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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Feb 21

February 21, 2020

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 12:39 PM by Kat Walker

There is a volunteer interview scheduled for this Monday, February 24, 2020 beginning at 6:45pm and our Town Council meeting will immediately follow at 7:00pm.  The volunteer application has been shared on the Google Drive. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the February 8th Budget meeting and February 10th Regular meeting for your consideration and approval.

PRESENTATIONS

The Mayor will present proclamations to Michael Richards and Mark Zappa in recognition of their many years of service in the Police Department.  Also, she will swear in Steven Siek as a patrolman.

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 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 three ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2020-3 will authorize the renewal of SECTV’s franchise agreement to provide cable services to the Town of Newton.

Ordinance 2020-4 will establish a CAP Bank.  This is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2020-5 will authorize the vacation of a small portion of Spring Street. 

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #69-2020* will cancel a reserve balance in the water sewer utility fund, and authorize a one-time exception to the Water Sewer Fund Balance Policy.  

Resolution #70-2020* will authorize using a three-year average tax collection rate for the 2020 budget.

Resolution #71-2020* will authorize eliminating certain entrance fees to the pool for Newton residents only for the upcoming 2020 pool season.

Resolution #72-2020* will authorize the refund of taxes due to an overpayment.

Resolution #73-2020* will authorize change orders for Firehouse No. 2.

Resolution #74-2020* will authorize base salary adjustments for certain employees for 2020.

Resolution #75-2020* will authorize a Deed of Easement for 7-7 ½ Washington Street.

Resolution #76-2020* will authorize applying for the 2019 Recycling Tonnage Grant.

Resolution #77-2020* will concur with the Town Manager’s appointment of a School Crossing Guard.

Resolution #78-2020* will appoint Joyce Franklin to the Newton Housing Authority.

Resolution #79-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

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 17, 2020.  

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Feb 14

February 14, 2020

Posted on February 14, 2020 at 11:43 AM by Kat Walker

Happy Valentine’s Day!  XoXo

Municipal offices are closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for Presidents’ Day.

Our next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, February 24, 2020 beginning at 7:00pm.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 10, 2020.  

Work continues with various staff members on possible federal grant opportunities.

No Pool bids were received for the staffing of lifeguards so we are moving forward with other options as previously discussed.

Review continues on the G&H Redevelopment Plan as well as the pro forma for a potential PILOT.

Kimberly continues to plan our events for the calendar year 2020 including working with NFD on the Newton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Newton Day (with expanded fireworks), movies, concerts, Taste of Newton, and more!  It will be a great year for events once again.

I have submitted a formal request to our friends at SCCC for a PILOT in regards to the McGuire’s property now that it is tax exempt.  I will keep you posted.

Annual report submissions have been received and will be sent to the printer shortly.

Be safe and have a wonderful weekend!  Go Pirates!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Feb 07

February 7, 2020

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 12:10 PM by Kat Walker

Reminder, our Budget meeting is tomorrow beginning at 9:00am.  Our next regular Town Council meeting is Monday, February 10, 2020 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Lorraine’s office has prepared the minutes from the January 27th regular meeting for your consideration and approval.

CEREMONY

The Mayor will swear-in Steven Van Nieuwland as Lieutenant and Joseph D’Annibale as Sergeant.

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 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

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #63-2020* will award the bid for the pool renovations to All State Technologies.  

Resolution #64-2020* will award the contract for the online vendor payments through the competitive contracting process to Municipay.

Resolution #65-2020* will authorize credits due water and sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #66-2020* authorize the assignment of Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva P.A. auditor contract to Wielkotz & Company, LLC as part of their formal name change.  

Resolution #67-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

Application(s)* there are two (2) applications for your consideration: 

1.     An application for membership into the Newton Fire Department for Steven Estler, 23 Madison Street, Newton, NJ.

2.     An application for junior membership into the Newton Fire Department for Nicholas Hayes, 66 Woodside Avenue, Newton, NJ.

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 3, 2020.        

The proposed municipal budget was distributed to staff and Council.  Many thanks to everyone for your efforts this year.

We participated in a meeting at SCCC to discuss the RFQ for the McGuire’s redevelopment area.

I was re-elected to the position of Chairman of the Statewide Insurance Fund in Florham Park this week.  I look forward to another successful year and am grateful to serve.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR