[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro 2-1-2005 by Ord. No. 01.05. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Amusements and sports — See Ch. 8.
Bingo and raffles — See Ch. 16.
Parks, playgrounds and recreational areas — See Ch. 45A.
Editor's Note: Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 58, Recreation Commissioners, Board of, adopted 4-7-1970 by Ord. No. 518.
There is hereby established in the Borough of Paulsboro a Recreation Committee, which shall have the duties and powers set forth herein more particularly, and the members of which shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
The Recreation Committee shall be composed of nine members and two alternate members, who shall be citizens and residents of the Borough of Paulsboro. Such members and alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of Council to serve three-year terms; provided, however, that the initial appointments shall be made in the following manner: two members for initial one-year terms, two members for initial two-year terms, three members for initial three-year terms, one alternate for an initial one-year term, and one alternate for an initial two-year term, which seven members and two alternates were established pursuant to Ord. No. O.3.05 and initially filled on March 1, 2005. Ord. No. O-01-06 established two additional members whose initial appointments shall be made in the following manner: one member for an initial one-year term and one member for an initial three-year term. After the conclusion of the initial terms as herein provided, all terms shall be for three years. The Mayor and Council shall designate the alternate members as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." At meetings of the Recreation Committee, alternate members shall be permitted to participate in discussion of the proceedings but shall not be permitted to vote except in the absence or disqualification of one or more regular members, in which event, alternate members shall be permitted to vote in lieu of such absent or disqualified regular members in the order of numerical designation of such alternate members.
[Amended 3-1-2005 by Ord. No. 03.05; 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 01.06]
Communications between the Committee and the Borough shall take place between the Committee Chairperson and the Borough Administrator on behalf of the respective bodies. Except as prohibited by law, the Administrator shall act on behalf of the Borough concerning issues of the Recreation Committee. Further, the Committee Chairperson shall from time to time report to the Borough Council in writing. The report shall be submitted to the Borough Administrator for dissemination to the Borough Council.
[Amended 3-1-2005 by Ord. No. 03.05; 6-7-2006 by Ord. No. 08.06]
All appointments shall expire on December 31. Initial appointments as above provided shall be made for the balance of the one-, two- or three-year term designated, ending on December 31 of the applicable year.
Vacancies shall be filled by the Mayor with the consent of Council for the unexpired term only. The members shall serve until their respective successors are appointed, found qualified, and take office.
The Mayor and Council shall cooperate with the Recreation Committee to coordinate and provide equipment for recreational activities, as well as to coordinate the development, operation, and maintenance of parks, public places, playgrounds, and recreational areas, in the Borough of Paulsboro, in order to provide for the maximum benefit and planned development for the residents of the Borough.
The Borough shall continue to be responsible for the care, custody, and policing of any such parks, public places, playgrounds and recreational areas, which, from time to time, may be placed under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Committee, unless such responsibilities or any others shall be specifically assigned in any such resolution.
The Recreation Committee shall not be deemed to be a park or recreation commission pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., but shall have only those powers and duties as set forth herein or as may be more particularly provided by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
There shall be no appropriation of public funds to the Recreation Committee, except as may be provided by the Mayor and Council for designated purposes consistent with the intent of this chapter. The Recreation Committee shall recommend to the Mayor and Council proposals, from time to time, as may be consistent herewith.
The Mayor and Council shall obtain liability insurance coverage covering the approved activities under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Committee, the participants in those activities, the Borough and individual members of the Recreation Committee.
Neither the Recreation Committee nor any member or members thereof shall have any power or right, express or implied, to bind or obligate the Borough or the Mayor and Council, directly or indirectly.
The primary purpose of the Recreation Committee shall be to:
Assist in providing equipment as needed to programs concerned with the recreation of the residents of the Borough of Paulsboro.
Provide recommendations for the orderly development of parks or other public lands in the Borough.
Cooperate with the Gloucester County Department of Parks and Recreation in coordinating and advising on activities to be held on County-owned recreational land should such aid be requested by the Gloucester County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Suggest improvements needed for orderly development and to undertake such improvements as it is authorized to carry out pursuant to this chapter or hereafter by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
Operate and maintain such parks or other public lands over which it is given jurisdiction in any resolution of the Mayor and Council and shall do so pursuant to any standards set forth in any such resolution.
Handle other specific programs which may be assigned or authorized by the Mayor and Council, by resolution from time to time, in accordance with the general purposes of the Recreation Committee and the provisions of this chapter and subject to the limitations contained herein.
The Recreation Committee shall not act in any manner which would cause a forfeiture of any lands of the Borough of Paulsboro. The Mayor and Council reserves the right to limit the jurisdiction, purposes or programs of the Recreation Committee at any time by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
The Recreation Committee may organize as it sees fit, choosing a Chairperson and such other officers from among its members as it may deem advisable, adopt rules and bylaws for the proper administration of its functions and formulate committees for the administration and handling of its programs.
Members shall attend one-half of all public meetings in each calendar year and shall not be absent from three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings. The Committee shall petition the Mayor and Council for removal and replacement of any member with attendance below this standard.
Any recognized recreational group that feels or believes it is aggrieved by any of the actions of the Recreation Committee shall have the right to appeal any of the Recreation Committee's actions and/or recommendations in the first instance to the Recreation Committee. Said appeal shall be filed not later than 10 days from the date of any action or recommendation taken by the Recreation Committee and shall be in writing to the Borough Administrator.
The Borough Administrator shall thereafter set the matter down for a hearing and consider the testimony of witnesses and other evidence to be presented and at the conclusion of which he or she shall render a decision as soon as is practicable.
Any party may appeal the action of the Borough Administrator to the Mayor and Council within five days of the Administrator's decision, in writing to the Borough Clerk.