[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Elk 5-1-2003 by Ord. No. O-7-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 76.
There is hereby established in the Township of Elk a Recreation Committee, which shall have the duties and powers hereinafter more particularly set forth, and the members of which shall be appointed by the Township Committee in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
The Recreation Committee shall be composed of five members and two alternate members, who shall be citizens and residents of the Township of Elk. Such members and alternate members shall be appointed by the Township Committee to serve three-year terms; provided, however, that the initial appointments shall be made in the following manner: one member for initial one-year term, two members for initial two-year terms, two members for initial three-year terms, one alternate for an initial one-year term, and one alternate for an initial two-year term. After the conclusion of the initial terms as herein provided, all terms shall be for three years. The Township Committee shall designate the alternate members as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." At meetings of the Recreation Committee, alternate members shall be permitted to participate in discussion of the proceedings, but shall not be permitted to vote except in the absence or disqualification of one or more regular members, in which event, alternate members shall be permitted to vote in lieu of such absent or disqualified regular members in the order of numerical designation of such alternate members.
In addition to the aforementioned members, the Township Committee shall appoint a member of the Township Committee to serve as a liaison to the Recreation Committee each year, who shall be permitted to participate in discussions of the proceedings of the Committee, but who shall not be permitted to vote. Such member of the Township Committee shall serve a one-year term.
All appointments shall expire on December 31. Initial appointments as above provided shall be made for the balance of the one-, two- or three-year term designated, ending on December 31 of such year.
Vacancies shall be filled by the Township Committee for the unexpired term only. The members shall serve until their respective successors are appointed and found qualified.
The Township Committee shall cooperate with the Recreation Committee to coordinate and provide equipment for recreational activities, as well as to coordinate the development, operation and maintenance of parks, public places, playgrounds, and recreational areas, in the Township of Elk, in order to provide for the maximum benefit and planned development for the residents of the Township of Elk.
The Township Committee may, from time to time, by resolution, place activities, parks, public places, playgrounds and recreational areas under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Committee for development, operation or maintenance thereof or for such purposes as may be specified in any such resolution. The township shall continue to be responsible for the care, custody and policing of any such parks, public places, playgrounds and recreational areas, which, from time to time, maybe be placed under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Committee, unless such responsibilities or any others shall be specifically assigned in any such resolution.
The Recreation Committee herein established shall not be deemed to be a park or recreation commission pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., but such Recreation Committee shall have only those powers and duties as may be set forth herein or as may be more particularly provided by resolution of the Township Committee.
There shall be no appropriation of public funds to the Recreation Committee, except as may be provided by the Township Committee for designated purposes consistent with the intent of this chapter. The Recreation Committee shall recommend to the Township Committee proposals, from time to time, as may be consistent herewith.
The Township Committee shall obtain liability insurance coverage covering the approved activities under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Committee, the participants in those activities, the Township of Elk and individual members of the Recreation Committee.
Neither the Recreation Committee nor any member or members thereof shall have any power or right, express or implied, to bind or obligate the Township of Elk or the Township Committee, directly or indirectly.
The primary purpose of the Recreation Committee shall be to:
Assist in providing equipment as needed to programs concerned with the recreation of the residents of the Township of Elk.
Provide recommendations for the orderly development of parks or other public lands in the Township of Elk.
Cooperate with Gloucester County Parks and Recreation in coordinating and advising on activities to be held on county-owned recreational land should such aid be requested by Gloucester County Parks and Recreation.
Suggest improvements needed for orderly development and to undertake such improvements as it is authorized to carry out pursuant to this chapter or hereafter by resolution of the Township Committee.
Operate and maintain such parks or other public lands over which it is given jurisdiction in any resolution of the Township Committee and shall do so pursuant to any standards set forth in any such resolution.
Handle other specific programs, which may be assigned or authorized by the Township Committee, by resolution from time to time, in accordance with the general purposes of the Recreation Committee and the provisions of this chapter and subject to the limitations contained herein.
The Recreation Committee shall not act in any manner which would cause a forfeiture of any lands of the Township of Elk. The Township Committee reserves the right at any time to limit the jurisdiction, purposes or programs of the Recreation Committee by resolution of the Township Committee.
The Recreation Committee may organize as it sees fit, choosing a Chairman and such other officers from among its members as it may deem advisable, adopt rules and bylaws for the proper administration of its functions and formulate committees for the administration and handling of its programs.
The Park Director appointed by the Township Committee shall serve as a nonvoting member of the Recreation Committee.
Any recognized recreational group who feels or believes it is aggrieved by any of the actions of the Park Director shall have the right to appeal any of the Park Director's actions and/or recommendations in the first instance to the Recreation Committee. Said appeal shall be filed not later than 10 days from the date of any action or recommendation taken by the Park Director and shall be in writing to the Recreation Committee Chairman.
The Recreation Committee Chairman shall thereafter set the matter down for a hearing and consider the testimony of witnesses and other evidence to be presented, and at the conclusion of which the Recreation Committee shall render a decision as soon as is practicable.
Any party may appeal the action of the Recreation Committee to the Township Recreation Liaison within five days of the Recreation Committee's decision, in writing to the Township Recreation Liaison.
Any party may appeal in the final instance the decision of the Township Recreation Liaison to the Township Committee, within five days of the Recreation Liaisons decision in writing to the Township Clerk.