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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin D. Walsh, Esq., Fair Share Housing Center, 510 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 email@example.com
Special Master Elizabeth C. McKenzie, PP, AICP, Community Planning and Development, 9 Main Street, Flemington, New Jersey 08822 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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:
- 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.
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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
LUMBERTON SWEARS IN ANOTHER NEW POLICE OFFICER
Keeping its promise to the residents, Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer administered the oath of office to Erik Jarvis as a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class 1. Officer Jarvis increases the size of the police department to 21 officers.
“Officer Jarvis has previously served as the Chaplain for the department. Even as our newest officer, his background, education and training transcends a new leadership with his fellow officers and further increases the professionalism, humbleness and kindness that our community demands in law enforcement,” said Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer.
“Although the recession forced a scaling back of the size of our police department, we have been working diligently to grow back the department in a way that is fiscally responsible. We are pleased that we have been able to add officers while reducing taxes for the second straight year. Our plan continues to come to fruition as we add officers while reducing taxes now for the second year in a row. It is a pleasure to add Officers like Erik Jarvis to the force when you know how hard we worked to bring fiscal order back to the budget,” said Committeeman Jim Conway.
Class 1 officers in the State of New Jersey are part time officers who have obtained Special Law Enforcement Officer Certifications. They are authorized to perform routine traffic details, spectator control and similar duties. Officers have the power to issue summonses for disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses, violations of municipal ordinances and violations of Title 39 (traffic) offenses.
“With the swearing in of Officer Jarvis, the Township Committee is one step closer to meeting its goal of 22 officers. We look forward to completing this objective by hiring one more full time officer in 2018,” said Mansdoerfer.
“Last year we were able to fund returning an officer into the school system, which we identified as an imperative need. With the series of tragic events we have witnessed around the country lately, I am proud that Lumberton was ahead of the curve in recognizing student safety as a top priority. Now to have Erik Jarvis serving on our force, we have taken yet another giant leap forward. It’s another great day for Lumberton,” said Deputy Mayor Kristin Januseski.
April 2, 2018 – Lumberton Township – The Lumberton Township Committee adopted its 2018 budget on Tuesday evening which lowered the local purpose tax for the second year in a row. The local purpose tax is lowered from .411 to .406 per $100 of assessed value which represents an approximate savings of $16.00 for the average home assessed at $299,734.00.
“We are thrilled to be able to support and adopt a sound fiscal budget which lowers taxes,” said Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer. “This year was a culmination of more hard work and penny pinching, evaluating every dollar spent to make sure that we are good stewards of our residents’ taxes. We know how hard our residents work to earn their income and want to ensure that we are as equally protective when their tax dollars are allocated to services,” he continued.
The 2018 budget allocates $8,750,904 in spending. This is actually $1,644,931 less than the Township spent in 2008 and continues a decade long trend of stable or declining spending.
The Township’s budget funds all critical tasks of the local government. “We developed a plan to address our community needs including building the new Emergency Services Building without increasing our debt service obligations. Most importantly, we allocated funds in the budget to bring a school resource officer back into the schools,” said Deputy Mayor Kristin Januseski.
The Township’s bond rating is AA Stable, confirming the bond market recognizes the Township’s sound fiscal planning.
“Our budget also uses grants and outside funding sources to help continue to make improvements to our infrastructure,” said Committeeman Jim Conway who is charged with overseeing many of the town’s road and improvement projects. “This year we will again pave and repair more roadways and improve our parks and recreation system,” he concluded.
For a copy of the Township’s budgets, audits and annual financial statements, contact the Municipal Clerk or go online to www.lumbertontwp.com
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February 27, 2018 – Lumberton Township – Tuesday evening, the Lumberton Township Committee introduced its 2018 Municipal Budget, which lowers the Local Tax Levy by 1.7% or roughly 1/2 penny for every $100 of assessed value. This represents a local tax rate decrease from last year’s 0.411 to this year’s 0.406 or more simply a roughly $16 savings to the average assessed home of $299,734.00. The amount to be raised in taxes through this budget equates to an overall reduction of $95,997.44, taking the total tax levy from $5,690,279.02 in 2017 to $5,594,281.58 for 2018. In all, the entire budget appropriations for the 2018 Budget is $8,750,904, which is $37,032 less than the $8,787,936 appropriated in the last year’s 2017 Adopted Budget.
“We are extremely proud to introduce this year’s budget, which reduces the burden on our local taxpayers again for a second year in a row while maintaining all of our core Township Services, including staffing our Police Department at its increased level of 21 Sworn Officers,” stated Mayor Mike Mansdoerfer. “I would like to congratulate the Township Committee, all of our Municipal Staff, especially our Township Administrator Brandon Umba, who have worked tirelessly to implement this tax cutting municipal budget”, added Mayor Mansdoerfer.
“Since the national economic downturn, our Township has made strides to stabilize our Municipal Budget to ensure minimal impact on our residents, while maintaining all core municipal services at levels expected by our taxpayers,” stated Mayor Mansdoerfer, liaison to the Township’s Finance Department. “In that time the Township has been able to consistently decrease our total annual budget to the tune of $1,644,931 during the last 10 years (2008 Budget = $10,395,835 and the 2018 Budget = $8,750,904) and this year’s budget culminates all of our past efforts by providing local tax relief to our residents for the second year in a row,” explained Mayor Mansdoerfer.
“When I joined the Township Committee last year, my goal first and foremost was to provide tax relief to our residents and even though we as Township Committee Members do not control the School or County budgets, we do our very best to ensure that our local tax rate provides relief to our taxpayers,” added Deputy Mayor Kristin Januseski, who also is a liaison to the Township’s Finance Department. “Additionally, even while providing a tax decrease for a second year in a row, our Administration through its fiscal practices increased our Township’s surplus to $2,920,454. 27,” stated Deputy Mayor Januseski. “Having the fiscal minds like Mayor Mansdoerfer and Administrator Umba leading our finance team is such a hidden asset for our residents and taxpayers. They drill down on every penny and have developed sound financial planning for Lumberton for years to come,” she concluded.
In addition to introducing the Township’s 2018 Municipal Budget at the February 27, 2018 meeting, the Township Committee also adopted a capital ordinance to authorize $400,000 toward an addition to the new Emergency Services Building. This addition is needed due to the very recent increase in volunteer members to the Township’s Emergency Squad and Fire Department. Since the Township has been able to build up its net surplus to close to $3 million, the Township Committee made the decision to add this addition now in order to meet the needs of our volunteer first responders without burdening any of our Township’s taxpayers.
“The fact that we have been able to provide our residents with a tax cut for a second year in a row, while funding construction of a new Public Safety Building and provide for a much needed addition to this new building due to the significant increase in our volunteer first responders, is a true testament to hard work of our Township Committee and staff,” explained Committeeman Jim Conway. “Through our efforts a number of commercial and residential projects within the Township are in the mix and it is because of our fiscal responsibility as a governing body that these developers find Lumberton Township attractive,” added Committeeman Conway. “As we continue to build on our successes, I know that Lumberton’s future is a bright one, because our local leaders are setting a blue print for a community that is affordable, and a great place to live, work and raise a family,” concluded Committeeman Conway.
Lumberton Township has set its Budget Adoption hearing for 7:30pm on Tuesday evening March 27, 2018 at the Lumberton Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ 08048. Residents are encouraged to attend.
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Correction: Location of the new CVS will be at the Corner of Main Street and Route 38. The Corner of Route 541 (Mt. Holly Bypass) and Route 38 has already been approved for the construction of a new Republic Bank.
November 3, 2017, Lumberton – Mayor Sean Earlen and the Lumberton Township Committee are thrilled to announce that CVS Pharmacy is acquiring the lands at the corner of Route 38 and Main Street to establish a new pharmacy and store location at this location.
“We are pleased to have been able to work with CVS to bring this exceptional ratable to Lumberton. It will provide a significant benefit to our residents and serve as an anchor to the continued revitalization of the Route 38 corridor,” said Mayor Sean Earlen.
“Lumberton offers CVS a great opportunity to expand our market. The Township’s stable tax rate and commitment to its commercial partners guided CVS in its desire to come to seek this location for its next store,” explained Al Stein, Real Estate Developer with Feinberg & Stein of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“We appreciate that Mayor Earlen was able to help bring the former landowner and our client together and work through the developmental hurdles that can be present in abandoned properties,” Stein continued.
The corner lot has sat vacant in recent years following a fire at the former gas station located on the property. The project includes both the corner lot and the adjacent restaurant site.
Mayor Earlen concluded, “CVS’s decision to locate its next store in Lumberton will transform this intersection and remove the blight that was left by the vacated service station. We look forward to the submission of its application to the Land Development Board so that we can keep this major redevelopment initiative moving forward.”