[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Hillside 11-12-2013 by Ord. No. O-13-016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the Hillside Township Council on the Arts (hereinafter also referred to as the "Council on the Arts").
The Council on the Arts shall have charge of fostering the growth of the arts in the Township of Hillside to such means and designs as the Council on the Arts may deem appropriate with the input of the Township Council. The Council on the Arts shall establish and improve programs, projects and events to foster and bring the cultural arts to the Township for the benefit of the Township's residents, visitors and other stakeholders.
The Council on the Arts shall consist of 11 members. The membership shall be divided into three categories:
One Township Council representative member who shall be a member of the Township Council appointed by the Township Council to a one-year term at the Township Council's annual reorganization meeting.
One administration representative member who shall be appointed by the Mayor to a one-year term and who shall either be the Mayor or an employee of the Township of Hillside.
Nine citizen members who shall be appointed as follows. Citizen members shall be appointed by the Township Council and, except for certain initial appointments, shall serve for a term of three years. The initial citizen membership shall consist of three members holding three-year terms, three members holding two-year terms, and three members holding a one-year term. Thereafter, all members shall serve for three years.
All citizen members shall be residents of the Township, except that up to two such members may reside outside of the Township of Hillside, provided that prior to their appointment they have demonstrated a consistently high level of interest in the Township of Hillside arts community. To the extent possible, the citizen membership shall include a diverse cross section of the Township's arts community, including, but not limited to, members schooled or otherwise interested or experienced in music, photography, fine arts, dance, crafts, media, theatre, other artistic endeavors or the business of the arts.
All terms of membership shall run from January 1 of the year in which the appointment is made, unless an appointment is made to fill an unexpired term, in which case such appointment shall run from the date thereof until the expiration of that unexpired term. Terms shall expire on December 31. Members of the Council on the Arts shall serve without pay. Except for the administration representative member, who may be appointed by simultaneous written communication from the Mayor to the Township Council and the Township Clerk, members shall be appointed by resolution adopted by the Township Council. Members shall serve until their successors are duly appointed.
The Council on the Arts may expend such funds as are provided at the discretion of the Township Council through its adoption of the municipal budget, if any, along with funds received by the Township on behalf of the Council on the Arts. The Township shall, and pursuant to this chapter is authorized to, establish a separate fund to be known as the "Council on the Arts Fund," into which donations dedicated solely to the purposes of the Council on the Arts shall be deposited and from which funds may be expended only for the purposes of the Council on the Arts.
The Council on the Arts shall elect a Chairperson annually and may appoint such other officers as deemed necessary by the Council on the Arts in accordance with bylaws duly adopted thereby.
The Council on the Arts shall have the following powers and duties:
To establish, amend and supplement its own bylaws to govern its structure, operations and activities to the extent not inconsistent with this chapter or any other local, state or federal regulation or law.
To make recommendations to the Mayor and Council of the Township of Hillside and other Township agencies with respect to any matters relating to the advancement of the cultural, visual and performing arts in the Township of Hillside, the County of Union and surrounding communities.
To aid in bringing to the Township of Hillside those activities which will enhance the educational and cultural opportunities for the residents of the Township of Hillside.
To make an annual report of its activities and recommendations to the Township Council and at such other time as the Township Council shall request or the Council on the Arts deems desirable.
To act as liaison between the Township Council and other federal, state, county and local government entities and other public and private organizations involved in promoting, funding or presenting cultural, visual and performing arts in the Hillside community.