[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-8-2014 by Ord. No. 11-14-12]
This article shall be known as "Performance Incentive for Volunteer Fire and First Aid Members."
The purpose of this article is to recognize the personal commitment of time, energy and expertise of the responders; to encourage members to respond to as many calls as possible; and by providing such an incentive program to further encourage volunteering for the Cranbury Township Fire Department and Cranbury First Aid Squad, both of which are volunteer organizations.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- TOWNSHIP APPROPRIATION
- The amount of money appropriated by the Township to the Cranbury Township Fire Department or the Cranbury First Aid Squad in any one year.
- Any individual contributing services to the Cranbury Township Fire Department and/or Cranbury First Aid Squad without remuneration or without formal agreement or contract of hire.
- VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
- The Cranbury Township Fire Department or the Cranbury First Aid Squad, as the case may be.
There shall be a program known as the "Volunteer Incentive Program." In any one year, this program may be funded in an amount not to exceed $10,000, half of which shall be designated for the Cranbury Township Fire Department and half of which shall be designated for the Cranbury First Aid Squad.
The volunteer organization shall distribute the Township appropriation to its members in a manner that will encourage volunteers to respond to calls. Distribution of the funds shall be in strict accord with rules established by each volunteer organization pursuant to its own bylaws.
No member shall be entitled to receive more than $500 of the Township appropriation in any one year.
Nothing herein shall limit the ability of the volunteer organization to raise additional funds from other sources to supplement the Township appropriation.
No later than 30 days after distribution of the Township appropriation, the volunteer organization shall provide an accounting of that distribution to the Township Administrator. The accounting shall include the name of the member, the amount received by the member, the method for determining the distribution of funds, and a certification that the person receiving the funds is a volunteer, as that term is defined in this article. Providing an accounting that meets these standards shall be a prerequisite for the volunteer organization to receive a Township appropriation in the following year.