Township of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 7-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-7.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 130.
Youth sports — See Ch. 169.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 37, Parks and Recreation Committee, adopted 3-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-1, as amended.

§ 37-1 Establishment.

A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Chester two separate Committees, which are:
(1) 
Parks Committee; and
(2) 
Recreation Committee.

§ 37-2 Parks Committee.

A. 
The Parks Committee members shall be appointed by the Mayor, with advice and consent of the Council. The members of any subcommittees of the Parks Committee shall be appointed by the Parks Committee.
B. 
The Parks Committee shall consist of up to nine members.
C. 
The Parks Committee members shall select a Chairperson by a majority vote of the membership of the Parks Committee. The Chairperson shall serve as Chair for a term of two years.
D. 
Each member of the Parks Committee shall serve for a term of three years. Any vacancies to the Parks Committee shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor, with advice and consent of the Council for the remaining unexpired terms of such vacancies.
E. 
No member of the Parks Committee shall receive any compensation for serving on the Parks Committee or any subcommittee.
F. 
The Parks Committee shall have full control, supervision and scheduling of all events held at Chester Township's parks, playgrounds, playfields, and other recreation and leisure areas ("facilities") owned or controlled by Chester Township.
G. 
The Parks Committee, with the consent of the Mayor and Council, may charge and collect fees for the usage of such facilities. All fees are to be approved by the Mayor and Council. The Parks Committee by majority vote of the members of the Parks Committee may waive or reduce such usage fees, for good cause.
H. 
A subcommittee of the Parks Committee shall be the "Concession Stand Committee," which shall be responsible for the operation and supervision of the Concession Stand. The members of the subcommittee shall be appointed by the Parks Committee.
I. 
One member of the Parks Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor to also serve as a member of the Recreation Committee.

§ 37-3 Recreation Committee.

A. 
The Recreation Committee members shall be appointed by the Mayor, with advice and consent of the Council. The members of any subcommittees of the Recreation Committee shall be appointed by the Recreation Committee.
B. 
The Recreation Committee shall consist of up to 12 members.
C. 
The Recreation Committee shall select a Chairperson by a majority vote of the membership of the Recreation Committee. The Chairperson shall serve as Chair for a term of two years.
D. 
Each member of the Recreation Committee shall serve for a term of three years. Any vacancies to the Recreation Committee shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor, with advice and consent of the Council for the remaining unexpired terms of such vacancies.
E. 
No member of the Recreation Committee shall receive any compensation for serving on the Recreation Committee or any subcommittee.
F. 
The Recreation Committee shall be responsible for all Chester Township recreation activities. It shall conduct and oversee forms of recreation and/or cultural activities for the residents of Chester Township. The Recreation Committee may conduct such activities on properties under the control and/or ownership of Chester Township, as well as on private properties. The Recreation Committee may charge and collect reasonable fees for such activities.

§ 37-4 Rules.

The Parks Committee and the Recreation Committee may adopt rules as may be necessary. The Parks Committee shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations for the proper conduct of public recreation for the Township, consistent with Chapter 130, Parks and Playgrounds, of the Township's Code. All rules and regulations are subject to the prior approval of the Mayor and Council. All participants shall adhere to all rules and regulations promulgated by the Committees.

§ 37-5 Appointments and subcommittees.

The Parks Committee and Recreation Committee shall each have the power to create subcommittees, and to appoint supervisors and assistants.

§ 37-6 Acquisition of property.

The Parks Committee may recommend to the Mayor and Council lands for acquisition for use as public playgrounds and recreation places.

§ 37-7 Annual appropriations.

The Mayor and Council will appropriate sums which, in their opinion, are satisfactory for the Parks Committee and Recreation Committee to enable each Committee to pay its expenses. Each Committee may also solicit or receive any gifts or bequests of money, other personal property or any donation, to be applied toward temporary or permanent use of parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities. All monies received by each Committee shall be paid over to the municipal treasurer and shall be kept in a special fund dedicated for park and recreational facilities.