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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

May 07

May 7, 2021

Posted on May 7, 2021 at 9:06 AM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81152627923?pwd=c0pmTldNQ1o1aFNUekNNODBJcnErZz09

Webinar ID: 811 5262 7923  Passcode: 389566

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.     April 26, 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 a Proclamation for the Mayor to read into the record for Mental Health Awareness Month. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There are three ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-7 is a bond ordinance for the various capital improvements included in this year’s budget.

Ordinance 2021-8 will amend Chapter 320-4 “General Provisions” of the Town Code to create setback exemptions for wheelchair ramps in all zones.

Ordinance 2021-9 will amend the fee for Bulk Pickup Permits.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #114-2021* will authorize the submission of an application for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs – Local Recreation Improvement Grant to cover the engineering costs for the kiddie pool renovations.

Resolution #116-2021* will award a contract to Cargill Incorporated through Sourcewell National Co-op for upgrades to the Brine System.

Resolution #117-2021* will award a contract to Allegiance Trucks Incorporated through Sourcewell National Co-op for the purchase of a 2021 International dump truck.   

Resolution #118-2021* will award the contract for a traffic study.

Resolution #119-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

RESOLUTION

Resolution #115-2021 will authorize a required disclosure contract for the lease of a 2021 Ford Police Interceptor for three (3) years. (Councilwoman Teets and Councilman Couce should abstain)

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 May 3, 2021.

An updated list of grants for 2021 was provided to Council this week.  Many thanks to all the staff and professionals who make these grants possible.

The job ad for P/Z Administrator/Zoning Officer is in progress.

An appeal was presented for Recreation to the subcommittee established by ordinance.  The appeal was reviewed and approved with certain conditions.

Kimberly’s office is busy planning the two summer concerts and two movie nights.  With COVID-19 outdoor restrictions being modified/lifted on an ongoing basis, we are in a great position to have some awesome events with residents once again this year.

Stay tuned for many more businesses opening in the Town this summer and fall…great times!

Happy Mother’s Day!  Whether you are a Mom or a mother-figure to someone, know we are all appreciative of the nurturing, care, compassion, and concern you provide for the rest of us.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR




Apr 23

April 23, 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021 at 12:06 PM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84132266971?pwd=UElobEEyeUJiM1FFaTNJRW9yeS9Ldz09

Webinar ID: 841 3226 6971    Passcode: 100066

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.     April 12, 2021 – Special and Regular Meetings

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

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-5 will authorize the execution financial agreement with WSR I Urban Renewal, LLC for the retail component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

Ordinance 2021-6 will authorize the execution financial agreement with WSL Urban Renewal, LLC for the residential component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #108-2021* will insert monies from the Community Advisory Board Grant into the 2021 budget.

Resolution #109-2021* will insert monies from Recycling Grant into the 2021 budget.

Resolution #110-2021* will renew membership in the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council for another five (5) years.  

Resolution #111-2021* will appoint Monica Ibanez as an Alternate to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.  This is a two-year appointment and the position is Class C.   

Resolution #112-2021* will award the bid for the crosswalk at Church Street and Route 206 to Tony’s Concrete.

Resolution #113-2021* 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 April 19, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Discussions continue between the Town and SCCC on the McGuire’s Redevelopment project.

Routine business discussed at the monthly Statewide Insurance Fund meeting.

Routine business discussed at the bi-monthly NJMEBF meeting.

At the TRC this week both the Merriam Gateway application and G&H Redevelopment application were deemed complete.  Both will be on the agenda for the May 19th Planning Board meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Planning continues by the Recreation staff on the pool opening in June.

Kimberly continues her efforts on planning the summer concerts and summer movies at Memory Park.

We have had several great applications for summer interns but are still in need of more applications for the DPW summer help.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Apr 09

April 9, 2021 - UPDATED

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 12:19 PM by Kat Walker

Great News!  The application for the redevelopment of G&H into residential units and our new Chipotle, Panera’s, and Starbucks has just been delivered!  TRC for April, PB for May, Caffe Lattes in 2022!


You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.  A reminder there will be an interview with an individual interested in serving on one our Boards/Commissions beginning at 6:45pm.  It will be the same Zoom login information.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86181348814?pwd=SUpxMFl2OTR6dXU5SUc0TnkvTWtwQT09

Webinar ID: 861 8134 8814    Passcode: 411324

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.     March 22, 2021 – Interview

b.     March 22, 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

ORDINANCES

There are two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2021-5 will authorize the execution of a financial agreement with WSR I Urban Renewal, LLC for the retail component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

Ordinance 2021-6 will authorize the execution of a financial agreement with WSL Urban Renewal, LLC for the residential component of the redevelopment of 121 Water Street.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #95-2021* will urge and support the establishment of a Veteran Center in Northwestern New Jersey.

Resolution #96-2021* will authorize the submission of the Municipal Alliance Grant. This is done annually.  

Resolution #97-2021* will support S-3522 to create a new Local Part of PERS to preserve the structure and integrity of the more solvent Local Part.

Resolution #98-2021* will concur with my appointment of Justin E. Sibblies as a Newton Police Officer.  The swearing-in ceremony will be held upon completion of the academy.  

Resolution #99-2021* will designate Water Street Holdings LLC as the Redeveloper for the G&H Property and execute an agreement for the same.

Resolution #100-2021* will refund the overpayment to an outside lien holder for Block 17.01, Lot 42, known as 45 Mason Avenue.  

Resolution #101-2021* will support H.R. 946 urging all members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation as well as members of Congress to support the SALT Act to restore the SALT deductibility provision in the Federal Tax Code.

Resolution #102-2021* will cancel taxes for Block 22.10, Lot 9 for a 100% Disabled Veteran.

Resolution #103-2021* will authorize the refund a taxes for Block 5.01, Lot 20 also known as 49 High Street as they have been granted 100% tax exemption by the Tax Assessor.  There was a delay in receiving the Tax Book from the County in January, and their bank made a payment before it was noted they were tax exempt.

Resolution #104-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

There is one application for membership in the Newton Fire Department for Thomas Donnelly, 2 Palmer Street, Newton, NJ.

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

HEARING ON THE 2021 BUDGET

I have a PowerPoint presentation on the 2021 budget.  A copy has been emailed to you.  Resolution #105-2021 will formally adopt the 2021 Budget.

RESOLUTIONS

We have two resolutions not on the consent agenda:

Resolution #106-2021 will certify the list of qualifying 2020 LOSAP participants in the First Aid Squad.  I have listed on the agenda the councilmembers eligible to vote on this resolution. 

Resolution #107-2021 will certify the list of qualifying 2020 LOSAP participants in the Fire Department.  I have listed on the agenda the councilmembers eligible to vote on this resolution. 

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of April 5, 2021.

Modified building hours have been adjusted; we are now open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Staff hours remain 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR