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MANAGER'S BLOG

From the desk of Thomas S. Russo, Jr.

Mar 05

March 5, 2021

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 11:59 AM by Kat Walker

You have each been emailed the webinar ID and password for our next Town Council meeting on Monday, March 8th at 7:00pm.  The same has been posted on our website.

Please click this URL to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86531293255?pwd=Tjg0eFdJVy9QbkZJM3JncnFsNHlzZz09
Webinar ID: 865 3129 3255 Passcode: 371197

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.     February 20, 2021 – Budget Meeting

b.     February 22, 2021 – Regular Meeting

c.     February 22, 2021 – Executive Session

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.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-3 will establish a CAP Bank.  This is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2021-4 will amend Chapter 228, adding Article IX “Limits on Prohibited Discharges from Industrial User”.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #76-2021* will authorize 2021 salary adjustments for certain non-union employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Resolution #77-2021* will approve the introduction of the 2021 Municipal and Water and Sewer Utility Budgets.

Resolution #78-2021* will renew the Town’s membership in the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Resolution #79-2021* is a resolution demanding the State Legislature accept its responsibility with regards to the Affordable Housing Act and halt any further action until such time it has promulgated rules governing its implementation.

Resolution #80-2021* will authorize a refund of taxes for a 100% disabled veteran, changing the effective date previously authorized. There is a memo from the Tax Assessor on this attached to the resolution in your packet.

Resolution #81-2021* will authorize applying for the 2020 Recycling Tonnage Grant.

Resolution #82-2021* will award Bid 2R-2021 for auto repair services to J.D.P. Automotive, Inc., DBA Boonton Tire Supply.

Resolution #83-2021* will authorize a refund of taxes for a 100% disabled veteran.

Resolution #84-2021* will authorize purchase electricity through an online auction.

Resolution #85-2021* will authorize a credit due a water and sewer utility account. 

Resolution #86-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of March 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.

Plans are continuing forth with the G&H Redevelopment project.  Looking forward to the PB review.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Feb 19

February 19, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 1:28 PM by Kat Walker

Just a reminder we have our Budget meeting tomorrow morning, February 20th from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  The Zoom invite has been emailed to you and is on the agenda.  Our next regular Town Council meeting will be on Monday, February 22nd at 7:00pm, via Zoom.  The same has been posted on our website.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.     February 8, 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.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

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

Ordinance 2021-2 will amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 258 “Stormwater Control” of the Town of Newton Code as required by the State.

There are two (2) ordinances for Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-3 will establish a CAP Bank.  This is an annual procedure.

Ordinance 2021-4 will amend Chapter 228, adding Article IX “Limits on Prohibited Discharges from Industrial User”.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #73-2021* will award Bid 1-2021 for Cleaning Services to Quality Facility Solutions. 

Resolution #74-2021* will approve bills and vouchers for payment.   

DISCUSSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (3 mins each)

COUNCIL & MANAGER COMMENTS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Resolution #75-2021 will authorize going into closed session for a discussion with legal counsel on the Water Street Redevelopment.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Morris Lake is 1 inch above the top of the spillway as of February 19, 2021.

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Be safe and well.

Yours in Service,

TSRJR


Feb 05

February 5, 2021

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 2:21 PM by Kat Walker

The next Council meeting is on Monday, February 8th via ZOOM at 7:00pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.     January 25, 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.

OLD BUSINESS

ORDINANCES

There is one (1) Ordinance Introduction:

Ordinance 2021-2 will amend, revise, and supplement Chapter 258, “Stormwater Control” of the Town of Newton Code as required.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolution #64-2021* will authorize a Required Disclosure Contract with Convergint Technologies, Inc.

Resolution #65-2021* will authorize a credit due a utility account.

Resolution #66-2021* will appoint Councilman Couce as liaison to the Advisory Shade Tree Commission.

Resolution #67-2021* will reject the ACB Service, Inc., bid submitted for Cleaning Services for failure to include ownership disclosure which is a mandatory requirement.

Resolution #68-2021* will authorize an agreement for the Town of Newton to provide Tax Collection services to Montague Township.

Resolution #69-2021* will authorize executing an agreement to join the Hunterdon County Education Services Commission Co-op.

Resolution #70-2021* will authorize an agreement for the Town of Newton to provide Tax Collection services to Hardyston Township.

Resolution #71-2021* will award Bid 2-2021 for the Repair of heavy vehicle to Campbell’s Freightliner.

Resolution #72-2021* 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 2 inches above the top of the spillway as of February 8, 2021.

Modified building hours are still in operation without any significant delays or issues to report.

Thank you to everyone, especially DPW and all emergency services, for their hard work during this terrible snow storm this week. 

Work continues on the RDA and PILOT for the G&H property project.

Routine business discussed at the bi-monthly Parking Authority meeting.

Thank you to Sherri and Kat for all their efforts on coordinating our socially-distanced Big Game Party!

Preparation continues on the 2021 Budget.  Our budget hearing will now be on Saturday, February 20th at 8:30am via ZOOM.

Be safe and well.  Go Bucs!

Yours in Service,

TSRJR