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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 11

September 11, 2020

Posted on September 11, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

We have an interview with Maureen Cuff for a volunteer position scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:45pm via ZOOM followed by our regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

PRESENTATION

Nathan Brottman will provide a brief update on his Eagle Scout Project in the Town of Newton.

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.

OLD BUSINESS

There are three (3) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-19 will amend Chapter 320 of the Code Book in relation to “Definitions” and “Parking and Driveway Standards”.

Ordinance 2020-20 will amend Chapter 231 of the Code Book in relation to the property maintenance code.

Ordinance 2020-21 will amend the Merriam-Gateway Redevelopment Plan. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #195-2020* will affirm the issuance of a $88,500 Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).
Resolution #196-2020* will eliminate pool fees for Newton residents for the 2021 pool season.
Resolution #197-2020* will authorize purchasing rock salt/grit through the Sussex County Co-op.
Resolution #198-2020* will accept the Corrective Action Plan for the 2019 Audit.

Resolution #199-2020* will appoint school crossing guards for the upcoming school year.
Resolution #200-2020* will appoint Beatriz Bueno to the Advisory Board of Health.
Resolution #201-2020* will authorize the removal of deed restrictions for property now owned by Thorlabs.
Resolution #202-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Paving Portion of the Proposed Improvements to Halsted Street & Madison Street Project.
Resolution #203-2020* will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Construction of ADA Ramps on Halsted Street and Madison Street Project.
Resolution #204-2020* will authorize executing an agreement with The Canning Group, LLC to provide QPA services to the Town for calendar year 2021.
Resolution #205-2020* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Consumption Liquor Licenses for the 2020-2021 licensing year.
Resolution #206-2020* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.
Resolution #207-2020* will authorize our Qualified Purchasing Agent to received bids electronically.
Resolution #208-2020* will authorize a redemption of monies to an outside lienholder for 5 Clarkson Street.
Resolution #209-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.


DISCUSSION

Our auditor Tom Ferry will be in attendance to briefly discuss our 2019 audit.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 10 inches below the top of the spillway as of September 8, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Our gratitude to the Sussex County PBA, Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, and Newton First Aid Squad for their coordination and participation in the annual 9/11 ceremony at SCCC today.  We pray for the families impacted by the terrorist attacks on our nation that fateful day.

The GNCC is having its meet and greet at the Newton Pool on Monday evening from 5pm-7pm…hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Garrett Armstrong whom I have hired as a new Police Officer for the Town of Newton.  He will join the force on Monday, October 5th.  We are in the process of planning a daytime formal swearing-in ceremony to be held outdoors at Town Hall.

Be safe and well.  Go Giants!
Yours in Service,
TSRJR

Aug 07

August 7, 2020

Posted on August 7, 2020 at 10:59 AM by Kat Walker

We have an interview with Beatriz Bueno for a volunteer position scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:45pm via ZOOM followed by our regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm.  You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

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Or members of the public can call in at:

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the July 13th Interview and Regular meeting and the July 27th Special 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 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.

ORDINANCES

There are four (4) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2020-15 will reappropriate funds for the Fire Alarm upgrades and improvement for the Water Utility.

Ordinance 2020-16 will reappropriate funds for the wastewater treatment plant’s major repairs and replacement of pumps and other equipment.

Ordinance 2020-17 will reappropriate funds for the crack repairs at the pool.

Ordinance 2020-18 will appropriate $20,000 from the Water Sewer Capital Fund Balance to replace a sewer main section on lower Spring Street.

There are three (3) ordinances being Introduced:

Ordinance 2020-19 will amend Chapter 320 of the Code Book in relation to “Definitions” and “Parking and Driveway Standards”.

Ordinance 2020-20 will amend Chapter 231 of the Code Book in relation to property maintenance.

Ordinance 2020-21 will amend the Merriam-Gateway Redevelopment Plan.  A copy of the memo from the Planning Board has been shared with you on the Google Drive.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #181-2020* will affirm the issuance of a $2,490,000 Bond Anticipation Note (BAN).

Resolution #182-2020* will appoint Alan Abramson to the Recreation Advisory Commission.  

Resolution #183-2020* authorize the insertion of revenue from the Municipal Alliance grant into the 2020 Budget.

Resolution #184-2020* will concur with the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Board for the Water and Sewer Connection fees for the Gas-N-Go at Weis Markets on Water Street.

Resolution #185-2020* will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #186-2020* will renew our three-year membership in the Statewide Insurance Fund.

Resolution #187-2020* will approve the submission of an application of a Small Cities Grant for Public Facilities Fund Project to install sidewalks along Route 206. 

Resolution #188-2020* will approve a Grant Management Plan for the Small Cities Grant for Public Facilities Fund Project, done in conjunction with Resolution #187-2020.

Resolution #189-2020* approve a Small Cities Citizen Participation Plan, again this in being done in conjunction with Resolution #187-2020 above.

Resolution #190-2020* will approve the Town’s Fair Housing Statement of Actions, done in conjunction with Resolution #187-2020 above.

Resolution #191-2020* will approve the renewal of the Plenary Retail Distribution Liquor Licenses for Seplow’s and Spring Liquors.

Resolution #192-2020* will authorize a Required Disclosure Contract with Suburban Engineering Consultants for the Drainage Improvements & Environmental Permitting for the Memory Park – Babe Ruth League Baseball Field Project.

Resolution #193-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #194-2020 will authorize going into closed session contract negotiations with regards to Bridge Q-06.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is ten inches below the top of the spillway as of August 3, 2020.  

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

All meetings in August and September will be held via ZOOM until further notice.

Preparations are finalized for the unveiling of our HEROES WAY signage at the entrances to Newton Medical Center.  The ceremony will be on Thursday at 11am.

I spoke with Sheriff Strada about assisting with greater law enforcement staffing levels at the Newton Green for future public events and he was very amenable to the same.  I appreciate his support.

We will be scaling back our OEM briefings and sit reports and continue them when/if conditions warrant the same.

Town Hall will close on Tuesday, August 11th at 1:30pm for staff to assist with pool staff training.

Much appreciation to Sherri, Gigi, DPW, Suburban, All State, and all who supported the pool project…let’s hope for a great re-opening (and good weather, too!).

Milling and paving of Halsted Street and Madison Street is to begin on Tuesday.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Jul 24

July 24, 2020

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 3:14 PM by Kat Walker

We have a special meeting scheduled for this Monday, July 27, 2020 at 11:00am via ZOOM.  The purpose of the meeting is for some routine business including approving a fireworks display and paying some bills and voucher. You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password.  The same has been posted on our website.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89001811935?pwd=Rk5wSW1NRmJxaVVaU1FUOTFVNTNJUT09 Webinar ID: 890 0181 1935 Password: 080626

Or members of the public can call in at:

1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

1 301 715 8592 or 1 346 248 7799

1 669 900 6833 or 1 253 215 8782

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.

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance being introduced.

Ordinance 2020-18 will appropriate $20,000 from the Water Sewer Capital Fund Balance to replace a sewer main section on lower Spring Street.

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 of the Consent Agenda items.

Resolution #176-2020* will approve the fireworks display on August 8th after the Concert Under the Stars.

Resolution #177-2020* will authorize submitting a strategic plan for the Municipal Alliance for the 2020 – 2021 grant cycle.

Resolution #178-2020* will amend the WS Capital Budget for a sewer main replacement on lower Spring Street.  This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-18 above. 

Resolution #179-2020. will cancel a Trust Police Outside Service Escrow balance in the amount of $1,040.49.

Resolution #180-2020* will authorize payment of bills and vouchers.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is five inches below the top of the spillway as of July 20, 2020.  

Yours in Service,

TSRJR