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January 10, 2020

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 3:23 PM by Terri Oswin

There is a volunteer interview scheduled for this Monday, January 13, 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 December 23, 2019 Regular meeting for your consideration and approval.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY

The Mayor will swear-in the Fire Department’s 2020 officers.

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 two ordinances for introduction:

Ordinance 2020-1 will authorize appropriating $450,000 from the Capital Reserve for the Grit Collector replacement.

Ordinance 2020-2 will adopt the amendment to the Paterson Avenue Redevelopment Plan.

OLD BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #46-2020* will authorize using the competitive contracting process for a management concession vendor for the pool.

Resolution #47-2020* will award the contract for an insurance broker for employee benefits to Acrisure.

Resolution #48-2020* will amend the temporary water and sewer capital budget.  This is done in conjunction with Ordinance 2020-2 above.

Resolution #49-2020* supports the 2020 US Census.

Resolution #50-2020* authorizes the redemption of a Town held lien for 10 Center Street.

Resolution #51-2020* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.

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

  1. A membership application from Jonathan C. Renzo, 176 County Road 519, Newton, NJ, into the Newton Fire Department.
  2. A membership application from John H. Ays, 9 Barrett Avenue, Newton, NJ, into the Newton Fire Department.
  3. A membership application for a Junior Firefighter, Christian Blakely, 61 Paterson Avenue, Newton, NJ, into the Newton Fire Department.

APPEAL

There is one UAB appeal to be heard regarding 100 Swartswood Avenue.

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 January 6, 2020.  

Congratulations to Sherri Kaylani on becoming our new Recreation Supervisor effective Monday.  She will still be involved in Code Enforcement activities as well.

Also joining us in March will be Gigi Regolizio as our new Recreation Coordinator.  She will work to support Sherri and the activities in our expanding Recreation Department.  We look forward to a very busy and successful year!

Several of us attended a ceremony at SCCC in support of their purchase of the McGuire’s Chevrolet property.  We have a meeting coming in the next few weeks so we can start to plan the exciting new redevelopment of this area.

We had a meeting this week to discuss final punch list items for the Firehouse 2 project.  We anticipate moving in by the end of this month.

We have posted for four (4) summer interns on our website.  If you know of any high school or college students that are interested, please have them contact Jennifer Dodd in Human Resources.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR