Township of North Brunswick, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of North Brunswick 2-6-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 8-1 Intent.

The Municipal Council desires to provide for a process whereby resolutions, reports and other business which appear to be routine and noncontroversial may be placed on a consent agenda and be considered an action without reading in full unless removed from the consent agenda at the request of any member of the governing body.

§ 8-2 Authorization.

There is hereby authorized a consent agenda for inclusion as a part of the agenda of every regularly scheduled meeting of the Municipal Council.

§ 8-3 Items which may be included.

Items which may be included in the consent agenda include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. 
Approval of minutes; payment of bill list.
B. 
Conveyances, easements, leases and agreements previously approved in principle.
C. 
Routine reports of receipts and awards of bids.
D. 
Payroll.
E. 
Awards of bingo and taxi licenses.
F. 
Refund of tax payments of less than $1,500 for the year in question.
G. 
Cancellation of tax sale certificates.
H. 
Honorary and memorial resolutions when the individual or members of the family are not present at the Municipal Council meeting.
I. 
Resolutions for permits to hold parades, sidewalk sales, solicitations and other similar matters.
J. 
Payment of outside attorney fees in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-155.
K. 
Placing of liens on property for demolition thereof or removal of a health or safety hazard.

§ 8-4 Composition of agenda.

The consent agenda shall consist of any item so designated by the Municipal Council and marked on the agenda with an asterisk. This shall not preclude the reading by title of any ordinance as permitted by law.

§ 8-5 Filing of consent items prior to meeting.

No item shall be designated on the consent agenda unless an accurate copy of the resolution, proclamation, report or other matter which is the subject of the consent item is filed with the Township Clerk at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at which the items are to be considered.

§ 8-6 Removal of items from consent agenda prior to vote.

Prior to voting upon any item on the consent agenda, the Mayor shall open the meeting to members of the Municipal Council for the sole purpose of hearing requests for removal of items from the consent agenda.

§ 8-7 Discussion of consent items.

There will be no separate discussion of items on the consent agenda unless a member of the Municipal Council so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the regular agenda.

§ 8-8 Reading of consent items.

Those items which appear on the consent agenda are not required to be read at the meeting in their entirety but may be read by description only.

§ 8-9 General statement of substance on consent items.

Once a matter is placed on the consent agenda and no member of the Municipal Council requests its removal, there will be no separate discussion of that item, but the person moving or reporting on the item may make a brief general statement of the substance of the report or general purpose of the proposed action.

§ 8-10 Voting on consent items.

Each such item requiring a vote will be voted upon by oral or roll call vote as may be required.

§ 8-11 Appearance of consent items in minutes.

All items approved or rejected on the consent agenda will appear on the Council minutes in their complete and proper form.

§ 8-12 Reading less than all of an item.

Nothing herein shall preclude the reading of less than all of an item on the agenda session of the regular business meeting of the Municipal Council of the Township of North Brunswick or authorized by law or where this has been the normal practice.