Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 6-11-1975 by Ord. No. 643. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Meetings of Board of Commissioners — See Ch. 57.
All regularly scheduled monthly meetings and special meetings of the Board of Commissioners shall be open to the public, and all official votes of the Board shall be taken openly at such meetings.
The public shall be given the opportunity to address the Board on all matters of general concern at regular monthly meetings. At special meetings the public shall be given the opportunity to address the Board on those specific matters for which the special meeting has been called, subject to reasonable limitation of numbers of persons and time so as not to unduly impede the progress of any general or special meeting.
All public meeting agendas shall be posted in the Township and Library Buildings at least 24 hours before the date and time of the meeting. In addition, extra copies of the agenda shall be made available at the meeting.
All proposed ordinances of general township-wide interest, such as tax and appropriation ordinances and all regulatory ordinances shall be read in their entirety, or the contents thereof summarized, at two public meetings prior to enactment by the Board of Commissioners. Following the first reading, copies of the proposed ordinance shall be made available to any resident, property owner or his agent who requests a copy thereof. Notwithstanding this general provision, however, emergency ordinances affecting life, health, property, safety or public peace may be enacted by the Board of Commissioners at a regular or special meeting at which the ordinance is introduced; provided, however, that the ordinance is labeled as an emergency ordinance. Such emergency ordinance shall be posted in the Township Building and the Library within 24 hours after its enactment.
All township ordinances shall be codified in the Code of Springfield Township. Such codification shall be kept current at all times.
Selective competitive bidding shall be required for contracts of insurance and Treasurer's and surety bonds. General insurance contracts shall be subjected to selective competitive bidding every three years.
All vacancies in positions of employment shall be posted in the Township Building and the Library and otherwise advertised at least 10 days prior to filling job openings, with the exception of seasonal or temporary positions.
The following activities shall be prohibited in the operation of township government:
No person who seeks appointment on any township board, commission or agency, or employment by the township in any capacity, shall, directly or indirectly, give or pay any money, service or other consideration to any person in connection with such appointment or employment.
In any case where an elected or appointed official knows or by the exercise of reasonable diligence could know that he is interested to any appreciable degree, either directly or indirectly, in any action or contract for the sale or furnishing of any personal property or service for the use of the township of more than $300 in any year, he shall notify the Board thereof; and any such contract shall not be passed and approved by the Board except by an affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members thereof. Any interested Commissioner shall refrain from voting upon said contract. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply where such official is an employee of the person, firm or corporation to which money is to be paid, in a capacity with no possible influence on the transaction and in which he cannot possibly be benefited, either financially or in any other material manner.
No officer or elected or appointed employee shall accept or receive, directly or indirectly, from any person, any service or franchise right upon terms more favorable than are granted to the public generally.
No candidate for office, appointment or employment and no officer, appointee or employee shall, directly or indirectly, give or promise any person any office, position, employment, benefit or anything of value for the purpose of influencing or obtaining the political support, aid or vote of any person, under the penalty of being disqualified to hold the office or employment to which he may be or may have been elected or appointed.
This chapter is intended only to supplement the requirements of the First Class Township Code and any and all ordinances that have been enacted by the Board of Commissioners in conformity therewith. Any section or portion of this ordinance that may be found to be inconsistent therewith shall not be deemed to affect the validity of any other section or part hereof.
[Added 6-8-2011 by Ord. No. 911]
To each municipal lien duly filed by Springfield Township in accordance with the provisions of any Township ordinance and pursuant to the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Law, 53 P.S. § 7143, there shall be added interest at the rate of 10% per annum, calculated in accordance therewith.