[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Alloway 4-15-2010 by Ord. No. 440. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Environmental Commission — See Ch. 9.
Alloway Lake rules and regulations — See Ch. 42.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided for the abolishment of the Alloway Lake Commission and the repeal of former Ch. 3, Alloway Lake Commission, adopted 11-8-2001 by Ord. No. 343.
There is hereby created in the Township of Alloway, pursuant to and in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., a Board of Recreation Commissioners, consisting of members, citizens and residents of the Township of Alloway.
Members. The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor (five regular members and two alternate members). No more than two of the seven members, at any one time, may own property adjacent to the same public lands, parks or recreation area.
Initial appointment and compensation. The Commissioners first appointed shall be appointed by the Mayor for terms of one, two, three, four and five years, respectively, in such a manner that the term of at least one Commissioner and not more than two Commissioners shall expire in each year according to the number appointed as fixed by the Mayor. All appointees shall serve until their successor is duly appointed and qualified. All subsequent appointments after this initial appointment shall be made by the Mayor and shall be for the term of five years. Should any member resign, die or be removed from office, or his office declared vacant in any manner under law during such term, any appointment to the office so vacated shall be only for the unexpired portion of said term of appointment. Members shall receive no compensation for their service.
There shall be two alternate members appointed to the Board of Recreation Commissioners by the Mayor. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment as "Alternate Number 1" and "Alternate Number 2." The length of the terms of the alternate members shall be the same as the length of the terms of the regular members of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. Since two alternates are initially being appointed, their terms shall be staggered by the appointment of one of the alternates for an initial term that is a year less than a regular term. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term only.
No alternate member shall be permitted to act on any matter in which the alternate has either directly or indirectly any personal or financial interests. An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the governing body for cause.
Alternate members may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member of the Board of Recreation Commissioners. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate Number 1 shall vote.
General. The powers and duties of the Board shall be those set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq. In addition thereto, the Township Committee may by resolution assign to the Board further powers, duties, supervision or control with regard to any public parks, recreation areas and playgrounds acquired, purchased or leased by the Township of Alloway. For purposes of this chapter, the term "recreation area" shall include all lands, parks, open space, natural areas, forests, lakes, ponds, streams, waterways and water reserves used for public outdoor recreation.
Acquisition of land.
The Board, with the approval of the Township Committee, may acquire lands and waterways for public playgrounds and recreation places, by gift or purchase, and shall from time to time select lands and waterways 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 for the population of the neighborhood. It shall in addition to the foregoing powers have, subject to the approval of the Township Committee, all the powers which are granted to a Board of Recreation Commissioners with respect to surveys, maps, estimates, acquisition of lands, and suitably equipping of the same with buildings, stands, seats and other structures and apparatus for such playgrounds and recreation purposes, as provided in N.J.S.A. 40:12-3 and 40:12-4.
The title or leases to all lands acquired or taken under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 to 40:12-8 shall vest in the Township of Alloway.
Improvement of land. The Board, with the approval of the Township Committee, may cause any lands acquired to be laid out and improved as a public playground, recreation place or an approach thereto.
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.
Fees. The Board may charge reasonable fees associated with recreation exhibits.
Collections; handling. All moneys received by the Board shall be paid over to the Township Treasurer and kept by him/her in a special fund, which shall be under the control of the Board and used only for the purpose of defraying the expenses of improving, maintaining or policing the playgrounds and recreation places and for the other expenses of the Board.
Rules and regulations; enforcement.
Power to make. The Board shall have full control of all lands, playgrounds and recreation areas acquired or leased under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 to 40:12-8, and may adopt suitable rules, regulations and bylaws for the use thereof and 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.
Police power. In addition to any custodians, supervisors and assistants appointed by said Board, any other employee of the Township of Alloway, while on duty and for the purpose of preserving order and the observation of the rules, regulations and bylaws of said Board, shall have all the powers and authority of police officers of the Township of Alloway.
Annual report on receipts, disbursements and expenditures. The said Board shall make an annual report on or before the 15th day of November in each year and submit the same to the Township Committee, which report shall contain a comprehensive and detailed report concerning receipts, disbursements and expenditures for the year.
Annual report on expected needs. On or before November 15 of each year, the Board shall notify the Township Committee, in writing, of its recommended plans for the next year, the estimated cost thereof and the estimated cost of all of its operations for the ensuing year. This shall be in detail, and the Board shall make its requests and recommendations for the appropriations therefor. The Township Committee shall have the discretion and authority to approve or disapprove any or all of said recommendations, appropriating what it determines appropriate in the annual budget. The Township Committee shall notify the Board in writing of the action taken with regard to the recommendations and appropriations requested. The Board, in its operations, shall not expend more money than has been appropriated in the budget. All such expenditures shall be submitted on vouchers drawn on the Township Treasury, after first being approved by the Board at a regular meeting. The approval shall be entered on the voucher and in the Board minutes.
General. The Township Committee shall have the general duty of supervising the budgetary requirements made by the Board of Recreation Commissioners along with the review of all planned acquisitions of land in accordance with the provisions of state statute. In addition, certain administrative tasks are to be provided by the Township Committee through the office of the Township Clerk, including but not limited to the furnishing of office and clerical help, as may be deemed necessary by the Board of Recreation Commissioners.
Finances. The Township Committee shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for the care, custody, policing and maintenance of such playgrounds, recreation places, public parks and other grounds under the authority and responsibility of the Board of Recreation Commissioners and for the expenses of said Board, which shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes. In making the yearly appropriations to said Board, the Township Committee shall take into consideration a tentative budget which shall have been submitted by the Board showing the sum necessary for the care, custody, leasing, and maintenance of playground and recreation places and the expenses of the Board of Recreation Commissioners.
General. Pursuant to the authority granted above, the Board of Recreation Commissioners has the power to adopt rules of procedure to be utilized within the internal operations of the Board and also to adopt rules and regulations which have the force of law to cover conduct on the parks, playgrounds and recreation places within the Township. These rules and regulations shall be set forth in this section of this chapter.
Conduct of Board action. Said Recreation Commissioners shall meet during the month of January of each year to organize and choose from among their members a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary. The terms of office of such officers shall expire at the regular January meeting of each year. The Chairman shall preside over meetings of the Board and, in his or her absence, the Vice Chairman shall preside. The Secretary shall keep a record of meetings and actions taken or authorized by the Board. A quorum of three members shall be required for all meetings. The Board shall hold one regular meeting each month, the meeting night to be designated at the January meeting each year so that there will be a regularly slated meeting each month, together with such special meetings as the Board shall require. All members, including the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary, shall have a voice and vote in all proceedings and may initiate any action by a motion or resolution.
Rules and regulations. Rules and regulations governing the conduct and actions within the parks, playgrounds and recreation places within the Township of Alloway may be established by ordinance.