Pending Ordinances and Resolutions

 

RESOLUTION 2017-110

 

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON , COUNTY OF WARREN

EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL BILLS 1045 AND 1046

 

WHEREAS , the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee took action on Senate Bill Nos. 1045 and 1046, which amend the Open Public Meetings Act and Open Public Records Act, respectively, on June 29, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, the Committee released the bills to the full Senate without recommendation because the bills are unnecessary, unpopular with the public, and would result in significant financial and administrative burdens on municipalities; and

 

WHEREAS, the bills fail to adequately protect taxpayers, municipalities and municipal clerks from abusive, harassing, and purposefully confrontational individuals who submit voluminous requests for no legitimate reason; and

 

WHEREAS, the legislation encourages litigation against municipalities by awarding litigant attorney fees incurred in bringing actions against municipalities; and

 

WHEREAS, the legislation would expand the Open Public Meeting Act to create impractical and burdensome requirements with respect to subcommittees and working groups established by the entire governing body, which would effectively limit the ability of small groups of local officials discussing issues of public concern for the purposes of informing the governing body; and

 

WHEREAS, under the bills, the responsibilities of municipal clerks, who the Legislature has already loaded with responsibilities beyond the scope of their office, would be stretched even further than current law requires without a single dollar of additional resources provided to, or authorized to be collected by, municipalities; and

 

WHEREAS, the bills would impose a financial burden on municipalities that would not be offset by a revenue source other than the property tax, making the bills unfunded mandates prohibited by the New Jersey Constitution; and

WHEREAS, some municipalities are more equipped than others to meet the burdens that would be imposed by Senate Bill Nos. 1045 and 1046, however, without assistance of any kind from the States or the courts, every municipality would be on its own to meet the myriad new requirements of the law.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton strongly urges the Legislature to reject Senate Bill Nos. 1045 and 1046 and draft new legislation to modernize OPRA and OPMA while providing municipalities and clerks with the resources to effectuate these changes for the benefit of the public.

 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be filed with the legislative sponsors of Senate Bill Nos. 1045 and 1046 and Assembly Bill Nos. 2697 and 2699, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the President of the Senate, and the Governor, and all parties are urged to listen to the concerns of local officials and prevent Senate Bill Nos. 1045 and 1046 from becoming law.

 

September 28, 2017

Motion:

Second:

Roll Call Vote: Cuntala-- , Farber-- , Shipps-- , Van Horn-- , Starrs--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certification:

 

I, Kristin Shipps, Acting Township Clerk of the Township of Knowlton, County of Warren and State of New Jersey, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that this is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton at their regular meeting held on September 28, 2017.

 

WITNESS, my hand and seal of the Township of Knowlton on this 28 th day of September, 2017.

 

Kristin Shipps

Acting Municipal Clerk

 

 

 

Distribution List:

Senator Loretta Weinberg

545 Cedar Lane

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto

1 Harmon Plaza, Suite 205

Secaucus, NJ 07094

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari

1514 East Saint George’s Ave., 2 nd Floor

Linden, NJ 07036

Senator Michael J. Doherty

127 Belvidere Ave., 2 nd Floor

Washington, NJ 07882

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora

144 W State Street

Trenton, NJ 08608

Assemblyman John DiMaio

245 Route 22, Suite 208

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Senator Joseph Pennaccchio

170 Changebridge Road, Unit A1

Montville, NJ 07045

Assemblyman Erik Peterson

178 Center St., Suite 2B

Clinton, NJ 08809

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson

545 Cedar Lane

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Senator Steven V. Oroho

1001 Route 517

P.O. Box 184

Allamuchy, NJ 07820

Senator James. W. Holzapfel

852 Highway 70

Brick, NJ 08724

Assemblyman Parker Space

1001 Route 517

P.O. Box 184

Allamuchy, NJ 07820

Senator Stephen M. Sweeney

935 Kings Highway, Suite 400

West Deptford, NJ 08086

Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus

191 Woodport Road

Suite 205

Sparta, NJ 07871

Senator James W. Holzapfel

852 Highway 70

Brick, NJ 08724

 

Governor Chris Christie

P.O. Box 001

125 West State Street

Trenton, NJ 08625

 

 

 


 

 

 

RESOLUTION 2017-111

TOWNSHIP OF KNOWLTON

COUNTY OF WARREN, NEW JERSEY

 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF FIBRODYSPLASIA OSSIFICANS PROGRESSIVA AWARENESS

 

WHEREAS,FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgessiva is an illness characterized by normal bone forming in muscles and connective tissue, forming an extra skeleton that immobilizes the body; and

WHEREAS,FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgressiva affects children, usually in the first or second decade of life being diagnosed by the age of ten, depriving them of normal development; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 2,500 people worldwide are afflicted with FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgressiva, with 200 diagnosed cases in the United States and 12 cases in New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, currently the University of Pennsylvania is the only medical research facility investigating a cure for FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgressiva; and

WHEREAS, numerous states, countries and international organizations have joined together to increase public awareness of this devastating, rare genetic disorder, to promote research to find the cure; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton wishes to help to increase awareness of FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgressiva and to encourage public support to find a cause and a cure for this devastating disorder.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton hereby supports raising awareness of this devastating disease and supports the efforts of those researchers dedicated to finding a cure for FibrodysplasiaOssificansProgessiva.

Motion:

Second:

Cuntala-- , Farber--- , Shipps-- , Van Horn--- , Starrs--

 

I, Kristin Shipps, Acting Clerk of the Township of Knowlton, County of Warren, State of New Jersey, do hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Township Committee of Knowlton at their regular meeting held on September 28, 2017.

WITNESS, my hand and seal of the Township of Knowlton on this 28 th day of September, 2018.

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Kristin Shipps, Acting Municipal Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowlton Township Warren County New Jersey