Township of Lebanon, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon by Ord. No. 15-1998 (Sec. 2-13 of the 1985 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
The Township of Lebanon is authorized by law to establish, by ordinance, a length of service award program (LOSAP) for the active volunteer members of the emergency service organizations operating under the municipality's jurisdiction pursuant to Chapter 388 of the Laws of 1997 (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq.). As provided in this chapter, a length of service award program for the eligible volunteer members of the emergency service organizations operated under the jurisdiction of Lebanon Township is hereby established, pursuant to the provisions set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-183 et seq. above mentioned. LOSAP eligibility will be determined within the emergency service organization's bylaws.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
A. 
This chapter shall take effect insofar as it pertains to granting the benefits conferred in said statute, only if it is presented as a public question by the Township of Lebanon at the next general election to be held on November 3, 1998, and ratified by the voters at said general election.
B. 
This chapter shall take effect insofar as it pertains to directing that the public question be presented to the voters at the next annual election, when given final passage by the Lebanon Township Committee and publication.
C. 
The public question to be presented to the voters shall be in the following form:
Shall Lebanon Township volunteer firefighters be granted certain benefits, as permitted under the Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program Act and by an ordinance adopted by the Lebanon Township Committee on August 20, 1998?[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This question was ratified by the voters at the General Election held November 3, 1998.
[Amended by Ord. No. 2002-03; 3-17-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-03[1]; 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08
The contribution by the Township of Lebanon under the Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program Act shall be $700 per year per participant. This would result in a proposed estimated total amount to be budgeted for the program, for such members of the Lebanon Township Fire Department who may be qualified, the sum of $10,500 per year.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided that the increase in contribution become effective for individuals who qualify for LOSAP benefits for 2004 until and unless further action be taken by the Township Committee.
No participant in the plan shall be required to make any contribution.
No credit for service rendered prior to the establishment of this service award program shall be provided under this chapter.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
Under this length of service award program, a system would be established by the Township of Lebanon to provide tax-deferred income benefits to eligible volunteer members of the emergency service organizations heretofore mentioned, by means of investment in those products permitted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:15B-3.
[Added by Ord. No. 7-2000]
A. 
A year of service shall be credited for each calendar year in which active emergency service volunteers accumulate at least 50 points.
B. 
Points shall be granted as follows:
(1) 
Training course: 25 point maximum.
(a) 
Courses under 20 hours' duration: one point per hour, with a maximum of five points.
(b) 
Courses of 20 to 45 hours' duration: one point per hour for each hour over initial 20 hours, with a maximum of 10 points.
(c) 
Courses over 45 hours' duration: 15 points per course.
(2) 
Drills: 20 point maximum.
(a) 
One point per drill, minimum two-hour drill.
(3) 
Sleep-in: 15 point maximum.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
(a) 
Sleep-in: one point per twelve-hour period.
(4) 
Elected or appointed positions: 25 point maximum.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
(a) 
Completion of one-year term in an elected or appointed position: 25 points maximum.
(b) 
Active volunteer personnel elected to serve as a delegate to a firefighter or rescue squad convention shall also be eligible to receive one point per meeting.
(5) 
Attendance at meetings: 20 point maximum.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
(a) 
Attendance at any official volunteer fire department meeting: one point per meeting.
(6) 
Participation in department responses: 25 points for responding on the minimum number of calls, as outlined below:
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
(a) 
The active participation requirements for each of the LTVFD volunteer categories is defined within the LTVFD bylaws (LOSAP Article 13).
(7) 
Miscellaneous activities: 20 point maximum.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
(a) 
Participation in inspections and other activities not otherwise listed: one point per activity, to be determined at the discretion of the department chief or his/her designees.
C. 
The Secretary of the volunteer fire department shall file with the Lebanon Township Clerk on or before February 1 of each year a list of eligible persons who have accumulated at least 50 points under the point system herein defined.
[Amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]