-2019* will authorize entering into a contract with Mott MacDonald to conduct a water effect ratio study for the wastewater treatment plant.
Resolution #70-2019* will authorize refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 11.01, Lot 14 also known as 216 Woodside Avenue.
Resolution #71-2019* will authorize refund of redemption monies to an outside lienholder for Block 14.04, Lot 7 also known as 9 Lawnwood Avenue.
Resolution #72-2019* will approve 2018 appropriation reserve transfers.
Resolution #73-2019* will authorize entering into a contract with Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc., to conduct a feasibility study on the Pool at Memory Park.
Resolution #74-2019* will authorize entering into a contract with Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc., to conduct a feasibility study on the drainage at the Babe Ruth Field.
Resolution #75-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
Resolution #76-2019* will recognize Town events and Town endorsed events for 2019.
Resolution #77-2019* will establish preliminary engineering costs to conduct the feasibility study on the drainage at the Babe Ruth Field. This is done in conjunction with Resolution #74-2019 above.
Application(s)* there is one application for a Social Affair permit from Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation to be held on March 24, 2019 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at Krave Café, 102 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ.
INTERMISSION
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 19, 2019.
Tickets are still available for the Seton Hall awards reception in April where I will receive recognition for our market research project with Seton Hall students. Please contact Terri if would like to join me at the Newton tables. Thursday, April 11th, 6pm-8:30pm in South Orange, NJ.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR