Pending Ordinances and Resolutions

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

ORDINANCE # 2019-08

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 11 TO REQUIRE THAT MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE STATIONS HAVE AN ALTERNATE ENERGY SOURCE

 

WHEREAS , gas stations are rendered inoperative and incapable of dispensing fuel during power outages; and

 

WHEREAS, fuel is an indispensable commodity, necessary for the transportation and emergency electrical power to serve residents and rescue and law enforcement personnel; and

 

WHEREAS, the public health, safety and welfare requires gas stations provide for an uninterrupted supply of alternate power.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED , by the Township Committee of Knowlton as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 11-3 of the Code of the Township of Knowlton (the “Code”), entitled “Definitions and word usage,” shall be amended to add the following definition:

Standby Power Generator

 

A permanently installed backup electric power source that is powered by natural gas, propane or diesel fuel and is integrated with the electrical system of the facility. The system isnot intended to be used as a primary source of power or used when power is disconnected bythe utility for lack of payment of bill.

 

SECTION 2. Section 11-315(E), entitled “Automotive Service Stations, which regulatesthe conditional use of a lot as an automotive service station in the Highway Commercial (C-1) Zone, is hereby amended and supplemented to add new subsections (5) and (6) as follows:

(5) All Automotive Service Stations that sell gasoline at retail to consumers from gasoline pumps, shall be required to have an alternate energy source, such as a standby power generator, that is capable of providing electrical service during an interruption of the normal electrical supply sufficient to power the gasoline pumps so that gasoline can be sold to consumers. The alternate energy source shall be sufficient to operate all pumps during normal business hours of the service stations.

 

(6) The alternate energy source required herein shall be required any time an existing Automotive Service Station (1) expands and requires site plan and / or variance approval from the Planning Board; or (2) undertakes a substantial renovation (e.g. tank replacement). The determination of whether a renovation is substantial shall be within the sole discretion of the Zoning Officer.

SECTION 3. Section 11-315(E), entitled “Automotive Service Stations, which regulates the conditional use of a lot as an automotive service station in the Highway Commercial (C-1) Zone, is hereby amended and supplemented to add new subsections (5) and (6) as follows:

(5) All Automotive Service Stations that sell gasoline at retail to consumers from gasoline pumps, shall be required to have an alternate energy source, such as a standby power generator, that is capable of providing electrical service during an interruption of the normal electrical supply sufficient to power the gasoline pumps so that gasoline can be sold to consumers. The alternate energy source shall be sufficient to operate all pumps during normal business hours of the service stations.

 

(6) The alternate energy source required herein shall be required any time an existing Automotive Service Station (1) expands and requires site plan and / or variance approval from the Planning Board; or (2) undertakes a substantial renovation (e.g. tank replacement). The determination of whether a renovation is substantial shall be within the sole discretion of the Zoning Officer.

SECTION 4. Section 11-329(B), entitled “Automotive Service Stations, which regulates the conditional use of a lot as an automotive service station in the Planned Commercial Development (PCD) Zone, is hereby amended and supplemented to add new subsections (3) and (4) as follows:

(3) All Automotive Service Stations that sell gasoline at retail to consumers from gasoline pumps, shall be required to have an alternate energy source, such as a standby power generator, that is capable of providing electrical service during an interruption of the normal electrical supply sufficient to power the gasoline pumps so that gasoline can be sold to consumers. The alternate energy source shall be sufficient to operate all pumps during normal business hours of the service stations.

 

(4) The alternate energy source required herein shall be required any time an existing Automotive Service Station (1) expands and requires site plan and / or variance approval from the Planning Board; or (2) undertakes a substantial renovation (e.g. tank replacement). The determination of whether a renovation is substantial shall be within the sole discretion of the Zoning Officer.

SECTION 5. All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances inconsistent herewith are repealed as to such inconsistencies.

SECTION 6. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this Ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.

SECTION 7. This Ordinance shall take effect upon final passage and publication according to law.

 

Introduction: December 9, 2019

Motion

Second

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--, Starrs

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

COUNTY OF WARREN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

RESOLUTION 2019-134

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETAINER OF AN AUCTIONEER FOR THE SALE OF FORECLOSED PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Knowlton is the owner of 9 foreclosed properties due to tax sales, Block 4 Lot 3, Block 15 Lot 11, Block 28 Lot 13 Block 41 Lot 8.04, Block 55 Lot 12, Block 68 Lot 23, Block 71 Lot 14 and Block 46 Lot 3.03; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township desires to retain a Professional Auctioneer to market and auction for public sale said lands in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(a).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton, in the County of Warren, State of New Jersey, as follows:

 

The Township Committee hereby declares Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. (hereinafter “Auctioneer”), to be retained as Auctioneer for sale to the highest bidder by open public sale at auction, of the property and lands located at 154 Mt. Pleasant (Block 4 Lot 3), 22 Columbia (Block 15 Lot 11), 17 Rte 46 (Block 28 Lot 13), 166 Vail Rd (Block 41 Lot 8.04), 10 Clinton St (Block 55 Lot 12), 163 Knowlton (Block 68 Lot 23), 4 Ramsayburg ( Block 71 Lot 14) and 36 Knowlton Rd. (Block 46 Lot 3.03).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution take effect immediately.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor ad Clerk is authorized to sign and execute the Professional Service Resolution hereby attached as.

 

October 24, 2019

 

Motion:

Second:

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--Starrs--

 

Certification: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee at a meeting held on October 24, 2019.

 

_______________________

Kristin Shipps, Municipal Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION # 2019-143

RESOLUTION OF THE STROUDSBURG BOROUGH COUNCIL

SUPPORTING SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS OF THE ROUTE 80 PROJECT 17M, OPPOSING CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF PROPOSED DESIGNS AND

URGING SUPPORT FROM OFFICIALS AND PROJECT DESIGNERS TO

RECONSIDER AND MODIFY PROPOSED DESIGNS

WHEREAS:

The Route 80 Reconstruction Project segment 17M (“The Project”) has been funded, is underway, and is at the stage of Public Comment about the required environmental studies just prior to establishing a preferred design to move forward into “Final Design”.

 

The Needs to be addressed by The Project, as articulated in theNorthEast Pennsylvania Alliance / Metropolitan Planning Organization (NEPA MPO) 2005 planning document, “I-80 Corridor Study” (The Study)established the Needs for the Project (p.3)as:

  • Congestion Relief,
  • Safety Improvements, and
  • Bridge Replacement

 

The Study also identified:

  • “Transportation System Management [TSM] and Intelligent Transportation Systems [ITS] strategies need to accompany any planned highway capacity increases.” (exec summary p iii)
  • Route 80 is a major route for local traffic as well as interstate traffic (p.3) and local use needs should be balanced with needs of tourists and interstate-travelers.
  • Interchange improvement concepts to improve safety could be funded and constructed independent of mainlinewidening. (exec summary page iii)
  • The Project is focused specifically on peak-hour conditions (p.4)
  • The “transportation industry has begun to recognize that it is difficult to achieve [high “levels of Service” (LOS)] without incurring enormous expense and/or creating significant adverse impacts on the surrounding community”

 

The Study also called onto question whether expanding the number of lanes would be worth the expense to address congestion problems occurring only at peak hours of use (p.4).

 

WHEREAS:

Project proposals from PennDOT include expansion of Route 80 to 3 travel lanes in each direction for only the 3-mile extent of The Project which is bounded at its ends with only 2 travel lanes in each direction.

 

The addition of travel lanes increases highway speeds.

 

The reduction of highway speeds and related accidents within the extent of The Project has been a goal of transportation planners, The Safe 80 Task Force and law-enforcement.

 

Reduction in the number of travel lanes on a high-speed roadway can create unsafe conditions at merge points.

 

Scheduling and lead times are unclear for future addition of travel lanes over the Delaware River and to the West of The Project.

 

The portion of Route 80 beyond and to the West of The Project extent has higher than average accident rates and is more congested than The Project area.

 

Route 611 paralleling The Project area is an important alternate route when use of the interstate is disrupted for any reason, and the traffic capacity, or lack thereof, of Route 611 has a direct significant impact on the congestion of Route 80.

 

The Federal Highway Administration acknowledges the principle of “induced demand” which suggests that additional highway lane capacity encourages travelers to quickly fill new lanes with additional traffic.

 

Many cities have removed or are considering removal or reduction in major highway lane capacitiesand inaccessibility through their towns in order to reduce the disruption to their communities.

 

WHEREAS:

Maintaining existing, multiple points of access to Route 80 provides important basic and alternative routes for residents, visitors and emergency responders.

 

Multiple highway interchange locations facilitate awareness of and accessibility to Stroudsburg’s business district and related economic activity.

 

WHEREAS:

The location of The Project,through Stroudsburg,the County Seat of Monroe County, is a unique environmental, business and community context for an interstate highway.

 

PennDOT promotes Context Sensitive Design as put forth in their 2008 publication “Smart Transportation Guidebook”

 

The National Highway System (NHS) Design Standards state, “While FHWA-approved standards apply to all projects on the NHS, we encourage flexibility and a context-sensitive approach which considers the full range of project needs and impacts to the community and natural and human environment. Design exceptions are a useful tool that may be employed to achieve a balance of project needs and community values”

 

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Larger scale disruption and relocation of existing interchange locations,rather than lesser-impact alternatives, requires public taking of more businesses and properties, with related tax-losses and economic impact

 

Such reconstruction of interchanges in new locations increases project costs and extends construction time with related disruption of traffic during that time.

 

WHEREAS:

Safety on Route 80 is of paramount importance to the community, county, visitors, & inter-state travelers.

 

Consistent roadway width with full breakdown lanes will enhance highway safety.

 

Improved interchanges with increased lengths of acceleration and deceleration lanes will significantly and immediately improve the safety of travel on Route 80 segment 17M.

 

Reconstructing bridges in the Project area will improve structural safety and over-sized-load capacity of the highway and related routes.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVEDby the County Commissioners of Monroe County, PA. that the County, on behalf of intestate travelers, tourists, businesses and residents of Monroe County hereby is in favor of safety improvements to bridges, interchanges and breakdown lane widths in the Route 80 Reconstruction Project 17M yet opposes certain critical aspects of The Project.

 

BEIT FURTHER RESOLVED that Monroe County Commissioners OPPOSE the following aspects of proposed designs:

  • Expansion of lanes to three travel lanes in each directionwithin The Project extent.
  • Elimination of theDreher Ave Eastbound entrance and Westbound exit.
  • Relocation of the West Main St interchange farther West with related reconstruction.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Monroe County Commissioners URGETransportation officials, planners and designers to reconsider the points of opposition above and to:

  • Expand lane capacity in Route 611 from the Stroudsburg Borough lineto Bartonsville.
  • Use existing interchange locations and configurations within existing rights-of-way as much as possible.
  • Keep open the Shafers Schoolhouse Rd intersection at Route 209 with safety improvements
  • Immediately begin exploring options for increased transportation capacity across the Delaware River.
  • Continue with enhanced effort, the exploration of mass-transit and of non-highway alternative transportation methods.
  • Incorporate Transportation System management and Intelligent Transportation Systems within Project solutions including better tuck regulation, driver education, signage and future-oriented technologies and policies.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County will provide a certified copy of this resolution to

  • The Borough of Stroudsburg Route 80 Task Force
  • PennDOT District 5, District Executive, Michael Rebert
  • PA State Representatives Maureen Madden and Rosemary Brown
  • PA State Senate Transportation Committee members, Senators Kim Ward, Mario Scavello, and John Sabatina,
  • PA House Transportation Committee members Rep. Tim Hennessy and Mike Carrol
  • PA State Secretary of Transportation, Leslie Richards
  • PA Governor Tom Wolfe.

 

 

APPROVED and ADOPTED this ________day of _____________.

 

 

 

______________________________

Knowlton Township Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________________

Municipal Clerk

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

County of Warren, State of New Jersey

 RESOLUTION 2019-144

 

Cancel 2019 Taxes Due to Township Purchase

WHEREAS, during 2019 the township purchased 3 properties. The properties became tax exempt at that time. Since the township does not pays taxes to itself it is necessary to cancel the outstanding 2019 taxes on the properties to avoid having to place them in tax sale in 2020 for unpaid 2019 taxes. The properties and amounts are listed below:

 

 

Block 48, Lot 9 $1835.68

Block 48, Lot 7 $3565.14

Block 48, Lot 5 $2965.30

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor .and Township Committee of Knowlton Township, County of Warren the 2019 taxes on the above lots in the amounts shown above are hereby cancelled.

 

Date: December 9, 2019

Motion:

Second:

 

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--, Starrs--

CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution

adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee at the meeting held on December 9, 2019.

 

 

_____________________________

Kristin Shipps, RMC

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

County of Warren, State of New Jersey

RESOLUTION 2019-145

Cancel 2019 Taxes Due to Duplicate Property

Block 68, Lot 9

WHEREAS, the owner of the above lot has several properties in the township. The Tax Assessor in order to address an issue created a new block and lot designation. The old block and lot line item should have been deleted from the 2019 tax duplicate but was not. The owner become aware of this when the new tax bills were issued.

WHEREAS, after conferring with the Tax Assessor and property owner it appears as if former Block 68, Lot 9 is duplicated with new Block 68, Lot 9.04. The Tax Collector has transferred the payments made on lot 9 to new lot 9.04. It is necessary to cancel the 2019 taxes on the former lot 9 in the amount of $7,216.21. Lot 9 has been removed from the 2020 tax duplicate by the Tax Assessor.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Township Committee of Knowlton Township, County of Warren the 2019 taxes on the above lot 9 in the amount of $7,216.21 are hereby cancelled.

 

Date: December 9, 2019

Motion:

Second:

 

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--, Starrs--

CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution

adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee at the meeting held on December 9, 2019.

 

 

_____________________________

Kristin Shipps, RMC

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

County of Warren, State of New Jersey

RESOLUTION 2019-146

 Cancel 2019 Taxes Due to Foreclosure

WHEREAS, the Township Committee approved the foreclosure of several of the liens it holds to collect delinquent taxes. The foreclosure proceedings were completed on August 16 th when the following properties received final judgment which transferred ownership to Knowlton Township.

WHEREAS, these properties are now tax exempt and it is necessary to cancel the 2019 taxes on the properties to avoid placing them on tax sale in 2020 for unpaid 2019 taxes. The properties and amounts involved follow:

 

Block 4, Lot 3 $930.23

Block 15, Lot 11 $222.14

Block 28, Lot 13 $510.24

Block 41, Lot 8.04 $201.32

Block 46, Lot 3.03 $881.63

Block 55, Lot 12 $211.73

Block 68, Lot 23 $3800.75

Block 71, Lot 14 $600.48

Block 76, Lot 2 $753.21

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Township Committee of Knowlton Township, County of Warren the 2019 taxes on the above properties are hereby cancelled.

Date: December 9, 2019

Motion:

Second:

 

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--, Starrs--

CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution

adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee at the meeting held on December 9, 2019.

 

 

_____________________________

Kristin Shipps, RMC

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

County of Warren, State of New Jersey

 RESOLUTION 2019-147

Interest Resolution

Extension of August Grace Period

 

WHEREAS, when tax rates were certified in May state aid numbers were considered finalized. Tax bills were required to be mailed by June 14. The amount of state aid is no longer considered finalized until the state budget is signed by the governor around July 1st. Tax rates are received from the county tax board after the state budget is signed and all requirements for setting the rates are met. It was not possible for Knowlton Township to receive the certified rate and extended tax duplicate, complete proofing, adjustments, printing, stuffing and mailing of tax bills by July 15 and,

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:4-66.3 (d) requires an interest free period of at least 25 days after the mailing of the tax bills before interest can be charged on payments due August 1. This requirement supersedes the normal 10-day grace period required in the resolution adopted by the Township Committee in January and;

 

WHEREAS, since the tax collector completed mailing of the bills on August 10, the township was required by the state law to extend the interest free period for taxes due August 1 to September 6 to comply with this requirement. Since the extension must appear on the tax bills the billing was not delayed until the next township committee meeting was held on August 12.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Township Committee of Knowlton Township, County of Warren the Township Committee acknowledges the action of the tax collector in extending the interest free period for taxes due August 1 to September 6 to comply with N.J.S.A. 54:4-66.3(d). A copy of this resolution will be provided to the auditor when the audit for 2019 is being done to avoid potential concerns that the tax collector failed to collect all required interest.

Date: December 9, 2019

Motion:

Second:

 

Roll Call: Cuntala--, McNinch--, Shipps--, Van Horn--, Starrs--

CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution

adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee at the meeting held on December 9, 2019.

 

_____________________________

Kristin Shipps, RMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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