35 Municipal Drive Lumberton, NJ 08048 • (609) 267-3217
Get Adobe Flash player
Hours of Operation

Municipal Building 
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Registrar of Vital Statistics
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Tax Assessor
Wednesday Only 9:00am to 4:00pm

Tax Collector
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Notary Public
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

 

Township Business

ELECTION POLLING PLACES

District#        

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

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   lgalella@parkermccay.com

 Kevin D. Walsh, Esq., Fair Share Housing Center, 510 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002    kevinwalsh@fairsharehousing.org

 Special Master Elizabeth C. McKenzie, PP, AICP, Community Planning and Development, 9 Main Street, Flemington, New Jersey 08822     ecmcke@gmail.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    dshaw@lumbertontwp.com

 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.

 

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:

  1. Solar Sense
  2. 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.