City of Linwood, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Linwood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 30.
[Adopted 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 20-2008]

§ 165-1 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Motor Vehicle Accident Reimbursement Ordinance."

§ 165-2 Authority to bill and seek reimbursement granted.

A. 
The City of Linwood shall have the authority to bill and seek reimbursement of expenses for hazardous materials spill cleanups incurred from motor vehicle accidents when the City of Linwood Fire Department responds.
B. 
The City, at its sole discretion, shall have the authority to authorize and designate the Linwood Fire Department to complete and process the billing.
[Added 9-27-2011 by Ord. No. 14-2011]

§ 165-3 Recognition of Volunteer Fire Company duties, requirements and financial burden; alternative funding.

It is recognized that the duties of the City of Linwood Volunteer Fire Company require specialized fire/safety/emergency/rescue/environmental/hazardous material tools, equipment, materials, supplies and specialized training in order to provide for the safety of the public served. Such requirements, as well as the response to emergency situations involving, and/or caused by, nonresident individuals, places a tremendous financial burden on the City of Linwood Volunteer Fire Company. While taxes, donations and grants, if applicable, may provide the fire companies sufficient financial assistance to exist, in an effort to avoid the ever-increasing tax burdens of the residents of the City of Linwood, it is found that the alternative source of funding, motor vehicle accident reimbursement (i.e. response billing), is appropriate and should be authorized.

§ 165-4 Authorization to recover costs granted.

The City of Linwood is authorized to recover the reasonable costs of the use of emergency fire and/or rescue personnel hours, tools, equipment, materials and vehicles; and/or hazardous material and/or environmental response personnel hours, tools, equipment, materials and vehicles.

§ 165-5 Costs to be recovered by City of third-party billing service.

A. 
The reasonable costs authorized to be billed under this article may be recovered directly by the City of Linwood or through a third-party billing service as an authorized agent for the collection of such costs.
B. 
The Public Safety Committee of the City of Linwood shall determine how the funds collected shall be distributed and allocated.
[Added 9-27-2011 by Ord. No. 14-2011]

§ 165-6 Reimbursement rate; service charges.

The reimbursement rates for the aforementioned costs shall be set at $250 by the billing entity. If a third-party billing service is utilized, said third-party billing service shall be authorized to charge a service charge in addition to the costs it is recovering for the City of Linwood. Said service charge will be set by the third-party billing service.

§ 165-7 Payment due date; interest penalty.

All assessed charges, or portions thereof, not paid within 30 days after the receipt of a statement of charges shall bear interest at the rate of 10$ per annum until paid. If the statement of charges is delivered to the responsible party by first-class mail, three days shall be added to the prescribed period within which payment is to be made.