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NOTICE OF A MOUNT LAUREL COMPLIANCE HEARING ON THE HOUSING ELEMENT AND FAIR SHARE PLAN OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LUMBERTON, COUNTY OF BURLINGTON
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on October 2, 2018, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C., will conduct a “Compliance Hearing” In the Matter of the Application of the Township of Lumberton, A Municipal Corporation of the State of New Jersey, bearing Docket No. BUR-L-407-14 (“the Action”), at the Burlington County Courthouse located at 49 Rancocas Road, 7th Floor, Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060.
The purpose of the Compliance Hearing is for the Court to determine whether the Township of Lumberton’s Housing Element and Fair Share Plan (hereinafter “Affordable Housing Plan”), adopted on August 15, 2018 by the Township’s Joint Land Use Board, and endorsed on August 28, 2018 by the Township Committee, satisfies the Township’s obligation to provide a realistic opportunity to satisfy the Rehabilitation, Prior Round (1987-1999) and Gap + Prospective Need (1999-2025) components of its “fair share” of the regional need for housing affordable to low and moderate income households pursuant to (i) the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), N.J.S.A. 52:27D-301 et seq., (ii) applicable substantive regulations of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”), (iii) the Settlement Agreement entered into between Fair Share Housing Center (“FSHC”) and the Township of Lumberton, approved by the Court at a properly noticed Fairness Hearing on May 2, 2018, and memorialized by an approval order entered by the Court on that same day and (iv) other applicable laws. If the Court determines that the Township has satisfied its obligation to provide a realistic opportunity to satisfy its Rehabilitation, Prior Round and Gap + Prospective Need components of its “fair share,” it will enter a Judgment of Compliance and Repose, which will give Lumberton protection from all Mount Laurel lawsuits through July 1, 2025.
To facilitate this procedure, the Township has presented to the Court, and placed on file with the Township Clerk, a copy of the Affordable Housing Plan and various other related documents. These documents are available for public inspection at the office of the Township Clerk located at the Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ, during normal business hours.
The Affordable Housing Plan and additional documents on file in the Township’s Municipal Building describe how the Township will address its “fair share” of the regional need for low and moderate-income housing as established pursuant to the Court-approved Settlement Agreement between the Township of Lumberton and FSHC dated November 21 2017.
The various elements of the Township’s Affordable Housing Plan can be summarized as follows:
The Township has the following Fair Share obligations:
a. A Rehabilitation Obligation of 3.
b. A Prior Round Obligation (1987-1999) of 152.
c. A Gap + Prospective Need Obligation (1999-2025) of 332.
All interested parties are hereby given an opportunity to appear and be heard at this Compliance Hearing. Objections or comments by any interested party must be submitted in writing 10 days before the hearing which is on or before September 23, 2018 by 9:00 a.m. with the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. at 49 Rancocas Road, 7th Floor, Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060, with copies of all papers being forwarded by mail or e-mail to:
Linda A. Galella, Esq., Parker McCay, P.A., 9000 Midlantice Drive, Suite 300, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 email@example.com
Kevin D. Walsh, Esq., Fair Share Housing Center, 510 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Master Elizabeth C. McKenzie, PP, AICP, Community Planning and Development, 9 Main Street, Flemington, New Jersey 08822 email@example.com
Brian M. Nelson, Esq., Archer & Greiner P.C., Riverview Plaza, 10 Highway 35, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Debra Shaw-Blemings, RMC, Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, New Jersey 08048 firstname.lastname@example.org
This Notice is intended (1) to inform all interested parties of the existence of an Affordable Housing Plan adopted and endorsed by the Township and its Joint Land Use Board, and of documents on file that explain the specific manner in which the Township proposes to address its “fair share” of affordable housing; and (2) to explain the consequences of court approval of the Township’s Affordable Housing Plan; namely, immunity from any Mount Laurel lawsuits through July 1, 2025. This Notice does not indicate any view by the Court, the Special Master, the Township, or FSHC as to whether the Court will approve the manner in which the Township proposes to satisfy its fair share.
NJ Homestead Rebate Update
The State of New Jersey has increased the 2015 Homestead Benefit for those that qualify and a credit has been posted to the 4th quarter tax amount due November 1, 2018. Revised payment coupons for November were mailed on August 28, 2018 to those residents that qualify for the credit. If you have any questions regarding your credit please contact the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233.
3rd Quarter Taxes were due by August 24, 2018 – Late charges are now applicable
Due to tax rates being held up by the lateness of the School Funding Formula Adoption by State Government, your 2018-2019 tax bills were not mailed until July 26, 2018. By New Jersey State law, the Township must give you at least 25 days from the mailing of your tax bill for your new 3rd Quarter due date.
Township Tax Collector’s Drive Up Window is Open 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday. Any questions, please contact the Tax Collector at 609-267-3217 ext. 112
SOLAR REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
To: Lumberton Township Committee
From: Solar Review Committee
Date: Friday, July 6, 2018
RE: Solar Report and Recommendation of Award
Background: Notice to Vendors was made via publication on March 30, 2018 to receive Request for Proposals for a solar project that would provide options to Lumberton Township is develop a solar project or projects with the primary goal of reduced rate electricity. Secondary goals include land lease alternatives and providing solar power street lighting along municipal drive. The project was advertised as a competitive contracting proposal process pursuant to guidance provided in New Jersey Statutes, N.J.S.A. § 40A:11-4.1 et seq., and Local Finance Notices 2009-9, -10 and -11. The complete Request for Proposals package is attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein. The RFP permitted the use of lands at the closed municipal landfill as well as the Township’s facilities along municipal drive as space to provide opportunities for solar initiatives. The RFP was open to an award to multiple vendor each of whom was directed to maximize use of available lands and supply as much solar energy power as each was capable of generating at the lowest possible rate to the Township in the proposal. The specification required no municipal start-up costs for this project.
A pre-submission meeting was held on site on April 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting included a description of the project, a question and answer session with Township representatives and a site tour were conducted. The meeting was conducted by Environmental Resolutions, Inc. and Township Administrator Brandon Umba on behalf of the Township.
Potential vendors had until April 20, 2018 to raise questions concerning the proposal guidelines. No potential vendors submitted questions.
The Township granted an extension for the submission date to supply each vendor with additional power usage figures.
RFP Opening. At the time and place for receiving proposals, two bids were received. The vendors were:
- Solar Sense
- Advanced Solar Products
Please note, the second vendor’s submission was rejected for arriving approximately one hour late.
Committee evaluations. The review committee each individually scored the remaining submission. This submission only proposed a land lease option for the landfill site and did not propose to sell electricity to the Township at a reduced price.
Recommendation. The review committee evaluated the Solar Sense proposal and determined that the overall economic benefit to the municipality is $985,613 over fifteen years ($61,230/year) for a straight lease purchase of the landfill lands to construct a solar field. This project would not affect the municipal buildings and would allow the Township to re-advertise for a solar project at the municipal. The review committee recommends that the second project be advertised solely as a power purchase agreement and that one of the requirements of the vendor would be to install appropriate lighting along municipal drive. The review committee recommends that this secondary project be advertised after the completion of the new emergency services building so that the rooftop may also be considered for solar paneling.
PUBLIC WORKS TEMPORARY ENTRANCE
DUE TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING THE PREVIOUS ENTRANCE TO THE PUBLIC WORKS YARD IS CLOSED
YOU MAY ENTER THE PUBLIC WORKS YARD BY THE TEMPORARY ENTRANCE LOCATED NEXT TO THE EMS BUILDING ALSO ON MUNICIPAL DRIVE
ELECTION POLLING PLACES
01 – Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Dr., Court Room
02 – Bobby’s Run School, 32 Dimsdale Dr., PAC
03 – Bobby’s Run School, 32 Dimsdale Dr., PAC
04 – Lumberton Fire House, 561 Main St., Bay Area
05 – Lumberton Fire House, 561 Main St., Bay Area
06 – Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Dr., Community Room
07 – Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Dr., Court Room
08 – Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Dr., Court Room
09 – Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Dr., Community Room
10 – Lumberton Fire House, 561 Main St., Bay Area
Sign up for a Garden Plot
The Village Green Park Community Garden
Link to the Community Garden Plot Application
Lumberton Township Committee & Schools Partner for “Be A Municipal Official For A Day” Program
April 26, 2018 – Lumberton Township – At the April 24, 2018 Lumberton Township Committee Meeting, students from the Young Republic Club, the student government for the Lumberton Middle School, took the helm of Township Government for the second annual “Be a Municipal Official for a Day.” In 2016, students formed the Young Republic Club as a democratically elected student government, with two parties, the Blue Party and the Gold Party. They have adopted a constitution and Bill of Rights for their fellow students, and represent them before the School District’s Administration and the Board of Education. During Tuesday Night’s Township Meeting each student elected official was paired with one of the Township’s Elected or Appointed Officials, to conduct an actual Township Committee Meeting.
“For the past few years, our Township and School Officials have worked closely with each other through quarterly meetings to ensure our resources are being used to the fullest, due to these meetings we have produced further shared services between our two entities which include providing a School Resource Officer, vehicle maintenance and fueling services, in addition to this second annual event geared toward engaging our local students in the role of the local government in their community,” stated Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer. “Last night we welcomed these students to the Township Municipal Building, took them on a tour of our departments and had them shadow our local officials through our regular township meeting, allowing them to truly take part in conducting the business of Township Government with our Township Committee Members affirming each of their actions,” added Mayor Mansdoerfer.
Prior to the 7:30pm start to the Township Meeting, each student was given the opportunity to sit down with the Elected or Appointed Township Official they would be shadowing, to discuss their role in the meeting and how each would contribute to enacting the items on that evening’s agenda. Actions taken by our Student Leaders included adopting an ordinance restricting parking to residents only near Virtua Hospital, amending fees for the Township’s Construction Department, amending two employment contracts, providing contact representatives for the BURLCO JIF, adding grant funds to the 2018 budget to include resources to pave Allspice and Savory Way, plus the remaining part of Nassau Road, awarded a contract for repairs of a Storm water line behind the Post Office and Buttonwood School and paid the Township’s bills.
“We hope that tonight was a great learning experience for our local students and that most importantly they had fun running their Town’s government for a day,” concluded Mayor Mansdoerfer. The following is a list of the Students’ Names and the Positions they held:
Roles Student Township Official
Mayor Griffin Gaughan Michael Mansdoerfer
Deputy Mayor Stephanie Kraska Kristin Januseski
Committeeman Rohan Patel Sean Earlen
Committeeman Anjali Darji James Dwyer
Committeeman Joelle Darragh James Conway
Twp. Administrator James Humphreys Brandon Umba
Police Chief Scotty Allen Anthony DiLoreto
Twp. Clerk Stephanie Pallante Deb Shaw-Blemings
Twp. Solicitor Ian Phillips George Morris, Esq.
Police Lt./OEM Sean Powell Lt. Ed Begolly
Police Lt./Patrol Jackson Beairsto Lt. Nick Peditto
Chief Finance Officer J T Moses Robin Sarlo