Town of Clinton, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton 12-27-1990 by Ord. No. 90-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration — See Ch. 4.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 56.
Unfit dwellings — See Ch. 68.
Housing standards — See Ch. 84.
Land use — See Ch. 88.

§ 12-1 Establishment.

There is hereby established in the Town of Clinton a Historic Preservation Commission to promote the conservation of historic areas and to promote a preservation of cultural, social and architectural history.

§ 12-2 Appointment of members; terms.

[Amended 3-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-04]
The Commission shall be comprised of seven regular members and two alternate members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor to serve without compensation. The term of appointment shall be three years. The terms of the initial appointments shall not exceed three years and shall be staggered; thereafter, the regular members shall be appointed for three-year terms. Commission members on the Planning Board or on the Zoning Board shall hold office on the Commission for the term of membership on the respective board, but in no event shall such term exceed three years. A vacancy in the term of any regular or alternate member occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only.

§ 12-3 Responsibilities.

The Historic Preservation Commission shall have the responsibility to:
A. 
Prepare a survey of historic sites.
B. 
Coordinate with the Land Use Board as appropriate on historic sites.
[Amended 12-10-2013 by Ord. No. 13-20]
C. 
Work with individuals, groups and other political entities to further historic interests.
D. 
Study the advisability of historical districts within the town.
E. 
Carry out such other advisory, educational and informational functions as will promote historic preservation in Clinton.
F. 
Establish a home for historic artifacts and provide leadership in the community for the collection, display of and enjoyment of historic memorabilia and events.

§ 12-4 Membership.

[Added 3-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-04]
A. 
The membership of the Commission shall include at least one regular member of each of the following classes:
(1) 
Class A: a person who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside the municipality; and
(2) 
Class B: a person who is knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside the municipality.
B. 
Of the regular members, a total of at least one less than a majority shall be of Classes A and B.
C. 
The remaining regular members and alternate members shall be designated as Class C members who shall hold no other municipal office, position or employment except for membership on the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment, as provided in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107. The alternate members shall be identified as Alternate 1 and Alternate 2, at the time of appointment.

§ 12-5 Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary.

[Added 3-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-04]
A. 
At the beginning of each year, the Historic Preservation Commissioners shall designate members of the Commission to serve as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for the Commission and shall select a Secretary, who may or may not be a member of the Commission or a municipal employee.
B. 
The Chairperson shall preside at meetings and shall decide all points of order and procedure. The Vice Chairperson shall act as Chairperson in the latter's absence. All powers of the Chairperson shall equally apply to the Vice Chairperson when the Vice Chairperson is acting as Chairperson in the latter's absence.

§ 12-6 Finances.

[Added 3-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-04]
A. 
The Mayor and Council shall make provision in its budget and appropriate funds for the Historic Preservation Commission, which shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.
B. 
The Chief Financial Officer shall oversee all expenditures and purchases of the Historic Preservation Commission. The Chief Financial Officer shall keep track of all expenditures and revenues for the Historic Preservation Commission during the course of the budget year so that its expenditures are consistent with budgeted amounts and all revenues are accounted for.
C. 
Expenditures of the Historic Preservation Commission are limited by its annual appropriation as approved by the Mayor and Council, and such funds it has from fees collected.
D. 
All monies received by the Historic Preservation Commission shall be paid over to the Town Chief Financial Officer to be deposited and appropriated in accordance with all local government finance laws.