[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Hampton 7-9-2007 by Ord. No. 10-07. Amendments noted where applicable.
A Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) is herewith created in accordance with Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997, to reward members of the Borough of Hampton Emergency Squad for their loyal, diligent, and devoted services to the residents of the Borough of Hampton.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.
The LOSAP shall provide for fixed annual contributions to a deferred-income account for each volunteer member that meets the criteria set forth below. Such contributions shall be made in accordance with a plan that shall be established by the Borough of Hampton pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 388, and such plan shall be administered in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and this chapter.
The LOSAP shall provide for annual contributions to each eligible member that meets the criteria as follows:
Fifty points in a calendar year are required for a member of the Hampton Emergency Squad to be eligible for an annual contribution.
Five cumulative years shall be required for vesting.
The annual contribution shall be as follows: each qualifying member will be eligible to receive $600 after accumulating 50 points in one calendar year.
The estimated cost of the program has been calculated as follows. For regular annual services: $11,400 per year.
Each active volunteer member shall be credited with points for volunteer services provided to the Hampton Emergency Squad in accordance with the schedule which is attached hereto and made a part hereof and incorporated herein by reference.
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included at the end of this chapter.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-191, the Emergency Squad Captain shall furnish to the Borough Council an annual certification list, certified under oath, of all volunteer members who have qualified for credit under the award program for the previous year. This list shall be submitted annually.
The Borough of Hampton shall review the annual certification list furnished by the Emergency Squad Captain and approve by resolution the final annual certification. The approved list of active certified volunteer members shall then be returned to the Emergency Squad Captain and posted for at least 30 days for review by members. The Emergency Squad Captain shall provide any information concerning the annual certification list that the Borough Council shall require as part of its review.
An active volunteer member whose name does not appear on the approved certification list may appeal within 30 days of posting of the list. The appeal shall be in writing and mailed to the Borough Clerk. The Borough Council shall investigate the appeal and render a decision regarding the appeal. The decision of the Borough Council regarding the approved certification list shall be subject to appropriate judicial review.
The provisions of this chapter establishing a Length of Service Awards Program shall not take effect unless it is approved by voters as a public question at the next general election and a qualified vendor to administer the program is engaged.
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally approved by voters at the 11-8-2005 election.
The following referendum question shall be submitted to the voters of the Borough of Hampton at the November 8, 2005 general election:
Shall the Borough of Hampton be authorized to establish a Length of Service Awards Program for the volunteer first aid organization members that serve the Borough of Hampton pursuant to the following terms and conditions: