[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Old Tappan 5-26-1975 as Sec. 2-4 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor and Councilmen of the borough shall constitute the Borough Council.
The Council shall hold an annual meeting on January 1, at 12:00 noon, or during the first seven days of January in any year, and such other meetings or adjourned meetings at such time and place as it may by resolution direct, but all regular meetings shall be held within the borough. The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings of the Council; in case of his neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call such meeting at such time and place in the borough as they may designate, and in all cases of special meetings, written notice shall be given to all the members of the Council left at their places of residence, or by actual contact with the members by telephone or otherwise.
Three Councilmen and the Mayor or, in the absence of the Mayor, four Councilmen, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a smaller number may meet and adjourn from time to time.
The Council at its annual meeting shall, by the vote of a majority of the Council, elect from its number a President of the Council, who shall preside at all its meetings when the Mayor does not preside. He shall hold office for one year and until the next annual meeting. He shall have the right to debate and vote on all questions before the Council. If the Council at its annual meeting fails to elect a President, the Mayor shall appoint the President from the Council, and in that case no confirmation by the Council shall be necessary.
If the Mayor is absent from the borough for a period of three days or for any reason is unable to act, the President of the Council shall perform all the duties of the Mayor during such absence or inability. In case of his intended absence from the borough for more than three days at any one time, the Mayor shall notify the President in writing of the intended absence, whereupon the President shall be and become acting Mayor from the receipt of the notice and continue to act until the Mayor's return. In case of the temporary inability of the President of Council to so act, the member of Council having the longest term of service may act temporarily for the President of Council.
The Council shall possess all the powers granted by or permissible under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
The Council shall provide rules of procedure by resolution. These rules shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter. Except where the Council provides otherwise by resolution, the proceedings at all meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, revised. The Borough Attorney shall be ex officio parliamentarian and shall be prepared, at the request of any member of the Council, to give his opinion on any question of procedure.
All regular and special meetings of the Council shall be open to the public. The Borough Attorney, the Clerk, and any other borough officer or employee whose presence is required by resolution of the Council shall attend such meetings.
The Council may convene at any time in informal conference for the study of municipal business or to plan for the agendas of its future meetings. No persons other than those specifically invited by the Council to attend shall be permitted to be present at such conference.