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June 16, 2008

Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services




Dear Mayor:

We would like to draw your attention to some important new information on the website of the Division of Local Government Services.


1. Defined Contribution Retirement Program: A model ordinance/resolution to be used by local units to codify their determinations of employees that are "substantially similar" as described in Local Finance Notice 2008-10 for compliance with the new Defined Contribution Benefits Retirement Program is now available at:  In addition, effective immediately, a Transmittal Form
( must be used to provide the Division of Pensions and Benefits with important information about your submission.  Local units that have already submitted their documents are not affected by this requirement.  Accordingly, the submission date for any pending ordinance/resolution is extended until July 1. Questions concerning this matter can be e-mailed to


2. The Department of Community Affairs Division on Women reminds municipalities that are eligible for domestic violence police training grant funds to submit the Cost Reimbursement form to DCA-DOW, Box 811, 101 S. Broad Street, Trenton NJ 08625-0801 by July 7, 2008.  Forms received after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement. Training must be completed between 7/1/2007 and 6/30/2008.  If you have questions please call Mercy Harris at 609-292-8840.

3. The New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) will be hosting six regional information sessions and four planning seminars in June and July. The information sessions are targeted to municipal officials and municipal attorneys while the planning seminars are targeted to professional planners. Information about the sessions and seminars, including dates, locations and registration information, is available on COAH's website at or by calling Larissa DeGraw at (609) 292-3000 x 244.

4. The State Department of Labor and Workforce Development has been receiving complaints from smaller contractors who claim they were misled by local government officials into believing purchase orders for less than the local unit's bid threshold under the Local Public Contracts Law threshold are not subject to Prevailing Wage or Public Works Contractor Registration requirements.  To eliminate any confusion on the issue, local officials are reminded that the bid threshold is not related to compliance with these two laws. Details about the laws are on the Department's website at:  Public Work Contractor Registration:
Prevailing Wage Laws:

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, Ex. 137, or at


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                          Executive Director



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