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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Board/Committee/Commission Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer Appointments by the Rockaway Township Council

Multiple volunteer appointments of the Township Council of the Township of Rockaway are about to expire or are currently expired, and the Township Council desires to make the public aware of the available appointments and engage with the public to identify candidates to fill appointments. If you would be interested in serving in any of the appointed positions listed below, please follow the instructions below for consideration by the Township Council. Thank you for your interest!

Application instructions for Appointments by Council:

  • Individuals interested in serving in any of the appointed positions below must send a letter/email of interest (no longer than one page) identifying the appointed position(s) of interest along with a current resume.
  • Emails should be sent to the Municipal Clerk (Clerk@RockawayTownship.org].

Technology Advisory Committee

Member: 1-year term - ONE appointment by the Council President

Special Committee per Township Code 2-5.16. The members of this special committee are charged with advising the Council on matters related to the Township's technology assets and infrastructure. All members shall be citizens of the Township of Rockaway.


Zoning Board of Adjustment

Full Member: 4-year term – THREE appointments by the Council

Alternate: 2-year term – TWO appointment by the Council

Township Code 54-6.2 Membership; Appointment

Qualifications for and appointment as members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall be as follows:

a. No member may hold any elective office or position under the municipality.

b. All members shall be citizens of the Township of Rockaway.

c. All members shall be appointed by the Township Council.

d. Alternate members shall be designated as “Alternate no. 1”, “Alternate No. 2,” “Alternate No. 3,” and “Alternate No. 4” by the Township Council at the time of appointment.

Township Code 54-6.4 Powers and Duties of the Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall follow the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law and this chapter, and accordingly shall have authority to:

a. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by an administrative officer based on or made in the enforcement of the zoning regulations;

b. Hear and decide requests for interpretation of the Zoning Map or zoning regulations or for decisions upon other special questions upon which the Board is authorized to pass by any zoning regulation or official map regulation, in accordance with this chapter and the Municipal Land Use Law;

c. Hear and decide requests for variances. Notwithstanding the above, the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall not have the power to hear and decide variances if the application also requires subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval, unless the application involves a “D” variance;

d. Exercise control over and review of subdivisions, site plans and conditional uses, only when such applications involved a “D” variance;

e. Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures in certain areas shown on an Official Map, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval;

f. Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures on a lot not related to a street, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval; and

g. Prepare at least once a year, a report for the Township Council and Planning Board, based upon its review of its decisions on applications and appeals for variances since any previous report. The report shall be adopted by resolution of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and shall comment on the zoning regulations which were the subject of variance requests, and shall make recommendations for any amendments to the zoning regulations that the Board may deem appropriate based upon prior variance applications.


Morris County Community Development Revenue Sharing (CDRS)

Member: 1-year term – ONE appointment by the Council

Township Resolution R-17-124 

WHEREAS, the County is eligible to receive Federal funds available through the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and

WHEREAS, in order to receive certain Federal funds which are potentially available to the County of Morris under the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program authorized by Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, Federal Register, Vol. 56, No. 143, dated July 2, 1991; and

WHEREAS, the Emergency Shelter Grant Program (‘ESG’), provided through Subtitle B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, permits for substantial federal funds allocated to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living; and

WHEREAS, an agreement has been proposed under which the Township of Rockaway and the County of Morris which will form a consortium by establishing a cooperation agreement for Federal Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020; and direct its activities to the elimination of housing problems within New Jersey in accordance with the housing goals and strategies outlined in the Morris County Consolidated Plan.

County of Morris CDBG Technical Guide 2017

The Mayor and governing body of each municipality is requested to provide the committee with names and addresses of two representatives (one by Mayor and an alternate appointed by the Mayor and one by governing body) following the annual organizational meeting. Each municipality has two representatives, but can appoint an alternate appointing official (by Mayor). The Committee is headed by a chairperson and a note taker is also elected among the subcommittee members. The Committee is sub-divided into four standing sub-committees, such as Public Services, Public Improvements, Public Facilities, and Housing.

Each subcommittee is charged with reviewing applications for projects that fit within their responsibility. A county staff member serves as a facilitator, but because there is a chairperson chosen by the subcommittee members, the facilitator is always available to answer any questions any applicants and participants may have, but cannot be involved in the review of proposed activities, cannot ask questions, and cannot make any recommendations for funding.

The Morris County Office of Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee is bound by written policy and procedures called “Ground Rules” and “By-Laws”. The “Ground Rules” are the step by step procedures on how to review the applications that are provided to the committee and for choosing the activities that are recommended for funding. In addition, the staff provides a list of review questions for the subcommittee members to use when reviewing each application before the applicants present their project to the committee. Further, a rubric-scoring tool is used to evaluate the program proposals whereby maximum score for each category is explained. A list of abbreviations are also provided to help the subcommittee members better navigate the HUD program acronyms.

After the presentations, the Regional Coordinators meet to recommend a funding plan for approval by the full CDRS Committee. The County then advertises and holds a Public Hearing attended by the full CDRS at which time the full committee is asked for approval of the recommended activities. The full committee recommendations are forwarded to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for their approval. The Action Plan is then forwarded to HUD for final approval and funding for the grant cycle. Please note that the Office of Community Development does an initial review of the proposed activities for eligibility and to determine that each one meets a national objective and that the information contained therein is complete, otherwise, the application does not move forward to the subcommittee level.

Board of Assessment Commissioners

Member: 1-year term – FIVE appointments by the Council (THREE full members and TWO alternate members)

Township Code 2-34.1 Creation.

Pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.40:56-21 et seq., there is hereby created in the Township a Board of Assessment Commissioners, the members of which shall be appointed by the Township Council.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.2 Appointment of Members.

The Board of Assessment Commissioners shall consist of three (3) members, who shall be designated commissioners. All appointments shall be for one (1) year terms. There shall also be two (2) alternate commissioners. Appointments of alternate commissioners shall be for terms of one (1) year. The commissioners and alternate commissioners shall serve until their successors are appointed and shall qualify. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Alternate commissioners shall serve as commissioners in those cases where a commissioner is unable to serve in connection with a specific project or projects.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.3 Duties.

The Board of Assessment Commissioners is charged with the duty of making all assessments for benefits for local improvements within the Township in accordance with the duties imposed upon it by virtue of N.J.S.A. 40:56-21 through N.J.S.A. 56-54, inclusive and shall in addition have and exercise all of the powers authorized by the aforesaid statutes.

                (Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-33.4 Disqualification of a Commissioner; Procedure.

In the event that any commissioner shall be in any way interested in any local improvement, he shall be disqualified from exercising the powers hereinabove conferred with respect to that improvement and the Township Council shall appoint an alternate commissioner, or if the alternate commissioner shall not

qualify, some other qualified person or persons shall act in his place with respect to that improvement only. If such improvement shall be of a general nature affecting the greater part of the real estate in the municipality, no commissioner shall be disqualified to act by reason of the fact that he may own real estate included in such assessment N.J.S.A. 40:56-22.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)

Township Code 2-34.5 Compensation.

The Township Council shall establish compensation of Assessment Commissioners.

(Code 1971 § 3-30.4; Ord. 7-3-79)


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