Advisory Council, Committee or Boards

Community Transit Citizens Advisory Committee

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Christine Florio 973-579-0200 Ext. 1381
Meeting Dates: March 3, 2020, June 23, 2020, September 17, 2020 and December 1, 2020
Meeting Time: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: cflorio@sussex.nj.us

The purpose of the Transit Citizens Advisory Committee is to advise the Sussex County Board of Freeholders on planning, implementing and operating coordinated transportation services at the county level pursuant to the requirements of the program guidelines adopted by the New Jersey Transit Corporation under the authority of the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident.

Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC)

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Nick Kapetanakis 973-579-0200 Ext. 1287
Meeting Dates: January 13, 2020, March 9, 2020, May 11, 2020; July 13, 2020, July 13, 2020, September 14, 2020; November 9, 2020
Meeting Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: nkapetankis@sussex.nj.us

The Sussex County DSAC serves is an advisory board to the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding issues and concerns impacting county residents with disabilities and their families. The Council advocates for increased awareness, services, education and accessibility within the community.

Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC)

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Nick Kapetanakis 973-579-0200 Ext. 1287
Meeting Dates: The fourth Wednesday of every month Excluding July & August and with the exception of January, November and December which are on the 3rd Wednesday.
Meeting Time: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Building 3 at Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: nkapetankis@sussex.nj.us

HSAC members are appointed by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders to review County-level human service activities and to serve as the primary vehicle for making local recommendations to assist both Sussex County government and the New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) on the allocations, provisions, delivery systems and financing of programs designed to meet the needs of human service recipients in Sussex County.

Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse/Mental Health Board (LACADA) and
The County Alliance Steering Subcommittee (C.A.S.S.)

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Nick Loizzi 973-579-0200 Ext. 1383
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Thursday Except for July and December
Meeting Time: 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: nloizzi@sussex.nj.us

LACADA is an advisory board to the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding issues on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. This board makes recommendations on policies, fosters effective communication between service providers, professionals and consumers, facilitates the development of services and insures that consumers are aware of available education, prevention, and treatment services regarding the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

C.A.S.S. is an advisory arm of LACADA and is coordinated through the County Department of Human Services. It is composed of up to 10 members who are appointed by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Membership includes private citizens and representatives of local agencies, organizations, schools, law enforcement and government.

Mental Health Board

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Cindy Armstrong 973-579-0200 Ext. 1371
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Thursday Except for July and December
Meeting Time: 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: carmstrong@sussex.nj.us

This Board advises the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. This Board promotes access to and availability of efficient, adequate, integrated health care services for adults with serious mental illness and for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders. The Board is responsible for initiating and implementing a Mental Health Plan that will provide a framework for addressing the mental health needs of the County as identified in the Needs Assessment. The Plan shall include identification of the County mental health authorities along with their respective roles and function. The Plan shall also include specific goals, recommendations and actions steps to address the planning priorities.

Youth Services Commission

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Kristen Turtur 973-579-0200 Ext. 1379
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Wednesday (except August and December)
Meeting Time: 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: kturtur@sussex.nj.us

This is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Funding for services is received from the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission. This board advocates for an accessible, responsible, integrated and coordinated system of care for the specific needs of youth and families residing in Sussex County.

Disaster Response Crisis Counselor

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Cindy Armstrong 973-579-0200 Ext. 1371

It is best to contact Cindy Armstrong for more information. This committee involves taking classes and completing the application process.

Division of Senior Services Advisory Council

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Diane Friedberg 973-579-0200 Ext. 1222
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the first Thursday except for June and August
Meeting Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Village Café at Knoll Heights, Sparta, NJ
Email us: dfriedberg@sussex.nj.us

This is an advisory council appointed by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. It consists of representative of the target population and the general public to advise the Area Agency on Aging on all matters relating to the administration of the plan and operations.

Agriculture Development Board

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Antoinette Wasiewicz 973-579-0200 Ext. 1329
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Monday
Meeting Time: 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: awasiewicz@sussex.nj.us

Members of this Board are drawn from both the agricultural and non-agricultural communities. Their mandate is to encourage and facilitate the preservation and stewardship of Sussex County's farmland as well as to protect responsible commercial farmers by adjudicating Right-to-Farm issues.

Open Space Committee

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Antoinette Wasiewicz 973-579-0200 Ext. 1329
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the fourth Thursday
Meeting Time: 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: awasiewicz@sussex.nj.us

The Sussex County Open Space Committee consists of seven voting members who are appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The members are drawn from the agricultural, nonagricultural and business communities. The Committee oversees the use of Open Space Trust Fund dollars to acquire lands and wetlands for the protection of environmentally sensitive areas; for the preservation of scenic, cultural or historically valuable areas; and for public outdoor recreation areas.

Planning Board

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Antoinette Wasiewicz 973-579-0200 Ext. 1329
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the first Monday
Meeting Time: 4 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: awasiewicz@sussex.nj.us

The Sussex County Planning Board (SCPB) is responsible for review or approval of site plan and subdivision applications, and implementing the Sussex County Land Development Standards. They are also responsible for the adoption of a County Master Plan. The Development Review Committee of the SCPB is appointed to meet every two weeks for this purpose.

Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC)

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Antoinette Wasiewicz 973-579-0200 Ext. 1329
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Meeting Time: 7 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: awasiewicz@sussex.nj.us

The purpose of SWAC is to assist the Board of Chosen Freeholders in the development and formulation of the District Solid Waste Management Plan. The Council shall advise the Board of Chosen Freeholders on efforts to maintain the safe and orderly collection, transport and disposal of solid waste and recycling generated with the County.

Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Michelle Mezger 973-579-0200 Ext. 1310
Meeting Dates: Monthly when there is business to discuss
Meeting Time: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: mlmezger@sussex.nj.us

The Board consists of a licensed architect/engineer/building official, a licensed electrician, a licensed plumber, a certified fire official, and a certified fire protection official. Each one of these positions has an alternate member. The County Engineer, a licensed engineer, serves as the County Coordinator to the Board and must participate if the architect/engineer/building official does not. The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Second Vice-Chairperson are appointed by vote of the membership.

Water Quality Management- Policy Advisory Committee

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Antoinette Wasiewicz 973-579-0200 Ext. 1329
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the first Thursday
Meeting Time: 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Freeholder Meeting Room, First floor, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ.
Email us: awasiewicz@sussex.nj.us

The purpose of this committee is to critique and aid the staff of the Water Quality Management Program in determining the best, fairest and most practical means of dealing with water quality problems, issues and to make recommendations concerning the same to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Public participation is highly encouraged.