[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Woolwich 4-3-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-06]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 5, Business Development Advisory Committee, adopted 2-9-1997 by Ord. No. 97-3, as amended.
The mission of the Woolwich Township Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee is to support the development, success and retention of businesses in the community.
The Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee will build relationships between the Township of Woolwich, commerce and industry associations and local businesses that encourage an exchange of information, facilitate the growth of existing businesses, promote Woolwich Township as a viable location for new development and investment and enhance the quality of life for residents of the Township.
The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Committee. Each member shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the Township of Woolwich. Members shall be appointed for a term of four years. Vacancies in the membership of the Committee, occurring for whatever cause, shall be promptly filled by appointment for the unexpired term thereof. Members shall serve for their respective terms and until their successors are appointed and qualified.
The Mayor and/or Township Committee designee, Township Clerk and/or designee and the Director of Community Development shall automatically be nonvoting members of the Committee in addition to nine voting members.
All terms as set forth in Subsection A herein expire as of December 31, 2017. Two members shall initially be appointed for a one-year term expiring December 31, 2018, followed by successive four-year terms thereafter. Two members shall initially be appointed for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2019, followed by successive four-year terms thereafter. Two members shall initially be appointed for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2020, followed by successive four-year terms thereafter. Three members shall initially be appointed for a four-year term expiring December 31, 2021, followed by successive four-year terms thereafter.
Members of the Committee shall annually choose, from among its voting members, a Chairperson and such other officers as it may deem necessary. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum.
The members and officers of the Committee shall serve without compensation except for legitimate costs approved by the Township Committee upon proper submission and review.
Each member and officer of the Committee shall, before assuming office, take and subscribe an oath that he/she will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his/her office.
The Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee shall be strictly an advisory committee. It shall perform the functions and exercise the powers hereinafter enumerated:
It will make recommendations to attract industry and commerce and forward the same to the Mayor and Township Committee for consideration.
It will develop and coordinate programs and projects aimed at the retention of existing businesses as well as support of new or expanded business opportunities within the Township of Woolwich.
The Committee shall not have any powers other than those set forth, and specifically shall have no power to pledge the credit of the municipality or to enter into contracts or authorize to create debts except as authorized. It shall operate within the appropriation made by the Township Committee in its annual budget. The Committee shall make an annual report to the municipality during December of each year, setting forth, in detail, its operations and recommendations covering the preceding 12 months.