August 21, 2013
A-3764, Snow Removal Trust Funds.
League Resolution 2012-19, “Expand the Use of Snow Removal Trust Funds to Respond to Natural Disasters” was approved at the League Business meeting on December 5, 2012. The resolution was sponsored by League Past President, Mayor Art Ondish of Mount Arlington. Please see the League’s December 11 Dear Mayor letter for more on the 2012 resolutions.
A-3764, sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, would permit counties and municipalities to use snow removal reserve funds for clearance of debris following declaration of emergency by the President or Governor.
Following Superstorm Sandy, Governor Christie signed Executive Order 111 permitting municipalities, by resolution, to utilize the reserves in their “Snow Removal Trust Funds” for storm recovery efforts. Essentially, A-3764 would make the Governor’s Executive Order permanent and allow municipalities and counties, following the declaration of an emergency by the President or the Governor, to adopt a resolution authorizing the use of snow removal reserve for the clearance of debris.
The League supports A-3764, which passed the Assembly 76-0 in March and has been referred to the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee for its consideration. At this time there is no Senate Companion.
We recommend asking your State Senator to support this legislation. The League will push for the bill to be considered by the Senate Committee during the fall and for final passage by the full Senate by the end of the year.
Questions can be directed to Lori Buckelew at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-695-3481 x112.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.