Township of Hillsborough, NJ
Somerset County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hillsborough 4-14-1981 by Ord. No. 81-6 (Ch. 14 of the 1977 Code); amended in its entirety 8-10-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-28. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Code of Ethics — See Ch. 49.
Director of Public Works — See Ch. 73, Art. XXII.
Supervisor of Public Works — See Ch. 73, Art. XXIII.
Personnel policies — See Ch. 89.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 99.

§ 43-1 Establishment.

There is hereby created and established the Department of Engineering.

§ 43-2 Duties.

The duties of the employees in said Department shall be those prescribed by statute or ordinance and by such rules or regulations as the Township Committee may from time to time by resolutions or ordinance adopt.

§ 43-3 Personnel.

There shall be a Director of Engineering, appointed by the Township Committee, directly responsible to the Township Administrator for the administration of the Department of Engineering. The personnel of the Engineering Division, all of whom shall be appointed by the Township Committee, shall consist of the Township Engineer, and the position of the Assistant Township Engineer and such additional personnel as shall from time to time be determined by the Township Committee, with the advice of the Director of Engineering and the Township Administrator.

§ 43-4 Full-time personnel; part-time personnel.

The personnel of the Department of Engineering shall be full-time Township employees, and, in addition, various personnel shall, as part of their duties, be required to appear at various meetings of the Township Committee and Township boards as required. Part-time help may be employed from time to time at the discretions of the Township Committee.

§ 43-5 Director of Engineering.

A. 
There shall be a Director of Engineering, appointed by the Township Committee, directly responsible for the administration, operation and management of the Department of Engineering, who shall report directly to the Township Administrator.
B. 
The qualifications of the Director of Engineering shall be as follows:
(1) 
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering/technology.
(2) 
Have a minimum of eight years' experience in the civil engineering field.
(3) 
Shall be a licensed professional engineer or certified through the National Institute or Certification or Engineering Technologies.
(4) 
Have a valid New Jersey driver's license.
(5) 
Have proven administrative abilities based on previous work experience.
C. 
The duties of the Director of Engineering shall be as follows:
(1) 
Supervise and administer the activities of the Engineering Department personnel.
(2) 
Recommend various personnel actions, such as hiring, promoting, demoting, disciplining and dismissing to the Township Committee.
(3) 
Keep accurate records of all transactions and work of his/her office, prepare budget recommendations for the Department and have full charge and management of the properties and equipment belonging to or assigned to the Engineering Department.
(4) 
Prepare estimates and coordinate all capital improvements, bonding ordinances and maintain an accurate updated progress of each capital improvement item.
(5) 
Review of all engineering department applications for conformance to Township ordinance and acceptability of engineering design standards.
(6) 
Communicate as required with residents, developers and individuals regarding proposed and existing projects.
(7) 
Coordinate and inspect all road work and other construction projects in the Township.
(8) 
Supervise the preparation and maintenance of all Township maps and specifications.
(9) 
Attend limited meetings as requested by the Township Committee relating to engineering issues. The use of a Township vehicle to attend meetings will be made available.
(10) 
In the absence of a separately designated individual as director, an in-house Township Engineer can be designated and also serve as Director of Engineering. If an in-house Township Engineer is hired, the existing Director of Engineering, if not licensed as a professional engineer, will automatically revert to the Assistant Township Engineer position.
(11) 
Coordinate the activities of the Consultant Township Engineer if an in-house Township Engineer is not appointed.

§ 43-6 Township Engineer.

A. 
There shall be a Township Engineer appointed by the Township Committee who may be a full-time employee or consulting engineer, who shall have charge of and shall be responsible for all municipal engineering for the Township of Hillsborough and such of its boards and commissions as shall be designated by resolution of the Township Committee from time to time.
B. 
The qualifications of the Township Engineer shall be as follows:
(1) 
He/she shall be a licensed professional engineer.
(2) 
He/she shall have a minimum of five years' experience in municipal engineering.
(3) 
He/she shall be experienced in the preparation of plans and drawings.
(4) 
Construction experience shall be helpful, although not an essential requirement.
C. 
The powers and duties of the Township Engineer shall be as follows, to:
(1) 
Review all applications for conformance to Township ordinances and acceptability of engineering design.
(2) 
Coordinate additional reviews as required and maintain a follow-up procedure on items scheduled for action by the Township Committee and the Planning Board.
(3) 
Communicate as required with developers, residents and other individuals regarding proposed and existing projects.
(4) 
Coordinate and inspect all road work and other projects in the Township.
(5) 
Supervise the preparation and maintain all Township maps, surveys and specifications.
(6) 
Establish the amounts of all construction and maintenance and performance bonds to be posted and determine when such bonds may be released or reduced.
(7) 
Report administratively to the Director of Engineering.
(8) 
Attend meetings as requires by the Director.

§ 43-7 Assistant Township Engineer.

A. 
There shall be created a position of Assistant Township Engineer who shall be under the supervision of the Township Engineer. He shall be responsible for the operation of the Engineering Division in the Township Engineer's absence.
B. 
The qualifications of the Assistant Township Engineer shall be as follows:
(1) 
He/she shall be a licensed professional engineer or certified through the National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies.
(2) 
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a college degree in civil engineering or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
(3) 
He shall have a minimum of five years' experience in municipal engineering.
(4) 
He shall be experienced in the preparation of plans and drawings.
(5) 
He shall be experienced in the construction inspection process.
(6) 
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, Township officials and the general public; ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
(7) 
Possesses a valid driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey.
C. 
The duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Township Engineer shall be as follows, under the supervision of the Township Engineer to:
(1) 
Participate in construction inspection process from time to time, to service field conditions, meet with the developers to discuss field changes and otherwise review specific problems which arise during construction.
(2) 
Assist with the review of development of applications for conformance with Township ordinances and acceptability of engineering design.
(3) 
Coordinate the preparation of engineering plans and specifications, coordinate required advertising for bids, review construction bids and make necessary recommendations based on lowest and best bids, competency of vendors and consultants, and the selection of criteria.
(4) 
Assist the Township Engineer in the project management or construction of municipal public works projects; oversee assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
(5) 
Coordinate the preparation of reviews and updates of storm drainage, street maps, data base and comprehensive plans.
(6) 
Other related functions deemed necessary and appropriate by the Township Engineer.

§ 43-8 Compensation.

All of the personnel appointed to fill the herein above described offices within the Department of Engineering shall receive such compensation as is limited by the Salary Ordinance and set forth by resolution, as both may be amended from time to time.

§ 43-9 Outside employment restricted.

The Director of the Department of Engineering and the personnel in the Department of Engineering shall not accept any outside employment and shall devote their working hours solely to the duties of their office unless the Township Committee shall by resolution otherwise provide.

§ 43-10 Prerequisites for plan review.

Neither the Township Engineer nor his staff shall review plans prior to a formal application having been made to the Planning Board.

§ 43-11 Hiring of consulting engineer.

Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the Township Committee from hiring the services of a consulting engineer when, in its judgment, it shall be required.

§ 43-12 Engineering documents to be property of Township.

All original works and documents prepared by the Township Engineer in the course of his duties shall belong to and be the property of the Township of Hillsborough. Upon his resignation or removal from office, the Township Engineer shall surrender forthwith to the Township Clerk all such original works and documents and shall also surrender all maps, surveys, plans, specifications, reports, studies and other papers in his hands belonging to the Township of Hillsborough.