Township of Franklin, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin 3-13-1984 by Ord. No. O-4-84. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Personnel policies — See Ch. 92.

§ 32-1 Definitions.

The following words will have the meanings described wherever the same appear in this chapter, unless the context clearly denotes the contrary:
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Public Works of the township.
DIRECTOR
The Committee person of the Township Committee assigned the responsibility for the Department of Public Works and/or the Chairman of the Public Works Committee.
SUPERINTENDENT
The employee of the Department of Public Works designated by the Director, with approval of the Public Works Committee, to exercise direct supervision of a division of the Department.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Franklin in the County of Gloucester and State of New Jersey.

§ 32-2 Creation; appointment of Director.

There is hereby created and established in the township a Department of Public Works to be supervised and administered by a Director or Committee of Public Works, who will be appointed by the Township Committee for a term not to exceed one year expiring each December 31.

§ 32-3 Responsibilities.

The Department will have full responsibility for the following:
A. 
Roads, alleys and easements (township).
B. 
Maintenance of public property.
C. 
Drainage and retention ponds.
D. 
Snow removal.
E. 
Trash and garbage collection.
F. 
Gravel pits.
G. 
Recreation sites.
H. 
Department equipment.
I. 
Streetlighting.
J. 
Any other assignments or items designated or deemed necessary by the Director and/or Township Committee.
K. 
Heavy trash.
L. 
Composting.

§ 32-4 Authority of Director/Public Works Committee.

The Director/Public Works Committee will:
A. 
Have the authority to manage and direct the Superintendent and other personnel of the Department.
B. 
Be instructed, empowered and authorized to implement, alter, modify or rescind operating procedures, recordkeeping procedures and equipment maintenance schedules and other procedures designated to achieve efficiency, reduce costs and preserve the useful life of township equipment.
C. 
Have the authority to control the use, operation and allocation of all equipment of the Department and its divisions.

§ 32-5 Responsibilities of Director/Public Works Committee.

The Director/Public Works Committee will:
A. 
Cause the preparation of all operating budget requests of the Department and its division within the time specified by the Township Committee. The Director will review the operating budget requests of the Superintendent and will have authority to alter or modify such requests after consultation with the Superintendent.
B. 
Supervise the development of all bid and contract specifications for the purchase of services, products or property or the sale of services, products or property required by the Department as may be directed by the Township Committee.
C. 
Review all bids received by the township pertaining to the Department and will represent to the Township Committee, with the Township Engineer, compliance of the bidder with township and other requirements imposed by law and the responsibilities of the lowest bidder.

§ 32-6 Employees.

All employees of the Department will be screened by the Department Superintendent and then interviewed by the Director/Public Works Committee. Final appointment will be made by the Director.

§ 32-7 Responsibilities of Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall have the following responsibilities:
A. 
Evaluate work performance of personnel.
B. 
Exercise direct supervision of such personnel.
C. 
Maintain records necessary to the operations of the Department.
D. 
Submit monthly mileage and fuel consumption reports to the Director, usually by the last day of the month.
E. 
Implement work orders from the Director/Public Works Committee.
F. 
Interview and recommend for hiring applicants for work when necessary.
G. 
Provide assistance as required during heavy work assignments.

§ 32-8 Composition.

The Department shall consist of the following:
A. 
Superintendent as required by Director/Public Works Committee.
B. 
Other personnel as deemed to be needed by the Director of Public Works and the Township Committee.

§ 32-9 Term of Superintendent; termination of employees.

A. 
Superintendent of Public Works. A person holding office, position or employment as full-time Municipal Superintendent of Public Works who has held this office, position or employment continuously for five years or more shall continue to hold the office, position or employment, notwithstanding he is serving for a fixed term, during good behavior and efficiency and shall not be removed therefrom for political or other reasons, except for good cause upon written charges filed by the Municipal Clerk and after a public, fair and impartial hearing.
B. 
Termination of other Department employees may occur for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
End of term of employment (seasonal and temporaries).
(2) 
Layoff because of declining work load or budget deficiencies.
(3) 
Malingering, drunkenness, theft, willful damage to township property, excessive absenteeism, insubordination or any conduct deemed unbecoming to a township employee.
(4) 
Failure to follow orders or to otherwise fail to perform tasks as would reasonably be expected.