I. Print Your CEU Certificates from the 2020 NJLM Virtual Conference
The tracking system from the 2020 NJLM Virtual Conference is now open. To print your certificates visit the Tracking System webpage. The system will be available until May 1, 2021.
II. Local Finance Notice Issued on Dedication of Revenue Earned from Uniform Construction Code Enforcement
On Tuesday, November 24, the Division of Local Government Services released jointly with the Division of Codes and Standards Local Finance Notice 2020-27, which is an update to Local Finance Notice 2017-15.
Local Finance Notice 2020-27 states that “revenue earned from construction code (UCC) enforcement fees must be dedicated to UCC enforcement rather than diverted to support the general fund. Municipalities with UCC enforcement offices are required to provide an adequate number of staff to handle reviews and inspections in a timely manner”, set limits on the permitted uses of construction code fees and revenue, and designate the usage of revenue used in shared service agreements and third party vendor contracts. LFN 2020-27 also notes that the Division of Codes and Standards’ Office of Regulatory Affairs will conduct financial audits of Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Annual Reports to determine if a municipality is compliant with the UCC’s. If a municipality is deemed non-compliant the Division of Codes and Standards will then issue a letter to the municipality stating what actions must be taken within 30 days to be compliant.
The Divisions hope that LFN 2020-27 will address the backlogs in UCC enforcement offices, limit the amount of revenue diverted to the general fund, and limit the burden on taxpayers. We suggest you review this Local Finance Notice with your Administrator, Chief Financial Officer, and Construction Code Official.
Contact: Andrew LaFevre, Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org 609-695-3481 x116.
III. Show Off Your City 2021 Contest Open!
This year like no other, the picture of municipal life has been profoundly different. We’d like to record the many special municipal moments in New Jersey through the 2021 NJLM Annual Show Off Your City photo contest. You are invited to send us photos of how local residents and officials worked and played and thrived in these pandemic days.
Entries will be posted on the League’s Facebook page, website and some will be featured in the April issue of NJ Municipalities magazine, and possibly other issues.
A winner will be selected and receives a free League publication of their choice.
We ask that photos be high resolution JPEG–at least 1 MB in size. Please provide photo credit if necessary. Unfortunately, stock photos and images that are too low resolution will not be considered. By submitting a photo, you are agreeing that you own the rights to the photo and that NJLM has permission to use the photo in NJ Municipalities, on NJLM’s social media and website, and in other printed materials. Please include your Facebook profile name and we will tag your photo on Facebook.
Photos can be submitted via email to email@example.com, or mailed on CD or flash drive to 222 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
Submission deadline is February 3, 2021. For more information visit our website.