[Adopted by Ord. No. 1119 (§ 2-1A of the 1987 Code)]
The governing body of the Borough of Highland Park shall consist of the Mayor and six Council members, each of whom shall be elected and shall serve such terms as are provided by statute.
[Amended 2-15-2011 by Ord. No. 11-1802; 3-1-2016 by Ord. No. 16-1903; 2-7-2017 by Ord. No. 17-1925; 4-4-2017 by Ord. No. 17-1936; 4-17-2018 by Ord. No. 18-1958; 2-4-2020 by Ord. No. 20-1995; 2-2-2021 by Ord. No. 21-2016]
The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the Borough Council and shall have principal responsibility for all public celebrations and events. He or she shall serve, ex officio, on all committees of Council.
The following officers shall report directly to the Mayor: Borough Administrator, Borough Attorney, Borough Auditor, Borough Engineer and Borough Planner, provided that nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prevent any of said officials from reporting to, communicating with or performing services for the Borough at the direction of the Borough Council.
The Council, at its organization meeting in January of each year, shall organize into the following standing committees, each of which shall bear primary responsibility for matters within designated areas:
Recreation and Arts. Cultural and civic activities, Arts Commission, Council on Aging, Department on Aging, Municipal Alliance, Recreation Advisory Committee, Recreation Department and Safe Walking and Cycling Committee.
Economic Development and Planning. Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Code Enforcement, County Transportation Committee, Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Screening Committee, and Main Street Liaison.
Finance. Budget preparation and monitoring, execution of annual plan, audits, capital project review, Tax Assessment and Collection, investment oversight, insurance, purchasing, Federal and State aid, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee and Ethics Board Liaison.
Health and Human Services. Board of Health, Commission for Universal Access, Community Food Pantry, HP Gives a Hoot, Housing Authority, Human Relations Commission, Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Mental Health Commission.
Public Safety. Fire Department, Police Department, First Aid Squad, Office of Emergency Management, Municipal Court, and Community Emergency Response Team.
Public Works and Public Utilities Committee. Clean Communities, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities, Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Advisory Committee, Sustainable Highland Park, and Sidewalks.
Each committee shall be chaired by a Council member and shall consist of two other Council members and such Borough officers as the Council may deem appropriate.
The Council, at its organization meeting in January of each year, shall adopt Rules of Order to govern its proceedings.