Ordinance No. 16-06

Introduced: March 28, 2016
Public Hearing: April 11, 2016
Status: Adopted

An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, and State of New Jersey authorizing the transfer of certain township-owned property to the Vernon Township Board of Education

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon (“Township”) is the owner of certain property located at 293 Route 94 in Vernon, New Jersey, identified further on the Official Tax Maps of the Township as Block 141, Lot 13 (the “Property”); and

WHEREAS, the Property consists of approximately 0.46 acres of land plus a building improvement containing approximately 1,476 square feet; and

WHEREAS, the Township previously took title to the Property from the Board of Education of the Township of Vernon (“BOE”) by Deed dated August 13, 2015 (“Deed”), said Deed being recoded on September 15, 2015 in the Sussex County Clerk’s Office in Book 3371, Page 379; and

WHEREAS, the Deed contained a reversion provision that required the Property to be used for public purposes, otherwise it shall be returned to the BOE; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council has determined that the Property is not needed for municipal purposes and the potential costs in maintaining the Property outweigh any of the public benefits derived therefrom; and

WHEREAS, the BOE is a body corporate and politic of the State of New Jersey that provides a system of free public education to grades Pre-K through twelve in the School District of Vernon Township; and

WHEREAS, on February 22, 2016 the Township approved Resolution #16-77 directing the Mayor to negotiate with the BOE to return the Property to the BOE; and

WHEREAS, the BOE has expressed a desire to accept title to the Property and to use said Property for school purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council believes it to be in the best interest of the Township to transfer Block 141, Lot 13 to the BOE; and

WHEREAS, a municipality is authorized to transfer by ordinance and by private sale, certain real properties no longer needed for public use to any political subdivision, agency, department, commission, board or body corporate and politic of the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(1).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that:

  1. The Township Council of the Township of Vernon does hereby authorize the sale of Block 141, Lot 13 to the Board of Education of the Township of Vernon for $1.00 and other good and valuable consideration.
  2. The Mayor is authorized and directed to execute, and the Municipal Clerk, is authorized and directed to attest to any and all documents, and to perform all actions, which may be necessary in order to effectuate the intentions of this Ordinance.
  3. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication in accordance with the law.