COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
2022 5:30 P.M.
IN PERSON LIMITED
TO THE FIRST 13 REGISTERED
TO REGISTER EMAIL: CLERK@NORTHHANOVERTWP.COM
CALL TO ORDER Mayor Doyle called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Led by Mayor Doyle
ROLL CALL: Mayor Doyle
Deputy Mayor Forsyth
– departed 8:01 pm
Also Present: Township Clerk Picariello, CFO Bruno and Financial
Advisor Julie Neidam
SUNSHINE STATEMENT: “The provisions of the Open Public Meetings
Act have been met. Notice of this meeting has been transmitted by email to the Courier
Post, Burlington County Times and The Trenton Times as well as given to those
having requested same and posted on the Township bulletin board located in the
foyer of the municipal building”.
of the public wishing to address the Township Committee must state their name
and address for the record.
opened the meeting to the public. There
were no public comments this evening
CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT
Deputy Mayor Forsyth
BUDGET WORKSHOP – TOWNSHIP
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW BUDGET LINE ITEMS – NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN
introduced Ms. Neidam from NW Financial.
He asked her to be present to review the eligible items under the
American Rescue money (ARP). CFO Bruno
recommended using the funds over a four-year period for the EMS issue. Ms. Neidam noted she specializes in the ARP
legislation. She gave a brief re-cap of
the stimulus bill. She noted the interim
final rule came out in July 2021 and final rules came out in January 2022. She stated there were four main
categories. She stated they were Public
Sector revenues, Public Health in responding to the negative economic impact,
premium pay and infrastructure. She gave
an overview of each category. She noted
there is a one-time standard allowance of up to ten million dollars for public
sector revenue losses. She reviewed
items that were eligible for Government services. She reviewed ineligible uses. She also discussed the reporting
requirements. The deadline for
obligating the funds is December 2024 and for spending is December 2026. CFO Bruno noted his plan will have the monies
expended by 2024 to address the EMS issues.
CFO Bruno noted the allocation was $780,000. Committeeman DeBaecke inquired if funds could
be used to reimburse for projects already completed. Ms. Neidam noted from March of 2020 until
present. Ms. Neidam noted a Township
employee would have to be the point of contact for the reports that must be
submitted. Mayor Doyle inquired about
other avenues for the spending. CFO
Bruno noted it would be discussed in further detail with the budget discussion. Ms. Neidam provided Mayor Doyle with a
listing of general governmental services.
Ms. Neidham left the meeting at 6:15pm and the Township Committee
thanked her for her time.
reviewed the budgetary needs and noted the ARP monies would help transition the
budget to where it needs to be to cover the EMS operation over the next few
years. He stated this would be used in
conjunction a tax increase of .02 cents over the next four years would be
needed. He stated he was able to hold
the current budget for all other operations.
He also noted the Police contract is also an impact. However, the administration fees have
absorbed some of the increases. He
reviewed the cap bank. Committeeman
Doyle inquired about the amount of the bank in 2019. It was determined that it was from the year permanent
financing was done for the debt. The general consensus was to raise by .02
cents and to have $150,000 for capital improvements. The budget will be introduced on March 17th.
MOTION TO ADJOURN 8:19 pm
Proposed By: Committeeman O’Donnell
Seconded By: Committeeman Kocubinski
Mary Picariello, RMC/CMR/CTC