[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Liberty 4-2-1998 by Ord. No. 98-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the position of Local Historian for the Township of Liberty.
The Local Historian shall be appointed by the Mayor and Township Committee for an indeterminate term to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Township Committee.
The position of Local Historian shall be served without compensation, except the Township Committee may annually appropriate such funds as it may deem necessary to reimburse the Local Historian for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties and responsibilities of the office.
The Local Historian may employ such clerical assistants as may be necessary in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the office, within the limits of the funds appropriated and made available by the Township Committee in the annual budget appropriation.
The Local Historian shall have the following powers and responsibilities as provided by N.J.S.A. 40:10A-7:
The Local Historian shall carry out an historical program, including but not restricted to collecting, preserving and making available materials relating to the history of the Township of Liberty. The Local Historian shall store such materials in such manner as to ensure their preservation and shall notify the State Archivist, New Jersey Historical Commission, County Local Historian and the Mayor and Township Committee of any materials which should be acquired for preservation. Upon leaving the position of Local Historian, he or she shall turn over all materials, records and reports to the possession of the successor to the office, if then appointed, or to the Mayor and Township Committee until such successor shall be appointed.
The Local Historian shall make an annual report to the Mayor and Township Committee stating all the work performed and accomplished during that year. The Local Historian shall transmit a copy of such report to the New Jersey Historical Commission. The New Jersey Historical Commission may advise the Local Historian of general guidelines along which its historical program may be implemented.
The Local Historian may research, write and cause to have published a municipal history of the Township of Liberty and may recommend appropriate historical materials for publication.
The Local Historian may assist any historical commission which may exist or be established within the Township of Liberty, as well as advise the Mayor and Township Committee concerning the acquisition, administration, use and disposition of any landmark or historic site, including such places in the Township of Liberty included on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. Such advice may be furnished to the Historic Sites Section, Department of Environmental Protection, by the Township of Liberty.
The Local Historian shall assist in projects of commemoration, including the erection of monuments, historic markers and guide signs.