[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Stanhope 6-27-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 105.
There shall be a Board of Recreation Commissioners established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:12.
[Amended 7-27-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-13; 4-23-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-04]
The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall be comprised of five members and two alternate members, who shall be designated as Alternate No. 1 and Alternate No. 2. All members shall be residents of the Borough and appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council.
Members first appointed to the Board shall serve for terms of one, two, three, four and five years. Appointments thereafter shall be for terms of five years each. The length of the terms of the alternate members shall be the same as the length of the terms of the regular members of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. If two alternates are appointed, their terms shall be staggered by the appointment of one of the alternates for an initial term that is a year less than a regular term.
Whenever a vacancy occurs among the Commissioners, the Mayor shall appoint a replacement with the advice and consent of the Council for the unexpired term only.
Commissioners shall serve without compensation.
In order to provide the funds necessary, in whole or in part, to improve, maintain and police the playgrounds or recreation places under its control, the Board of Recreation Commissioners may arrange and provide for the giving of exhibitions, plays, concerts, games and contests and may use and employ such playgrounds or recreation places for the purpose of giving thereon exhibitions, plays, concerts, games and contests.
The Board may charge and collect a reasonable admission fee for each person entering such playground or recreation place as a spectator during the time or times when the same is being used or employed for such purposes but shall not use or employ any such playground or recreation place for such purpose for a greater period than a ratio of one hour to every two hours in each day during which the playground or recreation places are utilized or not more than 16 hours in any one calendar week. When any such playground or recreation place is used for such purpose, no admission fee shall be charged or collected from children under 12 years of age.
The Board of Recreation Commissioners may charge and collect a reasonable service fee from persons using, as participants, special areas and facilities, excluding bathing at the municipal beach, which require special maintenance and the use of which is restricted to relatively few people in order to assist in the meeting of the operating costs thereof in whole or in part.
The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall have full control over all lands, playgrounds and recreation places acquired or leased under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 to 40:12-9 and may adopt suitable rules, regulations and bylaws for the use thereof and the conduct of all persons while on or using the same. Any person who violates such rules, regulations or bylaws shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person.
The custodians, supervisors and assistants appointed by the Board, while on duty and for the purpose of preserving order and the observance of the rules, regulations and bylaws of the Board, shall have all the power and authority of police officers of the respective municipalities in and for which they are severally appointed.
The Board may appoint a Secretary or Clerk and such number of custodians, supervisors and assistants for the several playgrounds and recreation places under its control as they deem necessary, and said Board may fix and determine their salaries.
The Borough Council shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum it deems sufficient for the care, custody, policing and maintenance of the playgrounds and recreation places and for the expenses of the Board of Commissioners, which sum shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.
[Added 7-26-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-07]
All Recreation Commission members, applicants to become Recreation Commission members, Recreation Commission volunteers and applicants to become Recreation Commission volunteers shall be required to submit to a background investigation conducted by the Borough of Stanhope. All initial investigations shall include such information as shall be required to conduct the investigation. The results of the background investigations shall be provided to the Borough Clerk for any further action that may be required. The cost of the background investigation shall be paid by the Borough.