[Adopted 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-26]
There is hereby established a Senior Citizens Advisory Board.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall consist of 18 regular voting members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Township Council. All members shall be residents of the Township of Stafford and shall be at least 55 years of age, with the exception of the Council liaison. Terms of all members of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall be for a term of three years, commencing on January 1 of the year of appointment with the exception of the initial members whose term shall be as follows:
Six members shall be appointed initially for one-year terms, six members shall be appointed initially for two-year terms, and six members shall be appointed initially for three-year terms.
In addition to the 18 regular voting members, up to five nonvoting ex-officio members representing senior citizen service agencies shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council. The terms of the ex-officio members shall be for one year.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall annually elect from its membership a Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, and a Secretary. The Council liaison shall not be eligible to serve in any of those offices or positions. No one shall serve in any officer position for more than three consecutive terms.
Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall meet at least quarterly. Nothing shall preclude the Board from meeting more frequently if deemed necessary.
Duties and responsibilities. The Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall be responsible for advising the Mayor and Township Council on matters impacting senior citizens in the Township, including but not limited to, the areas of medical and social services, nutrition programs, transportation, recreation, employment opportunities, taxation and housing. The Senior Citizens Advisory Board shall also be responsible for sponsoring and scheduling educational programs, in conjunction with the Recreation Director, for senior citizens on topics of interest in the Township Community Centers. The Board shall also be responsible for coordinating senior citizen programs and interacting with the other senior citizen organizations in the Township such as the AARP and “Old Guard,” and the Ocean County Office of Senior Citizens.
The Mayor shall annually appoint a member of the governing body to serve as a voting/liaison member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board. The liaison shall report to the governing body and the public on a monthly basis by Council report to advise on activities and recommendations of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board.
Staff assistance shall be provided to the Senior Citizens Advisory Board by the Recreation Director and the staff of the Recreation Department or other Township staff as deemed necessary by the Township Administrator. The Recreation Director and/or his or her designee, or Township staff as appointed by the Township Administrator, shall attend all meetings of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and shall assist the Secretary in preparing meeting minutes. Any requests for funding shall be submitted annually by the Senior Citizens Advisory Board to the Recreation Director for possible inclusion in the annual budget request from the Recreation Department.