February 16, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes

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STILLWATER TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

February 16, 2021 – Regular Meeting

A REGULAR MEETING of the Stillwater Township Committee was called to order by Mayor Chammings at 7:01 p.m. noting the meeting date, time and place were duly published in the New Jersey Herald and posted at the Town Hall and advised those present that this meeting was being held in compliance with provisions of P.L. 1975, Chapter 231, Sections 4 & 13. Mayor Chammings added the meeting was being held virtually on Zoom and this meeting was also advertised with the link in the New Jersey Herald, the Stillwater Township website (www.stillwatertownshipnj.com) on the Stillwater Township Face Book page. PRESENT: Committeewoman Rumsey, Deputy Mayor Scott, Committeeman Fisher, Mayor Chammings, Municipal Clerk Lynda Knott and Attorney Angelo Bolcato ABSENT: Committeeman Morrison

EXECUTIVE SESSION: 6:32 p.m. held in Town Hall

After the reading of the following Resolution to enter into Executive Session, a motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey, seconded by Mr. Scott and carried by roll call vote to adopt the resolution permitting the Committee to go into Executive Session at 6:34 p.m.

WHEREAS, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting under certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey as follows:

1. The public shall be excluded from that portion of this meeting.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows: Contract

3. As nearly as can now be ascertained, the matter or matters to be discussed at this time will be disclosed to the public when such matters are resolved.

There being no further business to attend to, a motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey, seconded by Mr. Scott to conclude the Executive Session at 7:01 p.m., unanimously carried by roll call vote.

Roll Call was taken and the flag was saluted.

BUDGET DISCUSSION – Tammy Leonard, CFO

The discussion began with salaries. The Township Committee received two memos. The first from the clerk who has asked for compensation for being the website and social media coordinator. Mayor Chammings said the clerk has worked hard on the website. The clerk said she would like to add Twitter and the Neighborhood platforms to the township’s social media accounts. The clerk said Facebook and social media is the best way to get the “word” out to residents. Mayor Chammings asked what the person was compensated in the past. The CFO will let the township committee know the amount. Mayor Chammings said they would wait to decide until then.

The Construction Official also provided a memo regarding his salary. He asked to be brought up to $50 per hour which is the median salary in the area. Mayor Chammings noted the construction official has been employed in the township for four years now and is in favor of an increase. The construction official will be obtaining his plumbing license soon and would be able to substitute when the plumbing inspector is out. Mrs. Rumsey said she is in favor of the increase as well noting the construction official goes above and beyond for the residents. Mr. Fisher added he meets with employees as well-off hours if needed. The Township Committee agreed with the construction official’s request for $50 per hour.

The Township Committee agrees with the three percent (3%) raise for 2021 for all employees.

Mrs. Leonard had a few questions on other budget items which were answered by the governing body. Mrs. Leonard stated the backhoe is used for trash compacting and will use some Clean Communities Grant money to go towards purchasing the new backhoe for the DPW.

The Fire Department’s request for a new Rescue-Pumper was discussed next. The CFO said if the township committee would like they may sign the contract in 2021 to lock in the price as long as the truck will not be delivered until October of 2022 so the truck funding could be part of the September 2022 Bond Anticipation Note.

Mayor Chammings said this new truck replaces two vehicles with a cost of $800,000.00. Mrs. Rumsey added if the township purchased two separate vehicles the rescue truck would cost $600,000 and the pumper $400,000 with a combined total of $1,000,000. Mrs. Rumsey continued the combined truck is the most cost effective and cost-efficient way to go. Mrs. Rumsey said she feels the fire department is vey responsible in their design of the combination truck. Mr. Scott agreed. Mr. Fisher said he feels the truck is overpriced and asked the fire department to get another quote that would be an apple to apples quote for the Seagrave.

Chief Sugar discussed the three trucks they compared. One company no longer sells in New Jersey so it was out. The other truck that was quoted was really not comparable to the Seagrave in its ability only in its cost. Chief Sugar explained the reasons other manufacturers were not asked to provide quotes. Mr. Fisher thanked Chief Sugar and noted they had not been told of the truck committees’ findings before today and was glad they had done their due diligence.

The Township Committee added the new rescue-pumper to the 2021 Capital budget.

SPECIAL OPEN PUBLIC SESSION:

Mayor Chammings noted Mr. John Torregrossa, President of Lake Plymouth Association was in the audience with his contractor so Mayor Chammings amended the agenda to allow Mr. Torregrossa to discuss the letter sent to him by the Township Committee regarding the Lake Plymouth dam repair.

Mr. Torregrossa and Mr. Joseph J Venito II, President of On-Line Contracting Inc. of Denville, NJ, were in attendance to discuss the Township Committee’s January 22, 2021 letter to Lake Plymouth Association stating the Township could not co-sign the co-borrower’s agreement for the Lake Plymouth Dam Repair because they felt the project would exceed the $600,000.00 loan.

Mr. Venito II discussed options to do the project he felt were going to allow the project to more forward within the $600,000.00 budget. The Township Committee asked Mr. Venito II if he would speak to the engineer of the project and the State’s project manager to see if what he outlined was a feasible option and then come back to discuss.

Mrs. Rumsey made it clear to the Lake Plymouth Lake residents that other Stillwater residents not living in their private lake community would not pay for this project.

MINUTES:

January 16, 2021 Budget Meeting Minutes: A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the Minutes, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

January 19, 2021 Regular and Executive Meeting Minutes: A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the Minutes, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

REPORTS: ACO Report for October – December 2020

Tax Assessor Annual Report for 2020

Employee time carry-over report for 2020

Registrar Certified Copy Report for January 2021

Zoning Officer Report for January 2021

Tax Collector Report for January 2021

Building Department Report for January 2021

QPA Report for January 2021

Fire Department Report for January 2021

Mr. Fisher asked to pull the Tax Assessor’s Annual Report from the list to be considered separately. A motion was made by Mr. Scott to accept the Reports, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Mr. Fisher stated the Tax Assessor report is not a report but a job description. Mr. Fisher added the Assessor leaves early to do inspections but does not list what inspections noting the construction officials maintain a log of the inspections done and their approvals/disapprovals. Mayor Chammings said if you want something specific in the report you should ask. Mayor Chammings said Mr. Bolcato had prepared a memo for the township committee regarding the tax assessor’s responsibilities to the township committee and she asked the committee to wait until after they read the memo to comment.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to accept the Tax Assessor’s report, seconded by Mayor Chammings. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, no, Mr. Fisher, no Mayor Chammings, yes.

The Tax Assessor Report was not accepted.

BILLS LIST #02: $ $3,966,699.03

RESOLUTION 2021-030 Authorizing Payment of Bills

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified that funds are available in the proper account; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has approved payment upon certification from the Township Department Heads that the goods and/or services have been rendered to the Township;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Stillwater that the current bill lists, dated February 16, 2021 and on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Chief Finance Officer and approved by the Chief Finance Officer for payment, be paid.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-030, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Mr. Scott said the DPW is working hard and overtime with all the snow every other day.

Mr. Scott reported the Recreation Commission meeting was cancelled due to the major snowstorm on February 1st.

Mr. Scott said the Planning Board meeting will be held tomorrow February 17, 2021 via zoom.

Mr. Fisher said he did not have an update. The clerk noted she will reach out to Mr. Simmons and has not yet received a reply to her e-mail.

Mrs. Rumsey reported from the Stillwater Board of Education meeting an ABC Book and Video was made by the 2nd graders and presented to the BOE Members as a thank you for all they do for the school.

The Superintendent reported per the BOH updates, contact tracing will only occur now if test positive. No letters will be sent out unless there is a direct contact from a positive person.

Mrs. Rumsey also reported the 6th grade class trip is officially scheduled to Lynnwood McDonald Camp. The cost for days only is $80 to $100 per student and overnight would be $100 to $120 per student. The students will definitely be attending days and there are many activities to choose from.

Mrs. Rumsey said the school board is working with Planet Network to switch internet services. Their Centurylink contract expires in June.

Mrs. Rumsey said for all upcoming school and local events to go to the schools’ website Newsletter.

Mrs. Rumsey reported the first through fourth graders are back in school with the option to do remote.

Mrs. Rumsey noted a new and exciting Physical Education program coming and it is an Inter Active Light, Sound, 3D sensors Video program similar to Laser Tag with over 35 different programs. Starting the second year and each year after the school will receive four additional programs at no extra cost. Stillwater School will be the first school in the state to use this program. A short video was shown at the meeting to show everything it can do. It looks like so much fun.

Community Center Report: Mrs. Rumsey reported the handicap bathroom is complete. The electrician will be working to finish the men’s room and new installing ceiling tiles and LED pot lights in the main hall. Mrs. Rumsey added she and a group of volunteers give the community center a good cleaning hoping to have the building be used more often. Mrs. Rumsey noted the Community Center still needs a sign in Covid book and thermometer set up for all who enter the building.

Mrs. Rumsey said she cannot thank Mr. Raff and his DPW crew enough for all the work they’ve done. Especially to Mr. Hawkins who worked so hard on the bathrooms.

FD/EMS: Mrs. Rumsey reported Chief Sugar will provide the Township Committee with call for service numbers. Mrs. Rumsey reported the fire department conducted an ice rescue drill which was very successful noting with all our lakes she is more confident if the need arises Stillwater Fire Department will be ready.

Mrs. Rumsey said the CERT members have been working at the Vaccine Site at the Fairgrounds and she is very proud of them their representation of our township.

Mayor Chammings reported she attended the Environmental Commission meeting where they discussed the amphibian crossing and a clear-cut lot on County Route 521.

Mayor Chammings also noted DPW had been working extremely hard and asked the clerk to prepare a commendation for the next meeting.

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA Mayor Chammings added Resolution 2021-038 to new business.

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION:

Craig Williams, Anne Road, said his road is just barely maintained and the person who has been plowing the road truck is not working and he said he will not fix it. Mr. Williams asked about the Township taking over maintaining the road. Mayor Chammings said in order for the Township to take over the road the residents of Anne Road would have to bring their road up to current standards. Mr. Scott added all the residents of Anne Road would have to agree. Mr. Williams was not confident he would have half let alone all of the residents agree. Mr. Scott will call Mr. Williams and schedule a walk of Anne Road to see what other options are available to those residents.

Scott Douglas, President of Paulinskill Lake Association, also thanked the DPW for their hard work during this difficult month of storms. Mr. Douglas also asked for an update on 963 Ridge Road which is an abandoned property but noted with all the snow he did not feel anyone would be on the property now.

Heidi Mountford, Mt. Benevolence Road, said she agreed with the township committee’s decision to give the construction official a raise. Mrs. Mountford said he is always very attentive and called her during his off hours. Mrs. Mountford was also happy to hear the township is considering digitalizing the building department files and hoped they would be shared with the public for easy access. Mrs. Mountford said there is sometimes a significant time lag getting information from the township. Mrs. Mountford praised the employees in the building department but will be attending the Planning Board meeting to discuss getting information in a timely manner.

Seeing no one else from the public who wished to speak this portion of the meeting was closed.

OLD BUSINESS:

Update on 992 Fairview Lake Road (Block 2401 Lot 37) – Mayor Chammings noted she received an e-mail just recently and did not have the time to review it. Mr. Bolcato indicated the DEP had questions. Mr. Scott said the roof has collapsed on the building from the weight of the snow. Mayor Chammings said there would be more of an update at the next meeting.

United Telephone Refund: Mr. Bolcato said the tax assessor had sent him correspondence United
Telephone had sent the State stating that less than 51% of the telephone usage was United Telephones’ so they were no longer responsible for paying right-of-way taxes. The clerk will ask the CFO to put the bill on the bills list and she will have a resolution ready for the March 2nd meeting for the township committee to release the refund due.

ORDINANCE 2021-01 CALENDAR YEAR 2021 ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NJ TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14 Public Hearing and Adoption

WHEREAS, the Local Government Cap Law, N.J.S. 40A: 4-45.1 et seq., provides that in the preparation of its annual budget, a municipality shall limit any increase in said budget up to 2.5% unless authorized by ordinance to increase it to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, subject to certain exceptions; and,

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.15a provides that a municipality may, when authorized by ordinance, appropriate the difference between the amount of its actual final appropriation and the 3.5% percentage rate as an exception to its final appropriations in either of the next two succeeding years; and,

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater in the County of Sussex finds it advisable and necessary to increase its CY 2021 budget by up to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, in the interest of promoting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens; and,

WHEREAS, the Township Committee hereby determines that a 1.0% increase in the budget for said year, amounting to $23,801.13in excess of the increase in final appropriations otherwise permitted by the Local Government Cap Law, is advisable and necessary; and,

WHEREAS the Township Committee hereby determines that any amount authorized hereinabove that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, a majority of the full authorized membership of this governing body affirmatively concurring, that, in the CY 2021 budget year, the final appropriations of the Township of Stillwater shall, in accordance with this ordinance and N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14, be increased by 3.5%, amounting to $83,303.96, and that the CY 2021 municipal budget for the Township of Stillwater be approved and adopted in accordance with this ordinance; and,

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that any that any amount authorized hereinabove that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years; and,

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance as introduced be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services within 5 days of introduction; and,

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance upon adoption, with the recorded vote included thereon, be filed with said Director within 5 days after such adoption.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Ordinance 2021-01, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

ORDINANCE 2021-02 Authorizing the Public Sale of Real Property to Contiguous Property Owners Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-139(b)(5). Public Hearing and Adoption

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater is the owner of certain real property set forth in Schedule “A”, which properties are not needed or required for municipal use; and

WHEREAS, the lots are less than the minimum size required for development under the municipal ordinance and is without capital improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee deems it in the best interest of the Township of Stillwater to sell the properties to owners of each contiguous property in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(5) and N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13.2; and

WHEREAS, the sale shall be conducted as an auction limited to contiguous property owners to be held at the Township of Stillwater Municipal Building, 964 Stillwater Road, Newton, New Jersey 07860 on March 16, 2021, at 7:00pm or such adjourned date as may be determined by the Stillwater Township Committee; and

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

  1. The Township of Stillwater shall offer for sale by auction, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12‑13(b)(5) and N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13.2, the properties listed on Schedule “A” to the contiguous property owners. Schedule “A” also contains the minimum sale price for each property. The sale is limited to contiguous property owners, and the sale is conditioned upon the property being sold merging with the contiguous property owner’s existing property. The properties being sold are less than the minimum size required for development under the municipal zoning ordinance and are without any capital improvement and shall be merged with the purchaser’s contiguous lot. The Township Committee reserves the right, in its discretion to reject all bids for each property for any reason, including but not limited to, in the event that the minimum sale price for such property is not met.
  2. Upon final passage of this Ordinance, the sale shall take place on March 2, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Stillwater Township Municipal Building, 964 Stillwater Road, Newton, New Jersey, subject to receiving no higher bid for said parcels, after offering same to the highest bidder, at said time and place.
  3. A copy of this Ordinance shall be posted on the bulletin board or other conspicuous place in the Stillwater Township Municipal Building. Notice of adoption of this Ordinance shall be made in the official Township newspaper within five (5) days following the enactment of the Ordinance. Notice of the public sale shall be published in the official Township of Stillwater newspaper by two (2) insertions at least once a week during two (2) consecutive weeks, the last publication shall be within seven (7) days prior to the sale date.
  4. The property shall be sold subject to the following terms and conditions:
  5. The property is sold “as is”. No representations of any kind are made by the Township as to the conditions of the property, and the descriptions of the property are intended as a general guide only and may not be accurate. The properties are being sold in the present “as is”, “where is”, with all faults.
  6. The sale shall be made after legal advertisement of this Ordinance to the highest bidder who is the owner of a contiguous property, which property shall merge with the property being sold, and become part of the contiguous property owned by the successful bidder.
  7. The Township does not warrant or certify title to the property and in no event shall the Township of Stillwater be liable for any damages to the purchaser-successful bidder if title is found unmarketable for any reason and the purchaser-successful bidder waives any and all right in damages or by way of liens against the Township. The sole remedy being the right to receive a refund prior to closing of the deposit paid in the event title is found unmarketable. It shall be the obligation of the successful purchaser to examine title to said premises prior to the closing. In the event of closing and a later finding of defect of title, the Township shall not be responsible for same, shall not be required to refund money or correct any defect in title or be held liable for damages.
  8. Acceptance of the highest bid shall constitute a binding agreement of sale and the purchaser shall be deemed to agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the sale herein contained.
  9. The highest bidder shall deposit with the Township cash, check or money order in the amount of not less than 10% of the bid price at the time of sale. In the event the successful bidder fails to deposit 10% of the bid price at the time of the sale, the Township of Stillwater will re-auction the property at the same public sale. If the successful bidder fails to pay the deposit, the bidder shall be responsible for any difference between their bid and the final sale bid in the event such bid is lower than the bid of the original bidder.
  10. The highest bidder must pay the balance of the purchase price, plus (1) the sum of $275 for the legal services incurred by the Township; (2) the Township of Stillwater’s advertising and the actual recording fees within thirty (30) days after the date the Council adopts a resolution confirming the winning bid(s); and (3) realty transfer fees, if any. The balance shall be paid by certified funds. In addition, for all properties that are subject to Section 5 (r) of this Resolution, the Purchaser shall provide the Township Attorney with a copy of the deed for their existing property and their title insurance policy within seven (7) days of their being notified that they are the successful bidder of the sale. Once the purchase price has been paid, a Quitclaim Deed without covenants will be prepared by the Township Attorney and, after execution by the Township Officials, shall be recorded with the Sussex County Clerk’s Office by the Township Attorney. Additional work performed by the Township Attorneys beyond the standard preparation of the sale resolutions, notice of sale, letters to property owners and adjoining property owners, Deed and closing statement shall be billed at the rate charged by the Township Attorney and shall be the responsibility of the purchaser, which fees must be paid prior to the Deed being recorded.
  11. The Deed will be subject to all matters of record, which may affect title herein, what an accurate survey may reveal, the Ordinances of the Township of Stillwater and reserving an easement for all natural or constructed drainage systems, waterways, water and sewer easements, if any, on the premises and the continued right of maintenance and flow thereof.
  12. The property will be sold subject to the current year taxes, prorated from the date of sale.
  13. The Township Committee reserves the right to withdraw this offer to sell, or upon completion of the bidding to accept or reject any or all bids for said properties or to waive any informality in relation thereto.
  14. All bidders currently owing property within the Township must have their taxes, as well as all municipal utility charges, if applicable, paid to date in order to be a qualified bidder. In the event the bidder’s taxes or municipal utility charges are delinquent, the bidder shall be deemed unqualified and such bid shall be rejected.
  15. This same is made subject to all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, resolutions and ordinances of the United States, State of New Jersey and Township of Stillwater.
  16. No employee, agent or officer of the Township of Stillwater has any authority to waive, modify or amend any of the conditions of sale.
  17. The purchaser must abide by appropriate zoning, subdivision, health and building regulations and code, and agrees that this sale will not be used as ground to support any variance from or realization of the regulations.
  18. The failure of the purchaser to close on title within the time provided for in Subsection 5(f) of this Ordinance shall constitute a breach of this Ordinance unless the Township agrees in writing prior to that date to extend the time of the closing. In the event the purchaser fails to close within the dates provided for in Subsection 5(1) or such date as may be extended by the Township, the deposit paid by the purchaser shall be retained by the Township as liquidated damages. The municipality is entitled to retain the purchaser’s deposit to the extent of any expenses and/or losses it incurs including but not limited to advertising costs, attorney’s fees, lost tax revenues from the date of the required closing as well as additional cost of resale and the difference in the sales price, to the extent the property is sold for a lower price and any subsequent sale. The only exception to this section is in the event that the purchaser fails to close as a result of the title being unmarketable, in which case the Purchaser shall be entitled to a refund of their deposit as provided for in Subsection 5(c) of this Ordinance.
  19. The purchase shall not be used for any County, Board of Taxation, Tax
    Court of New Jersey, or in any Courts of the State as grounds to support a challenge of the existing assessments with regard to other properties.
  20. The sale shall be subject to final approval by the Township Committee.

Potential Bidders are advised:

(1) To conduct all necessary title searches prior to the date of sale.

(2) No representations of any kind are made by the Township of Stillwater as to the conditions of the Property, including habitability or usability; the Property is being sold in its present conditions ”as is”.

(3) The Property will be conveyed by a Quit Claim Deed and such conveyance shall be subject to all covenants, restrictions, reservations and easements established of record or by prescription and without representation as to character of title of the Property to be conveyed.

(4) The highest bidder for the Property shall have the right, at its sole cost and expense, to obtain a new survey of the Property. Provided such survey depicts the Property and is certified to be correct to the Township of Stillwater, the Township of Stillwater shall utilize the legal description drawn in accordance with such survey in the Deed of conveyance, provided the highest bidder provides such legal description and a copy of the certified survey to the Township of Stillwater not less than one week prior to the date set for closing of title.

Additional Terms the Successful Bidder must comply with:

(1) To abide by appropriate zoning, subdivision, health and building regulations and codes and stipulate that this sale will not be used as grounds to support any variance from the regulations.

(2) That the failure to close title as agreed shall forfeit to the Township of Stillwater any and all money deposited with the Township.

  1. Severabilitv. If any provision of this Ordinance or the application of this Ordinance to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Ordinance shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.
  2. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions that are inconsistent or in opposition to the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed in their entirety.
  3. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon adoption and publication in accordance with law.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Ordinance 2021-02, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Mayor Chammings said the public sale will be on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2021-03

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY AMENDING AND MODIFYING CHAPTER 240 “land Development”, aRTICLE ii “iNTERPRETATION; dEFINITIONS”, Section 4 “Definitions”, and ARTICLE vii “sITE IMPROVEMENT STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NONRESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT”, Section 89 “STORMWATER management”, OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater (the “Township”) regulates the control and discharge of stormwater through the use of stormwater best management practices and nonstructural stormwater management strategies; and

WHEREAS, on March 2, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP” or the “Department”) adopted amended stormwater management rules at N.J.A.C. 7:8-1, et seq. (the “Amended Rules”), which require municipalities to revise their stormwater control Ordinances in accordance with the Amended Rules.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, Sussex County, New Jersey, as follows:

Section 4 “Definitions” of Article II “Interpretation; Definitions” of Chapter 240 “Land Development” of the Township of Stillwater is hereby amended, as follows:

“Development” is repealed in its entirety

“Major Development” is repealed in its entirety

Section 89 “Stormwater Management” of Article VIII “Site Improvements Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Development” of Chapter 240 “Land Development”, of the Township of Stillwater is hereby repealed and replaced, in its entirety, as follows:

Section I. Scope and Purpose:

  1. Policy Statement

Flood control, groundwater recharge, and pollutant reduction shall be achieved through the use of stormwater management measures, including green infrastructure Best Management Practices (GI BMPs) and nonstructural stormwater management strategies. GI BMPs and low impact development (LID) should be utilized to meet the goal of maintaining natural hydrology to reduce stormwater runoff volume, reduce erosion, encourage infiltration and groundwater recharge, and reduce pollution. GI BMPs and LID should be developed based upon physical site conditions and the origin, nature and the anticipated quantity, or amount, of potential pollutants. Multiple stormwater management BMPs may be necessary to achieve the established performance standards for water quality, quantity, and groundwater recharge.

  1. Purpose

The purpose of this Ordinance is to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls for “major development,” as defined below in Section II.

  1. Applicability
  2. This Ordinance shall be applicable to the following major developments:
  3. Non-residential major developments; and
  4. Aspects of residential major developments that are not pre-empted by the Residential Site Improvement Standards at N.J.A.C. 5:21.
  5. This Ordinance shall also be applicable to all major developments undertaken by the Township of Stillwater.
  6. Compatibility with Other Permit and Ordinance Requirements.

Development approvals issued pursuant to this Ordinance are to be considered an integral part of development approvals and do not relieve the applicant of the responsibility to secure required permits or approvals for activities regulated by any other applicable code, rule, act, or ordinance. In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this Ordinance shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare.

This Ordinance is not intended to interfere with, abrogate, or annul any other ordinances, rule or regulation, statute, or other provision of law except that, where any provision of this Ordinance imposes restrictions different from those imposed by any other ordinance, rule or regulation, or other provision of law, the more restrictive provisions or higher standards shall control.

Section II. Definitions:

For the purpose of this Ordinance, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this Chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word “shall” is always mandatory and not merely directory. The definitions below are the same as or based on the corresponding definitions in the Stormwater Management Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:8-1.2.

“Community basin” means an infiltration system, sand filter designed to infiltrate, standard constructed wetland, or wet pond, established in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:8-4.2(c)14, that is designed and constructed in accordance with the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, or an alternate design, approved in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.2(g), for an infiltration system, sand filter designed to infiltrate, standard constructed wetland, or wet pond and that complies with the requirements of this chapter.

“Compaction” means the increase in soil bulk density.

“Contributory drainage area” means the area from which stormwater runoff drains to a stormwater management measure, not including the area of the stormwater management measure itself.

“Core” means a pedestrian-oriented area of commercial and civic uses serving the surrounding municipality, generally including housing and access to public transportation.

“County review agency” means an agency designated by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders to review municipal stormwater management plans and implementing ordinance(s). The county review agency may either be:

  1. A county planning agency or
  2. A county water resource association created under N.J.S.A 58:16A-55.5, if the ordinance or resolution delegates authority to approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove municipal stormwater management plans and implementing ordinances.

“Department” means the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“Designated Center” means a State Development and Redevelopment Plan Center as designated by the State Planning Commission such as urban, regional, town, village, or hamlet.

“Design engineer” means a person professionally qualified and duly licensed in New Jersey to perform engineering services that may include, but not necessarily be limited to, development of project requirements, creation and development of project design and preparation of drawings and specifications.

“Development” means the division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels, the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation or enlarge-enlargement of any building or structure, any mining excavation or landfill, and any use or change in the use of any building or other structure, or land or extension of use of land, for which permission is required under the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1, et seq.

In the case of development of agricultural land, development means: any activity that requires a State permit, any activity reviewed by the County Agricultural Board (CAB) and the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC), and municipal review of any activity not exempted by the Right to Farm Act , N.J.S.A. 4:1C-1, et seq.

“Disturbance” means the placement or reconstruction of impervious surface or motor vehicle surface, or exposure and/or movement of soil or bedrock or clearing, cutting, or removing of vegetation. Milling and repaving is not considered disturbance for the purposes of this definition.

“Drainage area” means a geographic area within which stormwater, sediments, or dissolved materials drain to a particular receiving waterbody or to a particular point along a receiving waterbody.

“Environmentally constrained area” means the following areas where the physical alteration of the land is in some way restricted, either through regulation, easement, deed restriction or ownership such as: wetlands, floodplains, threatened and endangered species sites or designated habitats, and parks and preserves. Habitats of endangered or threatened species are identified using the Department’s Landscape Project as approved by the Department’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

“Environmentally critical area” means an area or feature which is of significant environmental value, including but not limited to: stream corridors, natural heritage priority sites, habitats of endangered or threatened species, large areas of contiguous open space or upland forest, steep slopes, and well head protection and groundwater recharge areas. Habitats of endangered or threatened species are identified using the Department’s Landscape Project as approved by the Department’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

“Erosion” means the detachment and movement of soil or rock fragments by water, wind, ice, or gravity.

“Green infrastructure” means a stormwater management measure that manages stormwater close to its source by:

  1. Treating stormwater runoff through infiltration into subsoil;
  2. Treating stormwater runoff through filtration by vegetation or soil; or
  3. Storing stormwater runoff for reuse.

“HUC 14” or “hydrologic unit code 14” means an area within which water drains to a particular receiving surface water body, also known as a sub watershed, which is identified by a 14-digit hydrologic unit boundary designation, delineated within New Jersey by the United States Geological Survey.

“Impervious surface” means a surface that has been covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to infiltration by water.

“Infiltration” is the process by which water seeps into the soil from precipitation.

“Lead planning agency” means one or more public entities having stormwater management planning authority designated by the regional stormwater management planning committee pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:8-3.2, that serves as the primary representative of the committee.

“Major development” means an individual “development,” as well as multiple developments that individually or collectively result in the disturbance of one or more acres of land since February 2, 2004;

Major development includes all developments that are part of a common plan of development or sale (for example, phased residential development) that collectively or individually result in the disturbance of one or more acres of land since February 2, 2004. Projects undertaken by any government agency that otherwise meet the definition of “major development” but which do not require approval under the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq., are also considered “major development.”

“Motor vehicle” means land vehicles propelled other than by muscular power, such as automobiles, motorcycles, autocycles, and low speed vehicles. For the purposes of this definition, motor vehicle does not include farm equipment, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorized wheelchairs, go-carts, gas buggies, golf carts, ski-slope grooming machines, or vehicles that run only on rails or tracks.

“Motor vehicle surface” means any pervious or impervious surface that is intended to be used by “motor vehicles” and/or aircraft, and is directly exposed to precipitation including, but not limited to, driveways, parking areas, parking garages, roads, racetracks, and runways.

“Municipality” means any city, borough, town, township, or village.

“New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual” or “BMP Manual” means the manual maintained by the Department providing, in part, design specifications, removal rates, calculation methods, and soil testing procedures approved by the Department as being capable of contributing to the achievement of the stormwater management standards specified in this chapter. The BMP Manual is periodically amended by the Department as necessary to provide design specifications on additional best management practices and new information on already included practices reflecting the best available current information regarding the particular practice and the Department’s determination as to the ability of that best management practice to contribute to compliance with the standards contained in this chapter. Alternative stormwater management measures, removal rates, or calculation methods may be utilized, subject to any limitations specified in this chapter, provided the design engineer demonstrates to the municipality, in accordance with Section IV.F and N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.2(g), that the proposed measure and its design will contribute to achievement of the design and performance standards established by this chapter.

“Node” means an area designated by the State Planning Commission concentrating facilities and activities which are not organized in a compact form.

“Nutrient” means a chemical element or compound, such as nitrogen or phosphorus, which is essential to and promotes the development of organisms.

“Person” means any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, political subdivision of this State and any state, interstate or Federal agency.

“Pollutant” means any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, filter backwash, sewage, garbage, refuse, oil, grease, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, medical wastes, radioactive substance (except those regulated under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 2011 et seq.)), thermal waste, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, industrial, municipal, agricultural, and construction waste or runoff, or other residue discharged directly or indirectly to the land, ground waters or surface waters of the State, or to a domestic treatment works. “Pollutant” includes both hazardous and nonhazardous pollutants.

“Recharge” means the amount of water from precipitation that infiltrates into the ground and is not evapotranspired.

“Regulated impervious surface” means any of the following, alone or in combination:

  1. A net increase of impervious surface;
  2. The total area of impervious surface collected by a new stormwater conveyance system (for the purpose of this definition, a “new stormwater conveyance system” is a stormwater conveyance system that is constructed where one did not exist immediately prior to its construction or an existing system for which a new discharge location is created);
  3. The total area of impervious surface proposed to be newly collected by an existing stormwater conveyance system; and/or
  4. The total area of impervious surface collected by an existing stormwater conveyance system where the capacity of that conveyance system is increased.

“Regulated motor vehicle surface” means any of the following, alone or in combination:

  1. The total area of motor vehicle surface that is currently receiving water;
  2. A net increase in motor vehicle surface; and/or

quality treatment either by vegetation or soil, by an existing stormwater management measure, or by treatment at a wastewater treatment plant, where the water quality treatment will be modified or removed.

“Sediment” means solid material, mineral or organic, that is in suspension, is being transported, or has been moved from its site of origin by air, water or gravity as a product of erosion.

“Site” means the lot or lots upon which a major development is to occur or has occurred.

“Soil” means all unconsolidated mineral and organic material of any origin.

“State Development and Redevelopment Plan Metropolitan Planning Area (PA1)” means an area delineated on the State Plan Policy Map and adopted by the State Planning Commission that is intended to be the focus for much of the State’s future redevelopment and revitalization efforts.

“State Plan Policy Map” is defined as the geographic application of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan’s goals and statewide policies, and the official map of these goals and policies.

“Stormwater” means water resulting from precipitation (including rain and snow) that runs off the land’s surface, is transmitted to the subsurface, or is captured by separate storm sewers or other sewage or drainage facilities, or conveyed by snow removal equipment.

“Stormwater management BMP” means an excavation or embankment and related areas designed to retain stormwater runoff. A stormwater management BMP may either be normally dry (that is, a detention basin or infiltration system), retain water in a permanent pool (a retention basin), or be planted mainly with wetland vegetation (most constructed stormwater wetlands).

“Stormwater management measure” means any practice, technology, process, program, or other method intended to control or reduce stormwater runoff and associated pollutants, or to induce or control the infiltration or groundwater recharge of stormwater or to eliminate illicit or illegal non-stormwater discharges into stormwater conveyances.

“Stormwater runoff” means water flow on the surface of the ground or in storm sewers, resulting from precipitation.

“Stormwater management planning agency” means a public body authorized by legislation to prepare stormwater management plans.

“Stormwater management planning area” means the geographic area for which a stormwater management planning agency is authorized to prepare stormwater management plans, or a specific portion of that area identified in a stormwater management plan prepared by that agency.

“Water control structure” means a structure within, or adjacent to, a water, which intentionally or coincidentally alters the hydraulic capacity, the flood elevation resulting from the two-, 10-, or 100-year storm, flood hazard area limit, and/or floodway limit of the water. Examples of a water control structure may include a bridge, culvert, dam, embankment, ford (if above grade), retaining wall, and weir.

“Waters of the State” means the ocean and its estuaries, all springs, streams, wetlands, and bodies of surface or groundwater, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the State of New Jersey or subject to its jurisdiction.

“Wetlands” or “wetland” means an area that is inundated or saturated by surface water or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances does support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions, commonly known as hydrophytic vegetation.

Section III. Design and Performance Standards for Stormwater Management Measures.

  1. Stormwater management measures for major development shall be designed to provide erosion control, groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quantity control, and stormwater runoff quality treatment as follows:
  2. The minimum standards for erosion control are those established under the Soil and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq., and implementing rules at N.J.A.C. 2:90.
  3. The minimum standards for groundwater recharge, stormwater quality, and stormwater runoff quantity shall be met by incorporating green infrastructure.
  4. The standards in this Ordinance apply only to new major development and are intended to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff on water quality and water quantity in receiving water bodies and maintain groundwater recharge. The standards do not apply to new major development to the extent that alternative design and performance standards are applicable under a regional stormwater management plan or Water Quality Management Plan adopted in accordance with Department rules.

Section IV. Stormwater Management Requirements for Major Development

  1. The development shall incorporate a maintenance plan for the stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of a major development in accordance with Section J, below.
  2. Stormwater management measures shall avoid adverse impacts of concentrated flow on habitat for threatened and endangered species as documented in the Department’s Landscape Project or Natural Heritage Database established under N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.147 through 15.150, particularly Helonias bullata (swamp pink) and/or Clemmys muhlnebergi (bog turtle).
  3. The following linear development projects are exempt from the groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity requirements of Sections IV.P, Q and R:
  4. The construction of an underground utility line provided that the disturbed areas are revegetated upon completion;
  5. The construction of an aboveground utility line provided that the existing conditions are maintained to the maximum extent practicable; and
  6. The construction of a public pedestrian access, such as a sidewalk or trail with a maximum width of 14 feet, provided that the access is made of permeable material.
  7. A waiver from strict compliance from the green infrastructure, groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity requirements of Section IV.O, P, Q and R may be obtained for the enlargement of an existing public roadway or railroad; or the construction or enlargement of a public pedestrian access, provided that the following conditions are met:
  8. The applicant demonstrates that there is a public need for the project that cannot be accomplished by any other means;
  9. The applicant demonstrates through an alternatives analysis, that through the use of stormwater management measures, the option selected complies with the requirements of Sections IV.O, P, Q and R to the maximum extent practicable;
  10. The applicant demonstrates that, in order to meet the requirements of Sections IV.O, P, Q and R, existing structures currently in use, such as homes and buildings, would need to be condemned; and
  11. The applicant demonstrates that it does not own or have other rights to areas, including the potential to obtain through condemnation lands not falling under IV.D.3 above within the upstream drainage area of the receiving stream, that would provide additional opportunities to mitigate the requirements of Sections IV.O, P, Q and R that were not achievable onsite.
  12. Tables 1 through 3 below summarize the ability of stormwater best management practices identified and described in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual to satisfy the green infrastructure, groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality and stormwater runoff quantity standards specified in Sections IV.O, P, Q and R. When designed in accordance with the most current version of the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, the stormwater management measures found at N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.2 (f) Tables 5-1, 5-2 and 5-3 and listed below in Tables 1, 2 and 3 are presumed to be capable of providing stormwater controls for the design and performance standards as outlined in the tables below. Upon amendments of the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices to reflect additions or deletions of BMPs meeting these standards, or changes in the presumed performance of BMPs designed in accordance with the New Jersey Stormwater BMP Manual, the Department shall publish in the New Jersey Registers a notice of administrative change revising the applicable table. The most current version of the BMP Manual can be found on the Department’s website at: https://njstormwater.org/bmp_manual2.htm.
  13. Where the BMP tables in the NJ Stormwater Management Rule are different due to updates or amendments with the tables in this Ordinance the BMP Tables in the Stormwater Management rule at N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.2(f) shall take precedence.
Table 1

Green Infrastructure BMPs for Groundwater Recharge, Stormwater Runoff Quality, and/or Stormwater Runoff Quantity

Best Management Practice Stormwater Runoff Quality

TSS Removal

Rate

(percent)

Stormwater Runoff

Quantity

Groundwater Recharge Minimum Separation from Seasonal High Water Table

(feet)

Cistern 0 Yes No
Dry Well(a) 0 No Yes 2
Grass Swale 50 or less No No 2(e)

1(f)

Green Roof 0 Yes No
Manufactured Treatment Device(a) (g) 50 or 80 No No Dependent upon the device
Pervious Paving System(a) 80 Yes Yes(b)

No(c)

2(b)

1(c)

Small-Scale Bioretention Basin(a) 80 or 90 Yes Yes(b)

No(c)

2(b)

1(c)

Small-Scale Infiltration Basin(a) 80 Yes Yes 2
Small-Scale Sand Filter 80 Yes Yes 2
Vegetative Filter Strip 60-80 No No

(Notes corresponding to annotations (a) through (g) are found below)

Table 2

Green Infrastructure BMPs for Stormwater Runoff Quantity

(or for Groundwater Recharge and/or Stormwater Runoff Quality

with a Waiver or Variance from N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.3)

Best

Management Practice

Stormwater Runoff Quality

TSS Removal

Rate

(percent)

Stormwater

Runoff

Quantity

Groundwater Recharge Minimum

Separation from Seasonal High

Water Table

(feet)

Bioretention System 80 or 90 Yes Yes(b)

No(c)

2(b)

1(c)

Infiltration Basin 80 Yes Yes 2
Sand Filter(b) 80 Yes Yes 2
Standard Constructed Wetland 90 Yes No N/A
Wet Pond(d) 50-90 Yes No N/A

(Notes corresponding to annotations (b) through (d) are found below)

Table 3

BMPs for Groundwater Recharge, Stormwater Runoff Quality, and/or Stormwater Runoff Quantity

only with a Waiver or Variance from N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.3

Best

Management Practice

Stormwater Runoff Quality

TSS Removal

Rate

(percent)

Stormwater

Runoff

Quantity

Groundwater Recharge Minimum

Separation from Seasonal High

Water Table

(feet)

Blue Roof 0 Yes No N/A
Extended Detention Basin 40-60 Yes No 1
Manufactured Treatment Device(h) 50 or 80 No No Dependent

upon the

device

Sand Filter(c) 80 Yes No 1
Subsurface Gravel Wetland 90 No No 1
Wet Pond 50-90 Yes No N/A

Notes to Tables 1, 2, and 3:

(a) subject to the applicable contributory drainage area limitation specified at Section IV.O.2;

(b) designed to infiltrate into the subsoil;

(c) designed with underdrains;

(d) designed to maintain at least a 10-foot wide area of native vegetation along at least 50 percent of the shoreline and to include a stormwater runoff retention component designed to capture stormwater runoff for beneficial reuse, such as irrigation;

(e) designed with a slope of less than two percent;

(f) designed with a slope of equal to or greater than two percent;

(g) manufactured treatment devices that meet the definition of green infrastructure at Section II;

(h) manufactured treatment devices that do not meet the definition of green infrastructure at Section II.

  1. An alternative stormwater management measure, alternative removal rate, and/or alternative method to calculate the removal rate may be used if the design engineer demonstrates the capability of the proposed alternative stormwater management measure and/or the validity of the alternative rate or method to the municipality. A copy of any approved alternative stormwater management measure, alternative removal rate, and/or alternative method to calculate the removal rate shall be provided to the Department in accordance with Section VI.B. Alternative stormwater management measures may be used to satisfy the requirements at Section IV.O only if the measures meet the definition of green infrastructure at Section II. Alternative stormwater management measures that function in a similar manner to a BMP listed at Section O.2 are subject to the contributory drainage area limitation specified at Section O.2 for that similarly functioning BMP. Alternative stormwater management measures approved in accordance with this subsection that do not function in a similar manner to any BMP listed at Section O.2 shall have a contributory drainage area less than or equal to 2.5 acres, except for alternative stormwater management measures that function similarly to cisterns, grass swales, green roofs, standard constructed wetlands, vegetative filter strips, and wet ponds, which are not subject to a contributory drainage area limitation. Alternative measures that function similarly to standard constructed wetlands or wet ponds shall not be used for compliance with the stormwater runoff quality standard unless a variance in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:8-4.6 or a waiver from strict compliance in accordance with Section IV.D is granted from Section IV.O.
  2. Whenever the stormwater management design includes one or more BMPs that will infiltrate stormwater into subsoil, the design engineer shall assess the hydraulic impact on the groundwater table and design the site, so as to avoid adverse hydraulic impacts. Potential adverse hydraulic impacts include, but are not limited to, exacerbating a naturally or seasonally high water table, so as to cause surficial ponding, flooding of basements, or interference with the proper operation of subsurface sewage disposal systems or other subsurface structures within the zone of influence of the groundwater mound, or interference with the proper functioning of the stormwater management measure itself.
  3. Design standards for stormwater management measures are as follows:
  4. Stormwater management measures shall be designed to take into account the existing site conditions, including, but not limited to, environmentally critical areas; wetlands; flood-prone areas; slopes; depth to seasonal high water table; soil type, permeability, and texture; drainage area and drainage patterns; and the presence of solution-prone carbonate rocks (limestone);
  5. Stormwater management measures shall be designed to minimize maintenance, facilitate maintenance and repairs, and ensure proper functioning. Trash racks shall be installed at the intake to the outlet structure, as appropriate, and shall have parallel bars with one-inch spacing between the bars to the elevation of the water quality design storm. For elevations higher than the water quality design storm, the parallel bars at the outlet structure shall be spaced no greater than one-third the width of the diameter of the orifice or one-third the width of the weir, with a minimum spacing between bars of one inch and a maximum spacing between bars of six inches. In addition, the design of trash racks must comply with the requirements of Section VIII.C;
  6. Stormwater management measures shall be designed, constructed, and installed to be strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. Measures that are consistent with the relevant portions of the Residential Site Improvement Standards at N.J.A.C. 5:21-7.3, 7.4, and 7.5 shall be deemed to meet this requirement;
  7. Stormwater management BMPs shall be designed to meet the minimum safety standards for stormwater management BMPs at Section VIII; and
  8. The size of the orifice at the intake to the outlet from the stormwater management BMP shall be a minimum of two and one-half inches in diameter.
  9. Manufactured treatment devices may be used to meet the requirements of this subchapter, provided the pollutant removal rates are verified by the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology and certified by the Department. Manufactured treatment devices that do not meet the definition of green infrastructure at Section II may be used only under the circumstances described at Section IV.O.4.
  10. Any application for a new agricultural development that meets the definition of major development at Section II shall be submitted to the Soil Conservation District for review and approval in accordance with the requirements at Sections IV.O, P, Q and R and any applicable Soil Conservation District guidelines for stormwater runoff quantity and erosion control. For purposes of this subsection, “agricultural development” means land uses normally associated with the production of food, fiber, and livestock for sale. Such uses do not include the development of land for the processing or sale of food and the manufacture of agriculturally related products.
  11. If there is more than one drainage area, the groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity standards at Sections IV.P, Q and R shall be met in each drainage area, unless the runoff from the drainage areas converge onsite and no adverse environmental impact would occur as a result of compliance with any one or more of the individual standards being determined utilizing a weighted average of the results achieved for that individual standard across the affected drainage areas.
  12. Any stormwater management measure authorized under the municipal stormwater management plan or Ordinance shall be reflected in a deed notice recorded in the Office of the County Clerk. A form of deed notice shall be submitted to the municipality for approval prior to filing. The deed notice shall contain a description of the stormwater management measure(s) used to meet the green infrastructure, groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity standards at Sections IV.O, P, Q and R and shall identify the location of the stormwater management measure(s) in NAD 1983 State Plane New Jersey FIPS 2900 US Feet or Latitude and Longitude in decimal degrees. The deed notice shall also reference the maintenance plan required to be recorded upon the deed pursuant to Section X.B.5. Prior to the commencement of construction, proof that the above required deed notice has been filed shall be submitted to the municipality. Proof that the required information has been recorded on the deed shall be in the form of either a copy of the complete recorded document or a receipt from the clerk or other proof of recordation provided by the recording office. However, if the initial proof provided to the municipality is not a copy of the complete recorded document, a copy of the complete recorded document shall be provided to the municipality within 180 calendar days of the authorization granted by the municipality.
  13. A stormwater management measure approved under the municipal stormwater management plan or Ordinance may be altered or replaced with the approval of the muncipality, if the municipality determines that the proposed alteration or replacement meets the design and performance standards pursuant to Section IV and provides the same level of stormwater management as the previously approved stormwater management measure that is being altered or replaced. If an alteration or replacement is approved, a revised deed notice shall be submitted to the municipality for approval and subsequently recorded with the Office of the County Clerk and shall contain a description and location of the stormwater management measure, as well as reference to the maintenance plan, in accordance with Section M, above. Prior to the commencement of construction, proof that the above required deed notice has been filed shall be submitted to the municipality in accordance with Section M, above.
  14. Green Infrastructure Standards.
  15. This subsection specifies the types of green infrastructure BMPs that may be used to satisfy the groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity standards.
  16. To satisfy the groundwater recharge and stormwater runoff quality standards at Sections IV.P and Q, the design engineer shall utilize green infrastructure BMPs identified in Table 1 at Section IV.F. and/or an alternative stormwater management measure approved in accordance with Section IV.G. The following green infrastructure BMPs are subject to the following maximum contributory drainage area limitations:
Best Management

Practice

Maximum Contributory Drainage Area
Dry Well 1 acre
Manufactured Treatment Device 2.5 acres
Pervious Pavement Systems Area of additional inflow cannot

exceed three times the area

occupied by the BMP

Small-scale Bioretention Systems 2.5 acres
Small-scale Infiltration Basin 2.5 acres
Small-scale Sand Filter 2.5 acres
  1. To satisfy the stormwater runoff quantity standards at Section IV.R, the design engineer shall utilize BMPs from Table 1 or from Table 2 and/or an alternative stormwater management measure approved in accordance with Section IV.G.
  2. If a variance in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:8-4.6 or a waiver from strict compliance in accordance with Section IV.D is granted from the requirements of this subsection, then BMPs from Table 1, 2, or 3, and/or an alternative stormwater management measure approved in accordance with Section IV.G may be used to meet the groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality, and stormwater runoff quantity standards at Sections IV.P, Q and R.
  3. For separate or combined storm sewer improvement projects, such as sewer separation, undertaken by a government agency or public utility (for example, a sewerage company), the requirements of this subsection shall only apply to areas owned in fee simple by the government agency or utility, and areas within a right-of-way or easement held or controlled by the government agency or utility; the entity shall not be required to obtain additional property or property rights to fully satisfy the requirements of this subsection. Regardless of the amount of area of a separate or combined storm sewer improvement project subject to the green infrastructure requirements of this subsection, each project shall fully comply with the applicable groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff quality control, and stormwater runoff quantity standards at Sections IV.P, Q and R unless the project is granted a waiver from strict compliance in accordance with Section IV.D.
  4. Groundwater Recharge Standards.
  5. This subsection contains the minimum design and performance standards for groundwater recharge as follows:
  6. The design engineer shall, using the assumptions and factors for stormwater runoff and groundwater recharge calculations at Section V, either:
  7. Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that the site and its stormwater management measures maintain 100 percent of the average annual pre-construction groundwater recharge volume for the site; or
  8. Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that the increase of stormwater runoff volume from pre-construction to post-construction for the 2-year storm is infiltrated.
  9. This groundwater recharge requirement does not apply to projects subject to 4 below.
  10. The following types of stormwater shall not be recharged:
  11. Stormwater from areas of high pollutant loading. High pollutant loading areas are areas in industrial and commercial developments where solvents and/or petroleum products are loaded/unloaded, stored, or applied, areas where pesticides are loaded/unloaded or stored; areas where hazardous materials are expected to be present in greater than “reportable quantities” as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 40 CFR 302.4; areas where recharge would be inconsistent with Department approved remedial action work plan or landfill closure plan and areas with high risks for spills of toxic materials, such as gas stations and vehicle maintenance facilities; and
  12. Industrial stormwater exposed to “source material.” “Source material” means any material(s) or machinery, located at an industrial facility, that is directly or indirectly related to process, manufacturing or other industrial activities, which could be a source of pollutants in any industrial stormwater discharge to groundwater. Source materials include, but are not limited to, raw materials; intermediate products; final products; waste materials; by-products; industrial machinery and fuels, and lubricants, solvents, and detergents that are related to process, manufacturing, or other industrial activities that are exposed to stormwater.
  13. Stormwater Runoff Quality Standards.
  14. This subsection contains the minimum design and performance standards to control stormwater runoff quality impacts of major development. Stormwater runoff quality standards are applicable when the major development results in an increase of one-quarter acre or more of regulated motor vehicle surface.
  15. Stormwater management measures shall be designed to reduce the post-construction load of total suspended solids (TSS) in stormwater runoff generated from the water quality design storm as follows:
  16. Eighty percent TSS removal of the anticipated load, expressed as an annual average shall be achieved for the stormwater runoff from the net increase of motor vehicle surface.
  17. If the surface is considered regulated motor vehicle surface because the water quality treatment for an area of motor vehicle surface that is currently receiving water quality treatment either by vegetation or soil, by an existing stormwater management measure, or by treatment at a wastewater treatment plant is to be modified or removed, the project shall maintain or increase the existing TSS removal of the anticipated load expressed as an annual average.
  18. The requirement to reduce TSS does not apply to any stormwater runoff in a discharge regulated under a numeric effluent limitation for TSS imposed under the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) rules, N.J.A.C. 7:14A, or in a discharge specifically exempt under a NJPDES permit from this requirement. Every major development, including any that discharge into a combined sewer system, shall comply with 2 above, unless the major development is itself subject to a NJPDES permit with a numeric effluent limitation for TSS or the NJPDES permit to which the major development is subject exempts the development from a numeric effluent limitation for TSS.
  19. The water quality design storm is 1.25 inches of rainfall in two hours. Water quality calculations shall take into account the distribution of rain from the water quality design storm, as reflected in Table 4, below. The calculation of the volume of runoff may take into account the implementation of stormwater management measures.

Table 4 – Water Quality Design Storm Distribution

  1. If more than one BMP in series is necessary to achieve the required 80 percent TSS reduction for a site, the applicant shall utilize the following formula to calculate TSS reduction:

R = A + B – (A x B) / 100,

Where

R = total TSS Percent Load Removal from application of both BMPs, and

A = the TSS Percent Removal Rate applicable to the first BMP

B = the TSS Percent Removal Rate applicable to the second BMP

  1. Stormwater management measures shall also be designed to reduce, to the maximum extent feasible, the post-construction nutrient load of the anticipated load from the developed site in stormwater runoff generated from the water quality design storm. In achieving reduction of nutrients to the maximum extent feasible, the design of the site shall include green infrastructure BMPs that optimize nutrient removal while still achieving the performance standards in Sections IV.P, Q and R.
  2. In accordance with the definition of FW1 at N.J.A.C. 7:9B-1.4, stormwater management measures shall be designed to prevent any increase in stormwater runoff to waters classified as FW1.
  3. The Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:13-4.1(c)1 establish 300-foot riparian zones along Category One waters, as designated in the Surface Water Quality Standards at N.J.A.C. 7:9B, and certain upstream tributaries to Category One waters. A person shall not undertake a major development that is located within or discharges into a 300-foot riparian zone without prior authorization from the Department under N.J.A.C. 7:13.
  4. Pursuant to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:13-11.2(j)3.i, runoff from the water quality design storm that is discharged within a 300-foot riparian zone shall be treated in accordance with this subsection to reduce the post-construction load of total suspended solids by 95 percent of the anticipated load from the developed site, expressed as an annual average.
  5. This stormwater runoff quality standards do not apply to the construction of one individual single-family dwelling, provided that it is not part of a larger development or subdivision that has received preliminary or final site plan approval prior to December 3, 2018, and that the motor vehicle surfaces are made of permeable material(s) such as gravel, dirt, and/or shells.
  6. Stormwater Runoff Quantity Standards.
  7. This subsection contains the minimum design and performance standards to control stormwater runoff quantity impacts of major development.
  8. In order to control stormwater runoff quantity impacts, the design engineer shall, using the assumptions and factors for stormwater runoff calculations at Section V, complete one of the following:
  9. Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that for stormwater leaving the site, post-construction runoff hydrographs for the 2-, 10-, and 100-year storm events do not exceed, at any point in time, the pre-construction runoff hydrographs for the same storm events;
  10. Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that there is no increase, as compared to the pre-construction condition, in the peak runoff rates of stormwater leaving the site for the 2-, 10- and 100-year storm events and that the increased volume or change in timing of stormwater runoff will not increase flood damage at or downstream of the site. This analysis shall include the analysis of impacts of existing land uses and projected land uses assuming full development under existing zoning and land use Ordinances in the drainage area;
  11. Design stormwater management measures so that the post-construction peak runoff rates for the 2-, 10- and 100-year storm events are 50, 75 and 80 percent, respectively, of the pre-construction peak runoff rates. The percentages apply only to the post-construction stormwater runoff that is attributable to the portion of the site on which the proposed development or project is to be constructed; or
  12. In tidal flood hazard areas, stormwater runoff quantity analysis in accordance with 2.i, ii and iii above is required unless the design engineer demonstrates through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that the increased volume, change in timing, or increased rate of the stormwater runoff, or any combination of the three will not result in additional flood damage below the point of discharge of the major development. No analysis is required if the stormwater is discharged directly into any ocean, bay, inlet, or the reach of any watercourse between its confluence with an ocean, bay, or inlet and downstream of the first water control structure.
  13. The stormwater runoff quantity standards shall be applied at the site’s boundary to each abutting lot, roadway, watercourse, or receiving storm sewer system.

Section V. Calculation of Stormwater Runoff and Groundwater Recharge:

  1. Stormwater runoff shall be calculated in accordance with the following:
  2. The design engineer shall calculate runoff using one of the following methods:
  3. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) methodology, including the NRCS Runoff Equation and Dimensionless Unit Hydrograph, as described in Chapters 7, 9, 10, 15 and 16 Part 630, Hydrology National Engineering Handbook, incorporated herein by reference as amended and supplemented. This methodology is additionally described in Technical Release 55Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds (TR-55), dated June 1986, incorporated herein by reference as amended and supplemented. Information regarding the methodology is available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service website at:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1044171.pdf

or at United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, 220 Davison Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey 08873; or

  1. The Rational Method for peak flow and the Modified Rational Method for hydrograph computations. The rational and modified rational methods are described in “Appendix A-9 Modified Rational Method” in the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey, January 2014. This document is available from the State Soil Conservation Committee or any of the Soil Conservation Districts listed at N.J.A.C. 2:90-1.3(a)3. The location, address, and telephone number for each Soil Conservation District is available from the State Soil Conservation Committee, PO Box 330, Trenton, New Jersey 08625. The document is also available at:

http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/pdf/2014NJSoilErosionControlStandardsComplete.pdf.

  1. For the purpose of calculating runoff coefficients and groundwater recharge, there is a presumption that the pre-construction condition of a site or portion thereof is a wooded land use with good hydrologic condition. The term “runoff coefficient” applies to both the NRCS methodology above at SectionV.A.1.i and the Rational and Modified Rational Methods at Section V.A.1.ii. A runoff coefficient or a groundwater recharge land cover for an existing condition may be used on all or a portion of the site if the design engineer verifies that the hydrologic condition has existed on the site or portion of the site for at least five years without interruption prior to the time of application. If more than one land cover have existed on the site during the five years immediately prior to the time of application, the land cover with the lowest runoff potential shall be used for the computations. In addition, there is the presumption that the site is in good hydrologic condition (if the land use type is pasture, lawn, or park), with good cover (if the land use type is woods), or with good hydrologic condition and conservation treatment (if the land use type is cultivation).
  2. In computing pre-construction stormwater runoff, the design engineer shall account for all significant land features and structures, such as ponds, wetlands, depressions, hedgerows, or culverts, that may reduce pre-construction stormwater runoff rates and volumes.
  3. In computing stormwater runoff from all design storms, the design engineer shall consider the relative stormwater runoff rates and/or volumes of pervious and impervious surfaces separately to accurately compute the rates and volume of stormwater runoff from the site. To calculate runoff from unconnected impervious cover, urban impervious area modifications as described in the NRCS Technical Release 55 – Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds or other methods may be employed.
  4. If the invert of the outlet structure of a stormwater management measure is below the flood hazard design flood elevation as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:13, the design engineer shall consider the effects of tailwater in the design of structural stormwater management measures.
  5. Groundwater recharge may be calculated in accordance with the following:

New Jersey Geological Survey Report GSR-32, A Method for Evaluating Groundwater-Recharge Areas in New Jersey, incorporated herein by reference as amended and supplemented. Information regarding the methodology is available from the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual; at the New Jersey Geological Survey website at:

https://www.nj.gov/dep/njgs/pricelst/gsreport/gsr32.pdf

or at New Jersey Geological and Water Survey, 29 Arctic Parkway, PO Box 420 Mail Code 29-01, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420.

Section VI. Sources for Technical Guidance.

  1. Technical guidance for stormwater management measures can be found in the documents listed below, which are available to download from the Department’s website at

http://www.nj.gov/dep/stormwater/bmp_manual2.htm.

  1. Guidelines for stormwater management measures are contained in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, as amended and supplemented. Information is provided on stormwater management measures such as, but not limited to, those listed in Tables 1, 2, and 3.
  2. Additional maintenance guidance is available on the Department’s website at:

https://www.njstormwater.org/maintenance_guidance.htm.

  1. Submissions required for review by the Department should be mailed to:

The Division of Water Quality, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Code 401-02B, PO Box 420, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420.

Section VII. Solids and Floatable Materials Control Standards:

  1. Site design features identified under Section IV.F, above, or alternative designs in accordance with Section D(7), above, to prevent discharge of trash and debris from drainage systems shall comply with the following standard to control passage of solid and floatable materials through storm drain inlets. For purposes of this paragraph, “solid and floatable materials” means sediment, debris, trash, and other floating, suspended, or settleable solids. For exemptions to this standard see Section VII.A.2,.below.
  2. Design engineers shall use one of the following grates whenever they use a grate in pavement or another ground surface to collect stormwater from that surface into a storm drain or surface water body under that grate:
  3. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) bicycle safe grate, which is described in Chapter 2.4 of the NJDOT Bicycle Compatible Roadways and Bikeways Planning and Design Guidelines; or
  4. A different grate, if each individual clear space in that grate has an area of no more than seven (7.0) square inches, or is no greater than 0.5 inches across the smallest dimension.

Examples of grates subject to this standard include grates in grate inlets, the grate portion (non-curb-opening portion) of combination inlets, grates on storm sewer manholes, ditch grates, trench grates, and grates of spacer bars in slotted drains. Examples of ground surfaces include surfaces of roads (including bridges), driveways, parking areas, bikeways, plazas, sidewalks, lawns, fields, open channels, and stormwater system floors used to collect stormwater from the surface into a storm drain or surface water body.

  1. For curb-opening inlets, including curb-opening inlets in combination inlets, the clear space in that curb opening, or each individual clear space if the curb opening has two or more clear spaces, shall have an area of no more than seven (7.0) square inches, or be no greater than two (2.0) inches across the smallest dimension.
  2. The standard in A.1. above does not apply:
  3. Where each individual clear space in the curb opening in existing curb-opening inlet does not have an area of more than nine (9.0) square inches;
  4. Where the municipality agrees that the standards would cause inadequate hydraulic performance that could not practicably be overcome by using additional or larger storm drain inlets;
  5. Where flows from the water quality design storm as specified in N.J.A.C. 7:8 are conveyed through any device (e.g., end of pipe netting facility, manufactured treatment device, or a catch basin hood) that is designed, at a minimum, to prevent delivery of all solid and floatable materials that could not pass through one of the following:
  6. A rectangular space four and five-eighths (4.625) inches long and one and one-half (1.5) inches wide (this option does not apply for outfall netting facilities); or
  7. A bar screen having a bar spacing of 0.5 inches.

Note that these exemptions do not authorize any infringement of requirements in the Residential Site Improvement Standards for bicycle safe grates in new residential development (N.J.A.C. 5:21-4.18(b)2 and 7.4(b)1).

  1. Where flows are conveyed through a trash rack that has parallel bars with one-inch (1 inch) spacing between the bars, to the elevation of the Water Quality Design Storm as specified in N.J.A.C. 7:8; or
  2. Where the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection determines, pursuant to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:4-7.2(c), that action to meet this standard is an undertaking that constitutes an encroachment or will damage or destroy the New Jersey Register listed historic property.

Section VIII. Safety Standards for Stormwater Management Basins:

    1. This section sets forth requirements to protect public safety through the proper design and operation of stormwater management BMPs. This section applies to any new stormwater management BMP.
    2. The provisions of this section are not intended to preempt more stringent municipal or county safety requirements for new or existing stormwater management BMPs. Municipal and county stormwater management plans and Ordinances may, pursuant to their authority, require existing stormwater management BMPs to be retrofitted to meet one or more of the safety standards in Sections VIII.C.1, VIII.C.2, and VIII.C.2 for trash racks, overflow grates, and escape provisions at outlet structures.
    3. Requirements for Trash Racks, Overflow Grates and Escape Provisions:
      1. A trash rack is a device designed to catch trash and debris and prevent the clogging of outlet structures. Trash racks shall be installed at the intake to the outlet from the Stormwater management BMP to ensure proper functioning of the BMP outlets in accordance with the following:
  1. The trash rack shall have parallel bars, with no greater than six-inch spacing between the bars;
  2. The trash rack shall be designed so as not to adversely affect the hydraulic performance of the outlet pipe or structure;
  3. The average velocity of flow through a clean trash rack is not to exceed 2.5 feet per second under the full range of stage and discharge. Velocity is to be computed on the basis of the net area of opening through the rack; and
  4. The trash rack shall be constructed of rigid, durable, and corrosion resistant material and designed to withstand a perpendicular live loading of 300 pounds per square foot.
      1. An overflow grate is designed to prevent obstruction of the overflow structure. If an outlet structure has an overflow grate, such grate shall meet the following requirements:
  5. The overflow grate shall be secured to the outlet structure but removable for emergencies and maintenance.
  6. The overflow grate spacing shall be no less than two inches across the smallest dimension
  7. The overflow grate shall be constructed and installed to be rigid, durable, and corrosion resistant, and shall be designed to withstand a perpendicular live loading of 300 pounds per square foot.
      1. Stormwater management BMPs shall include escape provisions as follows:
  8. If a stormwater management BMP has an outlet structure, escape provisions shall be incorporated in or on the structure. Escape provisions include the installation of permanent ladders, steps, rungs, or other features that provide easily accessible means of egress from stormwater management BMPs. With the prior approval of the municipality pursuant to Section VIII.C, a free-standing outlet structure may be exempted from this requirement;
  9. Safety ledges shall be constructed on the slopes of all new stormwater management BMPs having a permanent pool of water deeper than two and one-half feet. Safety ledges shall be comprised of two steps. Each step shall be four to six feet in width. One step shall be located approximately two and one-half feet below the permanent water surface, and the second step shall be located one to one and one-half feet above the permanent water surface. See VIII.E for an illustration of safety ledges in a stormwater management BMP; and
  10. In new stormwater management BMPs, the maximum interior slope for an earthen dam, embankment, or berm shall not be steeper than three horizontal to one vertical.
    1. Variance or Exemption from Safety Standard.

A variance or exemption from the safety standards for stormwater management BMPs may be granted only upon a written finding by the municipality that the variance or exemption will not constitute a threat to public safety.

    1. Safety Ledge Illustration

Elevation View –Basin Safety Ledge Configuration

Section IX. Requirements for a Site Development Stormwater Plan:

  1. Submission of Site Development Stormwater Plan.
    1. Whenever an applicant seeks municipal approval of a development subject to this Ordinance, the applicant shall submit all of the required components of the Checklist for the Site Development Stormwater Plan at Section IX,C, below, as part of the submission of the application for approval.
    2. The applicant shall demonstrate that the project meets the standards set forth in this Ordinance.
  2. Site Development Stormwater Plan Approval.

The applicant’s Site Development project shall be reviewed as a part of the review process by the municipal board or official from which municipal approval is sought. The municipal board or official shall consult the municipality’s review engineer to determine if all of the checklist requirements have been satisfied and to determine if the project meets the standards set forth in this Ordinance.

  1. Submission of Site Development Stormwater Plan.

The following information shall be required:

  1. Topographic Base Map

The reviewing engineer may require upstream tributary drainage system information as necessary. It is recommended that the topographic base map of the site be submitted which extends a minimum of 200 feet beyond the limits of the proposed development, at a scale of 1″=200′ or greater, showing 2-foot contour intervals. The map as appropriate may indicate the following: existing surface water drainage, shorelines, steep slopes, soils, erodible soils, perennial or intermittent streams that drain into or upstream of the Category One waters, wetlands and flood plains along with their appropriate buffer strips, marshlands and other wetlands, pervious or vegetative surfaces, existing man-made structures, roads, bearing and distances of property lines, and significant natural and manmade features not otherwise shown.

  1. Environmental Site Analysis

A written and graphic description of the natural and man-made features of the site and its surroundings should be submitted. This description should include a discussion of soil conditions, slopes, wetlands, waterways and vegetation on the site. Particular attention should be given to unique, unusual, or environmentally sensitive features and to those that provide particular opportunities or constraints for development.

  1. Project Description and Site Plans

A map (or maps) at the scale of the topographical base map indicating the location of existing and proposed buildings roads, parking areas, utilities, structural facilities for stormwater management and sediment control, and other permanent structures. The map(s) shall also clearly show areas where alterations will occur in the natural terrain and cover, including lawns and other landscaping, and seasonal high groundwater elevations. A written description of the site plan and justification for proposed changes in natural conditions shall also be provided.

  1. Land Use Planning and Source Control Plan

This plan shall provide a demonstration of how the goals and standards of Sections III through V are being met. The focus of this plan shall be to describe how the site is being developed to meet the objective of controlling groundwater recharge, stormwater quality and stormwater quantity problems at the source by land management and source controls whenever possible.

  1. Stormwater Management Facilities Map

The following information, illustrated on a map of the same scale as the topographic base map, shall be included:

  1. Total area to be disturbed, paved or built upon, proposed surface contours, land area to be occupied by the stormwater management facilities and the type of vegetation thereon, and details of the proposed plan to control and dispose of stormwater.
  2. Details of all stormwater management facility designs, during and after construction, including discharge provisions, discharge capacity for each outlet at different levels of detention and emergency spillway provisions with maximum discharge capacity of each spillway.
  3. Calculations:
  4. Comprehensive hydrologic and hydraulic design calculations for the pre-development and post-development conditions for the design storms specified in Section IV.
  5. When the proposed stormwater management control measures depend on the hydrologic properties of soils or require certain separation from the seasonal high water table, then a soils report shall be submitted. The soils report shall be based on onsite boring logs or soil pit profiles. The number and location of required soil borings or soil pits shall be determined based on what is needed to determine the suitability and distribution of soils present at the location of the control measure.
  6. Maintenance and Repair Plan

The design and planning of the stormwater management facility shall meet the maintenance requirements of Section X, below.

  1. Waiver from Submission Requirements

The municipal official or board reviewing an application under this Ordinance may, in consultation with the municipality’s review engineer, waive submission of any of the requirements in Sections IX.C.1 through IX.C.6e when it can be demonstrated that the information requested is impossible to obtain or it would create a hardship on the applicant to obtain and its absence will not materially affect the review process.

Section X. Maintenance and Repair.

  1. Applicability

Projects subject to review as in Section I.C shall comply with the requirements of Sections X.B and X.C.

  1. General Maintenance
    1. The design engineer shall prepare a maintenance plan for the stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of a major development.
    2. The maintenance plan shall contain specific preventative maintenance tasks and schedules; cost estimates, including estimated cost of sediment, debris, or trash removal; and the name, address, and telephone number of the person or persons responsible for preventative and corrective maintenance (including replacement). The plan shall contain information on BMP location, design, ownership, maintenance tasks and frequencies, and other details as specified in Chapter 8 of the NJ BMP Manual, as well as the tasks specific to the type of BMP, as described in the applicable chapter containing design specifics.
    3. If the maintenance plan identifies a person other than the property owner (for example, a developer, a public agency or homeowners’ association) as having the responsibility for maintenance, the plan shall include documentation of such person’s or entity’s agreement to assume this responsibility, or of the owner’s obligation to dedicate a stormwater management facility to such person under an applicable Ordinance or regulation.
    4. Responsibility for maintenance shall not be assigned or transferred to the owner or tenant of an individual property in a residential development or project, unless such owner or tenant owns or leases the entire residential development or project. The individual property owner may be assigned incidental tasks, such as weeding of a green infrastructure BMP, provided the individual agrees to assume these tasks; however, the individual cannot be legally responsible for all of the maintenance required.
    5. If the party responsible for maintenance identified under Section X.B.3, above, is not a public agency, the maintenance plan and any future revisions based on Section X.B.7 below, shall be recorded upon the deed of record for each property on which the maintenance described in the maintenance plan must be undertaken.
    6. Preventative and corrective maintenance shall be performed to maintain the functional parameters (storage volume, infiltration rates, inflow/outflow capacity, etc.).of the stormwater management measure, including, but not limited to, repairs or replacement to the structure; removal of sediment, debris, or trash; restoration of eroded areas; snow and ice removal; fence repair or replacement; restoration of vegetation; and repair or replacement of non-vegetated linings.
    7. The party responsible for maintenance identified under Section X.B.3, above, shall perform all of the following requirements:
  2. maintain a detailed log of all preventative and corrective maintenance for the structural stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of the development, including a record of all inspections and copies of all maintenance-related work orders;
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of the maintenance plan at least once per year and adjust the plan and the deed as needed; and
  4. retain and make available, upon request by any public entity with administrative, health, environmental, or safety authority over the site, the maintenance plan and the documentation required by Sections X.B.6 and B.7 above.
    1. The requirements of Sections X.B.3 and B.4, above, do not apply to stormwater management facilities that are dedicated to and accepted by the municipality or another governmental agency, subject to all applicable stormwater general permit conditions, as issued by the Department.

Maintenance and inspection guidance can be found on the Department’s website at:

https://www.njstormwater.org/maintenance_guidance.htm.

    1. In the event that the stormwater management facility becomes a danger to public safety or public health, or if it needs maintenance or repair, the municipality shall so notify the responsible person in writing. Upon receipt of that notice, the responsible person shall have fourteen (14) days to effect maintenance and repair of the facility in a manner that is approved by the municipal engineer or his designee. The municipality, in its discretion, may extend the time allowed for effecting maintenance and repair for good cause. If the responsible person fails or refuses to perform such maintenance and repair, the municipality may immediately proceed to do so and shall bill the cost thereof to the responsible person. Nonpayment of such bill may result in a lien on the property.
  1. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude the municipality from requiring the posting of a performance or maintenance guarantee in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.

Section XI. Penalties:

Any person(s) who erects, constructs, alters, repairs, converts, maintains, or uses any building, structure or land in violation of this Ordinance shall be subject to the penalties set forth in the Township’s General Penalty Ordinance, Chapter 1, Article III, of the Township Code of Ordinances, and each day that the building, structure or land is permitted to remain in violation of this Ordinance shall be considered a separate and distinct offense. The Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction to enforce and collect any such penalty imposed in a summary manner and in accordance with the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1, et seq.

Section XII. Severability:

All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances of the Township of Stillwater heretofore adopted that are inconsistent with any of the terms and provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.

If any section, paragraph, subsection, clause or provision of this Ordinance shall be declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole or any remaining part thereof.

Section XIII. Effective Date:

All actions of the Township taken prior to the date of adoption hereof contemplated by this Ordinance are hereby ratified and approved.

This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its final passage, approval and publication as provided by law.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to Introduce Ordinance 2021-03, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTIONS:

Resolution 2021-031 Approving Appointments of Township Board and Commission Members

BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee that they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointments and Committee appointments to Board and Commission Members for the year 2021 as follows:

RECREATION COMMISSION

Name Term Term Expires

Terry Beshada 5 years 13/31/2025

Alicia Gardner – 1st Alternate (unexpired term of Beshada) 5 years 12/31/2023

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey that they do hereby concur with the appointments herein for the year 2021.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-031, seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-032 Authorizing the Township of Stillwater to enter into a Cooperative Pricing Agreement

WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary to establish Departments within the Township government to provide for the orderly and efficient transaction of Township business and to promote public service.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, as follows:

  1. The allegations of the preamble are incorporated herein by this reference.

2. The following Departments are hereby established within the Township of Stillwater, effective immediately and to remain in effect until the next Reorganization Meeting of the Township Committee, unless sooner modified or terminated and the member of the Township Committee assigned to oversee the operation of such Department is as follows:

Committeewoman Rumsey: Fire Department, Public Safety, School Boards, Community Center

Committeeman Morrison: Finance/Auditors, Board of Health, Personnel

Committeeman Scott: DPW, Recreation Commission, Planning Board

Committeeman Fisher: Recycling Center, Gypsy Moth, Public Safety,

Mayor Chammings: Environmental Commission, Engineering, Personnel, Legal, Zoning Board

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-032, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-033 Mayor’s Appointment of Abigail N. Casario as Member of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Abigail N. Casario as a Member of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment was made at a meeting of the Township Committee on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-033, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey,abstained, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-034 Mayor’s Acceptance of Walter VanKirk’ s Resignation as Part-Time Fire Inspector with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s acceptance of the resignation of Walter VanKirk as Fire Inspector and Fire Sub-Code Official effective Tuesday, February 28, 2021.

The Township Committee unanimously agreed they were accepting this resignation with regrets and wished Mr. VanKirk all the best in his retirement.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-034, seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-035 Authorizing the Payment of Redemption Block 3807 Lot 8.05

WHEREAS, on December 15 ,2020 Gisela Rutnik, Collector

Of Taxes sold at public sale Tax Lien for delinquent municipal lien on premises known as

Block 3807 Lot 8.05 to C & E Tax Lien Fund 1 PO Box 5021 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19111

WHEREAS, the Collector has received redemption of said lien on February 8, 2020

And has deposited said sum in the current account of the Township of STILLWATER,TOWNSHIP

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of

STILLWATER

1. As soon thereafter as the redemption funds have cleared the current account, payment shall

Be made to the holder of the Certificate of Sale in the sum of 8,207.09

There was also a Premium paid in the amount of $ 18,100.00 to be added to the certificate holder,

Provided the holder shall surrender the Certificate of Sale and comply with all laws relating thereto.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-035, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

 

 

Resolution 2021-036 Mayor’s Appointment of Richard Bizik Jr. as Fire Inspector with Committee concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Richard Bizik, Jr. as Fire Inspector with an annual salary of $2,500.00 effective March 1, 2021.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-036, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-037 Mayor’s Appointment of Patrick Murphy as Fire Sub-Code Official with Committee concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Patrick Murphy as Fire Sub-code Official with an annual salary of $2,500.00 effective March 1, 2021.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-037, seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

Resolution 2021-038 Mayor’s Appointment of Owen Wright as Member of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Owen Wright as a Member of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment was made at a meeting of the Township Committee on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-038, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes Mayor Chammings, yes.

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION

Seeing no one from the public wishing to speak this portion of the meeting was closed.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT: Mr. Bolcato said he has nothing further to report.

There being no further business, Mrs. Rumsey made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Fisher at 9:57 p.m. In a voice vote, all were in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynda Knott, Township Clerk

 

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