I. Storm Update from NJBPU
As of 2 pm on Wednesday, approximately 908,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million yesterday. More than 2,000 out of state crews are helping our utilities restore electricity. This includes crews from Canada, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Washington, D.C. and many Midwestern states. The state’s transmission system was damaged considerably yesterday. Additionally, poles and wires came down with fallen trees a major culprit. Therefore, the distribution system must first be repaired before the poles and wires can be repaired. BPU is in constant contact with the utilities concerning the repair work ensuring it is completed as expeditiously as possible. Unfortunately, complete power restoration will take some time. It is hoped by late Friday night eighty percent of customers will have their power back. The remaining twenty percent could take until the end of the weekend because those cases are more isolated and therefore, will take more time.
II. Governor Issues Four New COVID-19 Related Executive Orders
Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued four new COVID-19 related executive orders: Executive Order 170, which extends certain statutory deadlines across state government; Executive Order 171 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 and previously extended through executive orders on April 7, May, 6, June 4, and July 2; Executive Order 172 which allows public employees to immediately enroll in State Health Benefits Program; and Executive Order 173 which decreased indoor gathering capacity limits.
Executive Order 170 (EO 170), signed July 31, 2020 and took effect immediately, extends certain statutory deadlines across state government. The statutory deadlines extended through EO 170 are limited to those specifically identified in an Appendix to the executive order. Of particular concern to municipal governments is the extension of multiple statutory deadlines found in: N.J.S.A. 4:1C-21(c), 4:1C-21(d), 4:1C-21(i), all of which deal with review and approvals related to farmland preservation programs; N.J.S.A. 56:8-96(c), which deals with the revocation by local health authorities of pet shops’ licenses; and N.J.S.A. App.A:9-40.1 which requires municipal emergency management coordinators to complete approved course work.
EO 170 and its appendix should be reviewed carefully with all levels of your municipal government to ensure the new deadlines are taken into consideration.
Executive Order 171 (EO 171) extends the Public Health Emergency that was initially declared on March 9, 2020. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. EO 171 extends the Public Health Emergency for an additional 30 days.
Executive Order 172 (EO 172), signed August 3, 2020 and took effect immediately, directs that, for the duration of the Public Health Emergency, any new or returning State or municipal employee who is hired on or after March 9, 2020, may immediately enroll in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). EO 172 supersedes waiting periods otherwise required by law and supersedes requirements in Executive Order 115 which allowed immediate enrollment in the SHBP but only if the person was hired for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order 173 (EO 173) decreases the capacity limits of indoor gatherings. EO 173 was signed August 3, 2020 and took effect at 6:00 a.m. on August 4, 2020. EO 173 limits indoor gatherings to 25 percent of the room’s capacity, but regardless of the room’s capacity, the maximum limit is 25 persons down from 100 persons. For purposes of determining this limit, private residences or residential units are to treated as a single room.
The change in EO 173 does not apply to weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious services or celebration, and political activities. These events may continue under previous rules that limited events to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but with a limit of 100 people.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x137.
III. Earn CEU Credits Right at Your Home or Office with the NJLM!
a. The Kaleidoscope of Ethics Webinar
October 2, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Location: Your Computer
CEUs: CMFO/CCFO-4.0 Eth; CTC-4.0 ETH;CPWM-4.0 ETH; RMC-4.0 Eth;QPA-4.0 Eth;NJCLE-4.0 Eth; CPC-3.5 Ethics; CPA-4.0 Eth; CRP-3.5;Planning/Zoning Board Secretary-3.5 Admin; Zoning Official-3.5 Admin; Land Use Administrator-3.5 Admin;CTA-3.0 PTA;RPPO/RPPS-4.0 Ethics;
Event Details for The Kaleidoscope of Ethics
b. Prepping For Labor Negotiations: Who Needs to be Involved, What’s Negotiable, and the Expected Costs Webinar
October 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Your Computer
CEUs: CMFO/CCFO-2.0 BUD-3.0 Off MGMT; CPWM-2 GOVT, 3 MGMT; RMC-2.0 FIN, 3.0 Prof Devel; CPA-2.0 FIN; 3.0 MAS; NJCLE-5.0; RPPO/RPPS-5.0 M/S;QPA-5.0 Off Admin/Gen Duties
Event Details for Prepping for Labor Webinar
c. Personnel during a Pandemic: Rights, Obligations and Continuity of Operations Webinar
October 20, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Location: Your Computer
CEUs: CMFO/CCFO-4.0 Off MGMT; CTC-4.0 Gen/Sec; CPWM-2.0 Mgmt, 2.0 GOVT; RMC-4.0 Prof Devel; QPA-4.0 Off Admin/Gen Duties; CPA-4.0 MGMT; RPPO/RPPS-4.0 M/S; NJCLE-4.0: CPC-3.5: Planning Board Secretaries-3.5 Admin; Zoning Officials-3.5 Admin;, Land Use Administrators-3.5 Admin
Event Details for Personnel During a Pandemic Webinar
More programming to come! Continue to check the League seminar page!