ARTICLE IFire Department and Emergency Squad (§ 36-1 — § 36-7)
§ 36-1Creation of program.
§ 36-2Parameters and requirements of program.
§ 36-3Eligibility criteria.
§ 36-4Increases in contributions.
§ 36-5Estimated cost of program.
§ 36-6Schedules A and B.
§ 36-7Approval by voters.
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.), to reward members of the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department and North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad for their loyal, diligent and devoted service to the residents of the Borough of North Arlington.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred contribution account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below; that such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Borough of North Arlington 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.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
A year of service shall be credited under a service award program for each calendar year after establishment of the program in which an active emergency service volunteer accumulates at least 50 points.
Five years of service are required for vesting in the program.
Any member who has completed 10 years of service to the community as of January 1 following the approval date of this article will be considered vested.
If an active volunteer member meets the year-of-active-service requirement, the Borough of North Arlington will provide a contribution of $1,150 per year per member.
While the maximum contribution amount is set by statute, it is subject to periodic increases that are tied to the consumer price index (N.J.S.A. 40A: 14-185f). The permitted maximum contribution amount shall be issued by the Director of the Division of Local Government of the Department of Community Affairs annually. The Mayor and Council, by a majority vote, may then increase the maximum amount by an amount not to exceed the increase issued by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services of the Department of Community Affairs.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows: for regular annual services: $161,000 per year.
Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the Fire Department or first aid squad in accordance with the following schedule:
This article shall not take effect unless it is approved by voters as a public question at the next general election. The effective date will be the January 1 following the approval by voters.