[Adopted 2-8-1993 by Ord. No. 93-3]
There is hereby created a Recreation Committee of the Township of Knowlton.
The Recreation Committee shall consist of nine members who shall be designated Recreation Committeepersons and who shall be residents of the Township of Knowlton. Two of the members shall be designated Recreation Co-Directors appointed yearly by the Township Committee as compensated appointments. The Recreation Co-Directors shall carry out duties as specified in the Recreation Co-Director job description. The remaining seven members shall be noncompensated appointments made by the Mayor and shall be for a term of three years, staggered so that the term of at least two, and not more than three, resident Recreation Committeepersons shall expire in each year. All vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term. Recreation Committeepersons shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualify.
[Amended 6-10-2002 by Ord. No. 02-09]
Appointment. In each year, the Mayor shall appoint two members from the Township Committee to serve for a term of one year on the Township Committee's Recreation Subcommittee, who shall be members of this Recreation Committee. In the initial year, the Mayor shall appoint to the Recreation Committee one member of the Knowlton Township Athletic Association for a term of one year and one resident of the Township for one year. In addition, in the initial year, the Mayor shall appoint one member of the Knowlton Senior Citizen's Club for a term of two years and one resident of the Township for a term of two years. In addition, the Mayor shall appoint three additional residents of the Township for a period of three years. Thereafter, as each initial and succeeding term expires, the Mayor shall appoint persons, from the same source as the initial appointments or designation, for terms of three years.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by Ord. No. 97-08]
Any member who does not attend 2/3 of the meetings for any calendar year may be discharged from the Recreation Committee by resolution of the Township Committee. The Chairperson of the Recreation Committee shall notify the Township Clerk that a vacancy has occurred and, in that event, the Mayor shall make a new appointment, from the same source as the original appointment, within 30 days of notification by the Recreation Committee Chairperson, who shall serve for the unexpired term of the vacancy.
The members of the Recreation Committee shall annually elect from their own numbers a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. They may appoint a Secretary and employ such other assistants as they may deem necessary within the limits of budget appropriations authorized by the Township Committee.
The Recreation Committee shall meet regularly at least once each month in connection with the performance of its duties and for the consideration of matters affecting public parks and recreation areas within the Township. The Recreation Committee shall adopt rules and regulations for the purpose of facilitating the advisory work of its Committee and for the purpose of regulating the conduct of the meetings of the Recreation Committee.
From time to time the Recreation Committee shall formulate plans for the development and improvement of the public parks, recreation areas and playground lands now or hereafter owned by the Township; propose methods or arrangements for the proper maintenance and care of such lands and the improvement thereof; formulate rules and regulations for the public use of park, recreation areas and playground lands and improvements thereof; determine annually what sums may be necessary for the improvement, care and maintenance of the public parks, recreation areas and playground lands within the Township and recommend to the Township Committee, in writing, the amounts necessary for the proper funding for those purposes.
In addition, the Recreation Committee, in its capacity as an advisory board to the Township Committee, shall have the authority for the following:
Set schedules for all athletic fields to be utilized;
Recommend equipment purchases to the Township Committee;
Maintain separate budgetary account and shall not commingle Township funds with the funds of any group or association;
Submit vouchers for the payment of all budgeted athletic programs for approval by the Township Committee; and
Implement new and creative programs to carry out the purposes of this article within the budgetary account.
The Recreation Committee shall not have any power to issue bonds or other monetary obligations binding upon the Township of Knowlton. All recommendations of the Recreation Committee involving the expenditure of moneys shall be submitted for approval to the Township Committee prior to the introduction and formal consideration of the Township's annual budget. The sum actually appropriated by the Township Committee in any year shall not, in any case, exceed the sum recommended by the Township Recreation Committee; however, the Township Committee may appropriate a lesser amount.
The Recreation Committee shall have the authority and power, exclusive of the Township Committee, to expend those sums of moneys approved by the Township Committee in its annual budget for parks, recreational areas and playground purposes, and all moneys so appropriated for such purposes shall be paid out by the Township Chief Financial Officer upon the submission of an appropriate, signed voucher executed by a Recreation Co-Director.
[Amended 6-10-2002 by Ord. No. 02-09]
The Township Recreation Committee shall be bound by the terms and conditions of N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 to 10:4-21, inclusive, commonly known as the "New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act," and shall annually fix its meeting dates and give appropriate notice of the time and place of its meetings and shall not conduct any meeting except in compliance with law.
All determinations and rulings concerning recreational disputes or the implementation of policies and procedures rendered by a majority of the Recreation Committee shall be binding. The Township Committee shall have the authority to hear appeals from the actions of the Recreation Committee, provided that said appeal is filed with the Township Clerk within 14 days of the decision of the Recreation Committee, and the appeal shall be heard at the next regular public meeting of the Township Committee. The majority decision of the Township Committee shall be binding and final concerning all disputes.