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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Jul 03

July 3, 2019

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 4:24 PM by Terri Oswin

A reminder the Municipal Offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday, July 4th and 5th for the Independence Day holiday. Happy 4th of July!
Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 24, 2019 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.
CEREMONY
Mayor Le Frois will swear-in Thomas Tosti as our newest Sergeant in the Police Department. Congratulations Tom!
PRESENTATION
Paige Lockburner of the Sussex County Department of Health will give a brief presentation on ticks.
COUNCIL & MANAGER REPORTS
Each Councilmember can give an update on various items or Board/Commission actions that have taken place recently.
ORDINANCES
We have one ordinance for Introduction:
Ordinance 2019-7 will revise Chapter 57 and Chapter 320 regarding animals as previously discussed.
OLD BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #156-2019* will approve the vacation and sick leave time payout for recent retiree Steven Benson.
Resolution #157-2019* will cancel capital appropriation and grant receivable balances.
Resolution #158-2019* will approve the submission of a grant application to DOT for Halsted Street and Madison Street – Section II Project.
Resolution #159-2019* will authorize the Tax Collector to hold an electronic tax sale.
Resolution #160-2019* will authorize fees to be charged for the electronic tax sale notices.
Resolution #161-2019* will authorize executing an agreement with Planet Networks, Inc. for the use of public right-of-ways for fiber optic cabling.
Resolution #162-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.
APPLICATION
1. An application for a Special Permit for a Social Affair from the GNCC for the Taste of Newton on Spring Street. Councilwoman Diglio will recuse from same.
DISCUSSION
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Resolution 163-2019 will authorize going into closed session to discuss contract negotiations. Information on this topic has been shared with you on the Google Drive.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of July 1, 2019.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 28

June 28, 2019

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Terri Oswin

Municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in recognition of the Independence Holiday. Happy 4th of July!
Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00pm.
A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of June 24, 2019.
Work continues on draft Memorandums of Agreement for both UPSEU and CWA.
Diane Lang, Business Coach, will be working with several staff members in the finance and public works departments. We look forward to her insight.
Congratulations to John Kweselait on his award at the SCEDP luncheon this week!
I will be meeting next week with our friends from JCP&L to continue discussions on the remediation of their site on E. Clinton Street.
Have a great weekend! Be safe.
Yours in Service,
TSRJR
Jun 21

June 21, 2019

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 12:41 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7:00pm.

A reminder Summer Hours are in effect - late night Thursdays until 6:30pm and early closing on Fridays at 1:30pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the June 10, 2019 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.

PRESENTATION
Paul Rummerfield of Phillipsburg Housing Authority will be in attendance to give an overview of the Newton Housing Authority.

Suburban Consulting Engineers will give an update on the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis.

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

ORDINANCES
We have two ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2019-5 will allow industrial uses in the T3 Zone.

Ordinance 2019-6 will add a new chapter to the code book regarding soil importation and grading.

OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance 2019-B regarding animals has been revised for your review.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #149-2019* will renew our shared services agreement with the Borough of Hopatcong for animal control and pound services.

Resolution #150-2019* will authorize insertion of special items of revenue into the 2019 Budget with regards to the Clean Communities Grant.

Resolution #151-2019* will authorize repairs for the Morris Lake Micron Screen.

Resolution #152-2019* will authorize a required disclosure contract with R&J Controls, Inc.

Resolution #153-2019* will authorize auction of surplus property on Municibid.com.

Resolution #154-2019* will renew the plenary retail consumption liquor licenses for Spring Street Pub & Grill, LLC and the Barrel House for 2019.

Resolution #155-2019* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Morris Lake is even with the top of the spillway as of June 17, 2019.

We had a productive meeting this week to discuss the Rail Trail project with our friends from Thorlabs. They are very interested in assisting us with our endeavors.

Work continued on the 10-year water and sewer capital budget projections.

I attended the annual MCCPC luncheon in Randolph. Always good to hear about the success of the cooperative I used to be in charge of in my previous life.

We met with Suburban Consulting Engineers to discuss the Babe Ruth Field Engineering Analysis which is on for discussion at this Monday night’s meeting.

We met with an interested developer for the 56 Paterson Avenue redevelopment area. I will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend! Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,
TSRJR