Ordinance No. 19-13

Introduced: June 24, 2019
Public Hearing: July 8, 2019
Status: Adopted

An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey Amending Certain Portions of Chapter 99 Entitled “Vehicles and Traffic,” Section 50 Entitled “Hiring of Off Duty Police Officers” of the Township Code

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BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey that Chapter 99§ 50 Entitled “Hiring of Off Duty Police Officers,” of the Township Code are hereby amended as follows:

SECTION I. Chapter 99, §50 Entitled “Hiring of Off Duty Police Officers” is hereby amended, supplemented, and revised or by replacing same as follows:

Chapter 99 - Vehicles and Traffic

§ 99-50. Hiring of Off Duty Police Officers.

  1. Any person, entity, contractor, sub-contractor or utility wishing to conduct work on, under or above any roadway within Vernon Township, which is anticipated to take longer than two (2) hours, shall be required to hire off duty Vernon Township police officers when determined by the Vernon Township Chief of Police (or his designee) to be necessary to ensure compliance with the MUTCD, as well as to safely control traffic through the work zone.
  2. The Vernon Township Police Department shall be contacted at least 48 hours before starting work to arrange for the hiring of off duty police officers.
  3. All work on, under or over any roadway within Vernon Township which is anticipated to take less than two hours may be controlled with civilian flagmen, unless off duty officers are deemed necessary and approved by the Vernon Township Chief of Police or his designee. All civilian flagmen shall use proper NJ DOT approved vests, use NJ DOT approved “Stop” and “Slow” paddles and must be educated as to the proper operation of traffic flag controls. If flagmen cannot see each other, they must have walkie-talkie communication between them.
  4. If the work requires any road to be closed to traffic 24 hours a day, the hiring of off duty officers shall only be required when deemed necessary and approved by the Vernon Township Chief of Police or his designee.
  5. For any off-duty work performed by police officers for private persons or entities, a three (3) hour minimum applies for each officer. A cancellation must be made at least two (2) hours prior to the assignment start time. If any outside service is cancelled with less than two (2) hour notice, the person or entity will incur a charge of three (3) hours per officer scheduled. The only acceptable notification method for a cancellation will be to contact the Vernon Township Police Department Dispatch Center. No other form of notification (i.e. email, text message, voicemail) is acceptable.

SECTION II. If any article, section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this Ordinance and they shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION III. In the event of any inconsistencies between the provisions of this Ordinance and any prior ordinance of the Township, the provisions hereof shall be determined to govern. All other ordinances of the Township are hereby ratified and confirmed, except where inconsistent with the terms hereof.

SECTION IV. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication according to law.

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