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  September 2011

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
Please consult the League Web Calendar

Sept. 13
Emergency Management: Utilities & Shore Communities, Egg Harbor

Sept. 17
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Sept. 28
Governing with Less Yet Doing More 
Robert Meyner Reception Center, Holmdel

 

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Annual League Business Meeting

2011 Mayor's Hall of Fame Nominations

96th Annual Conference Highlights

9th Annual Michael Pane Award

Senior Olympics

Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

NLC City Showcase Applications

Budget and Reform Editorial

Officers:

CHUCK CHIARELLO
President ,  Mayor, Buena Vista
ARTHUR ONDISH
1st Vice President ,
Mayor, Mount Arlington Borough.
JANICE S. MIRONOV
2nd Vice President;
Mayor, East Windsor Twp.
SUZANNE M. WALTERS
3rd Vice President
Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough

Members of the Board:

JAMES ANZALDI
Mayor, Clifton
CORY BOOKER
(Ex-Officio)
Mayor, Newark City
RANDY BROWN
Mayor, Evesham Township
JAMES CASSELLA
Mayor, East Rutherford
DAN CORNATO
Deputy Mayor, Hampton Township
JOHN DEAN DeRIENZO
Mayor, Haworth Borough
FRANK J. DRUETZLER
Mayor, Morris Plains Borough
PATRICIA FLANNERY
Mayor, Bridgewater Township
MICHAEL FRESSOLA
Mayor, Manchester Township
JERRAMIAH HEALY          
Mayor, Jersey City
MICHAEL LAVERY
Mayor, Hackettstown
LEO MCCABE
Mayor, Glassboro
CAROL MUSSO
Mayor, Deerfield
GARY PASSANANTE

Mayor, Somerdale Borough

ELLEN POMPPER
Mayor, Lower Alloways Creek
SHARON ROBINSON-BRIGGS
Mayor, Plainfield
WAYNE SMITH
Mayor, Irvington
RONALD SWOREN
Mayor, Frenchtown
GERALD J. TARANTOLO   
Mayor, Eatontown Borough
JOSEPH TEMPESTA, JR.
 Mayor, West Caldwell Township
JANET W. TUCCI
Mayor, West Long Branch Borough 
BRIAN C. WAHLER
Mayor, Piscataway Township

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel Jr.,
 Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE,
 Asst. Executive Director

 

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From the President
Mayor Chuck Chiarello Mayor Chuck Chiarello, President NJLM

Hurricane Irene came and went through New Jersey leaving a path of destruction, flooding, and many other challenges for Municipalities.

Now that the clean up has begun, you can depend on the League to keep you informed with all of the important contacts and recovery information that you need to know.  Sign up for our e-bulletins and Mayor's Advisory's. Check our Hurricane Irene page often for recovery updates and important links to emergency agencies.

Also attend our program “Emergency Management: Utilities and Shore Communities” on September 13, 2011 at the Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor. At this program you will learn about emergency planning, communication procedures, and how to provide contact information for cohesive coordination during weather emergencies.

Finally, attend the Annual Conference in Atlantic City on November 15-17, 2011 where you find educational sessions on flooding, emergency preparedness, EMS, and many other topics.


10th Anniversary of September 11th
-Contact Michael Venezia at 973-639-8700 orMichael_Venezia@lautenberg.Senate.gov.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks Senator Lautenberg introduced a resolution establishing a National Moment of Remembrance at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  The Senate unanimously passed the resolution in an overwhelming demonstration of unity.

Senator Lautenberg is requesting that we participate in commemorating this occasion and pay tribute to those we lost by:

  • Committing to sound local sirens for one minute at 1:00 p.m. on September 11, 2011;
  • Notifying residents of the forthcoming Moment of Remembrance; and
  • Passing a resolution recognizing the Moment of Remembrance.  A sample resolution is  available as a PDF or WORD document.

During the Moment of Remembrance every person across the country is called upon to stop and remember those we lost in the September 11th attacks.  Senator Lautenberg has requested that all firehouses, churches and other institutions to sound sirens and ring bells for one minute at 1:00 p.m. on September 11th.   

Senator Lautenberg's office has also requested that each municipality notify his office upon passage of the resolution “Joining the National Moment of Remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of September 11th.”  Please contact Michael Venezia at 973-639-8700 or by e-mail at Michael_Venezia@lautenberg.Senate.gov.

As you are aware, almost 3,000 innocent people were killed on September 11, 2001, including more than 700 from New Jersey.  I urge you to facilitate and participate in the National Moment of Remembrance in your community.


CONFERENCE PRE-REGISTRATION
Contact Gayle Krygier, Bookkeeper ext 119
or gkrygier@njslom.com

The League's Annual Conference pre-registration forms were mailed to all Municipal Clerks on August 1, 2011. The cut-off date for $50(Municipal rate) pre-registration is October 1. After that date, you must register on-site at a cost of $60(Municipal rate).  Be sure to pre-register your municipal delegation and save money. The forms are available at the Conference Web Site  On-line registration is also available to officials. 


League Annual Business Meeting Moved to Earlier Time

In an effort make municipal officials' time at the Annual League Conference as cost effective as possible, the Annual Business meeting has been scheduled a day earlier than normal and will be held Thursday November 17, 2011 3:30pm -5:30pm. The location remains the same at the Sheraton Hotel second level, Pearl Ballroom.  The meeting agenda will follow the traditional format including adoption of resolutions and Executive Board elections.  Refreshments will include soft drinks, coffee, tea, cookies and pretzels.  While only mayors or their registered designees may vote on business matters, all municipal officials are invited to participate in the discussion.

Please notify your governing bodies and municipal professionals who attend the Annual League Conference.


Photocopying and Faxing at League Conference

Ikon Solutions/A Ricoh Company will be providing photocopying and fax facilities for the Mayor's Information Center and League Support services at the Annual League Conference. They will be at booths 1037 and 1136.


CONSTITUTION DAY SEPTEMBER 17

Sept 17, 2011 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Mayors can find activities for community leaders at: ConstitutionCenter.org, click on "Programs and Events"


2011 Mayor's Hall of Fame NOMINATIONS
Contact Michael Darcy 609-695-3481 ext. 116
or mdarcy@njslom.com

The League is accepting nominations for the 2011 Mayors Hall of Fame. To qualify, a mayor must be serving in at least their tenth cumulative year for the silver level or twentieth year for the gold level. Mayors who rotate into office can qualify after holding the office of mayor for ten years.

Qualifying mayors will be inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Mayors' Hall of Fame during the Mayors' Luncheon at the Annual Conference Wednesday, November 16 in Atlantic City. For nomination forms and more information about the Mayors' Hall of Fame, visit the Mayors Corner  or contact the League at 609-695-3481 ext. 116.


96th ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Click on www.njslom.org and go to the link for 96th Annual Conference to get housing forms and a preliminary schedule of topics that will be covered in League sessions. You can also view an early list of exhibitors. Prepare a “must visit” list of vendors. 

When scheduling your time at the Annual Conference, don't forget to attend the Consulting Period on Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where you can speak one-on-one with hundreds of consultants and State agency representatives. Also, be sure to schedule the League Business Meeting at its new time Thursday, November 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Hotel.


CEU TRACKING SYSTEM FOR LEAGUE CONFERENCE SESSIONS OFFERS ATTENDEES MORE FLEXIBILITY

Conference time is just around the corner and this year, in order to make the process of moving from session to session quicker and cutting down on the paper work, we at the League will be once again be utilizing the CEU tracking system for the League sponsored sessions. For more information on this system and how it works click the following link http://www.njslom.com/96thconf/CEU-tracking.html or contact Danielle Holland, Program Specialist at 609-695-3481 ext 118 or dholland@njslom.com


Call for Nominations – Municipal Public Information Contest

Rutgers Continuing Studies is now accepting nominations for the Municipal Public Information Contest. The purpose of this contest is to create interest and provide incentives for municipalities to develop or enhance their public information programs in order to be able to offer more innovative, responsive and personalized services to citizens.

For more information please click here.


Nominations for 9th Annual Michael A. Pane Award

In honor of the Memory of Michael A. Pane, the ninth annual award will be presented to a professional (attorney, engineer, and planner) that personifies outstanding ability, integrity, and a high standard of ethics in his or her dealings with local government.  This award includes a $500 honorarium and a published essay from the winner.

The ceremony will be held in Atlantic City, during the 96th Annual Conference of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities held on November 15-17, 2011.

Nominations for this award should include a short biography and a letter explaining your reasons. Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2011.

Please mail or fax nominations to:
Gayle A. Krygier
N.J. State League of Municipalities
222 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Fax: (609)-695-5156


State Agriculture Development Committee Adopts Standards
for Right-to-Farm Protection for Solar Energy Systems on Commercial Farms
-Contact Brian Smith, Chief of Legal Affairs, SADC at brian.smith@ag.state.nj.us.

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has adopted a new rule that establishes an agricultural management practice (AMP) - or standards – that commercial farms must meet to be eligible for Right to Farm Act protection for solar energy generation facilities.

It is important to note that the standards in this rule are not State requirements for all solar energy installations on farms. Rather, they are the standards that owners of operating farms must comply with if they decide they want right-to-farm protection for their solar energy facilities. The decision to seek right-to-farm protection is entirely voluntary on their part.

Right-to-farm protection can be important to farmers and other landowners because it can preempt municipal zoning and other ordinances that otherwise might prevent or restrict installation and operation of a solar energy facility. It also offers them certain protections in the event a neighbor files a nuisance or other complaint against the facility.

To be eligible for right-to-farm protection, a landowner must meet the standards in the SADC's newly adopted rule. Standards address preferred mounting methods, extent of soil disturbance, noise limits, minimum setbacks, allowable system height and other factors key to ensuring that the land can be returned to agricultural production once the solar facilities are removed, and that the facilities do not pose a nuisance to neighbors or the general public.

Commercial farms seeking right-to-farm protection also must meet farmland assessment criteria. These include, but are not limited to, that for every 1 acre devoted to energy generation, another 5 acres of land must be devoted to agricultural or horticultural operations; the total area devoted to energy generation cannot exceed 10 acres in size; and no more than 2 megawatts of power may be generated.

A commercial farm is defined under the Right to Farm Act as an operation larger than 5 acres that annually engages in agricultural or horticultural production worth at least $2,500 and is eligible for farmland assessment; for farms smaller than 5 acres, the annual production requirement is a minimum of $50,000 and the farm must satisfy the eligibility requirements for farmland assessment.

Activities cannot pose a direct threat to public health or safety and must conform with all relevant state or federal laws or regulations. If installation of a solar energy system requires a construction permit or other permits under the Uniform Construction Code, the landowner will need to obtain such permits. The Right to Farm Act does not preempt the Uniform Construction Code. 

If a municipality denies an application for a solar energy facility, or imposes what a landowner believes to be unreasonable conditions, the landowner may seek a determination from the County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) that the project is eligible for right-to-farm protection. In making that determination, the CADB will examine whether the farm meets the basic right-to-farm eligibility requirements and is in conformance with the standards in the solar AMP. If the CADB determines that the solar energy generation system is eligible for right-to-farm protection, that protection could preempt a municipal ordinance.

For right-to-farm matters involving any activity, municipalities should be aware that a landowner cannot claim protection by the Right to Farm Act without a formal determination from a CADB or the SADC. If a municipality believes a farm operator is in violation of an ordinance, it must file a complaint with the CADB.

AMPs are not regulations that can be enforced on a property or operator - they are merely standards with which a landowner must comply to receive the protections of the Right to Farm Act. The consequence of a landowner not complying with such standards is that the landowner is not entitled to the protections of the Right to Farm Act.

The SADC's solar AMP was published in the August 15, 2011 New Jersey Register at 43 N.J.R. 2157(a). It is also available on the SADC's website. Questions regarding the Right to Farm Act should be directed to Brian Smith, the SADC's Chief of Legal Affairs, at (609) 984-2504 or brian.smith@ag.state.nj.us.