City of Somers Point, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Somers Point as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Emergency management — See Ch. 22.
Fire Department — See Ch. 29.
061a Schedule A 061b Schedule B
[Adopted 6-28-2001 by Ord. No. 7-2001]

§ 61-1 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to this chapter:
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER
Individuals residing in the City of Somers Point who are non-paid members of the Volunteer Fire Department or Rescue Squad and who meet the definition of active member (or exempt member) as established by the bylaws of the volunteer organizations as are in effect on the effective date of this chapter.
FEES
Such charges, limited to those listed below, which are charged and fully retained by the City of Somers Point as revenue. Specifically excluded are any portion of the charges collected by the City on behalf of another entity, including but not limited to the state, county, or an outside vender.
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
The Fire Department or Rescue Squad of the City of Somers Point.

§ 61-2 Specified fees waived.

All active volunteer members of the City of Somers Point Fire Department or Rescue Squad as defined above shall be entitled to the following incentive exemption of fees:
A. 
Exemption from the municipal portion of the Uniform Construction Code fee charged for the issuance of a building permit required in connection with either the construction of a new single-family home or an addition or repairs to an existing single-family home. Said fee exemption is not to exceed $500 in any calendar year, and the dwelling must be owned and occupied by the active volunteer member.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 100, Uniform Construction Codes.
B. 
Exemption from the municipal portion of the fees charged for the issuance of a permit required in connection with the use of the municipal boat-launching ramp.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 199, Parks and Recreation Facilities.
C. 
Exemption from the municipal portion of the fees charged for a marriage license, certified, copies of marriage licenses, and certified copies of birth and death certificates for the active volunteer member and his/her immediate family (father, mother, children).[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 132, Fees.

§ 61-3 Recordkeeping and administration.

A. 
On or about January 1 of each calendar year, the City Fire Chief and Rescue Squad Chief shall submit to the City Clerk a list of all non-paid individuals who meet the definition for active member/exempt member status, updated to add those individuals who have completed their probationary period or to delete individuals who have been dropped from membership or who no longer meet the criteria for active member/exempt member status.
B. 
All active volunteer members (and their families, where applicable), must comply with all registration procedures and complete all application forms established by the City of Somers Point.

§ 61-4 Exclusions.

No exemption shall be allowed for the following fee charges:
A. 
Fees, licenses and permits associated with any for-profit activity.
B. 
Fees and escrows required by either the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment in connection with any site plan or subdivision application.
C. 
Escrows associated with engineering inspections.
D. 
Posting of performance guarantee where required or permitted by law.
[Adopted 8-23-2001 by Ord. No. 11-2001[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance became effective upon being approved by the voters at the general election held 11-6-2001.

§ 61-5 Establishment; purpose.

A Length of Service Awards Program, hereinafter referred to as "LOSAP," is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997, to reward members of the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Somers Point Volunteer Rescue Squad for their loyal, diligent, and lengthy services to the residents of the City of Somers Point.

§ 61-6 Contributions; administration.

The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred income account for each volunteer member who meets the criteria set forth below; that such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the City of Somers Point pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388; and that such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the United States Internal Revenue Code, and this article.

§ 61-7 Eligibility.

The LOSAP shall provide for contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
A. 
Each active volunteer who would be eligible for LOSAP shall accumulate at least 400 points, on an activity schedule to be developed by the officers of the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Somers Point Volunteer Rescue Squad and approved by the Somers Point City Council. (See Schedules A and B attached.[1])
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A and B are included at the end of this chapter.
B. 
Numerical weighting of the activity schedules requires the expertise of the officers of the Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Somers Point Volunteer Rescue Squad with the approval of the City Council of the City of Somers Point. (See Schedules A and B attached.[2])
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule A and B are included at the end of this chapter.
C. 
Schedules A and B shall be designed in a manner that will allow the volunteer to be eligible for LOSAP if said volunteer reached the minimum requirements and overall total of 400 points.

§ 61-8 Annual contribution by City.

A. 
The City of Somers Point's annual contribution shall be $800 per eligible volunteer.
B. 
The annual contribution shall be adjusted upon the completion of every five years, rounded to the nearest dollar, in accordance with the allowable consumer price index factor as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-185(f).

§ 61-9 Vesting.

Five years of service are required in order for each member to become vested in the LOSAP.
A. 
Prior service years shall be recognized and credited for vesting purposes only, up to a maximum of five years.
B. 
Prior service years, for vesting purposes only, shall be given only with proof and written documentation as an active volunteer.

§ 61-10 Cost of program.

The proposed estimated cost of this program will be $48,000 in the first year and has been calculated as follows:
Fire Department
(40 members @ $800.00 each)
$32,000
Rescue Squad
(20 members @ $800.00 each)
$16,000
$48,000