[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76 as Ch. 23 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby organized in the City a local Board of Health, pursuant to an Act of Legislature of the state entitled "An Act to Establish in This State, Boards of Health and a Bureau of Vital Statistics and to Define Their Respective Powers and Duties," approved March 31, 1887, to consist of six members who shall receive their appointment from and be subject to removal by the City Council, to be known and called by the name of the "Board of Health of the City of Woodbury."
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 26:3-1 et seq.
At the next regular meeting of the City Council after this chapter shall take effect, there shall be appointed by the Council six persons, residents of the City, to be members of such Board of Health, two of whom shall be appointed for one year, two for two years and two for three years, and annually thereafter there shall be appointed two members for the term of three years, such term to commence on the date of the annual organization meeting of the Council.
In case of the death, resignation, disqualification or removal of, or the neglect or refusal to perform the duties incumbent upon them by, any or all of the members of the Board of Health, the Council shall fill such place or places by new appointments for the unexpired term.
[Amended 2-14-2005 by Ord. No. 1984-05]
The regular meetings of the Board of Health shall be held on the third Monday of January and September at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or by any three members requesting the Secretary, in writing, so to do. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Officers generally. The officers of the Board of Health shall consist of a President, Secretary, Health Officer, Plumbing Subcode Official, Registrar of Vital Statistics, Subregistrar of Vital Statistics, Physician and Solicitor, to be elected annually on the Monday next succeeding the annual meeting of the City Council, and shall hold office for one year or until their successors are chosen. The Secretary and Registrar of Vital Statistics may be one and the same person. The Secretary and the Registrar may be elected from the members constituting the Board, but the Health Officer, Plumbing Subcode Official, Physician and Solicitor shall not be elected from the members of the Board.
President. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Board and appoint all committees unless the Board or law shall order otherwise. In case of the absence of the President, the Board shall choose a President Pro Tem. During the intervals between the meetings of the Board, the President shall have the power to grant permits, make orders for the execution of the ordinances of the Board, suspend the execution of permits and orders, order inspections of premises and fully represent the Board.
Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the Board, preserve its books and papers, conduct its correspondence and perform all duties required by the ordinances of the Board and the laws of the state. The salary of the Secretary shall be fixed by the Board.
Health Officer. The Board of Health shall designate a Health Officer. The Health Officer shall devote all necessary time for making all diligent inquiries and investigations concerning the public health of the inhabitants of the City. For this purpose he or she shall examine into the healthfulness of every dwelling and building and property in the City by entering upon and going within the premises as often as it may seem needful to learn the sanitary condition of such dwelling, building or premises. He or she shall have the management of all cases coming under this chapter relating to contagious diseases, subject to the direction of the Board. The Health Officer shall make a report to the Board at least once a month and definitely state what services he or she has performed, the number of premises he or she has inspected and also what facts have come to his or her knowledge concerning the sanitary condition of the City. He or she shall report all nuisances and violations of this chapter and other ordinances of the Board as well as any law of the City or state relating to the healthfulness of the inhabitants, of which he or she may have information. During the intervals between the meetings of the Board he or she shall report such information and other matters of importance to the President and Secretary of the Board. The Health Officer shall also perform such other duties pertaining to his or her office as may be required of him or her by the Board, for all of which services the Board shall determine his or her compensation. The Health Officer shall at all times when on his or her official duties wear a badge which shall be furnished by the Board.
Registrar of Vital Statistics. The Registrar of Vital Statistics shall supply blank forms and certificates to such persons as require them. He or she shall carefully examine each certificate of birth or death when presented for record in order to ascertain whether or not it has been made out in accordance with the provisions of the statute in such case made and provided and the instructions of the State Registrar. He or she shall have the power to withhold burial or removal permits when the same are defective or incomplete until such time as they are corrected. In addition to the duties prescribed in this chapter, he or she shall have power to do any and all things which are prescribed in N.J.S.A. 26:8-25. The office of City Clerk/Administrator is designated as the Registrar of Vital Statistics, and the Police Department is designated as the Subregistrar of Vital Statistics.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
Physician. The Physician shall render professional advice in matters affecting the public health and may issue certificates as to the public health of the City when required.
Solicitor. The Solicitor shall draft all bonds, contracts and other papers which by law or usage the expense of drawing would be that of the Board. He or she shall commence and prosecute all suits or actions brought or to be brought on behalf of the Board and defend all actions and suits brought or to be brought against the Board whereby any of the estates, rights, privileges, ordinances or acts of the Board or any part thereof may be brought in question before any court in the state and shall draw ordinances on any subject submitted to him or her by the Board and perform all and every professional act incident to his or her office.
At the annual meeting in each year the President shall appoint the following standing committees to consist of three members each:
Sanitary Committee. To this Committee shall be referred all subjects of a scientific or medical nature, and such Committee shall supervise the vital statistics.
Finance Committee. This Committee shall audit all bills and accounts and shall prepare a proposed budget of the Board of Health for submission to the Board no later than November 1 of each year.
Law and Ordinance Committee. To this Committee shall be referred all subjects of law, ordinances and regulations.
Any person feeling aggrieved at the official action of the Board or any of its members or appointees shall be entitled to a hearing at any regular meeting of the Board.
No expense other than the salaries of officers and the fees of the Solicitor shall be incurred by any member or officer without an order from the Board, except in cases of emergencies.
No ordinance or code shall be passed to second reading at the time which it is introduced without the assent of three members, nor finally passed except by a majority of the whole Board.
All complaints of nuisances or any other communications to the Board shall be made in writing addressed to the Secretary and signed by the person making the same.
Editor's Note: Original § 23-9, regarding amendments to rules, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05.