[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Alpha as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-14-1974 (§ 6-7 of the 1974 Code)]
A Violations Clerk of the Municipal Court shall be appointed by the Municipal Judge.
He shall hold office for a term of one year.
The Violations Clerk shall receive an annual salary to be determined by the Mayor and Council, which shall be paid in the same manner as the salaries of other municipal officers are paid, and which shall be in lieu of all fees, costs and any other allowances whatsoever. He may be required to enter into a bond in favor of the Borough of Alpha in such amount as may be prescribed by the Mayor and Council, which bond shall be approved as to form and surety by the Borough Attorney and shall be filed with the Borough Clerk.
The Violations Clerk shall keep the docket of the Municipal Court; send out such notices as the Judge of the Municipal Court shall order; collect fines from persons convicted of violations of any regulation, ordinance or law in the Municipal Court; keep records of postponements of court appearances and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, the court rules applicable to municipal courts, and the Judge of the Municipal Court.
[Adopted 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
The purpose of this article is to create the administrative mechanisms needed for the execution of the Borough of Alpha's responsibility to assist in the provision of affordable housing pursuant to the Fair Housing Act of 1985.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT
- The entity responsible for administering the affordability controls of some or all units in the affordable housing program for the Borough of Alpha to ensure that the restricted units under administration are affirmatively marketed and sold or rented, as applicable, only to low- and moderate income households.
- MUNICIPAL HOUSING LIAISON
- The employee charged by the governing body with the responsibility for the oversight and administration of the affordable housing program for the Borough of Alpha.
Establishment of the position of Municipal Housing Liaison. There is hereby established the position of Municipal Housing Liaison for the Borough of Alpha.
Subject to the approval of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), the Municipal Housing Liaison shall be appointed by the governing body and may be a full- or part-time municipal employee.
The Municipal Housing Liaison shall be responsible for the oversight and administration of the affordable housing program for the Borough of Alpha including the following responsibilities which may not be contracted out, exclusive of the item in Subsection C(6), which may be contracted out:
Serving as the Borough of Alpha's primary point of contact for all inquiries from the state, affordable housing providers, administrative agents, and interested households;
Monitoring the status of all restricted units in the Borough of Alpha's Fair Share Plan;
Compiling, verifying and submitting annual reports as required by COAH;
Coordinating meetings with affordable housing providers and administrative agents, as applicable;
Attending continuing education opportunities on affordability controls, compliance monitoring, and affirmative marketing as offered or approved by COAH;
Subject to approval by COAH, the Borough of Alpha may contract with or authorize a consultant, authority, government or any agency charged by the governing body, which entity shall have the responsibility of administering the affordable housing program of the Borough of Alpha, except for those responsibilities which may not be contracted out pursuant to Subsection C above. If the Borough of Alpha contracts with another entity to administer all or any part of the affordable housing program, including the affordability controls and affirmative marketing plan, the Municipal Housing Liaison shall supervise all contracting administrative agent.
Compensation. Compensation shall be fixed by the governing body at the time of the appointment of the Municipal Housing Liaison.
Administrative powers and duties assigned to the Municipal Housing Liaison.
Conducting an outreach process to insure affirmative marketing of affordable housing units in accordance with the affirmative marketing plan of the Borough of Alpha and the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.15; and
Providing counseling or contracting to provide counseling services to low and moderate income applicants on subjects such as budgeting, credit issues, mortgage qualification, rental lease requirements, and landlord/tenant law.
Soliciting, scheduling, conducting and following up on interviews with interested households;
Conducting interviews and obtaining sufficient documentation of gross income and assets upon which to base a determination of income eligibility for a low- or moderate-income unit;
Providing written notification to each applicant as to the determination of eligibility or noneligibility;
Requiring that all certified applicants for restricted units execute a certificate substantially in the form, as applicable, of either the ownership or rental certificates set forth in Appendices J and K of N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.1 et seq.
Creating and maintaining a referral list of eligible applicant households living in the housing region and eligible applicant households with members working in the housing region where the units are located; and
Employing the random selection process as provided in the affirmative marketing plan of the Borough of Alpha when referring households for certification to affordable units.
Furnishing to attorneys or closing agents forms of deed restrictions and mortgages for recording at the time of conveyance of title of each restricted unit;
Creating and maintaining a file on each restricted unit for its control period, including the recorded deed with restrictions, recorded mortgage and note, as appropriate;
Ensuring that the removal of the deed restrictions and cancellation of the mortgage note are effectuated and properly filed with the appropriate county's register of deeds or county clerk's office after the termination of the affordability controls for each restricted unit;
Communicating with lenders regarding foreclosures; and
Ensuring the issuance of continuing certificates of occupancy or certifications pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.10.
Resale and rental:
Instituting and maintaining an effective means of communicating information between owners and the administrative agent regarding the availability of restricted units for resale or rental; and
Instituting and maintaining an effective means of communicating information to low- and moderate-income households regarding the availability of restricted units for resale or re-rental.
Processing request from unit owners:
Reviewing and approving requests from owners of restricted units who wish to take out home equity loans or refinance during the term of their ownership;
Reviewing and approving requests to increase sales prices from owners of restricted units who wish to make capital improvements to the units that would affect the selling price, such authorizations to be limited to those improvements resulting in additional bedrooms or bathrooms and the cost of central air conditioning systems; and
Processing requests and making determinations on requests by owners of restricted units for hardship waivers.
Securing annually lists of all affordable housing units for which tax bills are mailed to absentee owners and notifying all such owners that they must either move back to their unit or sell it;
Securing from all developers and sponsors of restricted units, at the earliest point of contact in the processing of the project or development, written acknowledgement of the requirement that no restricted unit can be offered, or in any other way committed, to any person, other than a household duly certified to the unit by the administrative agent;
The posting annually in all rental properties, including two-family homes, of a notice as to the maximum permitted rent together with the telephone number of the administrative agent where complaints of excess rent can be made;
Sending annual mailings to all owners of affordable dwelling units reminding them of the notices and requirements outlined in N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.18(d)4;
Establishing a program for diverting unlawful rent payments to the municipality's affordable housing trust fund or other appropriate municipal fund approved by the DCA;
Creating and publishing a written operating manual, as approved by COAH, setting forth procedures for administering such affordability controls; and
Providing annual reports to COAH as required.
The administrative agent shall have authority to take all actions necessary and appropriate to carry out his or her responsibilities hereunder.