Borough of North Haledon, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Haledon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Emergency medical services — See Ch. 34.
Volunteer Fire Department — See Ch. 44.
[Adopted 8-15-2001 by Ord. No. 12-2001 (Ch. 12 of the 1990 Code)]
[Amended 8-15-2012 by Ord. No. 14-2012]
A defined contribution program known as a "length of service award program (LOSAP)" is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., for the benefit of the active volunteer members of the emergency service organization operating under the Borough's jurisdiction which is the Borough of North Haledon Volunteer Fire Department. Any active volunteer member who does not obtain a minimum of 30 points in the Fire Department Responses Category of Schedule A hereto in a calendar year shall not be eligible for any contribution in any amount for said calendar year, irrespective of the number of points accumulated by said member in the other categories contained in Schedule A hereto.[1]
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Editor's Note: Schedule A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[Amended 8-15-2012 by Ord. No. 14-2012]
The program shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred income account for each active volunteer member of the aforesaid emergency service organization that meets the criteria set forth below, such contribution being made in accordance with the plan established by the Borough of North Haledon pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., such plan being administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, this article and any applicable rules of the Internal Revenue Service. The Borough Council shall sponsor a responsible fiduciary for the administration of the plan and the investment and accounting for the funds maintained hereunder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any active volunteer member who does not obtain a minimum of 30 points in the Fire Department Responses Category of Schedule A hereto in a calendar year shall not be eligible for any contribution in any amount for said calendar year, irrespective of the number of points accumulated by said member in the other categories contained in Schedule A hereto.
The proposed estimated total amount to be budgeted for the program shall be $58,000 based upon 50 qualifying volunteers.
A. 
The proposed maximum annual Borough contribution for an active volunteer shall be $1,150.
B. 
Subsequent to the adoption of the within program, the maximum annual contribution may be increased from time to time by application of the consumer price index factor as provided by state statute.
An active volunteer member shall be eligible to participate in the length of service award program immediately upon the commencement of the active volunteer member's performance of active emergency services in the Borough's emergency service organization. Members who have accumulated a minimum of five years of qualified service, or five years of previous service with North Haledon Fire Department, shall be able to withdraw the deposited funds at any time in accordance with current IRS rules and New Jersey state laws. In the event of the death of a volunteer member who has accumulated five years or more of qualified service, contributions made to the member's account shall be distributed to the member's immediate family in accordance with current IRS rules and New Jersey state laws.
A. 
A year of active emergency service commencing after the establishment of the program shall be credited for each calendar year in which an active volunteer member accumulates at least 60 points that are granted in accordance with Schedule A hereto, with at least 30 of said points being accumulated in the Fire Department Responses Category of Schedule A hereto. Annual contributions shall be made to each eligible member in accordance with Schedule A hereto; however, any active volunteer member who does not obtain a minimum of 30 points in the Fire Department Response Category of Schedule A hereto in a calendar year shall not be eligible for any contribution in any amount for said calendar year, irrespective of the number of points accumulated by said member in the other categories contained in Schedule A hereto.[1]
[Amended 8-15-2012 by Ord. No. 14-2012]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
The crediting of points for prior years of service shall be solely in accordance with the above schedule. The determination of number of years credit for each participant shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the state statutes. In no event shall the total amount exceed the maximum amount allowed by law.
C. 
In computing credit for those active volunteer members who also serve as paid employees within a local government unit of the state, credit shall not be given for activities performed during the individual's regularly assigned work periods.
The participating emergency service organization shall maintain all required records on forms prescribed by the requirements of the service award program and shall comply with all statutory provisions concerning the length of service award program. Each year, the participating emergency service organization shall furnish to the Borough Clerk an annual certification list, certified under oath, of all volunteer members which shall identify those active volunteer members who have qualified for credit under the award program for the previous year. A volunteer member may request in writing that the member's name be deleted from the lists as participant in the program in accordance with state statute. The Borough shall review the annual certification lists and approve the final annual certification. The approved list of active certified volunteer members shall then be returned to each participating emergency service organization and posted for at least 30 days for review by members. The emergency service organization shall provide any information concerning the annual certification list that the Borough shall require as part of its review.
[Amended 4-18-2018 by Ord. No. 12-2018]
All records shall be maintained and updated on an annual basis by the emergency service organization, and submitted to the Borough Administrator on an annual basis.
This article shall not take effect unless it is approved by the voters as a public question at the next general election and, if approved, shall be implemented on January 1, 2002.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This article was approved by the voters of the Borough of North Haledon at the 11-6-2001 general election.
[Added 7-25-2012 by Ord. No. 15-2012]
No contribution shall be made hereunder until such time as each and every record required to be submitted hereunder has been approved, in writing, by the Mayor, the Chairperson of the Council's Finance Committee and Council representative for the North Haledon Fire Department. Upon such written approval, the proposed contribution may be submitted to the full governing body for consideration.
[Adopted 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 19-2011]
A defined contribution program known as a "length of service award program (LOSAP)" is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., for the benefit of the active volunteer members of the emergency service organization known as the "North Haledon Volunteer Ambulance, Inc."
The program shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred income account for each active volunteer member of the aforesaid emergency service organization that meets the criteria set forth below, such contribution being made in accordance with the plan established by the Borough of North Haledon pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq., such plan being administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, this article and any applicable rules of the Internal Revenue Service. The Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Haledon shall sponsor a responsible fiduciary for the administration of said plan and the investment of and accounting for the funds maintained hereunder.
Any member of the emergency service organization who does not earn a minimum of 25 points in any combination under Categories A and B of Schedule B attached hereto[1] in a calendar year shall not be considered an active volunteer member for purposes of this article and shall not be eligible for LOSAP contributions for said calendar year.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule B is included as an attachment to this chapter.
The proposed estimated total amount to be budgeted for the program, based upon current membership, shall be $17,250.
A. 
The proposed maximum annual Borough contribution for an active volunteer member shall be $1,150.
B. 
Subsequent to the adoption of the within program, the maximum annual contribution may be increased from time to time by application of the consumer price index factor as provided by state statute.
An active volunteer member shall be eligible to participate in the length of service award program immediately upon the commencement of the active volunteer member's performance of active emergency services in the North Haledon Volunteer Ambulance, Inc. Members who have accumulated a minimum of five years of qualified service, or five years of previous service with the Haledon Emergency Ambulance Association, Inc., shall be able to withdraw the deposited funds at any time in accordance with current IRS rules and New Jersey state laws. In the event of the death of an active volunteer member who has accumulated five years or more of qualified service, contributions made to the member's account shall be distributed to the member's immediate family in accordance with current IRS rules and New Jersey state laws.
A. 
A year of active emergency service commencing after the establishment of the program shall be credited for each calendar year in which an active volunteer member accumulates at least 25 points that are granted in accordance with Schedule B attached hereto and incorporated by reference. Annual contributions shall be made to each eligible member in accordance with Schedule B attached hereto and incorporated by reference.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule B is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
The crediting of points for prior years' service shall be solely in accordance with Schedule B. The determination of the number of years credit for each participant shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the state statutes. In no event shall the total amount exceed the maximum amount allowed by law.
C. 
In computing points or credit for those active volunteer members who also serve as paid employees within a local government unit of the state, points or credit shall not be given for activities performed during the individual's regularly assigned work periods.
The emergency service organization shall maintain all required records on forms prescribed by the requirements of the service award program and shall comply with all statutory provisions concerning the length of service award program and be approved by the governing body of the Borough of North Haledon. Each year, the participating emergency service organization shall furnish to the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of North Haledon an annual certification list, certified under oath, of all volunteer members, which shall identify those active volunteer members who have qualified for credit under the award program for the previous year. A volunteer member may request in writing that the member's name be deleted from the list as a participant in the program in accordance with state statute. The governing body of the Borough of North Haledon shall review the annual certification list and approve the final annual certification. The approved list of active volunteer members shall then be returned to the participating emergency service organization and posted for at least 30 days for review by members. The emergency service organization shall provide any information concerning the annual certification list that the Borough shall require as part of its review.
All records shall be maintained and updated on a monthly basis by the emergency service organization, which shall be submitted on a monthly basis to the Municipal Clerk and Certified Finance Officer and/or Treasurer of the Borough of North Haledon and shall be audited on an annual basis by the Auditor for the Borough of North Haledon.
This article shall not take effect unless it is approved by the voters as a public question at the next general election and, if approved, shall be implemented on January 1, 2012, and applied retroactively to February 1, 2011, the date on which North Haledon Volunteer Ambulance, Inc., began to provide volunteer emergency medical services for the residents of the Borough of North Haledon.
[Added 7-25-2012 by Ord. No. 16-2012]
No contribution shall be made hereunder until such time as each and every record required to be submitted hereunder has been approved, in writing, by the Mayor, the Chairperson of the Council's Finance Committee and Council representative for the North Haledon Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Upon such written approval, the proposed contribution may be submitted to the full governing body for consideration.
The following referendum question shall be submitted to the voters of the Borough of North Haledon at the November 8, 2011, general election[1]:
MUNICIPAL QUESTION
Shall the Borough of North Haledon be authorized to establish a length of service award program (LOSAP) for the active volunteer members that serve the North Haledon Volunteer Ambulance, Inc., which shall provide for annual contributions to a deferred income account for each active volunteer member that meets the eligibility criteria in accordance with the Schedule adopted by the Borough of North Haledon.
_____ Yes
_____ No
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Editor's Note: This article was approved by the voters at the 11-8-2011 general election.