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  November 2011

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
Please consult the League Web Calendar

Nov 15, 16, 17-
96th Annual League Conference, Atlantic City

Dec 9 -
Best Practices in Electronic Records Management, PNC, Holmdel

Jan 21 -
Orientation For Officials that are Newly Elected, Re-elected, or Experienced, Crowne Plaza, Secaucus

Jan 28 -
Orientation For Officials that are Newly Elected, Re-elected, or Experienced, The Enterprise Center, Mt. Laurel

Feb 8 -
20th Annual Mayor’s Legislative Day, Statehouse, Trenton

Feb 25 -
Executive Leadership Training for Mayors and Council Presidents, Confernce Center at Mercer, West Windsor

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Mayors' Hall of Fame

Digital Copies of Conference Sessions

Important Conference Information for Mayors

Mayors' Information Center

Police and Fire Labor Contract Books

Census Training Classes

Complete Streets

Farm To School Movement

Negotiating the Civil Service System


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

As you make plans to attend the Annual League Conference, I especially want you to attend the League's Business Meeting on Thursday, November 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. Only the Mayor or their official designee can vote, but we welcome all municipal officials into the discussion of League business.

Here are some very important conference deadlines and cost saving ideas. Take a moment to review these and get all you municipal staff prepared for the Annual League Conference November 15-17, 2011.

The Annual League Conference is the most cost effective way to get your staff trained and up to date on the latest ways to efficiently serve your constituents. Registration is now done on site for $60 for government officials and $120 for non-government registrants and can be paid for by voucher, check, or cash.

A Mayors' Luncheon with a cabinet level briefing will be held Wednesday, November 16. Click here to see the speaker line-up and order tickets.

Finally, the Consulting Period puts you face to face with 100 experts in various topics at 2:00 PM on Tuesday.

Check the full list of League sessions and CEUs for your staff at the conference web page

 


ANNUAL MAYORS' HALL OF FAME
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 116 or mdarcy@njslom.com 

These mayors will be inducted to the Mayors' Hall of Fame during the Mayors' Box Luncheon on Wednesday November 16 in the Crown Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel.

Gold (20 + years)
Avalon Borough - Honorable Martin Pagliughi                        
Magnolia Borough - Honorable Betty Ann Cowling - Carson       
Seaside Heights Borough - Honorable P. Kenneth Hershey

Silver (10-20 years)
Garfield City - Honorable Frank J. Calandriello                  
Haddonfield Borough - Honorable Letitia G. (Trish) Colombi           
Mantua Township - Honorable Timothy W. Chell                       
Mine Hill Township - Honorable Richard E. Leary                       
Park Ridge Borough - Honorable Donald J. Ruschman                 
Rochelle Park Township - Honorable Joseph Scarpa                         
Wharton Borough - Honorable William J. Chegwidden              
Woodland Park Borough - Honorable Pat Lepore 
      


RETAIN CONFERENCE INFORMATION DIGITALLY
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116 or mdarcy@njslom.com

Conference Copy offers audio recordings of the League sessions on CD-ROM for MP3 players.

View the interactive online floor plan and a searchable exhibitor directory.  Files of speakers' power point presentations can be downloaded after the conference from the League conference web page.


ATTENTION MAYORS

As your community's Chief Executive, we offer the following amenities at this year's Annual Conference November 15-17:

  • MAYORS RIBBONS - Available at the League Information Center near the top of the second floor escalator.
  • Mayors' Information Center- a place for mayors to gather their thoughts, gain information, have a coffee break and catch up with colleagues
  • MAYORS 13th ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES SURVEY-Early in October, the Mayors 13th Annual Legislative Priorities Survey was mailed to each of you.  Additional copies of this survey are available at the League Information Center.

MAYORS' INFORMATION CENTER
-Contact Lori Buckelew ext.112 or lbuckelew@njslom.com

The Mayors' Information Center continues to provide mayors a place to gather their thoughts, gain information, have a coffee break and catch up with colleagues. Located across from the 2500 aisle in the exhibit hall, the Mayors' Information Center can also serve as an office while in Atlantic City. The Information Center offers major daily newspapers, position statements and space for a small meeting.

Thanks to the courtesy of IKON Office Supplies/A Ricoh Company  located at booths 1037 &1136, the League's copy and fax services are also made available to mayors. Mayors may use their courtesy copier at the Mayors Information Center. Mayors may also send/receive faxes at the registration area near entrance "C". See League staff for access to a fax.  The fax number at the registration area beginning Tuesday, November 15th is (609) 449-3928. Please instruct incoming faxes to include a cover sheet with the recipient mayor's name.  


Police and Fire Labor Data Contract Books Available Soon!
Contact Becky Wright at bwright@njslom.org  to purchase your copy now.

The League's 2012 Police and Fire Labor Data Contract Books will be available soon! This series can be bought as a package or individually, and includes selected police and fire contract provisions, salary scales, and arbitration award summaries.


2010 Census Training Classes Offered!

The New Jersey State Data Center working in cooperation with the Regional Offices of the US Census Bureau and affiliates at Rider University and Somerset County Planning are offering free half day (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) hands-on computer training sessions on the 2010 Census and the New American FactFinder for county and municipal staff who are Census data users. Each location will have a morning and afternoon training session. A registration form with date, time and locations for the training plus additional details about the facilities, directions, maps, etc. can be found at:
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/content/workshops.html 

Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis. Seating is limited to 24 seats per session at the Somerset County/Raritan Valley Community College training location. Rider University can accommodate 40 attendees per session.

In addition to your county and municipal staff, non-profits and Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend.

Please complete the registration form and fax back to Deborah Giles of the NJ State Data Center staff or e-mail to NJSDC@dol.state.nj.us  If you have questions regarding the training sessions, you can call the New Jersey State Data Center at 609-984-2595 or e-mail at NJSDC@dol.state.nj.us


The Three "E’s" of the League Conference

EFFICIENT
 It is the largest municipal conference in the country, with recent attendance averaging 18,000 individuals.

Meet your colleagues from across-the-state and learn from each other how to address the challenges faced by local governments.

The exhibit floor has featured 650-700 exhibitors in recent years, ranging from state agencies to suppliers of playground equipment.  Municipal officials are able to browse the different options available for their municipal needs in one place.

ECONOMICAL:
Registration fees are the lowest for any municipal conference in the country-$50 for municipal government officials who preregister.

This low fee gives a municipal official access to three days of seminars, networking, and vendor exhibits.

EDUCATIONAL:
It offers over 80 educational sessions, covering topics such as ethics, technology, grant funding, shared services, women in government, and environmental policies, among many others. 

A full list of is at njslom.com/96thconf/worksessions.html

This year, over half our educational sessions offer Continuing Education Credits, which many municipal officials need to maintain their certifications.  This includes Continuing Legal Education credits.  Many municipal officials are able to satisfy much of their required education credits over the three-day conference.


Complete Streets offer a way toward zero fatalities
NJDOT promotes policies that enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety
By NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson

When the word "transportation" is mentioned, New Jersey residents for the most part think of cars and trucks or trains and buses and their daily commute. I have spent most of my adult life as a business owner, with locations in the Garden State. That experience has given me the perspective of a motorist.

After becoming Commissioner of Transportation, I relocated near Trenton to one of the most walkable towns in the state, where the freedom from relying on a car for shopping, dining, entertainment and the occasional train trip to the "Big Apple" is second to none.

As a pedestrian, I’ve seen first hand drivers speeding down local streets showing a lack of regard for pedestrians and bicyclists.  I see the need for more Complete Streets. That means more and improved sidewalks, better markings at crosswalks to put motorists on alert, bike paths where needed, intersection improvements including countdown pedestrian signals and accessible curb cuts at crosswalks to accommodate the mobility impaired.

Last year, 141 pedestrians in and 13 bicyclists were struck and killed by vehicles on New Jersey roads. Through October 25 of this year, the pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities had reached 99 and 13, respectively. Of this year's 112 fatalities, five of the victims were under the age of 18 and a total of 20 were under age 30.

That's why we are promoting New Jersey's award-winning Complete Streets policy, and why NJDOT is helping counties and municipalities learn what Complete Streets is all about and how they can benefit by adopting their own policies.

Our Complete Streets policy requires that all major NJDOT roadway projects in the future include accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and the mobility impaired. Any exceptions to our policy must be explicitly requested and justified. Pedestrians and high-speed interstate freeways are not a good mix, so we generally would not include sidewalks in such projects. The opportunities for desirable and safe improvements, however, are almost limitless.

The advantage of inserting a dialogue about all users at the earliest stages of project development is that it provides the designers and the engineers the best opportunity to create solutions at the best price. It is easier and cheaper to build it right the first time than to retrofit the project later.

A local Complete Streets policy raises awareness among residents, elected officials and the private sector. When projects are proposed, pedestrian, bicycle and transit accommodations are no longer an afterthought - they become an integral feature of the overall investment plan. Since NJDOT adopted its policy, 13 municipalities and one county have followed suit.

Through our Pedestrian Safety Initiative, we have invested nearly $15 million since 2007 on building more than 33 miles of sidewalks. The importance of this initiative is evidenced by the fact that we doubled that program's budget in FY 12 to $4 million.

The Christie Administration supports Complete Streets through a number of NJDOT programs and Local Aid grant opportunities. Safety experts in the Department are in the process of assessing high-risk areas on state highways and propose improvements under our Pedestrian and Bicycle Safe Corridor program. I am personally chairing a committee to reduce pedestrian fatalities at the state's 314 railroad grade crossings.

We are putting the final touches on a Complete Streets video and will be offering regional workshops in the spring to local and county officials to introduce the benefits of Complete Streets and how to design for it.

Seven different Local Aid grant programs administered by NJDOT have provided funding in recent years to counties and towns to help them invest in projects that improve safety and access for pedestrians, bicyclists and others who share our roads.

Like other parents in my community, I push a stroller with my two young children in it and frequently witness inattentive drivers who ignore crosswalks without stopping for pedestrians as the law requires. Every day I see how all of us can make our communities and our state even safer for those non-motorists who share the streets and roads.

Education, Enforcement and Engineering, which I call "E to the third power" or "E-cubed," can and will make New Jersey safer for everyone.  Motorists need to slow down and respect the law.  Pedestrians and bicyclists must obey the rules of the road. I urge local governments to adopt Complete Streets policies and join us in this important effort to engineer safety into New Jersey's road network. Together we will save lives.


Farm to School Movement Helping to Keep New Jersey Students and Farmers Healthy
By NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher

New Jersey marked its first annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week September 26 to 30. The week was established through legislation signed by Governor Christie earlier this year setting aside this time each year to promote the value and importance of our state's agriculture and fresh foods produced in New Jersey and to highlight how consumption of these nutritious foods improves children’s health and their performance in school.

To celebrate Farm to School Week, the Department sponsored events each day, visiting a school garden in Princeton that serves as an outdoor classroom for students and a model for other schools in the state; a school in West Windsor that hosted an apple tasting contest; the Tri-County Cooperative Produce Auction in East Windsor to give school food service buyers and distributors an easy way to find local produce; a school in Jersey City that created dishes using Jersey Fresh ingredients and allowed students to rate the dishes; and a school in Vineland to unveil a project with Rutgers Food Innovation Center to create school meal items Made with Jersey Fresh.

Many more schools around the state are looking to host their own Farm to School Week events, getting students, faculty, parents and the community involved in the festivities.

Basically, the concept of Farm to School is to encourage schools to purchase produce from local farmers and serve the food as part of their meals program. Through a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Farm to School Network, an all-out effort is being made to help schools, distributors and farms to connect for the benefit of all the children of our state.

School lunch is changing from what it was years ago. Grilled chicken, whole wheat bread and rolls, fresh fruit and vegetables are working their way into menus of progressive schools around the state. Not only do the state and federal governments require the meals to be more nutritious, but parents and students are requesting these changes to more nutritious fare. And when they ask for more fresh produce to be offered, they want it to be local.

The Department of Agriculture is deeply invested in Farm to School, both on the school nutrition side and the farming side. Our farmers benefit greatly from Farm to School. Schools' purchases of Jersey Fresh raise farmers' revenue, keeping them in business and keeping their farmland in agriculture. This will lead to more preserved farmland, which helps towns keep their property tax rates stable. Studies by the American Farmland Trust have shown that for every dollar residential development pays in taxes, it requires on average $1.19 in services. In contrast, farmland requires an average of only 37 cents in services for every dollar it pays in taxes.

While New Jersey's produce growing season ranges mostly from April to November, the season can be extended to year round if schools purchase Made with Jersey Fresh products, or processed items that have New Jersey grown produce as a main ingredient. Many of these items are now readily available, such as canned tomatoes, salsa, peach cider, frozen vegetables and more. The project with Rutgers Food Innovation Center will lead to mass production of Made with Jersey Fresh items, all meeting state and federal nutrition standards, for use specifically in school meals. The manufacturing of these items likely will add jobs to the state and increase state tax revenues.

We see nothing but positives in the future of the Farm to School Program we invite schools to visit our Farm to School web page www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/childadult/farm_to_school.html to see how they can get involved in this growing initiative.


Negotiating the Civil Service Commission at the 2011 League of Municipalities Conference
By Robert M. Czech, Chair/CEO, NJ Civil Service Commission

After so many years in municipal, county, and state service, I almost mark the passage of time by the League conference in November. Indeed, the changing themes and concerns of the annual gathering can serve as a roadmap of where we've been, and where we are now.

Here in 2011, we're at a crossroads. Continuing economic uncertainty coupled with the implementation of long-needed structural changes in state government mean every day presents fresh challenges to municipal managers and elected officials. Established ways of doing things are no longer enough; times call for fresh ideas and approaches.

The Civil Service Commission is, for many of you, your most direct link to state government. While we are certainly central to big-picture policy discussions, we're also a bread-and-butter agency that works with you in meeting your everyday personnel and recruiting needs.

The biggest news in the past twelve months was the passage of pension and health benefit reform. It's not the only sea change you face, however. For that reason, this year's Civil Service presentation at the League conference is especially timely.

"Negotiating the Civil Service System to Meet Your Local Budget Demands" is a chance for you to hear about proposed and enacted changes to Civil Service and to learn how to leverage the resources we offer to your advantage. Along with Kenneth Connolly, our Director of State and Local Government Operations, I will be on hand to answer your questions about recently-enacted regulations and rules, and what you can expect in 2012.

Besides pensions and benefits, we will touch on:

- The Rule of Three: Proposed rule changes to help avoid situations like the one that produced the Ocean City decision

- Title Consolidation: What we’ve accomplished, how we did it, and where we are headed

- Proposed changes to the disciplinary rule, including increasing the definition of major discipline from five days to 30 days

- Revising layoff rules to empower managers to make employment decisions based on   needed skills rather than strict seniority  

- Our liberalizing of transfer rules for local governments

- Revising the PARS process from three to five levels to make personnel evaluations more meaningful, and tying evaluations to departmental and municipal goals.

As a side note to the latter, the CSC itself will be conducting a trial of the new evaluation system in coming months. Although this only applies to state government, I believe it is applicable to all government employers. Tying individual performance to the goals of the organization at any level is a key to improving productivity. In the future we hope to be able to bring you the benefit of our experience, should you consider adopting the enhanced process.

It's a full agenda, but we trust it will be practical knowledge that you can take back to your offices and put to work for the benefit of you taxpayers and citizens. If you are tasked with managing your town's budget and workforce, or have a healthy interest in the nexus of policy and budgeting, we hope to see you on November 16.

The League Session "Negotiating the Civil Service System to Meet Your Local Budget Demands" will take place at 3:45 pm Wednesday, November 16 in room 312 of the Atlantic City Convention Center.