Pending Ordinances and Resolutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, COUNTY OF WARREN

RESOLUTION APPROVING COMPENSATED APPOINTMENTS

RESOLUTION 2021-02c

 

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to appoint various persons to fill the numerous positions of authority in the Township of Knowlton for the year 2021.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Knowlton, Warren County, New Jersey, that the following appointments be made with terms being until December 31, 2021:

 

 

Municipal Clerk Kristin Shipps

Shared Services/Grant Administrator

Assessment Search Officer

Deputy Clerk Doreen Apgar

Registrar of Vital Statistics Doreen Apgar

Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics Kristin Shipps

Office Assistant MaryAnn Gingerelli

Finance Assistant Doreen Apgar

Recycling Coordinator JoAnn Fascenelli

Chief Financial Officer Christine Rolef

Tax Collector Evan Howell

Tax Search Officer Evan Howell

Assistant Tax Collector Doreen Apgar

Tax Assessor Richard Motyka

Tax Assessment Assistant Kenna Pearson

Code Enforcement /Zoning Officer Eric Snyder

Driveway Inspector Eric Snyder

Fire Official Glenn Wilson, Jim McAleer

Planning Board Secretary Alfia Schemm

Board of Adjustment Secretary Alfia Schemm

Animal Control Officer Alan DeCarolis

Public Works Manager Brian Peck

Public Works Assistant Supervisor Thomas Steckel

Public Works Driver/Laborer I

Public Works Driver/Laborer II David Quick

Public Works Driver/Laborer III Michael Carpenter

Public Works Driver/Laborer-Part Time

Seasonal Plow Driver Dale Lifer

Seasonal Plow Driver Michael DeCarolis Recreation Director Dennis Lembeck

Recreation Laborer Ryan Lembeck

Alternate Recreation Laborer George Trongone

Community Service/Clean Comm. Supervisor Dennis Lembeck

Emergency Management Coordinator

911 Coordinator

***Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Bates

Emergency Management AssistantKristin Shipps

Municipal Housing Liaison Kristin Shipps

Municipal Court Bookkeeper Donna Surdich

 

 

*term expires 12/31/2021

***term expires 12/31/2023

 

   

Date: February 25, 2021

Motion:

Second:

Roll Call:

 

 

CERTIFICATION:

I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of a resolution adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton, Warren County, State of New Jersey at the annual reorganization meeting held on February 25, 2021.

 

___________________________

Kristin Shipps, Municipal Clerk

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

COUNTY OF WARREN

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

RESOLUTION 2021-30

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SALARY ADJUSTMENT

 

 

WHEREAS, Michael Carpenter is employed by the Township of Knowlton as a DPW Laborer as of December 19, 2019 ; and

WHEREAS, areview of DPW laborer salaries paid by surrounding municipalities for similar work, duration of employment and experiencehas demonstrated that a salary adjustment is supported; and

 

WHEREAS, based on the foregoing, the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Knowlton have authorized a salary adjustment thereby increasing Michael Carpenter’s hourly rate by $1.50 per hour retroactive to January 1, 2021; and

 

WHEREAS, Michael Carpenter will also be paid an additional increase of $1.50 per hour once he obtains his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and provides the Township with proof of same.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Knowlton authorize this salary adjustment effective January 1, 2021.

 

 

Date: February 25, 2021

Motion:

Second:

Roll Call:

 

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 February 25, 2021

 

 

___________________________

Kristin Shipps, Municipal Clerk

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

COUNTY OF WARREN, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

RESOLUTION 2021-31

 

RESOLUTION ON THE PROPOSED DELAWARE RIVER JOINT TOLL BRIDGE COMMISSION TOLL INCREASES

WHEREAS, at 50.7 cents per gallon, New Jersey has the fourth highest gas tax in the United States, making it a very expensive state to drive in 1; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation, making it a very expensive state to live in 2; and

WHEREAS,the median household income in Warren County is almost $16,000 lower than the New Jersey state median, giving local residents 18.4 % less income than their neighbors to spend 3; and

WHEREAS, many Knowlton Township residents commute daily across a DRJTBC bridgefor work and to reach the closest hospital and major shopping centers; and

WHEREAS, the toll proposal would reduce discounts currently provided to drivers who made more than 16 tolled trips each month from 40% to 20% thereby increasing costs to locals; and

WHEREAS, the trucking industry plays an essential role in the American economy, moving 70% of all freight in the United States, and faces narrow profit margins; and

WHEREAS, several trucking businesses are based in Knowlton Township and daily cross a DRJTBC bridge; and

WHEREAS, the reason cited for the rate increase is "to offset continuing COVID-19-induced toll revenue decline” that was 23.6% less than the previous year 4; and

WHEREAS, in the year prior to the pandemic, DRJTBC’s operating revenues topped $144.9 million, an increase of more than 10.2% from the previous year 4; and

WHEREAS,the COVID-19 pandemic is not permanent andtraffic volume and revenue will rebound; and

WHEREAS, other bridge agencies, including the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), have announced they will notincrease tolls on their bridges, despite similar decreases in revenue due to the pandemic 4; and

WHEREAS, the Scudder Falls Bridge, which began collecting tolls in the second half of 2019, represents a new, additional revenue stream for the Delaware Bridge Joint Toll Bridge Commission; and

WHEREAS, the proposed toll increase is a tax; and

WHEREAS, government agencies best serve the public when they cut expenses, such as downsizing renovation plans and negotiating personnel concessions, rather than increasing taxes; and

WHEREAS, government agencies best serve the public when they do not increase taxes permanently in response to temporary decreases in revenue.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Township of Knowlton, as a community adjacent to the I80 Delaware Water Gap Toll bridge, requests an exemption in tolls on that bridge for Knowlton residents and businesses.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Township of Knowlton requests that if a blanket exemption for Knowlton residents and businesses is not feasible, then a schedule of several days per month that local residents and businesses may cross the bridge without toll is hereby requested to ease the impact on local communities.

 

February 25, 2021

Motion:

Second:

 

 

 

 

 

 

1https://www.nj.com/politics/2020/09/njs-gas-tax-rises-93-cents-thursday-heres-how-well-rank-compared-to-all-the-other-states.html

2https://jerseydigs.com/study-says-new-jersey-has-highest-property-taxes-in-usa/

3https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Jersey_locations_by_per_capita_income

4https://www.northcentralpa.com/news/state/delaware-river-bridge-commission-considering-toll-hikes-on-bridges-between-pennsylvania-new-jersey/article_d7fc456e-000e-5e30-a44d-1378c4ef70e6.html

 

 

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP

WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

RESOLUTION 2021-32

RESOLUTION APPROVING PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Knowlton, Warren County, New Jersey, that all claims attachedare hereby approved as reasonable and proper claims against the Township of Knowlton.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that approval for payment is hereby given to the Chief Financial Officer to pay said claims, subject to the availability of funds.

Date: February 25, 2021

Motion:

Second:

Roll Call:

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 February 25, 2021

 

 

___________________________

Kristin Shipps, Municipal Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowlton Township Warren County New Jersey