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06/28/2022   Reminder: UCC Annual Report
06/20/2022   CY2021 Audit Deadline Extension and GASB 68 & 75 for Municipal and Cou
06/16/2022   Prevailing Wage Compliance-Notice to Local Governments and Schools
06/16/2022   Authorities and Housing Authorities - 2022 Budget Requirements - FAST
06/13/2022   New Requirements for Public Works Contracts
06/10/2022   NJ DORES Records Management Services - Update
06/02/2022   Adopted Regulations - Design-Build Project Delivery
05/23/2022   Russia-Belarus List - Vendor Certification Not Currently Required For
05/13/2022   N.J.A.C. 5:39-1 Remote Public Meeting Regulations
05/18/2022   Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal) -
05/13/2022   Reminder- Provide all ARP Treasury Reports to Division of Local Govern
04/12/2022   Reminder - New DLGS Rule Proposal (N.J.A.C. 5:32 Licensed Officials)
03/11/2022   LIHWAP and LIHEAP - Delaying Unpaid Balance Enforcement Pending Applic
03/11/2022   Outdoor Dining & State Law Preemption
03/11/2022   Best Management Practices to Ensure Your Town is EV Ready
03/03/2022   ARP Final Rule & Submitting U.S. Treasury Reports to DLGS
03/01/2022   NJAC 5:32 Rule Proposal
03/01/2022   Municipal Property Tax Rewards Programs
02/07/2022   Applications for Brownfields Impact Fund are Now Open!
01/19/2022   LFN 2022-01 Municipal Levy Cap Referendum Procedures

Reminder: UCC Annual Report - 06/28/2022

Municipal Chief Financial Officers and Construction Officials:

This is a courtesy reminder notice to all municipalities that budget according to the state fiscal year.

The NJ Uniform Construction Code Regulations - NJAC 5:23-4.17 (b) require that municipalities file a report that accurately portrays the receipts and expenses of the local enforcing agency for code enforcement purposes. The UCC Annual Report fulfills this requirement and serves as a basis of changes (if any) in the UCC fee ordinance and staffing needs for the next year.

Please log into the form site at http://fs2.formsite.com/njdca/uccrpt/form_login.html to complete the UCC Annual report and submit to the Department of Community Affairs no later than August 10, 2022.

Please note that login IDs are not maintained from year to year. If you used this site to submit last year's UCC Annual report you must register as a new user and create a login ID for this year's submission.

If you have questions or require assistance, please e-mail the Office of Regulatory Affairs at ora@dca.state.nj.us .

If you have already submitted the UCC Annual report for FY 2022 you may disregard this reminder notice.

Please note: This e-mail message is being sent to all municipal chief financial officers. Please be sure to share this information with the municipal construction official.

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CY2021 Audit Deadline Extension and GASB 68 & 75 for Municipal and Cou - 06/20/2022

The Director of DLGS has extended to August 31, 2022 the deadline for all local units with a calendar year budget cycle to complete and file their

2021 audits.  This extension applies to counties, calendar year municipalities, and all calendar year authorities, including fire districts. The Order is available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/Audit%20Deadline%20Extension%20Order%20-%20Director%20Suarez.pdf.

 

For the annual audits of counties and calendar year municipalities only, the Division is authorizing inclusion of the 2020 audited GASB 68 and GASB

75 information published by the Division of Pensions and Benefits. Counties and calendar year municipalities do not need to wait for the 2021 audited GASB

68 & GASB 75 information to be issued before completing and filing their audits.

 

Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-12 for further details at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-12.pdf.

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Prevailing Wage Compliance-Notice to Local Governments and Schools - 06/16/2022

On June 15, 2022, the New Jersey Departments of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL), Community Affairs, and Education have issued a joint a letter reminding local governments and schools of their compliance obligations for public works contracts, specifically those under the Prevailing Wage Act and the Public Works Contractor Registration (PWCR) Act. All contracting units are strongly encouraged to examine their public works contracting practices to ensure compliance with State law.

Contact the DOL Wage & Hour Division and Contract Compliance at WHPublicContracts@dol.nj.gov, or by telephone at (609) 292-2259, with any questions on the points raised in the letter. Local Finance Notice 2021-20, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/21/2021-20.pdf, contains further information on Prevailing Wage Act and PWCR Act compliance. The DOL also has a helpful public works contracting FAQ at https://www.nj.gov/labor/wageandhour/support/faqs/pwprevailingwagefaqs.shtml

Notice sent to: Administrators/Managers: Municipal & County CFOs; Procurement Officials; Public Works Managers; Municipal Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials

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Authorities and Housing Authorities - 2022 Budget Requirements - FAST - 06/16/2022

Authorities and housing authorities with a budget year start date of July 1, 2022, and later are reminded that annual budgets and supporting documentation are required to be uploaded and submitted through the Financial Automation Submission & Tracking (FAST) portal. 

To register, authority officials must go to the FAST portal registration page at https://njdca.dynamics365portals.us/Account/Login/Register and create an account.

Guidance for registering for FAST and the budget submission process can be found in the FAST Authority and Housing Authority Budget User Guide:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/pdf/Authority_and_Housing_Authority_FAST_Portal_and_Excel_Template_User_Guide.pdf

Authorities and housing authorities must also exclusively use the newest version of the authority and housing authority budget workbooks, which are available on the Division's Authority Budget

(https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/au_budgets.html) and FAST (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/fast.html) webpages, as well as in the FAST portal.

For technical questions regarding FAST or the authority and housing authority budget workbooks, contact Matt Gallello at Matthew.Gallello@dca.nj.gov.

Municipal Clerks - please forward to authorities and housing authorities that serve your municipalities.  Authorities are strongly encouraged to register to receive EGG notices by contacting egg@dca.nj.gov.

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New Requirements for Public Works Contracts - 06/13/2022

P.L. 2021, c. 301 requires a contractor submitting the lowest bid for a contract that is subject to the Prevailing Wage Act, if that bid is 10 percent or more lower than the next lowest bid, to certify to the public body that the prevailing wage rates required by the Act shall be paid. If the bidder does not provide the certification prior to the award of the contract, the public body shall award the contract to the next lowest responsible and responsive bidder. Further, P.L. 2021, c. 301 also amended N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.27 to require that any contract for public work expressly stipulate that workers performing work under the contract shall not be paid less than the required prevailing wage rate. Contractors and their sureties shall be liable to the public body, any lessee to whom the public body is leasing a property or premises or to any lessor from whom the public body is leasing or will be leasing a property or premises, for any excess costs occasioned by the termination of their right to proceed with the work, or such part of the work as to which there has been a failure to pay required wages. 

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) is proposing new rules at N.J.A.C. 12:60-9.1 and 9.2 and N.J.A.C. 12:60-9 Appendix, in order to establish standard language for both the contractor certification and the prevailing wage contractual provision. Although those rules have not yet been finally adopted, as the law is currently in effect, contracting units should begin inserting prevailing wage language into their contracts for public work, and requiring contractors coming in 10 percent or more lower than the next lowest bid to complete the required certification. The language and form of certification in the rule proposal below may be instructive when drafting contracts for public works and advising public works contractors on the new requirement. 

The NJDOL rule proposal was published in the June 6, 2022 New Jersey Register at https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/Legal%20Notices/Notices%20of%20Proposal/54_NJR1009a_June62022.pdf

Written comments must be submitted no later than August 5, 2022 to David Fish, Executive Director of Legal and Regulatory Services for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, by email at david.fish@dol.nj.gov or by mail to: 

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, PO Box 110 - 13th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

 

Notice sent to: Administrators/Managers; Procurement Officials; Municipal & County CFOs; Municipal Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Public Works Manager; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials; DLGS Listserv

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NJ DORES Records Management Services - Update - 06/10/2022

Dear Records Custodian:

NJ DORES Records Management Services is pleased to announce some upcoming exciting new features in Artemis.

With the newest version of Artemis, users will be able to replicate and edit prior requests, both those approved and rejected. The replicated request is assigned a new ID number and allows you to change dates and volume, delete and add items, correct signatures, add notes, etc. 

Additionally, Artemis will feature a Public Search option available to everyone, including non-users. The public search feature allows for the search of published records retention schedules and authorized disposition requests. 

Artemis users should note there is a distinction between "Authorized" and "Disposition Complete." Authorized means the agency received approval from DORES RMS to destroy the records. Disposition Complete means the agency received authorization and has, in fact, legally destroyed the records and cannot produce them in accordance with NJSA Title 47-Public Records. Artemis users may want to review any "Authorized" requests and update the disposition status to "Disposition Compete" if the records were destroyed.

DORES RMS will notify you of the release date and training videos will be available on YouTube.  

If you have any questions, contact your records analyst directly or Records Management Services at 609-292-8711 or request a

consultation at: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/assets/contact/revenue/contact-revenue-rms.shtml.  

 

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Adopted Regulations - Design-Build Project Delivery - 06/02/2022

The Department of Community Affairs has adopted regulations allowing local governments and school districts to utilize the design-build method of project delivery for construction projects equal to or exceeding $5,000,000. Codified at N.J.A.C. 5:34-10 and effective as of May 27, the Notice of Special Adoption and Concurrent Proposal is expected to be published in the July 5, 2022 New Jersey Register. Pending final processing and publication of the regulatory text by the Office of Administrative Law, the rules can be found on the DLGS Rules and Regulations website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/5_34/NJAC_53410.pdf. Further guidance will follow.

Any formal comments on the regulations should be emailed to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with the heading Design-Build Regulations-Rule Proposal Comment. The deadline for comment submission is expected to be September 3, 2022. Please email any questions on the use of design-build project delivery to lpcl@dca.nj.gov.

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Russia-Belarus List - Vendor Certification Not Currently Required For - 05/23/2022

P.L. 2022, c. 3 requires the State Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to develop, based on credible information available to the public, a list of persons and entities engaging in prohibited activities in Russia or Belarus. Once the list is established, a contracting unit shall, prior to contract award, require a vendor or contractor to certify that they are not identified on Treasury's Russia-Belarus list and review the Russia-Belarus list to determine whether the vendor or contractor appears on the list. 

Please be advised that the vendor/contractor certification requirement is not currently in effect for local governments and boards of education, and will not take effect until such time as Treasury finalizes the Russia-Belarus list. The Division of Local Government Services will provide further updates as needed.

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N.J.A.C. 5:39-1 Remote Public Meeting Regulations - 05/13/2022

N.J.A.C. 5:39-1, the regulations for remote public meetings held by local public bodies during a declared emergency, remain in effect and are posted on the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/5_39/njac_5391.pdf.

N.J.A.C. 5:39-1 was extended when the Public Health Emergency was extended pursuant to Executive Order 281, the Appendix of which references the regulations.  Pursuant to Paragraph 6 of Executive Order 292, the EO lifting the Public Health Emergency, N.J.A.C. 5:39-1 remains in effect unless or until revoked or modified by the Division of Local Government Services or the State of Emergency is lifted.

Notice sent to:  Municipal Clerks; County Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials; DLGS Listserv

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Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal) - - 05/18/2022

Dear Municipal Clerk:

The Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal) have been updated for the 2022- 2023 season. As of today, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, you are able to view which renewals have been issued and ready for you to print to allow for renewal.

Be aware, you must have a renewal clearance in order to pass your resolution for the 2022 - 2023 year. Should a licensee not have clearance, IMMEDIATELY contact the licensee and advise them you have not received their renewal clearance.

Please advise the licensee that they can either:

Contact the caseworker they are currently corresponding with at the New Jersey Division of Taxation or;

They can reach out via email to the ABC Licensing Unit at: ABCclearance.Public@treas.state.nj.us

Statuses will not be discussed with the Clerks.

If you have a licensee that has transferred their license after December 31, 2021 and you have BOTH a Renewal Clearance in the name of the prior licensee AND an Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificate (Transfer) to the current licensee in your possession, they are in compliance and can be renewed.

Should an active licensee obtain a renewal clearance and the final meeting before July 1, 2022 has passed, they must obtain an ad-interim to get them to the next meeting in order to continue to sell alcohol.

To view the list of licensees in your municipality and those cleared by Taxation, login to your myNJ/GovConnect account at http://Portal.NJ.Gov and click the "Annual ABC License Clearance" link located in the GovConnect Links section. Here you will see all licensees that are clear or need to be cleared within your municipality.

NOTE: If you are a Municipal Clerk and Do Not have a User ID & Password for login to the myNJ/GovConnect website:

Please email your request for a "GovConnect Authentication Code" to: EGG@dca.state.nj.us

NOTE: If you are a Municipal Clerk and HAVE a User ID & Password and CAN login to myNJ/GovConnect but DO NOT HAVE THE LINK "Annual ABC License Clearance":

Please email your request for a "GovConnect Authentication Code" to EGG@dca.state.nj.us

NOTE: If you are an ABC SECRETARY, and do not have access to the listing for your Municipality:

Please email ABCclearance.Public@treas.state.nj.us with information to set up your access.

 

Thank you,

ABC License Verification Unit

New Jersey Division of Taxation

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Reminder- Provide all ARP Treasury Reports to Division of Local Govern - 05/13/2022

As a follow-up to an EGG Notice distributed on April 7, 2022 and in accordance with Governor Murphy's Executive Order 267 dated October 8, 2021 and outlined in LFN 2022-08 dated March 2, 2022, municipalities and counties are required to provide DLGS with a copy of all Project and Expenditure Reports, along with any Interim Reports, Recovery Plan and Performance Reports filed with U.S. Treasury. 

Counties and metropolitan cities who have not submitted their Project & Expenditure Reports and other reports filed with the U.S Treasury for period ending December 31, 2021 and period ending March 31, 2022 must submit their reports immediately in PDF format to
LFRF.Reporting@dca.nj.gov and include the name of your municipality (county), along with its assigned municode, in the subject heading of your email.  All PDF report files submitted to DLGS must be in the following format:

municipality's or county’s  4-digit municode, municipality (county) name, and report name (i.e. Project and Expenditure Reports, Interim Report, Recovery Plan, or Performance Report) period ending.

Example: 1234_Any Town (County)_Project and Expenditure Report_3-31-2022

All other LFRF recipients who are required to file their Project and Expenditure Reports for period ending March 31,2022 and be filed with the U.S Treasury by April 30, 2022 must submit reports immediately to DLGS. All PDF report files submitted to DLGS must be in the following format:


municipality's 4-digit municode, municipality name, and report name (i.e. Project and Expenditure Reports, Interim Report, Recovery Plan, or Performance Report) period ending.

Example: 1234_Any Town_Project and Expenditure Report_3-31-2022.

If you are having any issues with the reporting process and/or the US Treasury portal, please  contact the US treasury at: SLFRP@treasury.gov or covidreliefITsupport@treasury.gov

Notice sent to: Municipal & County CFOs; Municipal Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Administrators/Managers; Auditors

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Reminder - New DLGS Rule Proposal (N.J.A.C. 5:32 Licensed Officials) - 04/12/2022

The Director of the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) is proposing the following changes to N.J.A.C. 5:32, which contains regulations pertaining to DLGS-licensed officials. April 23, 2022 is the deadline for submitting written comments.

Key changes are summarized below:

 

-              For continuing education (CEU) credits earned during a certification renewal period extended pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-18.5, allowing DLGS-licensed officials to carry over to the next licensure renewal period a number of earned

               continuing education contact hours not to exceed 50 percent of the total number of credits required to renew the individual's license or certificate. Please see the Appendix to Local Finance Notice 2020-13, available at

                https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/20/2020-13.pdf, for a chart listing the impacted license periods.

-              Increasing from 20 hours to 25 hours the total number of continuing education contact hours that an individual must earn to maintain qualified purchasing agent (QPA) certification.

-              Codifying the Division's ability to offer examination reviews in a group setting at an off-site location.

-              Allowing a municipality to seek Director approval for appointing a private entity to temporarily fulfill CFO duties if an acting chief financial officer vacates the position.

-              Clarifying that the Director of DLGS may approve a different unlicensed individual to serve as a temporary chief municipal finance officer or an acting municipal clerk for a second or third consecutive one-year term.

-              Clarifying that the Director of DLGS may approve a different unlicensed individual to serve as a temporary county CFO for a second consecutive one-year term.

-              Requiring a contracting unit that had appointed a QPA to notify its auditor if the QPA vacates their position.

-              Restating, in more explicit language, the current requirements for governing body appointment of a temporary QPA.

 

The Notice of Proposal is attached and also available on the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/PRN%202022-024%20(54%20N.J.R.%20324(a)).pdf. Comments on the rule proposal shall be in writing and submitted either by email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to:

 

Jason R. Martucci, Esq.

Administrative Practice Officer

Division of Local Government Services

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs PO Box 803 Trenton, NJ 08625-0803

 

For comments submitted via email, please name the subject heading Rule Proposal - N.J.A.C. 5:32.

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LIHWAP and LIHEAP - Delaying Unpaid Balance Enforcement Pending Applic - 03/11/2022

On March 2, 2022, the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) opened for applications. The program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances they have on their residential water and wastewater bills. Assistance is also available to customers to pay off balances on their residential gas and electric bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) program.

Together, these programs will provide needed assistance to families struggling to meet basic needs for heat, power, water, and sewer, and will be critical to helping New Jersey residents get back on their feet as COVID-19 moves into an endemic phase.

To ensure that residents suffering financial hardship to do not lose access to essential services when the water and sewer moratoriums established by P.L. 2021, c. 317 and the gas and electric Winter Termination Program end on March 15, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) are asking that every utility, private or public, including those operated by our municipal governments, refrain from disconnecting service, or enforcing liens for non-payment, for customers who have applications for assistance pending. DCA will make available to every utility on a bi-weekly basis a list of all the utility's customers who have LIHWAP, LIHEAP, or USF applications pending. Each utility is asked to inform Program Manager Fidel Ekhelar at fidel.ekhelar@dca.nj.gov of an appropriate contact person (name, email, phone number) to receive the list.

DCA, DEP, and BPU also call upon all water and sewer systems that have not yet done so to execute vendor agreements for the LIHWAP program so that eligible customers may receive assistance in paying off their water and wastewater arrearages, and so that the utilities may benefit from receiving these federal funds. Please contact Fidel Ekhelar at fidel.ekhelar@dca.nj.gov to execute the agreement or with any questions.

We encourage you provide information on the various utility assistance programs to all customers. More information can be found at https://nj.gov/dca/news/news/2022/approved/20220302.shtml. The portal for submitting an application for utility assistance can be found at https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/dcaid-services/.

P.L. 2021, c. 97 requires all local governments providing water and sewer, and electric service to notify residential customers of available ratepayer relief measures including LIHWAP. A model notice informing residential ratepayers of LIHWAP is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/misc_docs/Model%20COVID-19%20Ratepayer%20Relief%20Notice.docx. P.L. 2021, c. 317 also obligates local governments to offer residential ratepayers installment plans for arrearages accruing between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022.  For residential customers accepted into LIHWAP, local governments may also need to offer installment plans on arrearages accruing after March 15, 2022. Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-09, available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-09.pdf, for additional information on LIHWAP, installment plans, and residential ratepayer notices. 

The Murphy Administration is deeply grateful for all that our utility providers have done to serve their customers and the residents of this state throughout the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Outdoor Dining & State Law Preemption - 03/11/2022

Municipalities are reminded that P.L. 2021, c. 15, which expanded opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, or breweries to utilize outdoor spaces as an extension of their businesses subject to certain conditions, remains in effect until November 30, 2022. The provisions of any municipal ordinance contrary to P.L. 2021, c.15 are preempted while the law is in effect.

Generally, an owner or operator must file an application with the municipal zoning officer that includes: (1) a plan, sketch, picture, or drawing that depicts the design, dimensional boundaries, and placement of tents, canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and other fixtures of the outdoor spaces; and (2) a plan for the control of litter, the removal and storage of garbage, and the cleaning of fixtures and grounds.  If the parking lot of a business premises is used for the service and sale of either food or beverages, or both, the restaurant, bar, distillery, or brewery shall not encumber more than 75 percent of the total parking spaces for such service and sale, unless the parking lot contains fewer than eight parking spaces, and shall maintain at least one handicapped parking space in the parking lot. The zoning official shall issue an approval within15 business days if the application is complete and satisfies the provisions of P.L. 2021, c. 15.  The law also extends the expiration date of all COVID-19 Expansion Permits issued by the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) pursuant to Special Ruling No. 2020-10 until November 30, 2022.

P.L. 2021, c. 15 is available at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2020/PL21/15_.PDF. For further details, please also review ABC Special Ruling

2020-10 and ABC Administrative Order 2021-01 at https://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/SR_2020-10_Executed-Temporary-Extension-Permits.pdf and https://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/AO-2021-01-Order-Extending-COVID-19-Permits-CLEAN-FINAL_GO-clean-j.pdf, respectively.

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Best Management Practices to Ensure Your Town is EV Ready - 03/11/2022

A new guidebook released by the Murphy administration will give municipalities a blueprint to become Electric Vehicle Ready, from implementing the statewide Electric Vehicle Supply/Service Equipment (EVSE) ordinance to streamlining the permitting process and installing charging stations for fleet or public use.

Charge Up Your Town - Best Management Practices to Ensure Your Town is EV Ready is a comprehensive guide that walks communities through the process to enhance EV accessibility for all. The document is a joint project of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities, with additional contributions from Sustainable Jersey, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the North Jersey Transportation Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization.

The Best Management Practices guide provides tips on implementing the statewide EVSE ordinance, which was issued in September 2021, to streamline the local approval process for EV charging stations and remove roadblocks faced when installing charging stations. It also provides a comprehensive list of resources to help municipalities demonstrate leadership by installing publicly-accessible EV charging stations and accessing a variety of financial incentives currently available.

The Best Management Practices guide, combined with numerous financial incentives, regulations and policies, is paving the way for EV adoption in New Jersey. To read the guide, visit https://www.drivegreen.nj.gov/pdf/chargeupyourtown.pdf.

Press Release:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/news/news/2022/approved/20220308.shtml

Statewide Electric Vehicle Supply/Service Equipment (ESVE) Ordinance:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlps/home/modelEVordinance.shtml

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ARP Final Rule & Submitting U.S. Treasury Reports to DLGS - 03/03/2022

The United States Department of the Treasury (U.S. Treasury) has adopted its Final Rule concerning eligible uses of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds awarded to counties and municipalities under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF) Program. Local Finance Notice 2022-07, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-07.pdf, summarizes and synthesizes the U.S.

Treasury Final Rule and highlights key changes from the Interim Final Rule.  However, please understand that DLGS guidance concerning permitted uses of LFRF funds is strictly advisory.  Only U.S.

Treasury can issue definitive interpretations of the Final Rule. Local units seeking interpretation of the Final Rule must email U.S. Treasury at SLFRP@treasury.gov.

Executive Order 267, signed by Governor Murphy on October 8, 2021, requires all municipalities and counties receiving LFRF funds to provide DLGS with a copy of all ARP reports filed with U.S.

Treasury. All Project and Expenditure Reports filed with U.S. Treasury, along with any Interim Reports and Recovery Plan and Performance Reports required from certain municipalities and counties, must be submitted in pdf format to LFRF.Reporting@dca.nj.gov. Please include the name of your municipality or county, along with its assigned municode, in the subject heading.

Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-08 at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-08.pdf for further details. 

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NJAC 5:32 Rule Proposal - 03/01/2022

The Director of the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) is proposing the following changes to N.J.A.C. 5:32, which contains regulations pertaining to DLGS-licensed officials:

The Notice of Proposal is attached and also available on the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/PRN%202022-024%20(54%20N.J.R.%20324(a)).pdf.  Comments on the rule proposal shall be in writing and submitted either by email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to:

Jason R. Martucci, Esq.

Administrative Practice Officer

Division of Local Government Services

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs                                                                

PO Box 803                                                                    

Trenton, NJ 08625-0803

The deadline for submitting written comments is April 23, 2022.  For comments submitted via email, please name the subject heading Rule Proposal – N.J.A.C. 5:32.

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Municipal Property Tax Rewards Programs - 03/01/2022

Local Finance Notice 2022-04 explains how P.L. 2021, c. 99 allows municipalities to establish property tax rewards programs encouraging patronage of local retail.  Please review this Notice, available on the DLGS website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-04.pdf, for further details.

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Applications for Brownfields Impact Fund are Now Open! - 02/07/2022

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is now accepting applications for the Brownfields Impact Fund. This program provides low interest loans ranging from $50K to $350K for brownfield cleanup projects. Additionally, grants are available to eligible entities (non-profits and government entities) for $25K to $350K for brownfield cleanup projects.

Learn more and prepare to apply at https://www.njeda.com/brownfieldsimpactfund.

Loans made through the program will have up to a twenty-year term based on the remediation and project redevelopment timeframe. Principal and interest will be deferred through the end of Year 4 (with interest to accrue and capitalize during this period).  Interest rates on loans made through the program will be between one and two percent, with reductions available for projects that achieve NJEDA state goals based on the project location.

More information and complete eligibility criteria are available at https://www.njeda.com/brownfieldsimpactfund.

Applications for the Brownfields Impact Fund program will be accepted on a rolling basis. Loans and grants will be awarded on a first come, first served, based on the readiness of the application and the availability of funds. For the initial 90 days after program launch, only applications for projects located in the target Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI) cities (Bayonne, Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Millville, Newark, Trenton, Paterson, Paulsboro, Perth Amboy, Salem City, and Vineland) will be considered. This will prioritize investment in these communities which have high instances of brownfields, poverty, health disparities and need for revitalization. After 90 days, the program will be open throughout the state.

If you have questions about the Brownfields Impact Fund or the application process, please reach out to the NJEDA Brownfields Team at bfimpactfund@njeda.com.

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LFN 2022-01 Municipal Levy Cap Referendum Procedures - 01/19/2022

CY 2022 Referendum Local Finance Notice 2022-01

Local Finance Notice 2022-01, accessible at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-01.pdf, is guidance regarding 2022 Levy and Appropriation Cap Referendum procedures.  Please review the Notice for further details.

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