[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Alpine as § 2-5 of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor and members of Council of the borough shall constitute the Borough Council.
The Council shall hold an annual meeting on January 1 at 12:00 noon, or during the first seven days of January in any year, and such other meetings, or adjourned meetings, at such time and place as they may by resolution direct, but all regular meetings shall be held within the borough. The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings of the Council. In case of his/her neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call a special meeting at such time and place in the borough as they may designate, and in all cases of special meetings, notice shall be given to all members of the Council, in writing, left at their places of residence, or by actual contact with the members by telephone or otherwise.
Three members of Council and the Mayor or, in the absence of the Mayor, four members of Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; but a smaller number may meet and adjourn from time to time.
The Council at its annual meeting shall, by a majority vote, elect from its number a President of the Council, who shall preside at all its meetings when the Mayor does not preside. The President shall hold office for one year and until the next annual meeting, and shall have the right to debate and vote on all questions before the Council. If the Council at its annual meeting fails to elect a President, the Mayor shall appoint the President from the Council and, in that case, no confirmation by the Council shall be necessary.
If the Mayor is absent from the borough for a period of three days or for any reason is unable to act, the President of the Council shall perform all the duties of the Mayor during his/her absence or inability. The Mayor, in case of his/her intended absence from the borough for more than three days at any one time, shall so notify the President, in writing, whereupon the President shall be and become Acting Mayor from the receipt of the notice and continue to act until the Mayor's return. In case of the temporary inability of the President of Council to so act, the Council member having the longest term of service may act temporarily for the President.
The Council shall possess all the powers granted by or permissible under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
The Council shall provide rules of procedure by resolution, which rules shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this Code. Except where the Council provides otherwise by resolution, the proceedings at all meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, revised. The Borough Attorney shall be ex officio parliamentarian and shall be prepared, at the request of any member of the Council, to give his/her opinion on any question of procedure.
All regular and special meetings of the Council shall be open to the public. The Borough Attorney, the Clerk and any other borough officer or employee whose presence shall be required by resolution of the Council shall attend such meetings.
The Council may convene at any time in informal or executive session conferences for the study of municipal business or to plan for the agendas of its future meetings. No persons other than those specifically invited by the Council shall be permitted to be present at such conference.