[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Colts Neck 12-13-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall apply to the provisions of this chapter:
- ACTIVE MEMBER
- Individuals that are members in the Volunteer Fire Department,
Fire Police, First Aid Squad, Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and
Fire and First Aid Cadets who meet the definition of active member
as established by the bylaws of the volunteer organization as are
in effect on the effective date of this chapter and have served at
least one year of service with the volunteer organization.[Amended 4-29-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-8]
- An active member, his or her spouse, and all natural or adopted children under 22 years of age who are unmarried and permanently occupying the same residence in the Township of Colts Neck.
- Those charges established by the governing body of the Township of Colts Neck which are fully retained by the Township of Colts Neck as revenue. Specifically excluded is any portion of the fee which is collected by the Township on behalf of another entity, including but not limited to the State of New Jersey, the County of Monmouth or any outside vendor.
- VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
- The Fire Department, Fire Police, First Aid Squad, Fire Department
Ladies Auxiliary and Fire and First Aid Cadets of the Township of
Colts Neck.[Amended 4-29-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-8]
[Amended 8-19-2015; 4-29-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-8]
To be eligible for the benefits contained in this chapter, each fire company and the First Aid Squad shall present a certified list of active and lifetime members on or before February 1 to the Municipal Clerk. The certification must be in writing, signed by the chief executive officer of their respective company or squad, and indicate that the active member or active life member has served the required percentage of activity or participation to qualify as a bona fide member of the organization. A new certification must be filed with the Township Clerk each year by February 1, and the certification from the preceding year shall be null and void. Failure to produce said list shall result in this benefit being withheld from any member of the volunteer organization who does not submit the annual list. In the event that there are any additions or deletions to the list during the year, it shall be the responsibility of the organization to update same. All active and lifetime members of a volunteer organization and their immediate families who reside in the same household [spouse, domestic partner, child(ren), mother, father, siblings] shall be eligible for the following benefits:
Exemption from fees for municipal recreational programs sponsored by the Colts Neck Department of Parks and Recreation.
Partial exemption from the municipal portion of the Uniform Construction Code fees, a full exemption of fees up to $300 annually, and then a fifty-percent exemption of fees exceeding $300 annually, for all construction-related permits required in connection with either the construction of an addition or completion of repairs to an existing one-family dwelling owned and occupied by an active member of a volunteer organization.
Partial exemption from the municipal portion of the Uniform Construction Code fees, a full exemption of fees up to $600 annually, and a fifty-percent reduction of fees exceeding $600 annually, for the issuance of a building permit required in connection with the construction of a new one-family dwelling to be occupied by the active member of a volunteer organization.
Exemption from the municipal portion of miscellaneous fees, licenses and permits, including but not limited to dog licenses, police accident reports, marriage licenses, certificates of continued occupancy for any dwelling personally occupied by the active member, smoke detector inspection fees, private or public horse shows and zoning permits.
Exemption from the municipal portion of any well or septic permit issued by the Township of Colts Neck.
No exemption shall be allowed for the following fees:
Fees, licenses and permits associated with any for-profit activity.
Inclusion in programs when the registration is received after maximum registration has been reached.
Fees and escrows required by either the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment in connection with any site plan, subdivision, conditional use or variance application.
Escrows associated with engineering inspection.
Special event permits, soil removal applications, farm stand permits, seasonal decoration display permits, stream encroachment permits, sign permits and mercantile licenses.
Posting of performance guaranties where required or permitted by law.
[Amended 4-29-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-8]
On or about February 1 of each calendar year, each volunteer organization shall submit to the Township Clerk a list of all individuals who meet the definition for active member status. Such list shall be updated on a periodic basis by the volunteer organization to add those individuals who have completed their probationary status and one year of service or to delete individuals who have been dropped from their membership or who no longer meet the criteria for active member status.
All active and lifetime members and their families must comply with all registration procedures and complete all application forms established by the Township of Colts Neck or the volunteer organization.
All ordinances of the Township of Colts Neck which are inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter shall be and are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this chapter.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon final passage, approval and publication as required by law.