Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 8-30-1999 by Ord. No. 1346-99. Amendments noted where applicable.]
048a Exhibit A048b Exhibit B

§ 48-1 Establishment.

A Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.) to reward members of the following volunteer fire-fighting/first aid organizations for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to residents of the Township of Hamilton:
A. 
Fire department.
(1) 
Cologne Volunteer Fire Co.
(2) 
Laureldale Volunteer Fire Co.
(3) 
Mays Landing Volunteer Fire Co.
(4) 
Mizpah Volunteer Fire Co.
(5) 
Weymouth Volunteer Fire Co.
B. 
Rescue squads.
(1) 
Mays Landing Volunteer Rescue Squad.
(2) 
Weymouth Volunteer Rescue Squad.

§ 48-2 Purpose.

The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred-income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below. Such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Township of Hamilton pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., shall be invested in those investments permitted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:15B-3, and that such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and this chapter.

§ 48-3 Eligibility.

This LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible volunteer fire company and rescue squad member that meets the criteria as set forth as follows:
A. 
Volunteer fire company members earning a minimum of 100 points per qualifying year based on the point schedule set forth in the attached Exhibit A.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is included at the end of this chapter.
B. 
Volunteer rescue squad members earning a minimum of 100 points per qualifying year based on the point schedule set forth in the attached Exhibit B.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Exhibit B is included at the end of this chapter.

§ 48-4 Qualifications.

Member qualifying for a year of active service, defined as a total of 12 months from January 1 to December 31 of a qualifying year, must earn a minimum of 100 points.

§ 48-5 Certifying officers.

The Chief of each qualified organization shall be the certifying officer. Certifying reports shall be submitted to the Township Clerk no later than March 15 of each year.

§ 48-6 Amount of contribution.

[Amended 8-1-2005 by Ord. No. 1537-2005[1]
The estimated cost of the program shall be calculated as follows:
A. 
Annual contribution for each eligible member: a minimum of $400 and a maximum of $1,000.
B. 
Total annual contribution: a minimum of $93,032 and a maximum of $232,000 per year.
C. 
No credit for service rendered prior to the establishment of this service award program shall be provided under this chapter.
D. 
No participant in the plan shall be required to make any contribution.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was approved by voters at the 11-8-2005 general election.

§ 48-7 Public question.

This chapter shall not take effect unless it is approved by Township voters as a public question at the next general election.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved by the voters at the 11-2-1999 general election.

§ 48-8 Referendum.

The following referendum question shall be submitted to the voters of the Township of Hamilton at the November 2, 1999, general election:
Shall the Township of Hamilton be authorized to establish a Length of Service Awards Program for the volunteer fire fighters and rescue squad members that serve Hamilton Township pursuant to the following terms and conditions.
a.
The program shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred income account for each active volunteer member that meets the eligibility criteria and in accordance with the schedule adopted by the Township of Hamilton.
b.
The proposed maximum annual contribution for an active volunteer member shall be no less than one hundred ($100.00) dollars, and no more than four hundred ($400.00) dollars.
c.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows:
a.
For regular annual services: No less than twenty one thousand ($21,000.00) dollars and no more than eighty-four thousand ($84,000,00) dollars per year.
Yes:
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No:
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EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
The Township of Hamilton has decided to create a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) for members of the Volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads that serve the citizens of the Township of Hamilton. The general requirements for a LOSAP are set forth in State law N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.
Each volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member that perform the required amount of service will have not less than one hundred ($100.00) dollars nor more than four hundred ($400.00) dollars per year deposited into a tax deferred income account that will earn interest for the volunteer.
The cost will be budgeted annually in the budget of the Township of Hamilton and is anticipated to be no less than twenty-one thousand ($21,000.00) dollars and no more than eighty-four thousand ($84,000.00) dollars.
Additional details on the program may be found in the ordinance, adopted by the Township of Hamilton which is available for public inspection, along with a copy of the State enabling law at, The Hamilton Township Municipal building, 5101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330.
Additional details on the program may be found in Ordinance #1346-99 Adopted by the Township of Hamilton, which is available for public inspection, along with a copy of the State enabling law at the Municipal Building, 6101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330.

§ 48-9 Repealer.

All ordinances and parts of ordinances of Hamilton Township heretofore adopted that are inconsistent with any of the terms and provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.

§ 48-10 Severability.

If any section, paragraph, subsection, clause or provision of this chapter shall be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of this chapter as a whole or any part thereof.

§ 48-11 Effective date.

This chapter shall not take effect unless it is approved by the voters of the Township of Hamilton as a public question at the next general election to be held on November 2, 1999.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved by the voters at the 11-2-1999 general election.