Borough of Emerson, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Emerson 5-28-1974 by Ord. No. 628 as Ch. 75 of the 1966 Code of the Borough of Emerson; amended in its entirety 2-20-2001 by Ord. No. 1161. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks, playgrounds and recreation areas — See Ch. 200.
There is hereby established and created in the government of the Borough of Emerson a department which shall be known as the "Department of Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation."
The Department of Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation shall oversee the management, maintenance and regulation of the public parks and playgrounds of the Borough of Emerson and with the direction of public recreation carried on within said parks and playgrounds.
[Amended 7-17-2007 by Ord. No. 1324; 10-22-2019 by Ord. No. 1601-19]
The Department of Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation shall be under the supervision of a Commission, consisting of seven persons, to be known as the regular "Commission of Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation." Said Commission shall consist of residents of the Borough of Emerson, all appointed by the Mayor in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq. In addition, the Mayor and Council may, by ordinance or resolution as appropriate, provide for the appointment of two alternate members. Alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Council, and shall be designated at the time of appointment as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." Alternate members may participate in the discussions of the proceedings, but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. A vote may not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote.
[Amended 5-20-2003 by Ord. No. 1225]
A. 
The seven Commissioners first appointed shall be appointed for terms of one, two, three, four, four, five and five years, respectively, in such manner that the term of at least one Commissioner and not more than two Commissioners shall expire in each year according to the number appointed by the Mayor. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for the term of five years. The alternates shall be appointed for terms of one year and two years, respectively, and thereafter the alternates shall be appointed for terms of five years.
B. 
Vacant unexpired terms of regular and alternate members may be filled for the unexpired term of the vacancy only. The members shall serve until their respective successors are appointed and shall qualify.
[Amended 7-17-2007 by Ord. No. 1324]
C. 
[1]No Commissioner shall receive any compensation.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection C, regarding the expiration of a regular member’s term, was repealed 10-22-2019 by Ord. No. 1601-19. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection D as Subsection C.
D. 
Nothing in this chapter is intended to be inconsistent with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq. Any inconsistency in this chapter with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., shall be deemed void and unenforceable.
[Added 10-22-2019 by Ord. No. 1601-19]
[Amended 7-17-2007 by Ord. No. 1324; 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 1512]
The Commissioners shall have the power to adopt rules, regulations and bylaws for the proper conduct of their duties, all of which shall be submitted for review and approval to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Emerson prior to being adopted by the Commission. In the absence of bylaws, Robert's Rules of Order shall apply.
Said Department shall annually submit a budget for its expenses to the Mayor and Council for its approval not later than December 31 of the year next preceding the year for which the budget is requested. The Department may also solicit and receive any gifts, bequests, donations, money or personal property, which is to be used for the purposes of the Department. The Department shall periodically make a full and complete report, including an accounting, to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Emerson.
A. 
There shall be established the position of Secretary of the Recreation Commission, who shall be appointed by the Recreation Commission and who shall serve for a term of one year from the date of his or her appointment or until a successor is appointed or qualified.
B. 
Salary of Secretary of Recreation Commission. The Secretary of the Recreation Commission shall receive an annual salary as provided for in the annual Salary Ordinance[1] of the Borough of Emerson to be paid in the same manner as other municipal employees are paid, which shall be in lieu of all fees, costs and any other allowances whatsoever.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 85, Salaries and Compensation.
C. 
Duties of the Secretary of the Recreation Commission. The Secretary of the Recreation Commission shall perform such functions and duties as shall be prescribed for that person by the Recreation Commission pertaining to all necessary and incidental clerical work attached to the Recreation Commission and including the following:
(1) 
Attend all meeting and record minutes of the meetings.
(2) 
Distribute copies of minutes of previous meeting to members prior to next meeting.
(3) 
Keep and maintain copies of all minutes in a minute book to be maintained at Borough Hall.
(4) 
Prepare and distribute an agenda before each meeting.
(5) 
Schedule the use of the Recreation Center.
(6) 
Accept late registrations.
(7) 
Maintain all appropriate files, mailing lists, records and prepare all correspondence.
(8) 
Give appropriate notice of all meetings.
All maintenance and repairs of any public park or playground shall henceforth be performed by the Department for the management, maintenance and repair of all public property of said Borough.
[Added 9-21-2010 by Ord. No. 1415-10[1]; amended 4-3-2018 by Ord. No. 1554-18]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to provide a procedure for screening individuals for criminal activity prior to their contact and participation in Borough-sponsored recreation programs.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BACKGROUND CHECK
A determination of whether a person has a criminal record, domestic violence, and/or other court/administrative orders/rulings which might negatively impact their fitness and suitability to participate as a youth coach, youth stipend coach, and/or volunteer by cross-referencing that person's name with those on file with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division and/or the New Jersey State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police, the National Crime Information Center, National Sex Offender Public Registry, and/or Social Security Administration, or any such additional entities deemed as necessary and proper in the sole, good faith opinion, and discretion of the Borough Administrator.
BOROUGH-SPONSORED YOUTH PROGRAMS
Any programs sponsored by the Borough of Emerson, including any and all sports leagues, boards, committees and commissions affiliated with, falling within the purview of or acting for or on behalf of the Borough of Emerson and having contact with persons under the age of 18 years.
NON-MUNICIPAL-SPONSORED YOUTH PROGRAM
Any youth program not sponsored by the Borough, but which utilizes municipal facilities/equipment or has affiliation with a Borough-sponsored youth program and having contact with persons under the age of 18 years.
PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, CHILD, CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND MINOR
Persons under the age of 18 and persons older than 18 who are subject to guardianships or are adjudicated persons in need of supervision.
TITLES
All positions, unless otherwise noted, shall refer to the Emerson Police Chief, Emerson Borough Administrator and Emerson Recreation Commission. Should the Police Chief's position ever become vacant during the background check process, the next-highest-ranking Emerson police officer shall be designated in his/her place.
YOUTH PROGRAM
Any program that allows for participation in activities by those persons under the age of 18 years old. Activities may include, but are not limited to, sporting or athletic activities, passive recreation groups, clubs or camps and trips or other activities whereby some control and responsibility for children is assigned to some person for or on behalf of a Borough-sponsored youth program or non-municipal-sponsored youth program, other than a parent or caregiver.
C. 
Borough-sponsored youth program: background checks.
(1) 
All adults, those persons 18 years of age or older, including but not limited to coaches, assistant coaches, or similar positions involved in educating, directing or supervising youth, and in any way assisting in a Borough-sponsored youth program or function participated in by children, shall submit sufficient information on forms promulgated by the private agency or Borough, as same may be amended from time to time, or other enforcement authority from the New Jersey State Police, and shall sign, date, and affirm the truth of the information submitted for the purpose of obtaining a background check with the State Bureau of Identification in the New Jersey State Police. Applications for background checks, including any and all background check data, shall be processed by the Police Chief.
(2) 
The individual applying for the background check shall authorize the Police Chief to be the recipient of the affirmative or negative response from the private agency or State Police based upon the findings of the background check. Individuals involved in a Borough-sponsored youth program or function, and who are required to undergo background checks based upon this chapter, shall not be responsible for the costs involved with obtaining the background check. The Borough of Emerson shall bear the costs for background checks for individuals qualified under this section.
(3) 
All league officers and/or those individuals in charge of each recreation program are required to ensure compliance with this chapter for that league or program. The president or leader of each Recreation Commission program shall file an annual roster of individuals that are required to participate in the background check procedures of this chapter. The roster shall be on forms supplied by the Borough of Emerson, as same may be amended from time to time, and shall contain a certification as to the accuracy and completeness of the roster and individual names. Any person who knowingly certifies a background check roster that excludes an individual required to be checked shall be in violation of this chapter and laws regarding false swearing.
D. 
Non-municipal-sponsored youth program: background checks.
(1) 
Prior to any club organization, not defined as a Borough-sponsored youth program, being authorized to use municipal facilities/equipment pursuant to Chapter 187 of the Borough Code, or through means of any other approval granted by the Borough or its officials, for functions participated in by children, all adults, persons under the age of 18 years old or older, including but not limited to coaches, assistant coaches, stipend coaches, volunteers, or similar positions involved in education, directing or supervising minors, and in any way assisting in a non-municipal-sponsored youth program or function, shall submit sufficient information on forms promulgated by the private agency or Borough, as same may be amended from time to time, or other enforcement authority from the New Jersey State Police, and shall sign, date, and affirm the truth of the information submitted for the purpose of obtaining a background check with the State Bureau of Identification in the New Jersey State Police. Applications for background checks, including any and all background check data, shall be processed by the Police Chief.
(2) 
Prior to any club organization, not defined as a Borough-sponsored youth program, being authorized to use municipal facilities/equipment for functions participated in by children, all adults, persons under the age of 18 years old or older, including but not limited to coaches, assistant coaches, stipend coaches, volunteers, or similar positions involved in education, directing or supervising minors, and in any way assisting in a non-municipal-sponsored youth program or function, must provide the Police Chief with up-to-date findings of a background check, including any and all background check data, obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division, and/or the New Jersey State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police, the National Crime Information Center, National Sex Offender Public Registry, and/or Social Security Administration, or any such additional entities deemed as necessary and proper in the sole, good faith opinion and discretion of the Police Chief.
(3) 
The individual applying for the background check shall authorize the Police Chief to be the recipient of the response from the private agency or Borough Police Department, based upon the findings of the background check. Individuals involved in a non-municipal-sponsored youth program or function, and who are required to undergo background checks based upon this chapter, shall be responsible for the costs involved with obtaining the background check if such individual is unable to otherwise provide the Police Chief with up-to-date findings of a background check.
(4) 
The submission of background check findings must be based upon a check performed within one year of the start of use of the municipal facility. In the case of coaches performing duties as employees of a school district, the policy of background checks adopted by the individual school district shall be used to establish eligibility for use of municipal facilities/equipment. In all cases, the background check must comply with the provisions of any applicable laws regarding same, but not less detailed than those performed by the Borough for individuals involved in administering Borough-sponsored youth programs.
E. 
Identification cards. Individuals engaged in providing recreation programs for, or on behalf of, the Borough of Emerson shall be issued annual identification cards with appropriate expiration dates based on their individual background check and shall be on record with a designated Recreation Commission official with appropriate expiration dates based upon their individual background check.
F. 
Disqualification.
(1) 
Upon receipt of a completed background check conducted by the private agency, Borough and/or the State Bureau of Identification in the New Jersey State Police and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division, the Police Chief shall notify the Borough Administrator, who shall then notify the applicant and the Recreation Commission Chairperson of affirmative or negative results. The determination of the Police Chief is based upon § 61-8.1F(2) of this chapter. Details in the background check that result in a negative determination by the State Police are not afforded to the Borough Administrator nor the Recreation Commission and are only available to the applicant upon making a formal request to the State Bureau of Investigation.
(2) 
In the event the criminal background check reveals any prior convictions for violations, crimes, offenses, domestic violence and other court/administrative orders/rulings which negatively impact the health, safety and welfare of children, said person shall not be qualified to participate in any official capacity in any function for persons under the age of 18 years held at any Borough-owned facilities and/or involving the use of any Borough equipment. Such offenses shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) 
In New Jersey, any crime or disorderly persons offense:
[1] 
Involving danger to the person, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1 et seq., 2C:12-1 et seq., 2C:13-1 et seq., 2C:14-1 et seq. or 2C:15-1 et seq.;
[2] 
Against the family, children or incompetents, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:24-1 et seq., including, but not limited to: endangering the welfare of a child; or N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 et seq., including, but not limited to: causing or permitting a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act, knowing or intending that the sexual act will be reproduced or will be part of an exhibition or performance;
[3] 
Involving theft as set forth in Chapter 20 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes;
[4] 
Involving any controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog as set forth in Chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, except Paragraph (4) of Subsection a of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10;
[5] 
Involving possession of weapons for unlawful purposes as set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1 et seq., including, but not limited to: unlawful possession of weapons, manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapons and dangerous instruments and appliances;
[6] 
Involving cruelty to animals as set forth in N.J.S.A. 4:22-1 et seq., including, but not limited to: overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, overwork, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beat or otherwise abuse, or needlessly mutilate or kill a living animal or creature;
[7] 
Involving arson and related offenses as set forth in Chapter 17 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes;
[8] 
Involving fraud as set forth in Chapter 21 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes;
[9] 
Any 4th degree offense or higher;
[10] 
Any other sufficient causes deemed as necessary and proper in the sole, good faith opinion and discretion of the Borough Administrator.
(b) 
In any other state or jurisdiction, conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the violations, crimes, offenses, domestic violence, disorderly persons offenses and/or other court/administrative orders/rulings described in Subsection F of this section.
(3) 
The list of crimes and violations contained in this section is for illustrative purposes only and shall not be construed as a limitation on those criminal activities or violations that would be grounds to disqualify a person from assisting with youth-related activities as indicated herein.
(4) 
Refusal by individuals required to submit to background checks will result in an immediate dismissal of the individual from any Borough-sponsored activities or functions requiring background checks. In addition, refusal to comply with this chapter by any individual falling within the scope of requirements will forfeit that individual's ability to participate with the respective program, and refusal of a non-municipal-sponsored youth program will result in forfeiture of that individual's ability to participate with the respective program. Refusal of a non-municipal-sponsored youth program to subscribe to the requirements of this chapter shall forfeit that program's ability to use municipal facilities/equipment, along with all other municipal support.
G. 
Frequency of background checks.
(1) 
All Borough-sponsored programs that have individuals subject to this chapter shall be directed by the Recreation Commission for background checks prior to the individual being able to participate at any function sponsored by the Borough of Emerson. Thereafter, every one year, or in a frequency deemed reasonable by the Borough, a new background check shall be undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set forth in this section. If a valid background check has already been conducted on an individual, proof of that check shall be submitted to the Police Chief. Upon discovery, information or knowledge that an individual whose background check was determined to be negative and is still valid within the designated time period but who may now be in violation of § 61-8.1F(2), (3) and (4), the Police Chief shall examine and evaluate the information provided on a case-by-case basis and proceed, if necessary, with Subsection C as provided by this section.
(2) 
All non-municipal-sponsored youth programs that have individuals subject to this chapter shall supply background checks for all of its participants prior to the individual being able to participate at any function at a Borough facility to the extent covered by this chapter. Thereafter, every one year, or in a frequency deemed reasonable by the Borough, a new background check shall be submitted to the Police Chief.
H. 
Appeals.
(1) 
If a background check results in a determination that a person should be disqualified from participating in a Borough-sponsored youth program, said person may appeal the determination by filing a written notice of appeal with the Borough Administrator no later than 30 days after receiving notice of the disqualification from the Borough Administrator. A person filing an appeal shall be afforded an adequate opportunity to confirm or deny any information contained in the criminal history record and a reasonable period of time to correct or complete the record prior to any final determination or decision concerning the person's eligibility for any position.
(2) 
The Appeals Committee shall hear any appeal within 30 days after the filing of the written notice of appeal. The Appeals Committee shall conduct a hearing, upon the request of said person, and render a final determination as to whether the person should be disqualified. The Mayor and Council shall be notified of the final determination of the appeal.
(3) 
The Appeals Committee shall consist of the Borough Administrator, Police Chief and an officer of the Emerson Police Department appointed by the Police Chief.
I. 
Privacy.
(1) 
All background checks shall be reported to the Police Chief, who will then supply the denial or approval to the Borough Administrator. Any and all background checks supplied to the Emerson Police Department shall be filed and maintained in a secure and locked cabinet or room and shall not be available to the public. The Police Chief shall take appropriate steps to safeguard such records. The records shall be exempt from public disclosure under the Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:a-1 et seq.) or the New Jersey Right to Know Law (N.J.S.A. 47:1a-1 et seq.).
(2) 
The records shall only be retained for such period of time as is necessary to serve their intended and authorized purpose.
[1]
Editor's Note: Section IV of this ordinance stated that penalties for noncompliance would be determined by the Borough Administrator, in conjunction with the Recreation Commission, and may include but not be limited to prohibition from use of Borough fields and elimination of Borough funding.
[Added 9-20-2005 by Ord. No. 1293; amended 11-20-2007 by Ord. No. 1337]
A. 
Applicability. The Code of Conduct described herein shall be applicable to all recreational programs operating under the auspices of the Borough of Emerson Recreation Commission.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CODE OF CONDUCT
A written specification of the behavior of parents, guardians, coaches and officials prepared by the Recreation Commission of the Borough of Emerson which must at a minimum incorporate the terms of the within article and must be consented to, in writing, by the parents and legal guardians of the minor participants of each sports team.
YOUTH SPORTS ACTIVITY
Any sports organization pursuant to a Borough-sponsored or a nonprofit or similar charter which is affiliated with or received monetary or other support services from the Borough of Emerson or regularly utilizes any facilities owned, operated or maintained by the Borough, which sports organization participates in sporting competitions involving minors.
YOUTH SPORTS EVENT
Any competition, practice or instructional event involving one or more youth sports activities.
C. 
Code of Conduct. All participants, coaches, parents, guardians of participants, spectators, officials, or any and all other individuals attending youth sports events operating under the auspices of the Borough of Emerson Recreation Commission shall not engage in any of the following:
(1) 
Initiate a fight, scuffle or any type of physical abuse or threats of abuse towards any player, coach, official, parent or spectator.
(2) 
Enter the field of play, court or rink for the purpose of physically or verbally abusing or confronting coaches, players or officials.
(3) 
Verbally abuse officials, players or spectators, including the use of obscene or profane language or gesture, or racial, ethnic or sexual slurs.
(4) 
Throw or cause to be deposited an object on the field of play, court or rink.
(5) 
Refuse to obey the order of a field official, umpire, referee or elected league official of the youth sports team or teams sponsoring the youth sports event or, in the absence of such officials at a youth sports team's practice or instructional event, the ranking youth sports team coach on the premises.
D. 
Authority of field officials. Any parent, official, coach or spectator at any youth sporting event shall be subject to the authority of all field officials, including umpires and referees, and elected league officials of the youth sports team or teams sponsoring the youth sports event and, in the absence of such persons at a youth sports team's practice or instructional event, to the authority of the ranking youth sports team coach on the premises. Such authority shall include the authorization to direct any person or persons involved in any incident in violation of this section or the Recreation Commission's Code of Conduct to immediately remove themselves from the premises.
E. 
Penalties. Any parent, guest, spectator, coach or official who has been found to be in violation of any provision of this section, as determined by the Recreation Commission, shall be subject to disciplinary action which may include one or more of the following:
(1) 
A probationary period of specific duration as determined by the Recreation Commission.
(2) 
Suspension from coaching or attending a specified number of games and practices of the sport/activity in which the violation occurred and, if the Recreation Commission so chooses, any other sports/activities in which the violator is or may become involved.
(3) 
Suspension from coaching or attending games and practices of the sport/activity in which the violation occurred and, if the Recreation Commission so chooses, any other sports/activities in which the violator is or may become involved, for a specified period not to exceed 12 months.
(4) 
Attendance at and completion of an anger management or equivalent counseling program approved by the Recreation Commission, with proof of satisfactory completion provided to the Commission.
(5) 
Suspension from coaching or attending games and practices for a specified period exceeding 12 months, where the violator committed a felony or indictable offense as part of his/her violation of this chapter or was subject to two or more prior suspensions in separate disciplinary actions, provided said violator shall be permitted to file a written application with the Recreation Commission for reinstatement no sooner than one year to the date after the suspension was imposed and every three months thereafter.
(6) 
Permanent suspension from coaching or attending games and practices where the violator committed a felony or indictable offense as part of his/her violation of this chapter, provided said violator shall be permitted to file a written application to the Recreation Commission for reinstatement no sooner than one year to the date after the suspension was imposed and every six months thereafter.
(7) 
Any individual who has been found to be in violation of any order of suspension from a sport or sports shall be subject to further disciplinary action, as determined by the Borough's Recreation Commission.
F. 
Procedures.
(1) 
Upon receipt of a complaint alleging that a parent, coach or other individual has violated the Code of Conduct, the subcommittee governing the sports activity at which the incident occurred shall convene a meeting within 10 days to determine whether to hold a hearing on the matter, which may result in the recommendation of a disciplinary action. One copy of the subcommittee's decision shall be forwarded to the Recreation Commission.
(2) 
Upon the determination that a disciplinary hearing will be held, the presiding sports subcommittee shall forward to the alleged violator(s) via regular and certified mail the date, location and nature of the violation, and the date, time and location of the hearing.
(3) 
In making its decision on whether to recommend disciplinary action, the presiding sports subcommittee shall rely on the testimonies of the alleged violator(s) and key witnesses, which may be provided in person or in writing, and may consider any prior violation(s) of the Code of Conduct by the alleged violator(s). A copy of the sports subcommittee's recommendation as to whether to impose disciplinary action, and the specific action recommended, shall be forwarded within seven days to the Recreation Commission for its approval.
(4) 
Upon receipt of the subcommittee's recommendation, the Recreation Commission shall have 30 days to accept the recommendation, reject the recommendation and exonerate the individual, reject the recommendation and vote to hold its own hearings, or modify the recommendation. The Recreation Commission's Presiding Officer shall forward the Commission's decision to said individual via regular and certified mail. One copy of the Recreation Commission's decision shall also be forwarded to the appropriate sports subcommittee, or subcommittees if the violator has been suspended from more than one sport, and one copy to the Mayor and Council. The decision of the Recreation Commission shall be final.
(5) 
In the event that a subcommittee chooses not to hold a hearing, as outlined in Subsection F(1) above, the Recreation Commission shall have the authority to hold its own hearing. Upon the determination that a hearing will be held, the Recreation Commission shall forward to the alleged violator(s) via regular and certified mail the date, location and nature of the violation, and the date, time and location of the hearing. In making its decision on whether to impose disciplinary action, the Recreation Commission shall rely on the testimonies of the alleged violator(s). The Recreation Commission's decision on whether to impose disciplinary action shall be forwarded to the alleged violator(s) via regular and certified mail. One copy of the Recreation Commission's decision shall also be forwarded to the appropriate sports subcommittee, or subcommittees, if the violator has been suspended from more than one sport, and one copy to the Mayor and Council.
[Added 11-20-2007 by Ord. No. 1337]
A. 
Disciplinary hearing procedures. Where a recreation sports subcommittee is holding a hearing for an alleged violation of a rule or policy not covered under § 61-9 above, where disciplinary action may be imposed, that subcommittee shall, at minimum, abide by the following procedures:
(1) 
Upon determining that a disciplinary hearing will be held, the presiding sports subcommittee shall forward to the alleged violator via regular and certified mail the date, location and nature of the violation, and the date, time and location of the hearing. The notice shall cite the specific rule(s) or policy that has allegedly been violated. One copy of the subcommittee's notice shall be forwarded to the Recreation Commission.
(2) 
In making its decision on whether to impose disciplinary action, the presiding sports subcommittee shall rely on the testimonies of the alleged violator and key witnesses. The alleged violator shall be given the opportunity to provide his/her testimony in person.
(3) 
The sports subcommittee's decision on whether to impose disciplinary action and the specific action imposed shall be forwarded to the disciplined individual via regular and certified mail. Said decision shall cite the specific rule(s) or policy for which the individual is being disciplined and shall inform said individual of his/her right to appeal the decision within 10 days to the Recreation Commission. One copy of the decision shall be forwarded within seven days to the Recreation Commission and one copy to the Mayor and Council.
(4) 
Upon receipt of the written notification from the presiding sports subcommittee, the disciplined individual shall have 10 days to submit a written appeal to the Recreation Commission. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the Recreation Commission shall have 30 days to accept or reject the appeal. If accepted, the Recreation Commission may vote to overrule the subcommittee's decision and exonerate the individual, modify the decision, or hold its own hearings. One copy of the Recreation Commission's decision shall be forwarded via regular and certified mail to the individual who has submitted the appeal; one copy to the presiding sports subcommittee; and one copy to the Mayor and Council. The decision of the Recreation Commission shall be final.
B. 
Suspension exceeding 12 months. Where an individual has been suspended from coaching or attending games and practices for a specified period exceeding 12 months, said individual shall be permitted to file a written application with the Recreation Commission for reinstatement no sooner than one year to the date after the suspension was imposed and every three months thereafter.
C. 
Permanent suspension. Where an individual has receive a permanent suspension from coaching or attending games and practices, said individual shall be permitted to file a written application to the Recreation Commission for reinstatement no sooner than one year to the date after the suspension was imposed and every six months thereafter.
D. 
Violation of suspension. Any individual who has been found to be in violation of any order of suspension from a sport or sports shall be subject to further disciplinary action, as determined by the Borough's Recreation Commission.
[Added 6-19-2007 by Ord. No. 1323; amended 7-7-2009 by Ord. No. 1379; 6-26-2018 by Ord. No. 1559; 12-4-2018 by Ord. No. 1570-18; 3-5-2019 by Ord. No. 1583-19]
Fees for participation in the following activities shall be as follows:
Recreational Activities
Sport
Fee
Family Maximum
Wrestling
$60 to $80
$135 to $155
Basketball
$45 to $65
Football
$180 to $200
Intramural flag (pre-k – k)
$60
Travel flag football (first and second grade)
$90
Flag cheering (first and second grade)
$105
Pee Wee through senior cheering
$70 to $90
Pee Wee through senior football
$95 to $105
Referee/chain crew
$25 to $45
Soccer
$35 to $55
$105 to $125
Referee cost per family
$20 to $40
Emerson Junior Baseball
$275 to $295
U15 (Babes Level)
$130 to $150
U13 (Pony Level)
$130 to $150
Majors (ages 11 and 12)
$100 to $120
Minors (ages 9 and 10)
$100 to $120
Pee Wee (ages 7 and 8)
$75 to $95
Tee Ball (age 6/Kindergarten)
$50 to $70
Softball
$175 to $225
First through fourth grade
$90 to $120
Fifth through eighth grade
$110 to $115
Track
Under 7 years of age
$70
7 years and older
$100
Family discount
$20 for two
$50 for three
Summer Camp and Pre-Care and After-Care
[Added 6-1-2010 by Ord. No. 1407; amended 5-28-2013 by Ord. No. 1458]
Summer Recreation Camp Fee Schedule
1st Child Price
2nd Child Price
3rd Child Price
One week
$125
$115
$100
Two weeks
$250
$230
$200
Three weeks
$375
$345
$300
Four weeks
$500
$460
$400
Five weeks
$625
$575
$500
Six weeks
$750
$690
$600
Pre-Care and After-Care
Care
Fee
Pre-care, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
$25 per child per week
After-care, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
$25 per child per week
[Added 11-12-2013 by Ord. No. 1468]
For purposes of this section, the activation of the Emerson Lightning Detection System constitutes a duly proclaimed emergency. Upon such activation, all public parks, playgrounds, recreation areas and open spaces of the Borough of Emerson are immediately closed and will remain closed through the entire duration of the system’s activation. All groups and individuals using these areas must immediately stop their activities and exit the areas for the purpose of seeking shelter. Any individual found in violation of this section shall be charged with defiant trespass.