[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-8-1992 by Ord. No. 92-33 (Ch. 32, Art. I, of the 1992 Code)]
Members of the Township Committee shall observe order and decorum during Township Committee meetings. A member of the Township Committee shall neither, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings of the Committee nor disturb any member while speaking nor refuse to obey the orders of the Chairperson. Township Committee members shall inform the Chairperson before leaving their seats during a Committee meeting.
Members of the Township staff shall observe the same rules of order and decorum applicable to the Township Committee in § 72-1 above.
Any person(s) making personal, defamatory or profane remarks or who willfully utters loud, threatening or abusive language or engages in any disorderly conduct which disturbs or disrupts the orderly conduct of any meeting shall be called to order by the Chairperson. If such conduct continues, the Chairperson of the Township Committee, at his discretion, may order such person removed from that meeting by the Sergeant at Arms.
Persons addressing the Township Committee shall be allowed a maximum of five minutes for their presentations.
No person in the audience shall engage in disorderly conduct such as hand clapping, stamping of feet, whistling, using profane language, shouting or other similar demonstrations which may disturb the peace and order of the Township Committee meeting.
All persons shall, at the request of the Chairperson, be silent. If, after receiving a warning from the Chairperson, a person persists in disrupting the meeting, the Chairperson may order that person to leave the meeting. If he or she does not remove himself or herself, the Chairperson may order the Sergeant at Arms to remove him or her.
The Chief of Police, or such member of the Department of Police as the Chairperson may designate, shall be Sergeant at Arms at the Township Committee meetings. The Sergeant at Arms shall carry out all orders given by the Chairperson for the purpose of maintaining order and decorum at the Township Committee meeting. On instruction of the Chairperson, the Sergeant at Arms shall remove from the meeting any person who disturbs the proceedings of the Committee.
Any person who resists removal by the Sergeant at Arms shall be charged with violating N.J.S.A. 2C:33-8, Disrupting meetings and processions.
Editor's Note: Original § 32-9, Recording, taping or photography, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-32.
Township Committee meetings shall be conducted pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order.