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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Sep 10

September 10, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Kat Walker

Our next regular Town Council meeting (in person) is Wednesday, September 15, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.

PRESENTATIONS

            a. Lorraine A. Read – Retirement Plaque

            b. Teresa A. Oswin – Municipal Clerk – Oath of Office

            c. Janien N. Roberts – Registrar – Oath of Office

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

  1. August 9, 2021 – Regular Meeting
  2. August 26, 2021 – Special 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. 

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) ordinance for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-18 will amend Chapter 266 regarding snow and ice removal penalties.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #177-2021 will appoint Janien N. Roberts as Local Registrar effective September 1, 2021.

Resolution #178-2021 will appoint Teresa A. Oswin as Municipal Clerk effective September 1, 2021.

Resolution #179-2021 will authorize the cancellation and refund of taxes; Block 22.10, Lot 9, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

Resolution #180-2021 will authorize the cancellation of taxes; Block 4.05, Lot 7, for a 100% Disabled Veteran Exemption.

Resolution #181-2021 will authorize refund of taxes; Block 14.03, Lot 11.01, for Property Exemption.

Resolution #182-2021 will cancel grant receivable and appropriated reserve for unrealized Municipal Alliance Grant 2019/2020.

Resolution #183-2021 will accept and approve Corrective Action Plan for 2020 Audit.

Resolution #184-2021 will authorize the purchase of road salt and snow grit for the Department of Public Works.

Resolution #185-2021 will award the contract for proposed improvements to Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place.

Resolution #186-2021 will authorize the Town of Newton to enter into an agreement with CGP&H LLC for Administrative Agent Services for Affordable Housing.

Resolution #187-2021 will insert Special Items of Revenue in the 2021 Town of Newton Budget.

Resolution #188-2021 will authorize the award of a proprietary contract to Pall Water.

Resolution #189-2021 will refund monies for taxes, due to a State Tax Court Judgement for Block 5.01, Lot 11, also known as 20 Water Street.

Resolution #190-2021 will authorize credits due Water and Sewer utility accounts.

Resolution #191-2021 will approve bills and vouchers.

RESOLUTION(S) – NON-CONSENT

Resolution #175-2021 will amend the Local Emergency Planning Committee for calendar year 2021.

Resolution #176-2021 will concur with Town Manager’s appointment of School Crossing Guards for the 2021-2022 school year.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 3 inches above the top of the spillway as of September 10, 2021.

We had a very productive meeting this week in Lawrenceville with our friends from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs regarding the Newton Armory Redevelopment.

Applications are still being accepted for the position of Administrative Assistant in the Planning/Zoning Office.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Taste of Newton on Monday at 5:30pm!

Congratulations and best wishes to Lt. Michael Monaco on his retirement – we wish him the very best of health and happiness.  Congratulations to Lt. Tom Muller on his promotion!

Prayers to our nation as we remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country.  May the families who lost loved ones that fateful day have peace and comfort.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Aug 06

August 6, 2021

Posted on August 6, 2021 at 4:18 PM by Kat Walker

Our next Town Council regular meeting (in person) is Monday, August 9, 2021 beginning at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

  1. July 12, 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 three (3) ordinances for 2nd Reading and Public Hearing:

Ordinance 2021-15 will provide funding for various water and sewer utility projects.

Ordinance 2021-16 is a bond ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station project. 

Ordinance 2021-17 will authorize a tax for the sale of cannabis. 

There is one (1) ordinance for Introduction: 

Ordinance 2021-18 will amend Chapter 266 regarding snow and ice removal penalties.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #155-2021 will renew a Plenary Retail Consumption License.

Resolution #156-2021 will authorize the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract for KKPR Marketing and Public Relations.

Resolution #157-2021 will authorize the Endorsement of the NJDEP Treatment Works Approval (“TWA”) Permit Application for the project at 121 Water Street, Newton, New Jersey.

Resolution #158-2021 will authorize the Adoption of the 2021 Sussex County, New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Update.

Resolution #159-2021 will certify the Annual Audit.

Resolution #160-2021 will authorize credits due Water and Sewer Utility accounts.

Resolution #161-2021 will approve vacation & sick leave time payout for Lorraine A. Read.

Resolution #162-2021 will authorize an application to the NJDCA Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) FY2022 Grant.

Resolution #163-2021 will approve fireworks display at Memory Park.

Resolution #164-2021 will authorize Change Order No. 1 for the Proposed Crosswalk at Route U.S. 206 & Church Street Intersection Project and Accept as Final and Complete.

Resolution #165-2021 will cancel a NJ DOT Grant Receivable Balance and Improvement Authority Balance in The General Capital Fund.

Resolution #166-2021 will cancel Capital Appropriation Balances in the General Capital Fund.

Resolution #167-2021 will affirm the issuance of a $2,484,000 Bond Anticipation Note.

Resolution #168-2021 will award bid for Proposed Construction of ADA Ramps on Elm Street, Hampton Street, and Upper Union Place Project.

Resolution #169-2021 will approve bills and vouchers.

Application(s)* there are three applications:   

A Junior Firefighter application for Jason Teets, 23 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department. 

A membership application for Anthony Neggers, 24 Hillside Terrace, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

A membership application for Charles W. Weber, Jr., 3 Gabriella Way, Newton, NJ into the Newton Fire Department.

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #170-2021 will accept and execute a grant for body-worn cameras.

Resolution #171-2021 will insert special items of revenue in the 2021 budget.

Resolution #172-2021 will reject bid 8-2021 for police vehicles. 

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 3 inches below the top of the spillway as of August 6, 2021.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR

Jul 09

July 9, 2021

Posted on July 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82028000193?pwd=anBCK3N4THRBckltQ0VwVG8rT2w3dz09

Webinar ID: 820 2800 0193    Passcode: 242959

Or join by phone: Dial: US: 1 301 715 8592 or 1 312 626 6799 or 1 929 205 6099

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The Clerk’s office has prepared for your consideration and approval the minutes from:

a.     June 28, 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

RESOLUTION(S)

Resolution #149-2021 will cancel certain appropriation balances for the preliminary stage of Sparta Avenue Pump Station Project.

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-13 which will amend Ordinance 2021-12 revising the permitted days/hours of operation and responsibility of odor control systems.

Ordinance 2021-14 will extend our tax-abatement program in the Downtown Historic District for an additional five (5) years.

There are three (3) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-15 will provide funding for various water and sewer utility projects.

Ordinance 2021-16 is a bond ordinance for the Sparta Avenue Pump Station project.

Ordinance 2021-17 will authorize a tax for the sale of cannabis.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #150-2021* will concur with the Utility Board’s recommendation for water and sewer connection fees for the Water Street Holdings, LLC project.

Resolution #151-2021* will authorize the submission of a grant application and execution of a grant contract for the East Clinton Street, Lawnwood Avenue, and Nelson Street resurfacing project.

Resolution #152-2021* will authorize the refund due a water and sewer utility account.

Resolution #153-2021* will authorize the refund a taxes for a 100% disabled veteran for 49 Sussex Street.

Resolution #154-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.  

Application(s)* there is one application from Isarah Perrelli for membership as a junior firefighter in the Newton Fire Department.

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 July 5, 2021.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR