Township of Palmer, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Palmer 7-12-1999 by Ord. No. 275. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 13-1 Creation of office.

The office of the Township Manager is hereby created by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Palmer of Northampton County, subject to the right of the Township, by ordinance, at any time to abolish said office.

§ 13-2 Appointment and removal.

The Board of Supervisors shall appoint by a majority vote of all members one person to fill the office of Township Manager. The person duly appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors in accordance with § 1301 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66301, as amended. The Township Manager shall be subject to removal at any time by a majority vote of all members of the Board of Supervisors. The Township Manager need not be a resident of the Township of Palmer or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of his appointment, but as soon as possible thereafter he shall become and during his tenure as Manager he shall remain a resident of the Township.

§ 13-3 Conditions, duties and responsibilities.

Conditions of employment may be unilaterally created and/or abolished by the Board of Supervisors prior to and after the employment of the Township Manager. Said conditions, duties and responsibilities may be created by motion or resolution of the Board of Supervisors and may include specific requirements contained within a written job description approved by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 13-4 Qualifications.

The Township Manager shall be chosen on the basis of his executive, administrative, and leadership qualifications and without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or past handicap or disability pursuant to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, 43 P.S. § 951, or other applicable local, state or federal law.

§ 13-5 Bond.

Prior to performing and entering upon his duties, the Township Manager shall give bond to the Township of Palmer with a bonding company as surety in such a sum as is set by resolution by the Board of Supervisors, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties, premium for said bond to be paid by the Township of Palmer.

§ 13-6 Compensation.

The Township Manager shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.

§ 13-7 General duties.

A. 
The Township Manager shall have and exercise all powers and duties assigned to a Township Manager by statute and such other authority as may be granted to the Township Manager by the Township Board of Supervisors. The Township Manager shall be charged with the enforcement of all laws and ordinances within the municipality in so far as their enforcement is within the powers of the Township, excepting however, that the Township Manager shall in no way restrict, infringe, or supplant the authority of the members of the Board of Supervisors.
[Amended 11-23-1999 by Ord. No. 278]
B. 
The Township Manager shall attend all meetings of the Board of Supervisors and all other meetings as required by the Board of Supervisors. The Township Manager shall keep the Board of Supervisors informed as to the affairs of the Township and shall recommend to the Board of Supervisors such actions necessary or expedient for the health, safety and welfare of the Township.

§ 13-8 Employees.

[Amended 11-23-1999 by Ord. No. 278]
A. 
The Township manager shall administer, supervise and be responsible for the activities of all office and clerical employees of the Township, other than such employees which may be exempted from the supervision of the Township manager by the Board of Supervisors and which are exempt from supervision by statute or law. The Township Manager shall administer, supervise and be responsible for day to day activities of all Code Enforcement Officials, including, but not limited to: Zoning Officers, Building Officials, Code Enforcement Officers, and/or any other employees so directed by the Board of Supervisors. Unless otherwise preempted by the Board of Supervisors, statute or law, the Township Manager shall have charge of all personnel of the Township including the Road Department, Water, Sewer, Parks, Planning, Recreation Personnel, and General Administration Departments. The Township Manager shall be authorized to hire and, when he shall deem it necessary for the good of the service and the Township, shall suspend or discharge all employees under his supervision provided: that persons covered by the Civil Service provisions of the Second Class Township Code shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions. Provided further: that the Manager shall report, at the next meeting thereafter of the Board of Supervisors, any action taken by authority of this section. The Township Manager shall administer, supervise and be responsible for day-to-day activities of the Police Department, including the Chief of Police.
B. 
In addition, the Township Manager shall administer, supervise, and be responsible for activities of any other Township employees who shall be assigned to his jurisdiction by ordinance or resolution of the Board of Supervisors.

§ 13-9 Planning.

The Township Manager shall be responsible for planning, initiating, supervising, completing, costing and documenting all projects and activities of all departments of the Township. The Township Manager shall maintain priorities in accordance with requirements of the Board of Supervisors and shall be responsible to the appropriate committee of the Board of Supervisors for all works and projects of these departments. The Township Manager shall insure that all activities under his jurisdiction are accomplished in a timely and orderly manner.

§ 13-10 Contracts.

The Township Manager shall examine all proposed contracts to which the Township may be a party, and may sign on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, any contract excepting where the Board of Supervisors directs that some other representative or officer shall do so. It shall be the duty of the Township Manager to see to it that all terms of any contract to which the Township is a party are fully performed by all parties thereof.

§ 13-11 Purchases.

The Township Manager shall be the general purchasing agent for the Township, and except where specific provision to the contrary is made by law or by the Board of Supervisors, the Township Manager shall make all purchases of supplies, materials and equipment authorized by the Board of Supervisors in the manner prescribed by and subject to the limitations imposed by law. No purchase shall be made or obligation incurred excepting upon authorization by the Board of Supervisors and no expense shall be incurred except for the purpose for which no prior appropriation is required by law if the amount thereof is not covered by an unexpended appropriation for the purpose.

§ 13-12 Appropriation and levies.

The Township Manager shall see that all money owed the Township is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all of the Township's claims.

§ 13-13 Accounts.

It shall be the duty of the Township Manager to keep current accounts showing all times and fiscal conditions of the Township, including the current and anticipated expenses, appropriations, cash on hand and anticipated revenue of all municipal funds and accounts.

§ 13-14 Budgeting.

It shall be the duty of the Township Manager to prepare the preliminary budget for review and final approval by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 13-15 Inventories/property.

The Township Manager shall keep a current inventory showing all real and personal property of the Township and its location and shall be responsible for the care and custody of all such property, including equipment, buildings, parks, and all other Township property, which is not by law assigned to some other officer or body for care and control.

§ 13-16 Reports and publications.

It shall be the duty of the Township Manager to see to the publication of all notices, ordinances, or other documents required by law to be published and to prepare or caused to be prepared all reports which the Township or any of the officials thereof are required by law to prepare.

§ 13-17 Records/certificates.

A. 
The Township Manager shall prepare and have custody of all municipal records required by law to be kept by the Township and not specifically delegated to some other specific Township officer and/or employee. Where the law makes it the duty of a specific officer to keep or maintain records, the Township Manager shall make available to such officer all necessary clerical assistance for the preparation of such records. And in compliance herewith, the Township Manager shall make available to the clerk stenographic or clerical assistance necessary for the preparation of the journal of Board of Supervisors proceedings, if required, and the record of ordinances and all other documents which by law the Board of Supervisors and/or the Township is required to keep; and the Township Manager shall perform similar service for the Treasurer and/or Secretary in the maintenance of bond registers and all other records or documents which by law the Treasurer/Secretary or any other employee and/or official is required to keep or prepare.
B. 
Where the law requires or provides for certification of the records or documents by any officer of the Township, the Township Manager shall cause such records or documents to be properly prepared and presented by such officer for the Township Manager's signature.

§ 13-18 Maps/plats.

The Township Manager shall cause to be kept a complete set of maps and plats showing the location of all Township utilities and/or properties, all streets and other public places and all lots or parcels of land subdivided according to law.

§ 13-19 Offices.

The Township Manager shall maintain an office in the Township Municipal Building and shall spend such time in the performance of his duties as may be required by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 13-20 Absence from the Township.

In the event that the Township Manager shall be absent from the Township or incapacitated from performing the duties of the position, the Board of Supervisors shall duly appoint such person who shall act as Township Manager during his absence or incapacity.

§ 13-21 Board of Supervisors' powers and duties.

The Board of Supervisors are hereby authorized to delegate, in writing, to the Township Manager, subject to recall by written notification at anytime, in accordance with § 1301 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66301, any of the Township Manager's nonlegislative and nonjudicial powers and duties.

§ 13-22 Compatibility with Secretary/Treasurer statutory offices.

In accordance with § 1301 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 63301, it is recognized that the office of the Township Manager is compatible with the office of Township Secretary and/or Township Treasurer, and with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, the Township Manager shall perform the duties of Township Treasurer and/or Township Secretary in accordance with the law.