Borough of Lavallette, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lavallette; amended in its entirety 2-19-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02 (1030).[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also stated that the fees contained herein shall apply to any and all applications, licenses, renewals or other proceedings which are or were pending as of 2-1-2008.

§ 25-1 Duplicate tax bills.

There is hereby established a fee of $25 for duplicate tax bills issued by the Borough of Lavallette.

§ 25-2 Returned check charges.

There is hereby established a fee of $25 for checks issued to the Borough of Lavallette which are returned by the issuing financial institution for any reason.

§ 25-3 (Reserved) [1]

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Editor's Note: Former § 25-3, Bronze coins, was repealed 2-9-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01 (1054).

§ 25-4 Tax/Zoning Maps.

[Amended 2-9-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01 (1054)]
There is hereby established a fee of $5 for the Zoning Map issued by the Borough of Lavallette with an additional $2.50 for mailing.

§ 25-5 (Reserved) [1]

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Editor's Note: Former § 25-5, Lavellette pins, was repealed 2-9-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01 (1054).

§ 25-6 Meeting tapes.

There is hereby established a fee of $5 for tapes for open public meetings held by the Borough of Lavallette or any of its boards or agencies. There is hereby established a fee of $3 for compact disks for open public meetings held by the Borough of Lavallette or any of its boards or agencies.

§ 25-7 Requests for records maintained in medium not routinely used.

A request for records in a medium not routinely used by the Borough of Lavallette shall be charged the actual cost of duplication, where the Borough can demonstrate that its actual costs exceed the statutory rates for copying printed material.

§ 25-8 Special service charges in certain circumstances.

The Borough of Lavallette may impose a special service charge to cover the cost of labor where complying with the request for documents involves the specific application and programming of searches for computerized records or other information technology, nonroutine manual labor, municipal supervision for security reasons under any law enforcement, state, county, federal or other regulation, rule or statute, or retrieval from storage or archive. Where a request for records requires the same, or requires a substantial amount of manipulation and/or programming of information technology, the Borough of Lavallette shall charge, in addition to the cost of duplication, a special reasonable charge related to its labor cost of making the copy.

§ 25-9 General fees.

[Amended 2-9-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01 (1054)]
The following general fees are hereby established:
A. 
Zoning Ordinance Book: $15/$2.50 for mailing.
B. 
Master Plan: $15/$2.50 for mailing.
C. 
Photographs: cost of film and reproduction.
D. 
Assessment searches: $10.
E. 
List of taxpayers on disk: $20 per disk.
F. 
Marriage/civil union/domestic partnership license: $28.
G. 
Marriage/civil union/domestic partnership license, certified copy: $10.
H. 
Marriage/civil union/domestic partnership license, correction: $20.

§ 25-10 Request for copies of accident reports, operation reports, investigation reports, criminal or traffic case discovery.

A. 
All requests for copies of any accident reports, operation reports, investigation reports, supplemental investigation reports, criminal complaints, photographs, requests for scientific analysis and/or reports of scientific analysis, or any other documents related to or arising from any criminal, municipal ordinance or traffic case shall be in writing and on either official stationary of an attorney at law, letter request by an individual, or form adopted by the Borough of Lavallette under the Open Public Records Act.[1]
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.
B. 
All such requests shall be accompanied by a fee of $0.75 per page for the first 10 pages; $0.50 per page for the 11th through 20th pages, and $0.25 per page for all pages thereafter. A page shall be considered as a single sheet of paper of either 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, commonly called letter sized, or 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches, commonly called legal sized. Maps and irregularly shaped items such as plans or milar sheets shall be priced according to market rates required to reproduce the same, and the Borough of Lavallette shall have no obligation to maintain facilities for the production or copying of such maps or irregularly shaped items.

§ 25-11 Special requests for research or compilations.

A request that requires the researching of facts or examination of any files for specific factual information not readily and specifically contained in any document or discretely separate electronic document shall not be honored except under court order, or under extraordinary circumstances as determined in the sole discretion of the Mayor and Council. In such cases labor for the search and/or compilation shall be charged at the rate of a ten-dollar minimum plus $40 per hour (or a part thereof) for the research or compilation.

§ 25-12 Open Public Records Act requests; forms and fees.

A. 
All requests for public records pursuant to the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5, et seq., shall be made on a form adopted by the Borough of Lavallette and as may be modified from time to time. Such form is attached and is hereby adopted as the Open Public Records Act Request Form of the Borough of Lavallette.[1] The form shall be made readily available at the office of the Borough Clerk and shall be provided upon request without cost by facsimile or upon request by mail without cost except for postage.
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Editor's Note: The form is available in the office of the Borough Clerk.
B. 
All such requests shall be accompanied by a fee of $0.75 per page for the first 10 pages; $0.50 per page for the 11th through 20th pages, and $0.25 per page for all pages thereafter. A page shall be considered as a single sheet of paper of either 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, commonly called letter sized, or 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches, commonly called legal sized. Maps and irregularly shaped items such as plans or milar sheets shall be priced according to market rates required to reproduce the same, and the Borough of Lavallette shall have no obligation to maintain facilities for the production or copying of such maps or irregularly shaped items.

§ 25-13 Gazebo and pavilion fee.

[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-11 (1039)]
No person, group or organization shall use any municipal gazebo or pavilion for a private function such as a wedding or other event without paying a fee to the Borough.
A. 
The following gazebo and pavilion fee is hereby established. For rental or use of any municipal gazebo or pavilion for private or nonprofit functions: a nonrefundable fee of $200.
[Amended 12-22-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-11 (1136)]
B. 
Any person, group or organization which rents or uses any municipal gazebo or pavilion for a private or nonprofit function shall be responsible to clean up the gazebo or pavilion following completion of the function. No person, group or organization shall staple, nail or otherwise affix any banner, sign or decorative item or items to any municipal gazebo or pavilion except to tie the same to the structure in a manner so that it can be removed without mark or residue.
C. 
Persons using the gazebo shall not walk in or otherwise damage the flower beds and plantings in the Centennial Gardens.
D. 
The throwing or use of rice or bird seed in the gazebo and Centennial Garden is prohibited. Celebrants may utilize bubbles in lieu of rice or bird seed.
E. 
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of a provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof by any court authorized by law to hear and determine the matter, be subject to a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $1,000, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service, as such court in its discretion may impose. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 25-14 Mayor to perform marriages; fee and compensation policy.

[Added 7-21-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-11 (1039)]
A. 
The duly elected and constituted Mayor of the Borough of Lavallette may perform marriages and civil unions as provided by law. In the absence or unavailability of the Mayor to perform such marriage or civil union, the Council President is hereby designated pursuant to N.J.S.A. 37:1-13 to perform such marriage or civil union.
B. 
A fee of $100 shall be charged for performing any marriage or civil union. This fee is in additional to statutory license and other fees required by law. No other honorarium for the performance of any marriage or civil union may be solicited for performing any marriage or civil union. An honorarium which is voluntarily tendered shall be accepted by the Borough and deposited in the general revenue, or may be rejected and returned in the sole discretion of the Mayor or Council President performing the marriage or civil union.
[Amended 3-12-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02 (1101)]
C. 
Establishment of policy. It is hereby determined by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lavallette that the performance of wedding or civil union ceremonies by the Mayor and/or Council President is an important civic function. Additionally, the performance of this function by the Mayor and/or Council President requires a significant commitment of time and requires that the Mayor and/or Council President incur certain expenses related to travel and other ancillary considerations. Accordingly, it is the established policy of the Borough of Lavallette, after due consideration of the above and after evaluation of fees charged in similar municipalities, that the Mayor and/or Council President be compensated at the rate of $100 for each ceremony performed. Such compensation shall be in addition to the Mayor's and/or Council President's salary as established by ordinance, but shall be paid to the Mayor and/or Council President as part of his or her salary, under and subject to all applicable tax laws and regulations.
[Amended 3-12-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02 (1101)]
D. 
Prior approval required. The Mayor and/or Council President of the Borough of Lavallette shall not be compensated for performing a wedding or civil union ceremony unless the voucher form for such, required by Subsection E below, has been submitted to the Chief Financial Officer, with the required fee of $100 attached and made payable to the Borough of Lavallette, before the wedding or civil union ceremony takes place. The Borough Council, in its sole discretion, shall have the authority to relax the time constraints of this provision in the appropriate case.
[Amended 3-12-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02 (1101)]
E. 
Procedure for approvals. Before being compensated for officiating at a wedding or civil union ceremony, the Mayor and/or Council President shall, prior to the ceremony, first submit a proper voucher form, as determined by the Chief Financial Officer, setting forth the time, place and date of the ceremony. Thereafter, the voucher shall be submitted to Borough Council for processing in the ordinary course.