There is hereby established a Local Assistance Board pursuant to N.J.S.A. 44:8-115.
The Local Assistance Board shall consist of three members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council. Members of the Local Assistance Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed their necessary and actual expenses.
At least one of the members of the Local Assistance Board shall be a woman. The term of one member of the Local Assistance Board shall be for one year, and such member may be appointed from among the membership of the governing body. The terms of the remaining members of the Local Assistance Board shall be two years each, provided that appointments shall be made so that the terms are expiring in alternate years.
The term of each member of the Local Assistance Board shall begin on the first day of January, and each member shall continue in office until his or her successor shall be appointed and shall qualify. Any vacancies which occur before the expiration of a term of office shall be filled only for the unexpired term.
The Local Assistance Board shall organize and select a Chairperson and Secretary, and shall appoint a Director of Welfare who shall be the first executive and administrative officer of the Board. The Director of Welfare shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of his or her appointment and shall be paid such salary as may be fixed by such Board, subject to the approval of the Borough Council.
The Director of Welfare shall have the following duties:
To supervise, by periodic investigation, every person receiving public assistance, such investigation to be made by visitation at least once a month.
To reconsider, from month to month, the amount and nature of public assistance given and alter, amend or suspend the same when the circumstances so require.
To devise ways and means for bringing persons unable to maintain themselves to self-support or to the support of any other person or agency able and willing so to do.
To keep full and complete records or such investigations, supervision, assistance and rehabilitation and of all certifications of persons for employment or benefits and cancellations thereof in such manner and form as required by the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
To bring about appropriate action for commitment to any state or county institution when the best interest of the needy person would be so deserved.
The Local Assistance Board is authorized to provide burial expenses for Borough residents who die without insurance or adequate funds for burial. Burial expenses can be made on behalf of Borough residents who are welfare clients, as well as those who are poor but not on any public assistance program. The allowance for burial expenses shall not exceed the expenses allowed by the Department of Human Services as set forth in N.J.A.C. 10:85-4.8(a)2.
The Local Assistance Board shall have the powers and perform the duties prescribed by general law and ordinance, and shall appoint a Director of Welfare pursuant to the state law.