[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Woolwich 4-2-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-22]
Officiating at weddings.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 37:1-13, any current Mayor or former Mayor not currently serving on the municipal governing body or the Deputy Mayor, when authorized by the Mayor, is authorized to perform marriages and civil unions.
Public officials who are authorized to perform marriages are authorized to perform civil unions.
Public officials described above may choose whether or not to exercise this authority.
In matters of preference, the applicants may select from among those authorized to perform ceremonies. Otherwise, the Mayor shall first be consulted. If unavailable, the Mayor shall give authorization to the Deputy Mayor to perform marriage and civil union ceremonies. If the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are unavailable, any former Mayor of the municipality, who is not a current member of Township Committee, may be consulted.
Persons seeking to be married or joined in civil union by a public official as described above shall pay to the Township of Woolwich a fee in the amount of $100, to be deposited into the separate recreation trust fund of the Township established pursuant to Resolution R-2007-83.
In addition, public officials performing wedding and civil union ceremonies have the right, but not the obligation, to charge a fee of $50 plus mileage for their services, which fee may be presented in cash or check payable to the officiant.
Establishment of policy. There is hereby established by and within the Township of Woolwich a chapter setting forth policies and procedures concerning the payment of and/or reimbursements of expenses incurred by the Mayor in connection with the performance of wedding and civil union ceremonies.
Prior approval required. The Mayor of the Township of Woolwich shall not be reimbursed for any expense or expenditure in connection with performing a wedding or civil union ceremony unless such expenditures have been approved by the governing body before the wedding or civil union ceremony takes place.
Eligible persons. The Township shall reimburse only proper and reasonable expenses incurred directly by and for the Mayor. Under no circumstances shall the Township reimburse expenses or expenditures on behalf of or as a result of any spouse, child, guest or other persons.
Limitation on expenses. The Township shall be obligated to reimburse only those expenses which are reasonable in nature, as determined by the governing body, and related to the purpose of officiating at the wedding or civil union ceremony.
Car allowance. The Township shall reimburse for automobile-related expenses where the Mayor uses his or her own automobile in order to attend the wedding or civil union ceremony and only in such circumstances where the use of a personal automobile is reasonable and appropriate. Said reimbursement shall be limited to automobile expenses based on and calculated as to the miles to and from the ceremony at such rate per mile as allowable by the Internal Revenue Service regulations.
Other expenses. The Township may reimburse other expenses or expenditures based upon whether the same are reasonable in nature and related to and necessary for the Mayor's attendance at the wedding or civil union ceremony.
Procedure for approvals. Before incurring any expenses or expenditures in connection with officiating at a wedding or civil union ceremony, the Mayor shall first submit and have approved a proper requisition form, as determined by the Chief Financial Officer, setting forth maximum estimates of all expenditures and expenses to be reimbursed by the Township. The amounts set forth in the requisition form shall be the maximum amounts which the Township is obligated to reimburse.