[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 9-24-2009 by Ord. No. 12-09. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vacancies on boards and commissions — See Ch. 5.
Land use and development — See Ch. 166.
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 21, Emergency Medical Services Finance Board, adopted 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. 25-2006, was removed from the Code at the request of the Township. The provisions of former Ch. 21 were replaced by an interlocal services agreement by and between the Township and Fire Districts No. 2 and 3.
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 123 but was renumbered in order to maintain the organization of the Code.
In order to foster the economic development needs of the Township, stimulate economic growth, both in terms of new economic development and the retention of existing commercial businesses and industries, the Township Committee hereby establishes the Hanover Township Economic Development Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred as the "EDAC." The EDAC shall be advisory in nature and provide the governing body with recommendations in addressing the economic development needs of the Township. The EDAC shall serve as a liaison between the Township's government and businesses as well as reaching out to prospective commercial businesses and industries seeking to become a member of the Hanover Township corporate community.
Upon the request of the Township Committee, the EDAC may also initiate studies to analyze the potential and rational economic development of the Township and identify those resources in attracting businesses to relocate to the Hanover Township community.
Regular membership. The Township Committee shall appoint nine regular members to the EDAC, one of whom shall be a member of the Township Committee who is serving as the Director of Planning unless the Director of Planning declines and another Township Committee member shall be appointed in his/her place. The governing body shall also appoint three ex-officio nonvoting members. The nine regular members shall be selected based on their knowledge, expertise and experience as members of the commercial and industrial business community and shall reside in, work or maintain a place of business in the Township.
[Amended 2-25-2010 by Ord. No. 5-10]
Membership composition. The regular members of the EDAC shall represent a cross section of the corporate, commercial and industrial business community including representation from the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ex-officio members. The three ex-officio nonvoting members shall consist of the Township's Business Administrator or his or her designee, the Township's Tax Assessor and the Township Committee's Liaison to the EDAC.
Alternate members. The Township Committee may supplement the regular membership with the appointment of no more than six individuals who have expressed an interest in the goals of the EDAC and who have a basic understanding of the economic needs of the Township. These individuals shall be designated as alternate EDAC members and shall not exercise a right to vote on issues except when one or more regular members are absent from a meeting. Alternate EDAC members shall be designated as Alternates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in order to determine priority of voting in lieu of regular members who are absent from meetings.
[Amended 2-25-2010 by Ord. No. 5-10]
Terms of office. Six regular members, three ex-officio nonvoting members and up to four alternate members shall serve two-year terms of office commencing January 1 and ending on December 31 of the second year, except that the Director of Planning shall only serve a one-year term of office expiring on December 31 of every year.
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 5-10, adopted 5-25-2010, which added two additional regular members and two additional alternate members, provided that the terms of office of the two new regular members and two new alternate members (see § 21-2A and D) shall be the same as set forth under § 21-2E, except that their terms shall begin with the approval of resolutions of appointment by the governing body and end on December 31, 2011.
Vacancies. In the event a regular, ex-officio or alternate member seat becomes vacant, other than by expiration of a member's term, it shall be filled for the balance of the two-year term.
To monitor the current state of the Township's economy and to explore ways to stimulate economic growth and development.
To actively promote and seek businesses which are financially sound, environmentally clean and have good growth potential.
To work in creating, maintaining and implementing a positive business climate that fosters a strong economic community by developing a strategic plan, consistent with the Township's Master Plan, which will result in sustainable business growth, the creation of more local jobs and provide new municipal tax revenue sources with minimal impact on municipal services.
To determine, where applicable, new and improved modes of transportation to reduce vehicle trips and recommend ways to initiate a more efficient transportation infrastructure as it impacts potential economic growth issues and consumer convenience.
To consult and communicate with the Township Committee, Planning Board and other Township departments concerning land use issues that may have an impact upon development in the Township as it affects economic growth issues and consumer convenience. This may also include recommendations concerning changes to land use and zoning regulations that could impact economic growth.
With the prior approval of the Township Committee, to design, produce and distribute marketing, advertising and public relations materials that promote the economic and business location advantages, land development opportunities and/or property leasing availability within the Township that make it a viable place to locate.
To identify and classify by utilizing an updated inventory list, map or visual aids all improved and unimproved commercial and industrial lands, depicting their permitted uses within the Township and, as a method of determining their current and potential tax status as a way of measuring their utility, the adaptability and potential advantages for development, redevelopment or rehabilitation.
To create an information guide to assist businesses interested in relocating to Hanover Township.
To assist the Township's Department of Administration in the research and preparation of applications for grants or funding which fosters economic development.
To perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the governing body.
To prepare biannual reports to be submitted to the Township Committee setting forth in detail its achievements and recommendations covering the preceding six months.
Other than the duties and responsibilities enumerated above, the EDAC shall not have the power to enter into contracts, create debt or take property by condemnation or eminent domain. Furthermore, no member of the EDAC shall receive or accept any fees, compensation or other goods of value from any corporation, partnership, professional firm, vendor or merchant engaging in any transactions with the EDAC.
The members of the EDAC shall annually choose from among its regular voting members a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum.
The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining correspondence, memoranda and preparing written minutes of all EDAC meetings. However, in accordance with Township policy, before any correspondence or memoranda is sent under the auspices of the EDAC, any draft letter or memoranda shall be submitted to the Business Administrator for the review and approval of the governing body.
Organization. The EDAC shall meet in January of each year to organize or reorganize, and, at that time, determine when it shall meet and how often. In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, the EDAC shall publish a notice in two local newspapers, posted on the Township's official bulletin board and filed with the Municipal Clerk. The annual notice shall contain the dates, times and locations of each meeting to be held during the forthcoming year.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.
Members and officers of the EDAC shall serve without compensation except that the Township Committee may reimburse members for incurring legitimate out-of-pocket expenses in the discharge of EDAC duties and responsibilities such as the development of presentation and marketing materials, flyers, brochures and correspondence. Members of the EDAC must first receive the approval of the Business Administrator or, in his or her absence, the Township's Chief Municipal Finance Officer before any out-of-pocket expenses (such as travel mileage) are incurred. If approved, and following such expenditure, EDAC members shall certify and complete an official Township voucher providing a full description and itemization of their expenses.
Before assuming office, each member and officer of the EDAC shall take an oath that he/she will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his/her office.
The Township Committee may appropriate such sum of money as may be determined in each year's current fund operating budget in order for the EDAC to discharge its duties and responsibilities. The EDAC shall submit a request for funding to the Business Administrator no later than January 10 of each year or earlier, if requested. Any approved out-of-pocket expenses shall be charged against the EDAC's approved calendar year budget if such budgetary appropriation is granted by the Township Committee.