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June 2, 2010

Re:      Changes to DLGS Website

Dear Mayor:

The following updates have been made to the DLGS website:

1. Local Finance Notice 2010-12 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-12.doc) provides guidance regarding "The Impact of Chapter 2, P.L. 2010 on Local Unit Health Benefits Programs."  The Notice provides important guidance to all local employers, those who are members of the State Health Benefits Program and those who are not.  The law has significant differences between the two, so this guidance is very important, especially to organizations that are not members of the State Health Benefits Program (including those with commercial insurance, are self-insured, or members of a health insurance fund).

2. Chief Financial Officers are advised that when required by Division of Local Government Services, CY 2010 budget examinations may not be completed prior to a municipality's hearing date.  This is due to the large number of budget hearings scheduled through the end of May.  If the CFO does not receive budget examination notes from the Division prior to the hearing, the scheduled public hearing must still be held as advertised, however, budget adoption will need to be postponed.  Once the Division completes the review, the CFO will receive the examination notes from a DLGS staff member. Questions concerning this can be e-mailed to the Division at dlgs@dca.state.nj.us.

3. The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has posted an important "Notice to Licensees and Municipal Issuing Authorities of Changes to Statute Governing Late-Filed Renewal Applications, N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.18" on their Division website at www.state.nj.us/lps/abc/index.html.  The Municipal Clerk and ABC Board Secretary should immediately review these changes.  Questions may be directed to Deputy Attorney General Lorinda Lasus at 609-633-6076.

4. A letter from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
(http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lsse/employee/Fireworks.html) was recently sent to store owners regarding New Jersey's Fireworks Laws.  If you have any questions or comments about the Fireworks Laws, feel free to contact the Office of Public Safety Compliance at 609-292-2096.

5. The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released guidance on implementing recently enacted laws related to changes in pensions and benefits.  The laws are Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Laws of 2010.  Guidance was sent to Pension Certifying Officers in each local unit.  The specific pension guidance issues are found on the Certifying Letter web page:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml.

The specific guidance is as follows:

Chapter 3, P.L. 2010 - Disability Benefit Changes to the PERS and TPAF:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml#ch3perstpaf

Chapter 2, P.L. 2010 - Changes to the SHBP and SEHBP FAQs:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml#ch2faq

Chapter 2, P.L. 2010 - Changes to the SHBP and SEHBP:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml#ch2shbpsehbp

Chapter 1, P.L. 2010 - Pension Changes to the PERS, TPAF, and DCRP:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml#ch1perstpaf

Chapter 1, P.L. 2010 - Pension Changes to the PFRS:
www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/coltr10.shtml#ch1pfrs

6. DCA's Main Street New Jersey Program is accepting registrations for the June session of its 2010 Downtown Revitalization & Management Institute program. The two-day seminar on June 21 and 22 at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton will explore how to revitalize downtown commercial districts for New Jersey's new economy. Day 1 will cover such key topics as strategies to retain local businesses and reinventing downtowns for the next decade.  Day 2 will focus on bringing business back to Main Street and ways to improve local economies today.  You must register by June 18 (www.mainstreetnewjersey.com/regform.html).  For general information about the Main Street New Jersey program, please contact Director; Jef Buehler at
(609) 633-9769 or jefb@dca.state.nj.us.

7. The NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute (NJRA RTI) will be holding a one-day "Green Building Workshop" on June 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton.  Consultants and developers well-versed in sustainable design, construction, operations, and planning will identify ways to reduce the burden on the environment in terms of resources, land use, and air and water quality.  Lenders, business service providers and governmental agencies will also be available to share their resources and programs that can facilitate sustainable development practices.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.njra.us/rti or call the RTI HotLine: 609-292-0031.

8. The DEP Bulletin contains a list of construction permit applications recently filed or acted upon by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  The latest issue was released May 26, 2010.  This issue can be viewed online at: www.nj.gov/dep/bulletin/bu2010_0526.pdf.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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