Ordinance No. 15-06

Introduced: March 23, 2015
Public Hearing: April 13, 2015
Status: Adopted

An ordinance adding Section 52-7 regarding clothing allowances for volunteer emergency service personnel

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, as follows:

SECTION 1. The Code of the Township of Vernon is hereby amended to supplement Chapter 52 to add Section 52-7 as follows:

52-7 Clothing Allowance.

  1. The Township shall pay an annual clothing allowance to members of the Vernon Township Fire Department, the Pochuck Valley Fire Department, the Highland Lakes Fire Department, the McAfee Fire Department, the Vernon Township Ambulance Squad and the Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps as set forth in this section.
  2. The allowances shall be based upon 12 month period from January 1st to December 31th each year.
  3. The Amount of the yearly clothing allowance shall be $300.00 per year.
  4. In order to be eligible for a clothing allowance the member must:
    1. Be a full, active member 18 years old or older in good standing (junior members are not eligible);
    2. Have 2 years of active service with the Department in which they serve;
    3. Be up to date on State mandated training; and
    4. Have attended 30% of Emergency calls and 50% of all Department drills/training.
    5. Have a valid New Jersey Driver’s License.
  5. The Chief or presiding officer of each department is responsible for the submission of the list of qualified members.
  6. The Chiefs and Department Treasurers are exempt from the above requirements and will automatically receive the Stipend.
  7. No member would be allowed to receive a stipend from more than one Department.
  8. The amounts payable to the members will be reviewed and certified by the Chiefs or presiding officers and treasurers of the departments to the chief financial officer of the Township.
  9. All “run sheets” will be filed with the CFO and will be subject to audit.

SECTION 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistencies.

SECTION 3. If any article, section, subsection, paragraph, phrase or sentence is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional or invalid, said article, section, subsection, paragraph, phrase or sentence shall be deemed severable.

SECTION 4. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption and any publication as may be required by law.