Township of Toms River, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Dover (now Toms River) 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 3884-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adoption of Administrative Code — See Ch. 1, Art. III.

§ 76-1 Youth Advisory Council.

A. 
There is hereby created the Toms River Township Youth Advisory Council; said Council shall consist of 13 members with membership background, to the degree possible, from educational, law enforcement, legal, medical, recreational, clerical, social services and business sources, all of which members shall be residents of the Township and who shall be chosen to maximize community and parental input from the broadest possible base. The Supervisor of Youth Services shall serve as an ex officio member with the Youth Advisory Council and shall participate in meetings but shall not vote.
B. 
The purpose of the Youth Advisory Council created herein shall be to assess ongoing needs for juvenile programs, to develop policies and programs in conjunction with the Township Council and the Supervisor of Youth Services to aid and assist with the needs of Toms River Township youth; to advise the Supervisor of Youth Services and the Township Council with respect to the advisability of particular programs and policies; to act as a community resource for coordination of youth programs between private and governmental entities; to assist as necessary in the development and administration of grants received for youth programs; and to act as advocate for youth programs both within the Township of Toms River and to public and private sources of funding and support.
C. 
Seven members of the Youth Advisory Council shall be appointed by the Mayor and six members shall be appointed by the Township Council. All members shall serve for terms of three years commencing January 1 of the year of their appointment.
D. 
The Youth Advisory Council shall have the power to make, amend and repeal bylaws to the extent that the same are not inconsistent with the terms of the within section.
E. 
Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to affect the terms of office of any member of the Youth Advisory Council holding office as of the date of adoption of the within chapter, but said terms shall continue in accordance with the terms of the ordinance under which the holder of said office was appointed.

§ 76-2 Veterans Commission; membership; appointment.

[Amended 3-11-2008 by Ord. No. 4129-08]
A. 
The membership of the Veterans Commission shall be composed of a maximum of 13 members appointed annually. The Mayor shall appoint six members and the Township Council shall appoint five members. These members shall be residents of the Township of Toms River, who are veterans, or relatives of members of the armed services who lost their lives in service to the United States, as defined in this chapter.
B. 
In addition to the members denoted hereinabove, the following shall be honorary, nonvoting members whose attendance shall not be counted towards determining a quorum:
(1) 
The commanders of all veterans' organizations in Toms River Township chartered by the Congress of the United States.
(2) 
The Presidents of the Ladies Auxiliaries of all veterans' organizations in Toms River Township chartered by the Congress of the United States.
(3) 
All residents of Toms River Township who are holders of an honorable discharge from any of the military services of the United States of America.

§ 76-3 Objectives.

[Amended 3-11-2008 by Ord. No. 4129-08]
The objectives of the Veterans Commission of Toms River Township shall include but not be limited to the following:
A. 
Recommendation to the Mayor and Township Council of such measures as to promote the welfare of veterans residing in Toms River Township.
B. 
Recommendation and coordination of public patriotic celebrations.
C. 
Cooperation with county, state and federal veterans' agencies so as to provide better service to veterans who are residents of Toms River Township.

§ 76-4 Definitions.

[Amended 3-11-2008 by Ord. No. 4129-08]
For the purpose and concern of the Veterans Commission of Toms River Township, the following definitions shall be duly noted:
RELATIVES OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES
The mother, father, sister, brother, child or spouse of a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, including all Reserves and National Guard personnel attached to these branches, as well as those who serve in the Merchant Marine in time of war, who died or was declared missing in action while on active duty during time of war or armed conflict.
VETERAN
Any person who has served and was discharged under honorable conditions or is currently serving the country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, including all Reserves and National Guard personnel attached to these branches, as well as those who serve in the Merchant Marine in time of war.
VETERAN OF ANY WAR
Any veteran who served in the active military, naval or air service during a period of war.

§ 76-5 Recreation fees exemption.

A disabled veteran of any war, who is a permanent resident or taxpayer of the Township of Toms River and who is certified by appropriate federal authorities as being qualified for a permanent disability of 30% or more, shall be exempt from the payment of any fees or other charges for the use of any recreational facilities of the Township as provided for by applicable law.

§ 76-6 Attendance at meetings required.

Members are required to attend meetings of the Veterans Commission. The unexcused failure to attend three meetings in a calendar year shall cause that member to be removed without further action. The Mayor and Township Council may appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.

§ 76-7 Fund-raiser authorized.

Subject to the prior written permission of the Township Administrator, the Veterans Commission is authorized to have a car and cycle show as a fund-raiser once a year. The Township Administrator may impose whatever requirements are necessary to protect the Township's interest as a condition of approval.

§ 76-8 Registration fee for car and cycle show.

There is hereby authorized the following fee structure for the car and cycle show to be put on by the Veterans Commission:
A. 
Preregistration fee (up to 10 days prior to show): $8.
B. 
Registration the day of the show: $10.

§ 76-9 Essay contest authorized.

The Veterans Commission is authorized to have an essay contest once a year. The Veterans Commission is also authorized to solicit donations to be used as prizes in this essay contest and to defray any additional parade expenses in a manner that is consistent with the Local Budget Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq. The Township Administrator may impose whatever requirements are necessary to protect the Township's interests as condition of approval.

§ 76-10 Recreation Committee.

[Amended 8-9-2005 by Ord. No. 3961-05]
A. 
Organization. There is hereby established a Toms River Township Recreation Committee which shall consist of a number of Township officials and representatives of various organizations located within the municipality. The initial membership of the Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall consist of 20 members as set forth below. In addition, the Mayor of Toms River Township shall serve as an ex-officio member of said Committee.
B. 
Membership. The members of the Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall be as follows:
(1) 
Toms River Township Recreation Director.
(2) 
Toms River Township Director of Senior Services.
(3) 
One representative from the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Behalf of Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
(4) 
A representative from the Toms River Township Police Athletic League.
(5) 
A member of the Toms River Little League.
(6) 
A member of the Toms River East Little League.
(7) 
A member of the Toms River Basketball Association.
(8) 
A member of the Toms River Soccer Association.
(9) 
A member of the Toms River Youth Soccer Club.
(10) 
A member of the Toms River Independent Club.
(11) 
A member of the Toms River Girls Softball League.
(12) 
A member of the Toms River Angels Pop Warner League.
(13) 
A member of the Toms River Raiders Pop Warner League.
(14) 
A member of the Toms River Indians Pop Warner League.
(15) 
A member of the Toms River Black Hawks Ice Hockey Club.
(16) 
Three members of the Township Council's Parks and Recreation Subcommittee.
(17) 
A representative of the Township's Open Space Committee.
(18) 
A representative of the Toms River Regional School District.
C. 
All members of the Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall serve for the balance of the calendar year of the year of their initial appointment. Thereafter, all appointments to said Board shall be for a term of one year, expiring on December 31 of the year of appointment. With the exception of the Mayor, Council representatives, Recreation Director and Director of Senior Services, all other appointments to the Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall be made by the Township Council of the Township of Toms River, by resolution. The membership of the Committee shall select, from amongst it's members, a Chairman and Vice Chairman to serve on an annual basis.
D. 
The Township of Toms River shall include within it's municipal budget provisions for the payment of a sum of not more than $100 per meeting for a recording secretary who shall be responsible for all notices and advertisements for said meetings of the Committee and for the maintenance of the official records of said Committee, including the minutes thereof. The recording secretary shall be appointed by the Township Council. The recording secretary shall not receive any additional compensation other than as set forth herein for their service as recording secretary for the Committee.
E. 
Compensation of members. The members of the Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall not receive any compensation from the Township of Toms River nor shall they be entitled to receive any benefits from service on the Committee; however, this provision shall not preclude any Township employee who serves on the Commission from receiving whatever salary and/or benefits they are entitled to pursuant to their position of employment with the municipality.
F. 
Powers. The Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall meet at least monthly and shall provide a written report on at least an annual basis to the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Toms River detailing the Committee's actions for the preceding year and recommendations for the next calendar year. In addition thereto, minutes of each monthly meeting shall be prepared by the Committee's Secretary and provided to both the Mayor and Council. The Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall be responsible for:
(1) 
Reviewing all existing land owned by any public entity within the municipality to determine their continued and/or future use as recreation facilities for the municipality.
(2) 
Review any and all lands which are privately owned within the municipality which may be, in the future, utilized for either active and/or passive recreation programs for the residents of Toms River Township.
(3) 
Review and/or recommend such lands, buildings or other improvements which may be utilized in the future for the development and/or use for active and/or passive recreation facilities by the municipality or by way of interlocal or other agreements with the Toms River Regional School District, the County of Ocean or the State of New Jersey.
(4) 
Review, assess and recommend to the municipality such plans, activities or other programs which might be offered by the municipality to the residents of the community in the future based upon the amount of participation and/or need therefore. The Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall make such other recommendations as it deems in the best interest of the community for the provision and expansion of recreational opportunities for all residents of the municipality.
G. 
Limitation on powers.
(1) 
The Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall not have the authority to buy, sell, lease or otherwise acquire and/or convey any real property or improvements thereon.
(2) 
The Toms River Township Recreation Committee shall not have the authority to borrow, bond for or otherwise incur any indebtedness on behalf of the Committee or the Township of Toms River. The Committee shall not have the authority to enter into any contracts or to hire or retain any person or company or corporation.
H. 
Additional members. The Township Council of the Township of Toms River may, consistent with the intent and purpose of this section, appoint up to five additional members by resolution. It is the intent of this provision to allow the appointment of other individuals, selected from the community at large and also to permit the appointment of representatives from other organizations serving the municipality as their number of participants expands in the future.
I. 
Vacancies. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only, and the new appointee shall be appointed from amongst the members of the organization which the prior appointee had represented on the Committee.
J. 
Recording secretary; miscellaneous expenses. The governing body shall make a provision in it's budget an to appropriate funds for the expenses of a recording secretary and such miscellaneous expenses as may be necessary for postage, mailings and/or advertisements.

§ 76-11 Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities.

[Added 12-27-2005 by Ord. No. 3981-05]
There is hereby established the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities (hereinafter "Committee") which shall serve for the purpose of advising the Mayor and Township Council and making recommendation on ordinances and policies which concern and are of interest to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The Committee shall also serve to advise the Mayor and Township Council as to prospective and appropriate procedures to provide advocacy on behalf of person with developmental disabilities in the community. The Committee shall further provide information and referral resources to members of our community who are in need of special services and education; specialized governmental services in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and related developmental encouraging techniques; specialized equipment, including, but not limited to, walkers, wheelchairs and similar apparatus; health care, transportation, employment, education, recreation, public safety and housing. The Committee shall be comprised of no more than 25 members consisting of one representative of each of the following organizations: Toms River Regional School District, the ARC of Ocean County, 21 Plus, Childrens' Specialized Hospital Toms River, Community Medical Center, Epilepsy Foundation, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on ADA Compliance, and the Ocean County Health Department. The balance of the membership shall consist of adults with developmental disabilities, family members of persons with developmental disabilities and/or individuals with expertise in the field. Members of the Committee need not be residents of Toms River Township. All Class II members, except organizations, of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice of the Township Council. The Chairperson shall be elected at the first meeting of the calendar year by a majority of Committee members present at the time of the election. The Mayor or his or her designee and one Township Council member shall serve as co-liaisons to this Committee as nonvoting members. The term for all members of the Committee shall be for one year commencing on January 1 and ending on December 31.

§ 76-12 Mayor's Advisory Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance.

[Added 2-27-2007 by Ord. No. 4069-07]
A. 
The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance (hereinafter referred to as “Committee”) shall serve for the purpose of advising the Mayor and Township Council and making recommendations on ordinances and policies which concern and are of interest to persons with disabilities and their families. The Committee shall also serve to advise the Mayor and Township Council as to the concerns of the disabled persons, barrier-free facilities, employment practices and the like and general and specific compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and any appropriate legislation dealing with the subject matter hereof. The Committee shall also serve to advise the Mayor and Township Council as to prospective and appropriate procedures to provide advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities in the community. The Committee shall further provide information and referral resources to members of our community who are in need of services.
B. 
The Committee shall meet at least quarterly. The Chairperson shall be elected at the first meeting of the calendar year by a majority of Committee members present at the time of the election. The Mayor and/or his or her designee shall serve as co-liaisons to this Committee as nonvoting members. The term for all members of the Committee shall be for one year commencing on January 1 and ending on December 31.

§ 76-13 Reservoir Advisory Committee.

[Added 9-11-2007 by Ord. No. 4104-07]
A. 
Organization. There is hereby established a Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee which shall consist of a number of Township officials and public members residing within the municipality. The initial membership of the Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall consist of 17 members as set forth below. The Mayor of Toms River Township shall serve as an ex-officio member of said Committee.
B. 
Membership. The members of the Toms River Township Reservoir Committee shall be as follows:
(1) 
The Mayor or his designee.
(2) 
Two members of the Council.
(3) 
One member of the Environmental Commission.
(4) 
One member of the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority.
(5) 
One member of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Childhood Cancer Cluster.
(6) 
One member of the Recreation Committee.
(7) 
One representative of the Engineering Department.
(8) 
One representative of the Toms River Recreation Department.
(9) 
One member from the Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau.
(10) 
Six citizens-at-large of the Township of Toms River.
(11) 
One member on the Township Planning Board.
C. 
All members of the Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall serve for the balance of the calendar year of the year of their initial appointment. Thereafter, all appointments to said Board shall be for a term of one year, expiring on December 31 of the year of appointment. The Mayor shall appoint his designee, the respective members from the Environmental Commission, the Engineering Department, Recreation Department, and a member of the Township Planning Board. All other appointments shall be made by the Township Council. The Township Council shall appoint a Chairman and Vice Chairman from the six citizens-at-large to serve on an annual basis.
D. 
The Township of Toms River shall include within its municipal budget provisions for the payment of a sum of not more than $100 per meeting for a recording secretary who shall be responsible for all notices and advertisements for said meetings of the Committee and for the maintenance of the official records of said Committee, including the minutes thereof. The recording secretary shall be appointed by the Township Council. The recording secretary shall not receive any additional compensation other than as set forth herein for his or her service as recording secretary for the Committee.
E. 
Compensation of members. The members of the Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall not receive any compensation from the Township of Toms River nor shall they be entitled to receive any benefits from service on the Committee; however, this provision shall not preclude any Township employee who serves on the Commission from receiving whatever salary and/or benefits he or she is entitled to pursuant to his or her position of employment with the municipality.
F. 
Powers. The Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall meet as often as necessary but at least quarterly and shall provide a written report on at least an annual basis to the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Toms River detailing the Committee's actions for the preceding year and recommendations for the next calendar year. In addition thereto, minutes of each monthly meeting shall be prepared by the Committee's Secretary and provided to both the Mayor and Council. The Toms River Township Reservoir Committee shall be responsible for:
(1) 
Reviewing all existing land publicly and privately owned within the municipality which may be, in the future, utilized as a reservoir for the residents of Toms River Township.
(2) 
Obtain information on the economic, legal, and engineering feasibility of the locating, creation and maintenance of a reservoir within the municipality.
(3) 
Review and/or recommend such lands, buildings or other improvements which may be utilized in the future for the development and/or use for a reservoir by the municipality or by way of interlocal or other agreements with other municipalities, the County of Ocean or the State of New Jersey or any utility company.
(4) 
Review, assess and determine the potential costs which would be incurred by the municipality in creating a reservoir and the potential revenue which would be generated therefrom.
(5) 
Make a final report to the Mayor and Council as to whether the municipality should pursue the establishment of a reservoir and, if so, when.
G. 
Limitation on powers.
(1) 
The Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall not have the authority to buy, sell, lease or otherwise acquire and/or convey any real property or improvements thereon.
(2) 
The Toms River Township Reservoir Advisory Committee shall not have the authority to borrow, bond for or otherwise incur any indebtedness on behalf of the Committee or the Township of Toms River. The Committee shall not have the authority to enter into any contracts or to hire or retain any person or company or corporation.
H. 
Additional members. The Township Council of the Township of Toms River may, consistent with the intent and purpose of this section, appoint up to five additional members by resolution. It is the intent of this provision to allow the appointment of other individuals, selected from the community at large, and also to permit the appointment of representatives from other organizations serving the municipality as their number of participants expands in the future.
I. 
Vacancies. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only.
J. 
Recording secretary; miscellaneous expenses. The governing body shall make a provision in its budget for appropriate funds for the expenses of a recording secretary and such miscellaneous expenses as may be necessary for postage, mailings and/or advertisements.