Borough of Wallington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wallington 5-13-1970 as Secs. 2-2, 2-3, 2-4 and 2-5 of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 17 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Code of Ethics — See Ch. 40.

§ 16-1 Organization; membership.

[Amended 2-25-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-2]
The Council shall consist of the Mayor and six Councilpersons elected at large in the Borough, all of whom shall be elected and take office in the manner provided by law. The terms of office of the Mayor and six Councilpersons shall commence on January 1 next following their election.

§ 16-2 Vacancies.

Pursuant to the Borough law, a vacancy occurring in the office of Mayor, whether by resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by the Council until the next annual election and the election and qualification of a successor. At such next annual election, the person elected to fill the vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term only. All vacancies in other elective offices shall be filled by nomination by the Mayor and appointment by him, with the advice and consent of the Council expressed by a majority vote of the Council members present at the meeting, provided that at least three affirmative votes shall be required for such purpose, the Mayor to have no vote thereon except in the case of a tie. All appointments to fill vacancies on the Council shall be until January 1 following the next general election. If vacancies shall occur at so short a period of time before the next annual election that the office cannot be filled at the election, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as though it had occurred immediately after the election, and the vacancy shall be filled at the next subsequent annual election for such portion of the term, if any, as may still remain unexpired. At the next annual election, the person elected to fill the vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term only.

§ 16-3 Meetings.

[Amended 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 93-19]
The Council shall meet for organization on the first Saturday of January following each general election. Thereafter, the Council shall meet regularly at such times and places as provided by resolution. The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings of the Council. In case of his neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call special meetings at such time and place in the Borough as they may designate. In all cases of special meetings, notice shall be given to all Council members or left at their places of residence.

§ 16-4 Powers and duties of Mayor.

[Amended 2-26-1986 by Ord. No. 86-1; 2-2-1987 by Ord. No. 87-1]
A. 
The Mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Council but shall not vote except to give the deciding vote in case of a tie.
B. 
The Mayor shall nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint all officers in the Borough. No appointments shall be made except by a majority vote of the Council members present at the meeting, provided that at least three affirmative votes shall be required for such purpose, the Mayor to have no vote thereon except in case of a tie.
C. 
Vacancies in appointive offices shall be filled by appointment in the same manner for the unexpired term only. The Mayor shall make nomination to fill a vacancy within 30 days after the appointive office becomes vacant. If the Mayor fails to nominate within 30 days or the Council fails to confirm a nomination made by the Mayor, then after the expiration of 30 days the Council shall appoint the officer.

§ 16-5 President of Council.

[Amended 2-26-1986 by Ord. No. 86-1; 2-2-1987 by Ord. No. 87-1]
A. 
At the annual meeting, the Council, by a majority vote, shall elect from its number a President, who shall preside at all its meetings when the Mayor does not preside. The President of Council shall hold office for one year and until the next annual meeting. He shall have the right to debate and vote on all questions before the Council.
B. 
If the Council at its annual meeting fails to elect a President, the Mayor shall appoint the President from the Council and, in that case, no confirmation by the Council shall be necessary.
C. 
If the Mayor is absent from the Borough for a period of three days or for any reason is unable to act, the President shall perform all the duties of the Mayor during his absence or inability. The Mayor, in case of his intended absence from the Borough for more than three days at any one time, shall notify the President, in writing, of such intended absence, whereupon the President shall be and become Acting Mayor from the receipt of notice and continue to act until the Mayor's return.