Municipality Background Information Grant - Sustainable Jersey

Municipality Background Information Grant - Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Application Background Information Form & Checklist Please include page A and B of this form at the beginning of your ...

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Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Application Background Information Form & Checklist Please include page A and B of this form at the beginning of your application.

Municipality Background Information Municipality:Chester Township and Chester Borough County:Morris Population:~9500 combined Setting (urban, suburban, rural):Rural Is your town currently registered with Sustainable Jersey? (Note: All applicants must be registered with the program by date of submission. For more information on how to register, visit: http:// www.sustainablejersey.com/actions-certification/getting-started/ Does your municipality have an active Green Team? (Note: All applicant communities must have an active Green Team. To view the requirements of an active Green Team please click here, or see the Application Checklist below) Is your municipality currently Sustainable Jersey Certified? If yes, at what level? Has your municipality ever been certified in the past? If yes, when and at what level?

Yes

x

No Yes

x

No

Township is Certified Bronze Township was certified Bronze in 2010 and 2013

Did your municipality receive a Sustainable Jersey small grant in previous years? If yes, which year(s) and at what level(s)? 2010, 2011 small capacity-building grant; 2012 $10,000 small grant

Grant Application Information

Project Title

Complete Streets for Chester Township and Chester Borough

For what grant level are you applying?

$20,000

Are you applying for two grants? Yes (Another Background Information Form and Application must be completed No x separately for each grant. See Section B in application for eligibility)

Please provide a brief (2-3 sentences) description of your project.

This project will provide one of the first statewide models for implementing a Rural Complete Streets Policy. Most of New Jersey’s Complete Streets policies are in densely populated municipalities, and there are very few rural policies--perhaps none--that provide guidance on how to improve tourism, health, and safety in an area with few sidewalks. Two neighboring municipalities will work together to complete action for the entire community. Sustainable Jersey Action(s) that will be completed through grant. All $10,000 and $20,000 grants projects must relate to the completion of a Sustainable Jersey Action. Please be sure to check the “What to do” and the “What to submit” section of each action to verify the project can fulfill the action requirements. Actions that would be “innovative demonstrations projects” are also eligible and will be judged based on their ability to model or improve the current slate of Sustainable Jersey Actions. All requirements for actions can be viewed here. $2,000 Capacity-Building grants do not have to complete an action if only seeking general support funds. 1. Complete Streets Program 4. 2. (Also possibly Bicycle/Pedestrian Audit/Plan) 5. Page A

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Sustainable

Jersey®

Small Grants Application Contacts

Primary Municipal Contact NOTE: The grant application decision and follow-up will be directed to this contact. Name Title Affiliation Address

Matthew Kass Councilman Chester Town Council 1 Parker Rd. Chester, NJ 07930

Phone Email

(201) 213-6740 [email protected]

Please list any additional municipal or Green Team contacts for the grant. Include key elected officials and any staff contacts. Name Title Phone Email Julie Gause Coordinator, Green Team, (973) 219-2157 [email protected] Chester Township Ed Ng Chair, Green Team, Chester (973) 980-3664 [email protected] Borough Carol Isemann Administrator, Chester (908) 879-5100 [email protected] Township

Fiscal Contact name and mailing address where grant check will be sent.* Name: Carol Isemann Title: Administrator, Chester Township Phone: (908) 879-5100 Email: [email protected] hip.org Mailing Address:1 Parker Rd. Chester, NJ 07930

Mayor’s Information (The mayor may be directly invited to a press conference or other speaking engagement) Name: Phone: Email:

Bill Cogger (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

Media Contact A municipal employee or affiliate that we contact for coordinating press/media events Name: Title: Phone: Email:

Carol Isemann Administrator, Chester Township (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

Additional Contact for Mayor (Secretary, assistant, aide etc.) Name: Title: Phone: Email:

Carol Isemann Township Administrator (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

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*Only New Jersey municipalities are eligible grant applicants. Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the municipality must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements. Checks will be made payable to the municipalities and sent to their fiscal agent.

Sustainable Jersey® Small Grants Application Checklist NOTE: This page is for applicant’s own reference and does not have to be submitted with the application. Background Information Form __x_ __x_

Municipality Background Information Contact Page Proposal Narrative

$10,000 and $20,000 Grants _x__ 1. Project Description _x__ 2. Project Impact _x__ 3. Grant Funding Impact _x__ 4. Budget Narrative _x__ 5. Timeline _x__ 6. Evaluation

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grants ___ 1. Project Description: Green Team’s one-year work plan ___ 2. Budget

Required Attachments $10,000 and $20,000 Grants _x__ Detailed project budget

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grants ___ Resolution of support from local governing body**

_x__ Resumes/bios of key project personnel and role(s) in ___ Signed Grantee’s Certification and Declaration Page project (Click here) _x__ Resolution of support from local governing body** _x__ Signed Grantee’s Certification and Declaration Page (Click here)

___ Documentation that you have an active Green Team† (see below)

_N/A__ Documentation that you have an active Green Team (see below)†

Documentation that you have an active Green Team† (see the Create a Green Team submission requirements here for more information). Note: If your community is currently certified, this requirement will be waived.

___

1. Names, affiliations, and e-mail address (where applicable) of members serving on the Green Team

___

2. Municipal government resolution, ordinance, (or a proclamation prior to March 1, 2012) that formally establishes the Green Team (See the Create a Green Team action for more info)

___

3. Proclamation, letter or support from municipality, or this year’s annual reorganization minutes appointing new members to the Green Team for municipalities Green Team resolutions whose initial term has expired

___

4. Summary of activities undertaken by the Green Team in the past year. If your Green Team has been recently established, submit a summary of the activities undertaken since it was established. Page C

** A resolution of support from the local governing body authorizing the grant proposal and project must be included with the proposal. This is NOT the same as the resolution needed to register for Sustainable Jersey participation or establish a Green Team. For a sample resolution of support from the local governing body authorizing the grant proposal click here. Additionally, if your Green Team resolution has expired we suggest combining a resolution reauthorizing the Green Team and authorizing the grant proposal in one resolution. †If your community is currently certified, this requirement will be waived.

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Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program January 2014 Chester Township Green Team and Chester Borough Green Team We are applying for $20K towards a ‘Complete Streets’ action. This project will provide one of the first statewide models for implementing a Rural Complete Streets Policy. Most of New Jersey’s Complete Streets policies are in densely populated municipalities, and there are very few rural policies--perhaps none--that provide guidance on how to improve tourism, health, and safety in an area with few sidewalks. We propose to pursue a Complete Streets action for the neighboring rural municipalities of Chester Township and Chester Borough. Contact Person: Matthew Kass, Chester Township Councilman 1. Municipality’s Background Information & Contact Form Thank you for the opportunity to apply for a Sustainable Jersey small grant for a Complete Streets action. Our work of the past few years has strategically laid the foundation for a Complete Streets initiative. Here’s a background on what we’ve been doing to prepare for this action: In 2011, members of our Green Team attended a Sustainable Jersey workshop in West Windsor about Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School, led by Charles Brown. This is where we had our first introduction to this action and became familiar with its benefits to a community, including greater safety, health, and economic vitality. In 2011, we received an ANJEC Land Use Planning Grant for developing an Integrated Trails Plan for the Chesters. With this grant, we worked with consultant Conservation Resources Inc. and conducted public workshops and surveys to think about ways to improve connectivity among Chester’s neighborhoods, open space, trails, shopping, schools, and parks. We developed an online site, ChesterTrails.org, as a public forum for sharing trails information. Our recreation director established a series of guided hikes and bike rides along these trails. This project brought together many trails enthusiasts,

professionals, bike riders, municipal officials, and others in a collaborative exercise to think about how we might make our community more walkable and bikeable. Many comments in the survey noted a need for better connectivity between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, trails, and parks. A full 87% said they would like to see more bike lanes. In June 2012, our Environmental Committees sponsored an ANJEC training workshop on bikeable/walkable communities called “Planning and Designing Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Communities.” Several other municipalities took part in this workshop, conducted by planners Susan Blickstein and Michael Dannemiller. We were educated about the elements necessary for safe infrastructure for walking and biking. Municipal representatives left the training feeling enthusiastic about moving forward with such an initiative. In 2012, we received a Sustainable Jersey small grant to do a Community Visioning project. Working with planner Banisch and Associates, we sponsored three public workshops, and conducted an extensive online survey for residents, business owners, and landlords to get input about what folks would like our community to be like in the years ahead. Over 400 respondents took part; 63% called for improvements in pedestrian safety and walkway connectivity, and 66% called for improvements in bicycle infrastructure, safety, and bike lane connectivity. In the spring of 2013, we were approached by Jerry Fried of the Voorhees Transportation Center, and former mayor of Montclair, about exploring a Complete Streets policy for Chester. Marty Epstein, a business owner, JORBA member, Chester resident, and Chester Trails contributor, suggested that we collaborate on this action. We’ve met as a group to discuss implementing this action in a rural municipality such as Chester. Jerry will be advising us about a course of action in pursuing a Complete Streets policy. 2. Proposal Narrative – 5 page maximum •

Project Description: Explain what you will do and how you will accomplish it.

Given all of the preparation detailed above, we are confident that it’s the right time to move forward with a Complete Streets initiative. In the summer of 2013, the Chester Township council passed a resolution in favor of developing a Complete Streets policy. Thus far, our work towards a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly town has been focused on thinking and visioning rather than concrete planning. We’ve built a foundation backed by survey data, and we’ve built a team of people who are committed to these improvements. This grant would allow us to move ahead. Here in Chester we have some unique challenges ahead of us in designing a workable Complete Streets infrastructure. As a community with narrow roads, old trees, and historic buildings, it’s often not an option to widen roadways to make room for adjacent bike lanes. As a popular agri-tourism destination, we have issues with gridlock fueled by seasonal waves of out-of-town visitors. In addition, there are folks who oppose the concept of kids walking to school out of a fear that our schools will lose funding that is awarded for bus ridership. Many do not want trees cut down to make way for sidewalks. Parents are concerned about kids walking on sidewalks, or biking on lanes, that are located along busy roads. To compound the problem, this year in Chester there have been three automobile accidents involving pedestrians simply trying to cross the street. We are in need of a Complete Streets consultant who thinks ‘outside the box’ and can be sensitive to community concerns and needs while conceptualizing a Complete Streets design. In Chester, we have several plans for our community; while they’re not at odds with each other, they’ll take some study to sort through and figure out how they can be interwoven for optimal success. These plans include our Master Plan, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plan, Integrated Trails Plan, and our Visioning Statement. We’d like to have professional assistance with sorting through these plans and putting together a creative and cohesive set of actions for the next decade, starting with easy-to-complete, low-cost projects that can be done immediately for a quick impact, and moving towards multi-year grander scale projects that will likely require additional funding. We’d like to begin with projects that improve existing infrastructure, and also have a list of prioritized actions to address in the years ahead. • Project Impact: Describe the impact of your project. What will be better as a result of the grant? Will your project be a model for others? Will your project lead

to more sustainability activities in your municipality or other municipalities beyond the project’s initial timeframe? This project would be an important study of how two rural municipalities can work together on a Complete Streets policy that makes the two neighboring municipalities more cohesive. Our community offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation. With over 40% of our land permanently preserved as open space, we have over 90 miles of trails for running, hiking or cross-country skiing, optimal fishing conditions, rivers for paddling, mountain biking tracks, and a robust agri-tourism industry. However, we do not have adequate access to public transportation, safe road crossings, trail connectivity, bike lanes, or adequate signage. We would like to move towards a safe, connected network of multi-modal transportation options in what is currently an automobile-centric region. Completing this project successfully would naturally lead to other actions such as supporting the local economy, as walkable places are more economically vibrant in that they entice residents to keep their dollars in town. It would lead to actions involving health and wellness by providing the infrastructure and support system for people to live a healthier lifestyle. Improvements can have social and demographic ramifications in making it easier for residents to age in their own homes and travel safely through the community. Improvements would offer an attractive lifestyle for young professionals who, as studies show, desire to live and work in a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community. In addition, it would provide great opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with local businesses, the agri-tourism industry, schools, and area health professionals. In addition, we are poised to address Sustainable Jersey’s two new actions being rolled out in 2014: Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Audit, and Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Plan. •

Grant Funding Impact: What is the impact of the Sustainable Jersey grant on the project’s success? Would it happen without these funds?

This grant would be essential in terms of taking the next steps towards becoming a Complete Streets community. We haven’t the expertise to collate existing data, plan for

improvements to infrastructure, or conceptualize the structure and design necessary for needed improvements. We haven’t the funds to pay our existing planners for this monumental a task. We’d like to turn to experts who’ve done this kind of work successfully in other communities in order to ensure for a forward-thinking and creative approach to the challenges involved. •

Budget Narrative:

o Describe how the grant funds will be spent in terms of salary, materials, contractors and services. o If the total project budget is larger than your grant request (which is allowed), what is the total budget for the project? What is the source, and certainty, of the other necessary funds to complete the project? What will happen to the Sustainable Jersey grant funds if the other funding is not secured? Budget Narrative A $20,000 grant would pay for a Complete Streets consultant to work with the Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams on the following deliverables: • Meet

monthly with Project Team to discuss plans, progress, results, next steps

• Study

documents including Township and Borough Master Plans, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plans, Integrated Trails Plan, and Community Visioning Statement. Work to develop comprehensive Complete Streets Plan that integrates these different documents, and is sensitive to the needs of the community.

• Write

a report detailing the recommendations for a Complete Streets Plan, including maps of where bike lanes and walking paths should be situated, and how they’d be connected to each other.

• Produce

an Implementation Plan and suggested timeline, to aid the governing body and staff in following through on the policy.

• Present

Complete Streets Plan to Chester Borough and Chester Township Planning Boards

In addition to the billable time by a consultant, Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Team members and other individuals will donate at least 100 volunteer hours towards this project.

o Describe all funds related to the project that are included in previous, current, and next year’s municipal budgets. At this time, we anticipate that no other funds will be involved. Timeline: What do you plan to do and when? What are the key milestones? Note: All funds must be fully expended, projects completed, and final reports submitted by September 30th, 2015. Month

Tasks

March 2014

Members of project team create RFP and send out to several Complete Streets consulting firms

April 2014

Project team interviews applicants, consults references, selects consultant

May 2014

Write contract for services with consultant; consultant sign contract

June 2014

Project Team meets with consultant to discuss project, and study existing maps and plans

July 2014

Project Team meets with consultant to study existing maps and plans, and draft list of action items

September 2014

Project team meets with planner to discuss progress, and consider a Bicycle/Pedestrian audit and plan

October 2014

Project team meets with planner to discuss progress

November 2014

Project team meets with planner to go over first draft of plan; discuss needed modifications

Month

Tasks

January 2015

Project Team meets with planner to discuss revised plan; also with members of the governing bodies and planning boards to review progress and get feedback

February 2015

Consultant makes final revisions to plan

March 2015

Project team meets with planner to go over revised plan

April -May 2015

Planner presents final plan to planning boards and governing bodies of Chester Borough and Chester Township. Resolution passed by each municipal Council to accept the Complete Streets Plan and adopt a Complete Streets Policy

June 2015

Consultant recommends grants that can help fund some of the action items in the plan; help submit the first grant on behalf of Chester Borough and Chester Township

Evaluation: How will you assess the impact of your project and what documentation will you submit to demonstrate this impact? To show we have implemented our project, we will submit the consultant’s Complete Streets report outlining recommendations for the Chester municipalities to consider for planning purposes in the years ahead, as well as any associated mapping. We will evaluate the success of our project by noting what worked well and what we could have done better, and identifying several Sustainable Jersey actions that we plan to launch as a direct result of this action. The Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams are grateful to Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Foundation for the opportunity to apply for this funding. We thank you for your consideration. 3. Required Attachments



Detailed Budget of the project showing salary, materials, contractor consultants and services. See examples 1 and 2 at end of application.



Resumes or bios of key project personnel and their role(s) in this project.



Resolution of support from local governing body authorizing the grant.* For a sample, click here.



Documentation that you have an active Green Team (see the Create a Green Team submission requirements here for more information. This requirement is waived for communities that are currently certified.) N/A o Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses (where available) of members serving on the Green Team. N/A

o Municipal government resolution, ordinance, or proclamation that formally established the Green Team (See the Create a Green Team action for more info). o For municipalities whose Green Team resolutions’ initial term(s) have expired, submit a Proclamation or Letter of Support from the Mayor or Council explicitly supporting the Green Team, or this year’s annual reorganization minutes appointing new members to the Green Team. N/A o Summary of activities undertaken by the Green Team in the past year. If your Green Team has been recently established, submit a summary of the activities undertaken since it was established. The Chester Township and Chester Borough Green Teams have had a very active year. We are very proud to have worked together to successfully complete a Community Visioning action. The final report for this action was submitted in January of 2014. In addition, the Chester Township Green Team spent time submitting the actions they’ve accomplished over the past three years to Sustainable Jersey for recertification. Recertification at the Bronze Level was achieved in October of 2013.

Conclusion Chester has proven itself as an effective and results-oriented grantee. Leveraged with our volunteer power and technological tools, we have made the most of our grant funds time and again. In the past few years, we’ve received grants from Sustainable Jersey, the Chester Historical Society, ANJEC, the Home Depot Foundation, the Raritan Highlands Compact/North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Garden Club of Northern NJ, and the Open Space Trust Funds of both the Borough and the Township, and we have produced impressive results every time. We will continue to deliver on our promise to provide real results in a timely fashion to our grantors. • Grantee’s Certification and Declaration signed by municipal administrator or other authorized representative (see last page of this application or click here).

Detailed Budget A $20,000 grant would pay for a Complete Streets consultant to work with the Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams on the following deliverables: • Meet

monthly with Project Team to discuss progress, results, next steps

• Study

documents including Township and Borough Master Plans, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plans, Integrated Trails Plan, and Community Visioning Statement. Work to develop comprehensive Complete Streets Plan that integrates these different documents, and is sensitive to the needs of the community.

• Write

a report detailing the recommendations for a Complete Streets Plan, including maps of where bike lanes and walking paths should be situated, and how they’d be connected to each other.

• Produce

an Implementation Plan and suggested timeline, to aid the governing body and staff in following through on the policy.

• Present

Complete Streets Plan to Chester Borough and Chester Township Planning Boards

In addition to the billable time by a consultant, Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Team members and other individuals will donate at least 100 volunteer hours towards this project.

Bios Matthew Kass Matthew Kass was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, where he spent summers employed by The City’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and as a deckhand on the City Police Boat. He graduated Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration, and from Iona College with a Masters degree in Finance. He currently works in the Municipal Bond Industry, having over thirty years of experience in sales and trading. He is also a licensed insurance professional, and has taught courses as Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. as well as at Centenary College of New Jersey. Mr. Kass has been a volunteer in Chester Township in capacities including; youth sports coach, Soccer Board member, Parks advisory Committee member, and Chair. He is currently serving in his sixth year as a Councilman in Chester Township, where his responsibilities include oversight of Finance & Insurance, Board of Health, Parks and Planning Board member. Matthew has been married to his wife Carol, for 28 years. They have resided in Chester for nearly twenty years and have 2 children. Mr. Kass is an avid golfer and road cyclist. Marty Epstein Marty Epstein, a resident of Chester Township, is the owner of Marty's Reliable Cycle. Marty's is located in Morristown, Randolph and Hackettstown. Marty is a board member of the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition, a board member and co-founder of Bike Walk Morristown and the board chairman and co-founder of Sustainable Morristown. Marty is the founder and ride promotor of Gran Fondo NJ which is one of the largest bicycle rides in New Jersey. Marty has three great kids and five wonderful grandchildren.

Jerry Fried A 25-year resident of Montclair, NJ, Jerry Fried served as Mayor from 2008-2012. The Township has become a leader in sustainability initiatives and was the first municipality in New Jersey to adopt a Complete Streets policy to help make all streets accessible to all users. As Mayor, he selected Montclair's school board, chaired the Board of School Estimate, and was a member of the town's Planning Board. He currently works for the Rutgers Voorhees Transportation Center helping other municipalities and counties become more walkable and bikeable, serves on the Montclair Environmental Commission, and is a regular speaker on Complete Streets. Fried is currently a Board member of Building One NJ, a statewide organization that works to improve policies and funding for first-ring suburbs and works with Building One America on national advocacy. Fried is a founder, former president, and current Board member of Bike&Walk Montclair, which works to make Montclair a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists and has been instrumental in procuring over a million dollars in grants for safety, health, and economic development. The group's annual Tour de Montclair family bike ride attracts about 1000 participants. Fried is also a Board member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, which is a statewide leader in various social justice causes and movements. Through the congregation, he founded TrueJustice, an interfaith outreach group, in the days after 9/11. The group organized visits, discussion forums, workshops, and dinners, bringing together members of Muslim and non- Muslim congregations and groups. He has also delivered lay sermons on topics such as "Building Community Through Cycling" and "A Communion of Gifts", has taught Religious Education, mentored youth, and has chaired several committees. Before his election in 2008 he worked in the advertising industry for 27 years and helped create many award winning commercials. He has also volunteered to teach film to troubled youth and act as a youth group advisor and mentor. He is the father of 3 children, all graduates of the Montclair public schools. His wife, Karen Nielsen-Fried, is a prominent Montclair artist.

Ed Ng Ed is a California native who has lived in New Jersey for the last 30 years. Ed holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecology. He has conducted research in the California chaparral, Chilean matorral, Alaskan tundra, Central Valley sugar beet fields, Idaho potato crops, and Brazilian and Côte d'Ivoire cocoa plantations. In his 27 year career with Mars, Inc. he led teams spearheading the development and application of novel analytical processes to business problems all along the value chain. He is a trustee of the Chester Historical Society and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He is chairman of the Chester Borough Environmental & Open Space Committee. He led a combined Borough-Township team to create the Integrated Trail Ecosystem Plan for Chester in 2011/12 and the Chesters’ Community Vision in 2013/14. He is married, and has two adult daughters. Tennis, swimming, reading, theatre and hiking with his wife, and walking the dog, take up what little time is left. Bill Foelsch Bill Foelsch is currently Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Morris, a residential community of 23,000. As Director, he manages 18 municipal parks, two Olympic- size swimming pools, and a wide variety of recreation programs for the community. Prior to his service to Morris Township, he was Executive Director of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association for 26 years, managing the membership services, educational activities and public policy advocacy program of that statewide organization. He also serves as part-time Park Consultant to the municipality of Chester Township, a position he started in 1981, currently managing seven parks, 60 acres of active recreation area, and 900 acres of preserved open space. Bill also is a visiting Instructor for the Rutgers University Certified Public Works Manager program teaching a full-day workshop on park operations and risk management two times each year. Bill serves as Chair of the New Jersey Trails Council since his appointment to the Council in 1992. Bill has also served on the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association, was twice Chairman of the National Playground Safety Institute, and served on seven campaign committees to renew the New Jersey Green Acres

Program and Garden State Preservation Trust funding programs. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Public Policy Committee and its liaison to the Keep It Green Coalition, a 185 organization coalition advancing priorities for future GSPT funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation and new funding for New Jersey’s natural resources and park stewardship needs. Bill spends his brief recreational time hiking, biking, kayaking and attending concerts with his family and friends.

Julie Gause Julie coordinates the Chester Township Green Team, which achieved the Bronze Level of Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2010 and 2013. She has been an active member of the Chester Township Environmental Commission for 7 years. She has been instrumental in coordinating projects such as a community garden, green fair, storm drain painting, tree planting and creation of schoolyard habitat. Julie holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Maryland. A certified teacher, she taught elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland from 1986 until 2004, where she received several awards for excellence in science teaching, and served as a staff trainer and curriculum writer. She has lived in New Jersey since 2004 with her husband and three children. She currently works as a communications coordinator and social media consultant for non-profits including Creative New Jersey, and writes grants in her spare time. Julie enjoys bicycling, gardening, tech, and creating art.

Peter Maddi Peter has served on the Chester Township Environmental Commission for five years. He has been a resident of Chester Township since 1978. Peter has been married for 44 years to his wife Theresa, and they raised two daughters in Chester. Peter has served on the Chester Township Planning Board for 26 straight years, and was Chairman for 4. He has also served as member and President of the Raritan Highlands Compact. Before his retirement, Peter worked for 46 years as a mechanical design engineer for nuclear, fossil fuel, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical plants. His engineering expertise and love of

nature have been combined as he has overseen the design and construction of rain gardens, and most recently, the Chester Community Garden. Recently, Peter facilitated bringing together four municipalities for a well-attended ANJEC training workshop on Walkable/Bikeable Communities. Marykathryn Kopec Marykathryn has been a resident of Chester Township for seven years, and along with her husband, runs the law firm Law Offices of Daniel T. Kopec in Chester Borough. Marykathryn holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Government Policy, and a Masters in Environmental Law (MSEL). She worked for the NJDEP as a Watershed Ambassador where she conducted extensive stream monitoring assessments for Watershed Management Area #1. She has worked as an environmental law consultant for Bressler, Amery and Ross. Marykathryn has been on the Chester Township Environmental Commission for three years. She is also a member of the Chester Township Planning Board. Marykathryn enjoys spending time with her family enjoying outdoor recreation, and gourmet cooking.

Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Application Background Information Form & Checklist Please include page A and B of this form at the beginning of your application.

Municipality Background Information Municipality:Chester Township and Chester Borough County:Morris Population:~9500 combined Setting (urban, suburban, rural):Rural Is your town currently registered with Sustainable Jersey? (Note: All applicants must be registered with the program by date of submission. For more information on how to register, visit: http:// www.sustainablejersey.com/actions-certification/getting-started/ Does your municipality have an active Green Team? (Note: All applicant communities must have an active Green Team. To view the requirements of an active Green Team please click here, or see the Application Checklist below) Is your municipality currently Sustainable Jersey Certified? If yes, at what level? Has your municipality ever been certified in the past? If yes, when and at what level?

Yes

x

No Yes

x

No

Township is Certified Bronze Township was certified Bronze in 2010 and 2013

Did your municipality receive a Sustainable Jersey small grant in previous years? If yes, which year(s) and at what level(s)? 2010, 2011 small capacity-building grant; 2012 $10,000 small grant

Grant Application Information

Project Title

Complete Streets for Chester Township and Chester Borough

For what grant level are you applying?

$20,000

Are you applying for two grants? Yes (Another Background Information Form and Application must be completed No x separately for each grant. See Section B in application for eligibility)

Please provide a brief (2-3 sentences) description of your project.

This project will provide one of the first statewide models for implementing a Rural Complete Streets Policy. Most of New Jersey’s Complete Streets policies are in densely populated municipalities, and there are very few rural policies--perhaps none--that provide guidance on how to improve tourism, health, and safety in an area with few sidewalks. Two neighboring municipalities will work together to complete action for the entire community. Sustainable Jersey Action(s) that will be completed through grant. All $10,000 and $20,000 grants projects must relate to the completion of a Sustainable Jersey Action. Please be sure to check the “What to do” and the “What to submit” section of each action to verify the project can fulfill the action requirements. Actions that would be “innovative demonstrations projects” are also eligible and will be judged based on their ability to model or improve the current slate of Sustainable Jersey Actions. All requirements for actions can be viewed here. $2,000 Capacity-Building grants do not have to complete an action if only seeking general support funds. 1. Complete Streets Program 4. 2. (Also possibly Bicycle/Pedestrian Audit/Plan) 5. Page A

3.

6.

Sustainable

Jersey®

Small Grants Application Contacts

Primary Municipal Contact NOTE: The grant application decision and follow-up will be directed to this contact. Name Title Affiliation Address

Matthew Kass Councilman Chester Town Council 1 Parker Rd. Chester, NJ 07930

Phone Email

(201) 213-6740 [email protected]

Please list any additional municipal or Green Team contacts for the grant. Include key elected officials and any staff contacts. Name Title Phone Email Julie Gause Coordinator, Green Team, (973) 219-2157 [email protected] Chester Township Ed Ng Chair, Green Team, Chester (973) 980-3664 [email protected] Borough Carol Isemann Administrator, Chester (908) 879-5100 [email protected] Township

Fiscal Contact name and mailing address where grant check will be sent.* Name: Carol Isemann Title: Administrator, Chester Township Phone: (908) 879-5100 Email: [email protected] hip.org Mailing Address:1 Parker Rd. Chester, NJ 07930

Mayor’s Information (The mayor may be directly invited to a press conference or other speaking engagement) Name: Phone: Email:

Bill Cogger (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

Media Contact A municipal employee or affiliate that we contact for coordinating press/media events Name: Title: Phone: Email:

Carol Isemann Administrator, Chester Township (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

Additional Contact for Mayor (Secretary, assistant, aide etc.) Name: Title: Phone: Email:

Carol Isemann Township Administrator (908) 879-5100 [email protected]

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*Only New Jersey municipalities are eligible grant applicants. Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the municipality must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements. Checks will be made payable to the municipalities and sent to their fiscal agent.

Sustainable Jersey® Small Grants Application Checklist NOTE: This page is for applicant’s own reference and does not have to be submitted with the application. Background Information Form __x_ __x_

Municipality Background Information Contact Page Proposal Narrative

$10,000 and $20,000 Grants _x__ 1. Project Description _x__ 2. Project Impact _x__ 3. Grant Funding Impact _x__ 4. Budget Narrative _x__ 5. Timeline _x__ 6. Evaluation

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grants ___ 1. Project Description: Green Team’s one-year work plan ___ 2. Budget

Required Attachments $10,000 and $20,000 Grants _x__ Detailed project budget

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grants ___ Resolution of support from local governing body**

_x__ Resumes/bios of key project personnel and role(s) in ___ Signed Grantee’s Certification and Declaration Page project (Click here) _x__ Resolution of support from local governing body** _x__ Signed Grantee’s Certification and Declaration Page (Click here)

___ Documentation that you have an active Green Team† (see below)

_N/A__ Documentation that you have an active Green Team (see below)†

Documentation that you have an active Green Team† (see the Create a Green Team submission requirements here for more information). Note: If your community is currently certified, this requirement will be waived.

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1. Names, affiliations, and e-mail address (where applicable) of members serving on the Green Team

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2. Municipal government resolution, ordinance, (or a proclamation prior to March 1, 2012) that formally establishes the Green Team (See the Create a Green Team action for more info)

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3. Proclamation, letter or support from municipality, or this year’s annual reorganization minutes appointing new members to the Green Team for municipalities Green Team resolutions whose initial term has expired

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4. Summary of activities undertaken by the Green Team in the past year. If your Green Team has been recently established, submit a summary of the activities undertaken since it was established. Page C

** A resolution of support from the local governing body authorizing the grant proposal and project must be included with the proposal. This is NOT the same as the resolution needed to register for Sustainable Jersey participation or establish a Green Team. For a sample resolution of support from the local governing body authorizing the grant proposal click here. Additionally, if your Green Team resolution has expired we suggest combining a resolution reauthorizing the Green Team and authorizing the grant proposal in one resolution. †If your community is currently certified, this requirement will be waived.

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Bios Matthew Kass Matthew Kass was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, where he spent summers employed by The City’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and as a deckhand on the City Police Boat. He graduated Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration, and from Iona College with a Masters degree in Finance. He currently works in the Municipal Bond Industry, having over thirty years of experience in sales and trading. He is also a licensed insurance professional, and has taught courses as Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. as well as at Centenary College of New Jersey. Mr. Kass has been a volunteer in Chester Township in capacities including; youth sports coach, Soccer Board member, Parks advisory Committee member, and Chair. He is currently serving in his sixth year as a Councilman in Chester Township, where his responsibilities include oversight of Finance & Insurance, Board of Health, Parks and Planning Board member. Matthew has been married to his wife Carol, for 28 years. They have resided in Chester for nearly twenty years and have 2 children. Mr. Kass is an avid golfer and road cyclist. Marty Epstein Marty Epstein, a resident of Chester Township, is the owner of Marty's Reliable Cycle. Marty's is located in Morristown, Randolph and Hackettstown. Marty is a board member of the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition, a board member and co-founder of Bike Walk Morristown and the board chairman and co-founder of Sustainable Morristown. Marty is the founder and ride promotor of Gran Fondo NJ which is one of the largest bicycle rides in New Jersey. Marty has three great kids and five wonderful grandchildren.

Jerry Fried A 25-year resident of Montclair, NJ, Jerry Fried served as Mayor from 2008-2012. The Township has become a leader in sustainability initiatives and was the first municipality in New Jersey to adopt a Complete Streets policy to help make all streets accessible to all users. As Mayor, he selected Montclair's school board, chaired the Board of School Estimate, and was a member of the town's Planning Board. He currently works for the Rutgers Voorhees Transportation Center helping other municipalities and counties become more walkable and bikeable, serves on the Montclair Environmental Commission, and is a regular speaker on Complete Streets. Fried is currently a Board member of Building One NJ, a statewide organization that works to improve policies and funding for first-ring suburbs and works with Building One America on national advocacy. Fried is a founder, former president, and current Board member of Bike&Walk Montclair, which works to make Montclair a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists and has been instrumental in procuring over a million dollars in grants for safety, health, and economic development. The group's annual Tour de Montclair family bike ride attracts about 1000 participants. Fried is also a Board member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, which is a statewide leader in various social justice causes and movements. Through the congregation, he founded TrueJustice, an interfaith outreach group, in the days after 9/11. The group organized visits, discussion forums, workshops, and dinners, bringing together members of Muslim and non- Muslim congregations and groups. He has also delivered lay sermons on topics such as "Building Community Through Cycling" and "A Communion of Gifts", has taught Religious Education, mentored youth, and has chaired several committees. Before his election in 2008 he worked in the advertising industry for 27 years and helped create many award winning commercials. He has also volunteered to teach film to troubled youth and act as a youth group advisor and mentor. He is the father of 3 children, all graduates of the Montclair public schools. His wife, Karen Nielsen-Fried, is a prominent Montclair artist.

Ed Ng Ed is a California native who has lived in New Jersey for the last 30 years. Ed holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecology. He has conducted research in the California chaparral, Chilean matorral, Alaskan tundra, Central Valley sugar beet fields, Idaho potato crops, and Brazilian and Côte d'Ivoire cocoa plantations. In his 27 year career with Mars, Inc. he led teams spearheading the development and application of novel analytical processes to business problems all along the value chain. He is a trustee of the Chester Historical Society and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He is chairman of the Chester Borough Environmental & Open Space Committee. He led a combined Borough-Township team to create the Integrated Trail Ecosystem Plan for Chester in 2011/12 and the Chesters’ Community Vision in 2013/14. He is married, and has two adult daughters. Tennis, swimming, reading, theatre and hiking with his wife, and walking the dog, take up what little time is left. Bill Foelsch Bill Foelsch is currently Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Morris, a residential community of 23,000. As Director, he manages 18 municipal parks, two Olympic- size swimming pools, and a wide variety of recreation programs for the community. Prior to his service to Morris Township, he was Executive Director of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association for 26 years, managing the membership services, educational activities and public policy advocacy program of that statewide organization. He also serves as part-time Park Consultant to the municipality of Chester Township, a position he started in 1981, currently managing seven parks, 60 acres of active recreation area, and 900 acres of preserved open space. Bill also is a visiting Instructor for the Rutgers University Certified Public Works Manager program teaching a full-day workshop on park operations and risk management two times each year. Bill serves as Chair of the New Jersey Trails Council since his appointment to the Council in 1992. Bill has also served on the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association, was twice Chairman of the National Playground Safety Institute, and served on seven campaign committees to renew the New Jersey Green Acres

Program and Garden State Preservation Trust funding programs. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Public Policy Committee and its liaison to the Keep It Green Coalition, a 185 organization coalition advancing priorities for future GSPT funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation and new funding for New Jersey’s natural resources and park stewardship needs. Bill spends his brief recreational time hiking, biking, kayaking and attending concerts with his family and friends.

Julie Gause Julie coordinates the Chester Township Green Team, which achieved the Bronze Level of Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2010 and 2013. She has been an active member of the Chester Township Environmental Commission for 7 years. She has been instrumental in coordinating projects such as a community garden, green fair, storm drain painting, tree planting and creation of schoolyard habitat. Julie holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Maryland. A certified teacher, she taught elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland from 1986 until 2004, where she received several awards for excellence in science teaching, and served as a staff trainer and curriculum writer. She has lived in New Jersey since 2004 with her husband and three children. She currently works as a communications coordinator and social media consultant for non-profits including Creative New Jersey, and writes grants in her spare time. Julie enjoys bicycling, gardening, tech, and creating art.

Peter Maddi Peter has served on the Chester Township Environmental Commission for five years. He has been a resident of Chester Township since 1978. Peter has been married for 44 years to his wife Theresa, and they raised two daughters in Chester. Peter has served on the Chester Township Planning Board for 26 straight years, and was Chairman for 4. He has also served as member and President of the Raritan Highlands Compact. Before his retirement, Peter worked for 46 years as a mechanical design engineer for nuclear, fossil fuel, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical plants. His engineering expertise and love of

nature have been combined as he has overseen the design and construction of rain gardens, and most recently, the Chester Community Garden. Recently, Peter facilitated bringing together four municipalities for a well-attended ANJEC training workshop on Walkable/Bikeable Communities. Marykathryn Kopec Marykathryn has been a resident of Chester Township for seven years, and along with her husband, runs the law firm Law Offices of Daniel T. Kopec in Chester Borough. Marykathryn holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Government Policy, and a Masters in Environmental Law (MSEL). She worked for the NJDEP as a Watershed Ambassador where she conducted extensive stream monitoring assessments for Watershed Management Area #1. She has worked as an environmental law consultant for Bressler, Amery and Ross. Marykathryn has been on the Chester Township Environmental Commission for three years. She is also a member of the Chester Township Planning Board. Marykathryn enjoys spending time with her family enjoying outdoor recreation, and gourmet cooking.

Detailed Budget A $20,000 grant would pay for a Complete Streets consultant to work with the Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams on the following deliverables: • Meet

monthly with Project Team to discuss progress, results, next steps

• Study

documents including Township and Borough Master Plans, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plans, Integrated Trails Plan, and Community Visioning Statement. Work to develop comprehensive Complete Streets Plan that integrates these different documents, and is sensitive to the needs of the community.

• Write

a report detailing the recommendations for a Complete Streets Plan, including maps of where bike lanes and walking paths should be situated, and how they’d be connected to each other.

• Produce

an Implementation Plan and suggested timeline, to aid the governing body and staff in following through on the policy.

• Present

Complete Streets Plan to Chester Borough and Chester Township Planning Boards

In addition to the billable time by a consultant, Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Team members and other individuals will donate at least 100 volunteer hours towards this project.

TOWNSHIP OF CHESTER 2014- 19 Resolution of Support from the Township of Chester Authorizing the Sustainable Jersey Grant funded by PSEG WHEREAS, a sustainable community seeks to optimize quality of life for its residents by ensuring that its environmental, economic and social objectives are balanced and mutually supportive; and WHEREAS, the Township of Chester strives to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, improve working and living environments; and WHEREAS, the Township of Chester is participating in the Sustainable Jersey Program; and WHEREAS, one of the purposes of the Sustainable Jersey Program is to provide resources to municipalities to make progress on sustainability issues, and they have created a grant program called the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants funded by P S E G; THEREFORE, the Governing Body of the Township of Chester has determined that The Township of Chester should apply for the aforementioned Grant. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Governing Body of the Township of Chester, state of New Jersey, authorize the submission of the aforementioned Sustainable Jersey Grant funded by P S E G.

January 7, 2014

ATTEST:

Carol Isemann Carol Isemann Municipal Clerk

TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CHESTER





William A. Cogger William A Cogger, Mayor

Resolution adopted by Chester Township Mayor and Council at meeting held on January 7, 2014.

Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program January 2014 Chester Township Green Team and Chester Borough Green Team We are applying for $20K towards a ‘Complete Streets’ action. This project will provide one of the first statewide models for implementing a Rural Complete Streets Policy. Most of New Jersey’s Complete Streets policies are in densely populated municipalities, and there are very few rural policies--perhaps none--that provide guidance on how to improve tourism, health, and safety in an area with few sidewalks. We propose to pursue a Complete Streets action for the neighboring rural municipalities of Chester Township and Chester Borough. Contact Person: Matthew Kass, Chester Township Councilman 1. Municipality’s Background Information & Contact Form Thank you for the opportunity to apply for a Sustainable Jersey small grant for a Complete Streets action. Our work of the past few years has strategically laid the foundation for a Complete Streets initiative. Here’s a background on what we’ve been doing to prepare for this action: In 2011, members of our Green Team attended a Sustainable Jersey workshop in West Windsor about Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School, led by Charles Brown. This is where we had our first introduction to this action and became familiar with its benefits to a community, including greater safety, health, and economic vitality. In 2011, we received an ANJEC Land Use Planning Grant for developing an Integrated Trails Plan for the Chesters. With this grant, we worked with consultant Conservation Resources Inc. and conducted public workshops and surveys to think about ways to improve connectivity among Chester’s neighborhoods, open space, trails, shopping, schools, and parks. We developed an online site, ChesterTrails.org, as a public forum for sharing trails information. Our recreation director established a series of guided hikes and bike rides along these trails. This project brought together many trails enthusiasts,

professionals, bike riders, municipal officials, and others in a collaborative exercise to think about how we might make our community more walkable and bikeable. Many comments in the survey noted a need for better connectivity between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, trails, and parks. A full 87% said they would like to see more bike lanes. In June 2012, our Environmental Committees sponsored an ANJEC training workshop on bikeable/walkable communities called “Planning and Designing Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Communities.” Several other municipalities took part in this workshop, conducted by planners Susan Blickstein and Michael Dannemiller. We were educated about the elements necessary for safe infrastructure for walking and biking. Municipal representatives left the training feeling enthusiastic about moving forward with such an initiative. In 2012, we received a Sustainable Jersey small grant to do a Community Visioning project. Working with planner Banisch and Associates, we sponsored three public workshops, and conducted an extensive online survey for residents, business owners, and landlords to get input about what folks would like our community to be like in the years ahead. Over 400 respondents took part; 63% called for improvements in pedestrian safety and walkway connectivity, and 66% called for improvements in bicycle infrastructure, safety, and bike lane connectivity. In the spring of 2013, we were approached by Jerry Fried of the Voorhees Transportation Center, and former mayor of Montclair, about exploring a Complete Streets policy for Chester. Marty Epstein, a business owner, JORBA member, Chester resident, and Chester Trails contributor, suggested that we collaborate on this action. We’ve met as a group to discuss implementing this action in a rural municipality such as Chester. Jerry will be advising us about a course of action in pursuing a Complete Streets policy. 2. Proposal Narrative – 5 page maximum •

Project Description: Explain what you will do and how you will accomplish it.

Given all of the preparation detailed above, we are confident that it’s the right time to move forward with a Complete Streets initiative. In the summer of 2013, the Chester Township council passed a resolution in favor of developing a Complete Streets policy. Thus far, our work towards a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly town has been focused on thinking and visioning rather than concrete planning. We’ve built a foundation backed by survey data, and we’ve built a team of people who are committed to these improvements. This grant would allow us to move ahead. Here in Chester we have some unique challenges ahead of us in designing a workable Complete Streets infrastructure. As a community with narrow roads, old trees, and historic buildings, it’s often not an option to widen roadways to make room for adjacent bike lanes. As a popular agri-tourism destination, we have issues with gridlock fueled by seasonal waves of out-of-town visitors. In addition, there are folks who oppose the concept of kids walking to school out of a fear that our schools will lose funding that is awarded for bus ridership. Many do not want trees cut down to make way for sidewalks. Parents are concerned about kids walking on sidewalks, or biking on lanes, that are located along busy roads. To compound the problem, this year in Chester there have been three automobile accidents involving pedestrians simply trying to cross the street. We are in need of a Complete Streets consultant who thinks ‘outside the box’ and can be sensitive to community concerns and needs while conceptualizing a Complete Streets design. In Chester, we have several plans for our community; while they’re not at odds with each other, they’ll take some study to sort through and figure out how they can be interwoven for optimal success. These plans include our Master Plan, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plan, Integrated Trails Plan, and our Visioning Statement. We’d like to have professional assistance with sorting through these plans and putting together a creative and cohesive set of actions for the next decade, starting with easy-to-complete, low-cost projects that can be done immediately for a quick impact, and moving towards multi-year grander scale projects that will likely require additional funding. We’d like to begin with projects that improve existing infrastructure, and also have a list of prioritized actions to address in the years ahead. • Project Impact: Describe the impact of your project. What will be better as a result of the grant? Will your project be a model for others? Will your project lead

to more sustainability activities in your municipality or other municipalities beyond the project’s initial timeframe? This project would be an important study of how two rural municipalities can work together on a Complete Streets policy that makes the two neighboring municipalities more cohesive. Our community offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation. With over 40% of our land permanently preserved as open space, we have over 90 miles of trails for running, hiking or cross-country skiing, optimal fishing conditions, rivers for paddling, mountain biking tracks, and a robust agri-tourism industry. However, we do not have adequate access to public transportation, safe road crossings, trail connectivity, bike lanes, or adequate signage. We would like to move towards a safe, connected network of multi-modal transportation options in what is currently an automobile-centric region. Completing this project successfully would naturally lead to other actions such as supporting the local economy, as walkable places are more economically vibrant in that they entice residents to keep their dollars in town. It would lead to actions involving health and wellness by providing the infrastructure and support system for people to live a healthier lifestyle. Improvements can have social and demographic ramifications in making it easier for residents to age in their own homes and travel safely through the community. Improvements would offer an attractive lifestyle for young professionals who, as studies show, desire to live and work in a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community. In addition, it would provide great opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with local businesses, the agri-tourism industry, schools, and area health professionals. In addition, we are poised to address Sustainable Jersey’s two new actions being rolled out in 2014: Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Audit, and Bicycle and/or Pedestrian Plan. •

Grant Funding Impact: What is the impact of the Sustainable Jersey grant on the project’s success? Would it happen without these funds?

This grant would be essential in terms of taking the next steps towards becoming a Complete Streets community. We haven’t the expertise to collate existing data, plan for

improvements to infrastructure, or conceptualize the structure and design necessary for needed improvements. We haven’t the funds to pay our existing planners for this monumental a task. We’d like to turn to experts who’ve done this kind of work successfully in other communities in order to ensure for a forward-thinking and creative approach to the challenges involved. •

Budget Narrative:

o Describe how the grant funds will be spent in terms of salary, materials, contractors and services. o If the total project budget is larger than your grant request (which is allowed), what is the total budget for the project? What is the source, and certainty, of the other necessary funds to complete the project? What will happen to the Sustainable Jersey grant funds if the other funding is not secured? Budget Narrative A $20,000 grant would pay for a Complete Streets consultant to work with the Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams on the following deliverables: • Meet

monthly with Project Team to discuss plans, progress, results, next steps

• Study

documents including Township and Borough Master Plans, Highlands Plan, Parks and Recreation Plans, Integrated Trails Plan, and Community Visioning Statement. Work to develop comprehensive Complete Streets Plan that integrates these different documents, and is sensitive to the needs of the community.

• Write

a report detailing the recommendations for a Complete Streets Plan, including maps of where bike lanes and walking paths should be situated, and how they’d be connected to each other.

• Produce

an Implementation Plan and suggested timeline, to aid the governing body and staff in following through on the policy.

• Present

Complete Streets Plan to Chester Borough and Chester Township Planning Boards

In addition to the billable time by a consultant, Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Team members and other individuals will donate at least 100 volunteer hours towards this project.

o Describe all funds related to the project that are included in previous, current, and next year’s municipal budgets. At this time, we anticipate that no other funds will be involved. Timeline: What do you plan to do and when? What are the key milestones? Note: All funds must be fully expended, projects completed, and final reports submitted by September 30th, 2015. Month

Tasks

March 2014

Members of project team create RFP and send out to several Complete Streets consulting firms

April 2014

Project team interviews applicants, consults references, selects consultant

May 2014

Write contract for services with consultant; consultant sign contract

June 2014

Project Team meets with consultant to discuss project, and study existing maps and plans

July 2014

Project Team meets with consultant to study existing maps and plans, and draft list of action items

September 2014

Project team meets with planner to discuss progress, and consider a Bicycle/Pedestrian audit and plan

October 2014

Project team meets with planner to discuss progress

November 2014

Project team meets with planner to go over first draft of plan; discuss needed modifications

Month

Tasks

January 2015

Project Team meets with planner to discuss revised plan; also with members of the governing bodies and planning boards to review progress and get feedback

February 2015

Consultant makes final revisions to plan

March 2015

Project team meets with planner to go over revised plan

April -May 2015

Planner presents final plan to planning boards and governing bodies of Chester Borough and Chester Township. Resolution passed by each municipal Council to accept the Complete Streets Plan and adopt a Complete Streets Policy

June 2015

Consultant recommends grants that can help fund some of the action items in the plan; help submit the first grant on behalf of Chester Borough and Chester Township

Evaluation: How will you assess the impact of your project and what documentation will you submit to demonstrate this impact? To show we have implemented our project, we will submit the consultant’s Complete Streets report outlining recommendations for the Chester municipalities to consider for planning purposes in the years ahead, as well as any associated mapping. We will evaluate the success of our project by noting what worked well and what we could have done better, and identifying several Sustainable Jersey actions that we plan to launch as a direct result of this action. The Chester Borough and Chester Township Green Teams are grateful to Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Foundation for the opportunity to apply for this funding. We thank you for your consideration. 3. Required Attachments



Detailed Budget of the project showing salary, materials, contractor consultants and services. See examples 1 and 2 at end of application.



Resumes or bios of key project personnel and their role(s) in this project.



Resolution of support from local governing body authorizing the grant.* For a sample, click here.



Documentation that you have an active Green Team (see the Create a Green Team submission requirements here for more information. This requirement is waived for communities that are currently certified.) N/A o Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses (where available) of members serving on the Green Team. N/A

o Municipal government resolution, ordinance, or proclamation that formally established the Green Team (See the Create a Green Team action for more info). o For municipalities whose Green Team resolutions’ initial term(s) have expired, submit a Proclamation or Letter of Support from the Mayor or Council explicitly supporting the Green Team, or this year’s annual reorganization minutes appointing new members to the Green Team. N/A o Summary of activities undertaken by the Green Team in the past year. If your Green Team has been recently established, submit a summary of the activities undertaken since it was established. The Chester Township and Chester Borough Green Teams have had a very active year. We are very proud to have worked together to successfully complete a Community Visioning action. The final report for this action was submitted in January of 2014. In addition, the Chester Township Green Team spent time submitting the actions they’ve accomplished over the past three years to Sustainable Jersey for recertification. Recertification at the Bronze Level was achieved in October of 2013.

Conclusion Chester has proven itself as an effective and results-oriented grantee. Leveraged with our volunteer power and technological tools, we have made the most of our grant funds time and again. In the past few years, we’ve received grants from Sustainable Jersey, the Chester Historical Society, ANJEC, the Home Depot Foundation, the Raritan Highlands Compact/North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Garden Club of Northern NJ, and the Open Space Trust Funds of both the Borough and the Township, and we have produced impressive results every time. We will continue to deliver on our promise to provide real results in a timely fashion to our grantors. • Grantee’s Certification and Declaration signed by municipal administrator or other authorized representative (see last page of this application or click here).

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TOWNSHIP OF CHESTER 2014- 19 Resolution of Support from the Township of Chester Authorizing the Sustainable Jersey Grant funded by PSEG WHEREAS, a sustainable community seeks to optimize quality of life for its residents by ensuring that its environmental, economic and social objectives are balanced and mutually supportive; and WHEREAS, the Township of Chester strives to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, improve working and living environments; and WHEREAS, the Township of Chester is participating in the Sustainable Jersey Program; and WHEREAS, one of the purposes of the Sustainable Jersey Program is to provide resources to municipalities to make progress on sustainability issues, and they have created a grant program called the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants funded by P S E G; THEREFORE, the Governing Body of the Township of Chester has determined that The Township of Chester should apply for the aforementioned Grant. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Governing Body of the Township of Chester, state of New Jersey, authorize the submission of the aforementioned Sustainable Jersey Grant funded by P S E G.

January 7, 2014

ATTEST:

Carol Isemann Carol Isemann Municipal Clerk

TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CHESTER





William A. Cogger William A Cogger, Mayor

Resolution adopted by Chester Township Mayor and Council at meeting held on January 7, 2014.

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