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October 12, 2010

Re:    Recent changes to the DLGS website

Dear Mayor:

The following changes have been made recently on the DLGS website:

1. FY 2011 Pension Billing Estimates: The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released FY 2011 employer billing information for local employers for PERS and PFRS.  The tables are online at www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/2011-employer-billing.shtml.  This year's
information also includes comparisons to FY 2010.  Comparison tables are online at www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/2011-employer-comparison.shtml. The information in the FY 2011 table can be used in the preparation of CY and SFY 2011 budgets.

2. School Bus Operations Notice: School is back in session and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection would like to remind you that state law restricts idling diesel or gasoline engines to no more than three minutes and is applicable to ALL the vehicles under your control, including buses transporting students to events at other schools and while on field
trips. Employees, vendors, visitors and parents must also abide by the limit.  Further information about the Diesel Risk Reduction Program is available at www.StoptheSoot.org or call 609-292-7953.

3. UCC Annual Report: The NJ Uniform Construction Code Regulations – NJAC 5:23-4.17 (b) require that municipalities file a report that accurately portrays the receipts and expenses of the local enforcing agency for code enforcement purposes.  The UCC Annual Report, which has been filed by CFOs and Construction Officials since 1994, should be completed on-line
(http://fs2.formsite.com/njdca/uccrpt/form_login.html) by both SFY and CY municipalities.  For questions or assistance, please e-mail the Office of Regulatory Affairs at ora@dca.state.nj.us or telephone 609-984-7672.

4. A new DLGS "Continuing Education Calendar" is now available at
www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/certunit/certmenu.shtml.  You can get information and register for upcoming approved continuing education programs for purposes of obtaining contact hours to renew your certification(s).  The Calendar can be used to view courses by type of certification, subject area, number of hours, etc.  In addition, you can set up an email notification to remind you of upcoming programs that you are scheduled to attend.  For any questions regarding the use of this calendar, please contact the Division's Certification unit at 609-292-9757 or e-mail dkaminski@dca.state.nj.us.

5. The "OPRA Alert" Volume 3 Issue 1 (September 2010) is now available to view on the Government Records Council website at www.nj.gov/grc/news/alerts/.  This OPRA Alert discusses legislation officially signed into law by Governor Christie that changes OPRA's copying fees.  If you have any questions regarding OPRA issues, please contact the
GRC for guidance at 1-866-850-0511 or grc@dca.state.nj.us.

6. The New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee In Partnership with the Federal OSHA Avenel Office and Industry experts are offering a 2010 Fall Training Program on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. until 12 - noon.  The course is titled "Emerging Issue - Combustible Dust" and will be held at PSE&G, 4000 Hadley Road, South Plainfield.  Seating is limited and you must register by contacting Dhruti Thaker at dthaker@actavis.com, Dr. Koshy Koshy at koshyko@umdnj.edu or Rosemarie Kulp at rkulp@rehs.rutgers.edu.

7. The Division of Taxation mailed 2009 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) checks to eligible applicants who filed by the original deadline of June 1, 2010.  The application deadline has now been extended to November 1, 2010.  Public inquiries can be made by calling 800-882-6597 or e-mail nj.taxation@treas.state.nj.us

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 October 6, 2010.  This issue can be viewed online at: www.nj.gov/dep/bulletin/bu2010_1006.pdf.

9. Local Finance Notice 2010-17 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-17.doc) announces the COLA rate for SFY 2011 budgets and the increase rate in State Health Benefit rates which will drive cap exceptions for all SFY 2011 budgets.  The COLA rate for SFY 2011 budgets is 0%, however the governing body can pass the COLA ordinance for an increase of 3.5%, which will also allow you to bank any unused cap.  There is no automatic increase to the cap base. The SHB increase is 11.6%.  Please review the notice to determine how this information affects your organization.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 


 

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