[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough of Rutherford 3-19-1996 by Ord. No. 2756-96. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this code is to acknowledge and support the contributions of the Borough of Rutherford Fire Department, First Aid Ambulance Corps., Inc., and Office of Emergency Management in providing volunteer public services for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and businesses of the Borough of Rutherford.
For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and terms herein are defined as follows:
- ACTIVE MEMBER
- Any individual in any volunteer organization who meets the definition of active member as established by the bylaws of the voluntary organization as are in effect on the effective date of this chapter and has been an active member of said organization for at least one year. Honorary members are specifically excluded from this definition.
- An active member, his or her spouse and all natural or adopted children under 18 years of age who are unmarried and permanently occupying the same residence in the Borough of Rutherford.
- Those charges established by the governing body of the Borough of Rutherford which are fully retained by the Borough of Rutherford as revenue. Specifically excluded is any portion of the fee which is collected by the borough on behalf of another entity, including but not limited to the State of New Jersey, the County of Bergen or any outside vendor.
- VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
- The Borough of Rutherford Fire Department and Borough of Rutherford First Aid Ambulance Corps., Inc., and Office of Emergency Management.
All active members of a volunteer organization and their families shall be entitled to the following benefits:
Exception from 75% of the municipal portion of the Uniform Construction Code fees for the issuance of a building permit required in connection with either the construction of an addition or completion of repairs to an existing single-family dwelling owned and occupied by an active member of a volunteer organization.
An exemption of 75% from the municipal portion of the Uniform Construction Code fees, not to exceed a maximum of $500, for the issuance of a building permit required in connection with the construction of a new single-family dwelling to be occupied by the active member of a volunteer organization.
Exemption from the municipal portion of the following miscellaneous fees, licenses and permits:
Street opening applications.
Garage sale permits.
Certificates of continued occupancy for any dwelling personally occupied by the active member.
Board of Adjustment fees required in connection with an application for bulk variances sought for any dwelling personally occupied by the active member, excepting fees and escrows required by the Board in connection with any site plan or subdivision application.
Raffle and bingo licenses.
Rental fees for any outdoor recreational facility, provided that such rental is for the actual use of the active member, the member's family or the volunteer organization.
Dumpster permit fees.
Overnight truck fees.
On or about January 1 of each calendar year a volunteer organization shall submit to the Borough of Rutherford a list of all individuals who meet the definition for active member status. Such lists shall be upgraded on a periodic basis by the volunteer organization to add those individuals who have completed their probationary status or to delete individuals who have been dropped from their membership or who no longer meet the criteria for active member status.
On a form provided by the Borough Clerk, each active member shall provide information related to family status to assist the various municipal officials in the administration of this chapter in order to be eligible for the benefits provided in this chapter.
All active members and their families must comply with all registration procedures and complete all application forms established by the Borough of Rutherford.