[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Lopatcong 12-4-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Officers and employees — See Ch. 35.
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 19, Economic Development Committee, adopted 8-16-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-13, was repealed 12-27-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-45.
There is hereby established the Economic Development Advisory Committee of the Township of Lopatcong, County of Warren, State of New Jersey.
The Committee shall consist of not more than nine members and shall be a body corporate having the powers enumerated herein. In addition, there shall be two alternates to the Committee.
The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Council of the Township of Lopatcong. Each member shall be, for the last five years preceding this appointment, a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter of the State of New Jersey. One member shall be appointed for one year, two members for two years, two members for three years, two members for four years and two members for five years. Thereafter the term of each member shall be five years. In addition, two alternates shall be appointed, one for one year and one for two years. Thereafter the term of each alternate member shall be two years. Vacancies in the membership of the Committee, occurring for whatever cause, shall be promptly filled by appointment by the Mayor for the unexpired term thereof. Members shall serve for their respective terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified. No more than five members shall be from the same political party. A member of the governing body of the municipality shall not be appointed as a member of the Committee.
Each member shall be chosen with a special view to his/her qualifications and fitness for service on the Committee. He/she shall have had experience in industry or commerce and shall be conversant with the economic development needs and facilities of the Township of Lopatcong and shall be of known devotion to public service.
There shall be appointed upon said Committee, unless local conditions shall otherwise require, one representative of industry or commerce, a representative of labor, one representative of banking or insurance, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce or a local business, a representative of the service clubs of such municipality, a representative of the legal profession and a representative of a recognized real estate dealers' association.
No member, officer or employee of the Committee shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contracts for work or materials used by the Committee or in any sales, leases or agreements in connection with lands, building or other property owned or controlled by it or in any fees or compensation of any kind paid to any broker, architect, engineer, merchant or other person doing business with the Committee member in any other transaction of or with the Committee or the benefits or profits thereof.
Each member and officer of the Committee shall, before assuming office, take and subscribe an oath that he/she will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his/her office.
The Mayor shall choose annually from among the members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee a Chair and Vice Chair. The Mayor of the Township of Lopatcong shall be ex officio a member of the Committee, but he/she shall not have voting privileges.
A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum of the Committee.
The members and officers may be required to furnish bonds to the Committee to secure the faithful discharge of their duties, in form, amount and with such surety as may from time to time be required by resolution of the Council of the Township of Lopatcong.
Insofar as may be practicable, the employees and assistants required by the Committee shall be recruited from the public officers and employees of the municipality served by the Committee; the Municipal Engineer shall be the Engineer of the Committee; and the several departments of the municipal government shall be available to the Committee for the purposes of the Committee's business. Municipal employees serving the Committee shall do so without compensation, other than their regular compensation as employees of the municipality. The Committee shall, from time to time, make known to the Mayor of the Township of Lopatcong its wants in the nature of services by employees of the municipality, and the Mayor shall designate which of the municipality's employees, if any, shall render such services.
To the extent that the Committee shall deem it necessary to carry on its functions and to the extent that it shall consider the services of existing employees of the municipality insufficient for its purposes, it may employ such additional employees or services at such compensation as may be approved by resolution of the Council of the Township of Lopatcong. Its requirements in this direction shall be submitted from time to time, in writing, to the Council of the Township of Lopatcong.
The Committee shall have and maintain a suitable office where its maps, plans, documents, and records shall be kept, subject to public inspection during reasonable business hours of the Committee. If practicable, existing office facilities of the municipality served by the Committee shall be used without charge by the municipality, and the office and similar equipment of the municipality shall, wherever possible, be made available for the use of the Committee without charge.
To effectuate its purposes, the Committee hereby created shall have the following powers:
To adopt suitable bylaws for the management of its affairs. All bylaws must be approved by Township Council.
To inquire into, survey and publicize the extent, advantages and utility of the vacant land of the Township, whether municipality-owned or otherwise.
To study and analyze the various industries of the nation and, to the extent it deems necessary for its purposes, the industries and businesses of other nations, with a view to ascertaining the opportunities for the commercial expansion of the Township. In this connection, the reports, records, statistics, compendia and similar documents of existing federal, state, county, municipal and other governmental and public agencies, as well as of responsible private institutions, boards, agencies and similar bodies interested in the compilation of the information relating to industry and business, shall be resorted to, wherever possible, in order to avoid original research and gathering of source material.
To recommend to the Township Council the methods of advertising the commercial advantages and opportunities of the Township of Lopatcong in the County of Warren and the availability of real estate within the Township for commercial settlement within the Township.
To investigate the availability of state or federal grants which may be available for general community development and particularly for development of commercial and industrial enterprises within the Township.
Make such additional studies as may be desirable and necessary to attract commercial ratables to the Township and to perform such other functions as may be directed from time to time by the Township Council.
Such Committee shall recommend to Council that it make an economic survey, analyzing the present and potential possibilities of the municipality, with a view to ascertaining its commercial needs. In carrying out such a survey, the Committee shall study the needs of existing local businesses so that means may be evolved to enable them to compete more successfully with competitors in other states; and more particularly how they might successfully round out and enlarge the business within the municipality with a view to diversifying and stabilizing employment conditions. The Committee may recommend any investigation deemed necessary to enable it effectually to carry out the provisions of this chapter, and, for that purpose, the Committee may take and hear proofs and testimony and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records and documents, including public records, and its authorized agents may enter upon any lands as in its judgment may be necessary for the purpose of making surveys and examination to accomplish any purpose authorized by this chapter.
No Committee created under this chapter shall have any power of condemnation or eminent domain.
No Committee created under this chapter shall have power to pledge the credit of the municipality by which it is created or of any other municipality or of the State of New Jersey or to create any debt against or in any manner act as the agent of such municipality or of the State of New Jersey.
The Economic Development Advisory Committee shall make an annual report to the Council of the Township of Lopatcong, setting forth in detail its operations and transactions for the preceding 12 months, and shall include therein its receipts and disbursements during that period, if any. A copy of the report shall be filed in the office of the Municipal Clerk and be open to public inspection during the regular business hours of the Clerk's office.
The Economic Development Advisory Committee shall meet at least quarterly and at the call of the Chairperson.