The powers of the Council are those vested by authority of statutory law as enumerated in N.J.S.A. 40A:60-6, and as provided elsewhere in this chapter and amendments thereto.
The Mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Council, which shall organize annually on January 1 or during the first seven days of January in each year.
The Council shall, at its organizational meeting, elect from its number a President of the Council. He shall hold office for one year until the next organizational election. If the Council fails to elect a President at the designated time, the Mayor shall appoint a President and no confirmation by the Council shall be necessary.
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Council in the absence of the Mayor, but he shall not lose his right of debate or vote on all questions before the Council while presiding.
Editor's Note: See case of Freinl vs Borough of Dumont, 108 N.J.L. 245, 157A 382.
If the Mayor is absent from the Borough for three days or is otherwise unable to act, the President of the Council shall perform the duties of the Mayor. The Mayor shall notify the President in writing if he intends to be absent for more than three days at any one time, and the President shall become Acting Mayor upon receipt of such notice and continue to act until the Mayor's return.
In case of the inability of the President to assume the duties of Acting Mayor, the member of the Council having the longest term of service shall act temporarily for the President.
[Amended 10-14-1980 by Ord. No. 80-14]
Regular meetings. The Council shall meet annually on January 1 or during the first seven days of January in each year. All Council meetings shall be held within the Borough. The Council shall meet regularly thereafter at least once a month at such time and place as the Council may, by resolution, direct. When the time for any regular meeting of the Council falls on a legal holiday, as prescribed by law, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day which is not a legal holiday or at such other time as the Council may designate.
Special meetings. The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings. In case of his neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call a special meeting at such time and place in the Borough as they may designate. In all cases, 48 hours' written notice of such meetings shall be given to all members. Such notice may be waived by a written waiver of notice signed by all of the Councilmen and the Mayor, or by motion duly made, seconded and adopted.
Three Councilmen and the Mayor, or, in the absence of the Mayor, four Councilmen, shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may meet and adjourn from time to time.
The vote upon every resolution or ordinance shall be taken by roll call, and the yeas and nays shall be entered on the minutes. After approval at public meetings, the official copy of the minutes of each meeting shall be countersigned by the presiding officer, either the Mayor or the Council President, and by the Clerk.
All regular and special meetings of the Council shall be open to the public. The rules of procedure to be followed and rules for the consideration of nominations submitted by the Mayor and for the conduct of other business of the Council shall be as adopted at the annual organizational meeting.