[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Manalapan 3-12-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that the incentive program would be initiated 1-1-2003.
The purposes of the Incentives for Volunteer Emergency Service Program are to recognize the personal commitment of time, energy and expertise of those who volunteer to provide fire and first aid emergency services for Township residents and businesses and to encourage more local residents to volunteer for the Manalapan Englishtown First Aid Squad, Fire District Number 1 (Gordon's Corner Fire Company), and/or Fire District Number 2 (Manalapan Fire Company).
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- IMMEDIATE FAMILY
- A member's spouse; children under 18; children living with a member in good standing for whom the member has custody; parents of the member, living with the member in good standing.
- MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING
- Any volunteer of the Manalapan Englishtown First Aid Squad, Fire District Number 1 (Gordon's Corner Fire Company), or Fire District Number 2 (Manalapan Fire Company) who is a resident of the Township and for whom the President of the First Aid Squad or the Fire Chief of the applicable Fire District will certify that he/she is an active member in good standing having served at least one full year of duty and having met the response and training requirements of their organization.
- Any individual contributing services to the Manalapan Englishtown First Aid Squad, Fire District Number 1 (Gordon's Corner Fire Company) or Fire District Number 2 (Manalapan Fire Company) without remuneration or without a formal agreement or contract of hire. Excluded from participation are any organizations, companies or businesses operated by a volunteer.
The incentives contained in this program shall be available to any volunteer member of the Manalapan Englishtown First Aid Squad, Fire District Number 1 (Gordon's Corner Fire Company) or Fire District Number 2 (Manalapan Fire Company) who is a member in good standing.
In January of each year the President of the Manalapan Englishtown First Aid Squad or the Fire Chief of Fire District Number 1 (Gordon's Corner Fire Company) or Fire District Number 2 (Manalapan Fire Company) shall provide to the Township Administrator a certified list of those volunteers from his/her organization who have been active members for at least one year and who met the required response and training duties of their organization during the prior year. The President or Chief shall notify the Township Administrator within 30 days when a person certified as a member of good standing in the prior year is no longer affiliated with his/her organization or no longer considered to be a member of good standing or when a new member should be added to the list as a member of good standing due to his/her involvement and/or tenure.
Any certified member in good standing shall be reimbursed by the Township for up to $500 per calendar year for those municipal fees paid by the member in good standing for himself or for a member of his immediate family for local services provided by the Township. Where these fees include monies required by the county or the state to be collected by the Township but remitted to either the county or the state, only the local or municipal portion of the fee will be reimbursed. These reimbursable fees include recreation and park fees, construction code fees (for member's principal residence only), Health Department fees, animal control licenses, fees for the use of Township facilities and programs, planning and zoning application fees (for member's principal residence only). Fees excluded from this reimbursement program are Municipal Court fines and costs, land use escrow fees, taxes and assessments, water and sewer fees, late fees and interest penalties.
To receive reimbursement, the volunteer in good standing must present to the Township Finance Office a copy of the receipt received by the volunteer for the fees paid after January 1, 2003. These receipts can be presented cumulatively or as each fee is paid by the volunteer. The Township Finance Director shall verify that the applicant is included on the certified list of members in good standing and that the fee reimbursement is in conformity with this chapter. If the request is approved, the Finance Department shall issue to the applicant a purchase order and voucher for the reimbursement and shall present the properly completed voucher to the Township Committee for approval at the next available Township meeting wherein vouchers are approved for payment.