NEWTON, NJ – There were only a few pieces of business at the last town council meeting of 2019.  With Mayor Helen LeFrois and Councilman Matt Dickson in person, Deputy Mayor Daniel Flynn, Councilman Jason Schlaffer and Town Manager Thomas S Russo Jr. were on a conference call.

A number of resolutions were approved by consent.  A Ford F250 pick up is being purchased for the Water and Sewer Department. 

The five-year shared service agreement with Green Township was renewed for consolidating the municipal courts into the Newton facility.

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A subdivision/site plan revision was approved, consolidating previously separate contiguous property lots on Diller Avenue and at the site of the previous Camp Iliff.  All of the parcels are now owned through Thorlabs for the Quantum Leap Project as named on the agenda.

The only public question came from resident Margaret Baldini regarding the post storm brush removal.  LeFrois said according to the Newton Department of Public Works, “100 streets have had brush removed and they will continue to pick up until it is done” and all streets have been cleared.

LeFrois said the DPW official wanted to remind residents the brush would only be picked up one time.  If the street has already been attended to, there will not be a second chance.  She said the DPW employees have reported some residents are putting brush at the curb after their neighborhood had been picked up.

If a resident’s neighborhood has not yet been picked up the council reminds them the diameter of the trunk must be six inches or less and the length of the branch should not exceed 12 feet.  Bagged debris will not be collected, LeFrois said.

In closing out the meeting LeFrois thanked Russo for “running a top-notch business day in and day out.”  She thanked the town’s professionals “who support the town by making sure we do everything we are supposed to do and in the correct manner.”

LeFrois thanked the volunteer board and committee members and all of the first responders. "Without them our residents don’t have the services they need.”

“Finally I thank the pubic who attend the meetings for their participation.  It’s important that we hear from you,” she said.

The next council meeting is scheduled for January 5, at 7p.m. at which time they will select new leadership.  The police chief Robert Osborn will be formally installed and other police promotions will be recognized at that meeting as well.