[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Vineland 8-26-1952 by Ord. No. 21 (Ch. 110 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-9-1971 by Ord. No. 788]
There shall be and hereby is established and created a Board of Recreation Commissioners in the City of Vineland, which shall consist of seven persons, citizens and residents of the City of Vineland. The sixth and seventh appointees shall hold office for periods of four and five years, respectively, from the day in the year in which said appointment is made and until his or her successor is duly appointed and has qualified. Thereafter, these appointments shall be for terms of five years.
The Mayor, in his discretion, shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Vineland, the members of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. The Commissioners first appointed shall hold office for one, two, three, four and five years, respectively, from the day in the year in which said appointment is made and until his or her successor is duly appointed and has qualified. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for terms of five years, and vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. The members shall receive no compensation for their services.
Said Board, with the approval of the Mayor and Council of the City of Vineland, may acquire lands for public playgrounds and recreation places, by gift or purchase, and shall from time to time select lands for public playgrounds and recreation places and, when deemed necessary or advisable by such Board, select lands for an approach or approaches by way of ingress thereto and egress therefrom, of such size and dimensions as it shall think suitable, regard being had to the population of the neighborhood. It shall, in addition to the foregoing powers, have, subject to the approval of the Mayor and Council of the City of Vineland, all the powers which are granted to boards of recreation commissioners with respect to surveys, maps, estimates, acquisition of lands and suitably equipping the same with buildings, stands, seats and other structures and apparatus for such playgrounds and recreation purposes as provided in Sections 3 and 4 of Chapter 12 of Title 40 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated.
Said Board may cause any lands acquired for the purpose to be laid out and improved as a public playground, recreation place or an approach thereto.
The title to all lands acquired or taken under the provisions of Sections 1 to 8 of Chapter 12 of Title 40 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated shall vest in the City of Vineland, and all leases of land for such purposes shall be in the name of the City of Vineland.
In order to provide the funds, in whole or in part, necessary to improve, maintain and police the playgrounds or recreation places under its control, the Board of Recreation Commissioners may arrange and provide for the giving of outdoor exhibitions, concerts, games and contests and may use and employ such playgrounds or recreation places for the purpose of giving thereon outdoor exhibitions, concerts, games and contests.
Said Board may charge and collect a reasonable admission fee for each person entering such playground or recreation place during the time or times when the same is being used or employed for such purposes but shall not use or employ any such playground or recreation place for such purpose for a greater period than eight hours in any week nor on more than two days in any one week, and when any such playground or recreation place is used for such purpose, no admission fee shall be charged or collected from children under 12 years of age.
Said Board shall have full control of all lands, playgrounds and recreation places acquired or leased under the provisions of Sections 1 to 8 of Chapter 12 of Title 40 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated and may adopt suitable rules, regulations and bylaws for the use thereof and the conduct of all persons while on or using the same, and any person who shall violate any of such rules, regulations or bylaws shall be deemed and adjudged to be a disorderly person.
Said Board may appoint a secretary or clerk and such number of custodians, supervisors and assistants for the several playgrounds and recreation places as it shall think necessary, but the salaries or other compensation of all such officers, custodians and assistants shall be fixed and determined by the Council of the City of Vineland.
[Amended 12-26-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-87]
The appointed custodians, supervisors and assistants shall notify the Police Department in situations requiring police assistance.
Said Board shall make an annual report on or before the first day of January and submit the same to the Council of the City of Vineland, which report shall contain a comprehensive and detailed report covering operations, receipts, disbursements and expenditures for the full year.
The Council of the City of Vineland shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for the care, custody, policing and maintenance of such playgrounds and recreation places and for the expenses of said Board, which shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.