[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wharton (Ch. I of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration of government — See Ch. 3.
The Mayor and Council shall hold its annual reorganization meeting within the first seven days of January, at a time to be set by the Mayor and Council.
At the annual meeting, the Council shall establish the time and place for holding regular meetings during the ensuing year, which time and place shall not be changed except by resolution introduced at a regular meeting and advertised to the public as prescribed by law.
At the annual meeting, the Council will elect one of its members as Council President to hold office for one year. In the absence of the Mayor, the Council President will become Acting Mayor and preside over the meetings. The Council President will retain the right to vote as Council member on any business presented to the Council. The Acting Mayor shall be permitted to perform all functions of the Mayor as prescribed by law.
Robert's Rules of Order will govern the Council meetings, except that the Mayor or other Chairman, as the case may be, shall be permitted to participate in all discussions.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-12, all regular meetings of the Mayor and Council shall have two portions for public comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the municipality. Persons making public comment at the first public portion shall be limited to five minutes. During the second public portion, the Mayor or Council President, as presiding officer, shall have the discretion to terminate any repetitive, irrelevant or excessive public comment in the interest of permitting all members of the public time to speak on any governmental issue and completing the public business within a reasonable period of time.
The Mayor shall preside over deliberations of the Council and shall also participate in determination of Borough affairs to the extent permitted by law. He shall, on all occasions, preserve the strictest order and decorum, and he shall cause the removal of all persons who interrupt the orderly proceedings of the Council. The Mayor shall establish the order of business, which may be changed by resolution and a majority vote of the members of the Council present at such meeting.
There shall be six standing committees. Each Council member shall be the chairman of one of the committees. The chairperson and members of each committee shall be determined by the Council. The Mayor shall be a member ex officio of each such committee. The following shall be the standing committees: Public Affairs, Public Works, Public Safety, Community Relations, Health/Welfare, and Finance.
The Mayor shall nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint all subordinate officers of the Borough as provided by law.