Back to Statutes By Title
Title: WATERS AND WATER SUPPLY
Section: Public hearing.
12. a. A contracting unit shall conduct a public hearing or hearings on the charges, rates, or fees, or the formula for determining these charges, rates, or fees, and the other provisions contained in a proposed contract negotiated pursuant to section 11 of this act. The contracting unit shall provide at least 90 days' public notice of this public hearing to the Division of Rate Counsel in, but not of, the Department of the Treasury, prospective consumers and other interested parties. This notice shall be published in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction to be served under the terms of the proposed contract. Within 45 days after giving notice of the public hearing, the contracting unit shall hold a meeting with prospective consumers and other interested parties to explain the terms and conditions of the proposed contract, and to receive written questions which will be part of the record of the public hearing. At the public hearing, the selected vendor or vendors shall be present, and the contracting unit shall have the burden to answer the questions received at the meeting, and to show that the proposed contract complies with the provisions of section 15 of this act, and that it constitutes the best means of securing the required water supply services among available alternatives. The contracting unit shall provide that a verbatim record be kept of the public hearing, and that a written transcript of this record be printed and made available to the public within 30 days of the close of the public hearing. After the public hearing the contracting unit and the vendor may agree to make changes to the proposed contract, and shall transmit the proposed contract, a copy of the printed transcript of the public hearing, and a statement summarizing the major issues raised at the public hearing and the response of the contracting unit to these issues, to the division, the department, the Board of Public Utilities, and the Division of Rate Counsel, and to all persons who attended the public hearing. b. If the Division of Rate Counsel represents the public interest at a public hearing or hearings conducted pursuant to this section, the Division of Rate Counsel shall be entitled to assess the vendor for costs incurred in this representation in the manner provided in section 20 of P.L.1974, c.27 (C.52:27E-19). The basis of the assessment shall be the prospective first year's revenue realized by the vendor from the provision of the water supply services pursuant to the terms of the proposed contract. c. If a contract awarded pursuant to the provisions of this act is renegotiated, the contracting unit shall conduct a public hearing on the renegotiated contract pursuant to the provisions of this section. L.1985, c.37, s.12; amended 1994, c.58, s.60; 2005, c.155, s.100; 2010, c.34, s.47.
The statute data presented on this website was last updated April 10, 2011. For up to date statutes and other legislation articles consult the NJ legislation website at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us. Sammarro & Zalarick cannot be held responsible for any errors or discrepancies in the statute data presented on this website.