[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin 8-11-1986 as Ord. No. 86-6. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is enacted to reestablish and reconstitute a local Board of Health, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3-1 et seq., to provide for the organization, rules, regulations and passage of health ordinances as a limited police power, together with the implementation of the Local Health Services Act, P.L. 1975, c. 329 (N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-1 et seq.).
Said local Board of Health may adopt rules, regulations and ordinances for its procedures and the power to enforce the same as well as the state and County regulations and statutes through the enforcing arm of the local Board of Health as hereinafter established.
The local Board of Health shall be composed of not less than five members, which said membership shall consist of, for convenience in designating the manner of appointment, the two following classes:
Class I: the three members of the Township Committee.
Class II: two members made up of citizens and residents of the municipality to be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Township Committee. Said Class II members can be officers, whether elected or appointed, and employees of the Township.
The terms of office of the Class I members shall be coincident with their terms of elected office for the Township Committee.
The members of Class II shall be appointed for a term of three years. At the time of the initial appointments of the reconstituted five-member Board, one member of the Class II membership shall be appointed for an initial two-year term and the other to a three-year term so that, in any one year subsequent to the establishment of said reconstituted Board of Health, to the greatest extent practical, no more than two members' terms expire in any one year.
If any vacancy shall occur on the local Board prior to completion of any member's term and for any reason whatsoever, said vacancy shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made for the unexpired portion of that term only. If a vacancy occurs in a Class I membership, the same shall be filled in accordance with laws pertaining to a vacancy on the governing body.
The members of the local Board of Health shall receive no compensation for their services as members of said Board.
Officers. At each and every annual reorganization meeting as hereinafter provided, said Board shall elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman from its membership, who shall serve in said capacity without compensation.
Secretary. The Board shall further appoint one of its members as a Secretary or, if the Board deems it proper and necessary, appoint a nonmember as Secretary of the local Board of Health. The duties of the Secretary shall be established by resolution of the Board of Health prior to said appointment. Said appointment shall be made by the Chairman by a majority vote of the local Board. The salary of the Secretary of the Board as hereinabove provided shall be set by the local Board of Health, which said salary shall be funded and paid by the governing body.
Health Inspectors. All Health Inspectors shall be licensed Sanitarians and licensed in their proper field by the New Jersey State Board of Health.
The local Board of Health shall, at the time of reorganization, establish a schedule of regular meetings throughout the following calendar year in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975, c. 231 (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.). Said list shall be duly advertised and published in accordance with law, and, in any event, said meetings shall be established at least bimonthly and shall precede a regularly scheduled Township Committee meeting at an hour to be set.
The local Board of Health shall reorganize annually, subsequent to the reorganization and closing of the reorganization meeting of the Township Committee.
Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chairman of the Board or any other two members or by the County and State Department of Health on due notice pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Board of Health and after proper notice in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
All rules, regulations and ordinances heretofore adopted or to be adopted and all County and state health regulations and statutes, and the providing of a program of public health services meeting the Standards of Performance pursuant to Section 13 of the Local Health Services Act, P.L. 1975, c. 329 (N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-1 et seq.), shall be implemented and enforced through the Warren County Health Department, as agent of the local Board of Health, in compliance with the Local Health Services Act, P.L. 1975, c. 329 (N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-1 et seq.), as provided by an ordinance heretofore adopted, pursuant to the Interlocal Services Act (N.J.S.A. 40:8A-1 et seq.). The Warren County Board of Health shall continue in said capacity until the within section is amended, in accordance with law pursuant to lawful withdrawal, in accordance with law pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 329, Section 12 (N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-12), provided that local officials are to provide health services and to enforce said rules, regulations, ordinances and state statutes, pursuant to lawful withdrawal.