by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NEW JERSEY - According to the 1976 New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, all individuals have the right to attend all New Jersey Public Meetings, whether they be held by municipal, county or state governing bodies.
Additionally, the Act requires the governing body to:
According to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the Act, which is popularly known as the "Sunshine Law," became necessary after public distrust of government following the Vietnam War and Watergate.
A summary of the Act is as follows:
Further information about the Act can be found online in detail here.
Roseland Passes Ordinance Requiring Natural Gas Detectors in New Homes or with Change of Residency in Current Homes; First of its Kind in the State
ROSELAND, NJ - At Tuesday's meeting of the Roseland governing body, an ordinance was passed which will require natural gas detectors to be part of the certificate of occupancy for new construction and for continued occupancy of new rentals or change of ownership in any home. The recommendation was supported unanimously by Public Safety Chair David Jacobs, and Councilmembers Peter Smith and Rich Leonard.
During the public comment segment, there was no one who came out against the measure and several persons spoke out in support of the new requirement including Roseland Office of Emergency Management Director John Matheis, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and Roseland Firefighter Roger Freda, Alyce Batta and Affordable Housing Board Chair Bill Tedesco (who showed a receipt for the detector he had just purchased that afternoon).
"I support this ordinance wholeheartedly because - bottom line - it's going to save lives, and all at a very minimal cost to all involved," Freda commented. "Councilman Rich Leonard's motion to adopt this ordinance
Devin Hinchcliffe, who is a member of both the Roseland Fire Department and Roseland First Aid Squad, was unable to be at the meeting, but a letter from him was read into the record. His comments regarding the safety of the First Responder who is entering a possibly gas-filled residence placed a further dimension on the need for the detectors in homes.
"As a member of both the Fire Department and First Aid Squad,
This ordinance appears to be the first of its kind in New Jersey, including in Stafford Township. A quick search online shows a Dual Carbon Monoxide and Natural Gas Detector runs anywhere from $29 to $132.