Township of Newtown, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Newtown 7-12-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following intergovernmental agreement with Willistown Township, Chester County, is approved.
There is hereby created the Bartram Bridge Joint Preservation Board. This Board shall have the organization, powers and duties set out in this agreement.
The Joint Preservation Board shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
The Board shall formulate, advise, recommend and promote to the respective governing bodies of Newtown and Willistown policies for the management, use and preservation of the Bartram Covered Bridge.
B. 
The Board shall identify problems and recommend plans and programs to the respective governing bodies of Newtown and Willistown for the repair, supervision, operation and maintenance of the Bartram Covered Bridge.
C. 
The Board shall endeavor to take advantage of such federal, state, county and local programs of assistance for the establishment, administration, maintenance and operation of sites of established historical, architectural or aesthetic value, including education services, exchange of information, assignment of technical personnel, planning assistance and coordination and any other program of assistance as may seem to the Board and the respective governing bodies of Newtown and Willistown to be advantageous.
The membership and organization of the Joint Board shall be as follows:
A. 
The Board shall consist of five members. Two members shall be appointed by the governing body of Willistown Township and two members shall be appointed by the governing body of Newtown Township. The fifth member shall be appointed by the other four members. The fifth member shall be a resident of Newtown or Willistown Township, and the position will alternate between said townships every two years. Members shall serve for terms of two years each, provided that the first members selected shall draw lots so that two shall serve for one year and three shall serve for two years. Thereafter, members shall serve for two-year staggered terms. At least one member from each municipality shall serve a one-year term. All terms shall expire December 31 of each calendar year.
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-1]
B. 
Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled in the same manner that original appointments are made for the four members appointed by the governing bodies. If a vacancy exists with the fifth member, the Township in which the fifth member resides will present two names to the Board for consideration for the membership for the balance of the unexpired term of office.
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-1]
C. 
Meetings. The Joint Board shall hold regular meetings, open to the public and held in the Municipal Building. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman or by any two members, by written notice, at least five days before the meeting. Notice of all regular and special meetings shall be provided in the same manner as notices of meetings of the governing bodies of the respective townships. The Joint Board shall provide notice of any such meetings to the respective Township Secretaries at least five days before the meeting.
D. 
Compensation. Members of the Joint Board shall serve without pay, provided that they may be reimbursed for actual out-of-pocket expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
E. 
Officers. The members of the Joint Board shall select one of their members as Chairman, one as Vice Chairman and one of their members as Secretary. Officers will serve for a one-year term of office, such term to expire the first Monday of January of each calendar year.
[Amended 2-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-1]
F. 
Quorum and voting. An affirmative vote of at least three members shall be required to pass any measure. Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
The Joint Board shall prepare an annual budget, listing anticipated money to be received and anticipated costs to be paid out. The Joint Board shall have such funds as are provided to it from time to time by Newtown and Willistown, such funds as it can raise by providing charges for its services and programs and such funds as may be donated to the Board. The Joint Board shall submit a detailed written itemized budget proposal to the governing bodies of Newtown and Willistown no later than October 1 of each calender year.
The Joint Board shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual written report to the governing bodies of Newtown and Willistown and generally make the report known and available.
The Joint Board shall continue in existence until either Newtown or Willistown passes an ordinance withdrawing its participation in the Joint Board. Participation may be canceled only by giving notice at least 90 days before the end of any fiscal year of the Board, to be effective no earlier than the end of the fiscal year. No such notice shall relieve any municipality from an obligation of providing funds previously agreed to be paid to the Joint Board. The fiscal year of the Board shall be January 1 to December 31.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as abolishing or limiting any existing municipal agency, board, authority or commission, even though such agency, board, authority or commission may have a responsibility related to the responsibilities delegated to the Joint Board hereunder.
The parties understand that their respective powers to enter into this agreement may be exercised only by the adoption of ordinances by the governing bodies of both of them in the manner mandated by law. Both parties either represent that all such procedures and actions have been taken for the adoption of such an ordinance or agree that all procedures or actions necessary or advisable in order to adopt such ordinances shall be taken as promptly as possible.