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Due to public health issues arising from the coronavirus situation, many meetings are held remotely via Zoom or conference call.

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Advisory Council, Committee or Boards

Community Transit Citizens Advisory Committee

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Christine Florio 973-940-5200 Ext. 1381
Meeting Dates: March 16, 2021, June 15, 2021, September 23, 2021 and December 7, 2021
Meeting Time: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: cflorio@sussex.nj.us

The purpose of the Transit Citizens Advisory Committee is to advise the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners 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 Residents Transportation Assistance Program.

Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC)

Contact and Meeting Information
Contact: Nick Kapetanakis 973-940-5200 Ext. 1287
Meeting Dates: January 11, 2021, March 8, 2021, May 10, 2021, July 12, 2021, September 13, 2021, November 8, 2021
Meeting Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: nkapetanakis@sussex.nj.us

The Sussex County DSAC serves is an advisory board to the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners 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 973-940-5200 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 1st or 3rd Wednesday.
Meeting Time: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: nkapetanakis@sussex.nj.us

HSAC members are appointed by the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners 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 973-940-5200 Ext. 1383
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Thursday except for July and December
Meeting Time: 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: nloizzi@sussex.nj.us

LACADA is an advisory board to the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners 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 Health and Human Services. It is composed of up to 10 members who are appointed by the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners. 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 973-940-5200 Ext. 1371
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Thursday except for July and December
Meeting Time: 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: carmstrong@sussex.nj.us

This Board advises the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners. 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 973-940-5200 Ext. 1379
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the third Wednesday except for August and December
Meeting Time: 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: kturtur@sussex.nj.us

This is an advisory board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. 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 973-940-5200 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: Lorraine Hentz 973-579-0555 Ext. 1226
Meeting Dates: Monthly on the first Thursday except for June and August
Meeting Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom
Email us: lhentz@sussex.nj.us

This is an advisory council appointed by the Sussex County Board of County Commissioners. It consists of representatives 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: UberConference or Commissioner 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: UberConference or Commissioner 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 County Commissioners. 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: UberConference or Commissioner 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: UberConference or Commissioner 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 County Commissioners in the development and formulation of the District Solid Waste Management Plan. The Council shall advise the Board of County Commissioners 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: Commissioner 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: Commissioner 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 County Commissioners. Public participation is highly encouraged.