Township of Pequannock, NJ
Morris County
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This chapter shall be known and designated as the "Administrative Code."
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
CHARTER
The pertinent provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law of the state governing Council-Manager Plan E under which this Township's government is constituted, and such provisions of general law as are applicable to such form of government and under which this Township derives its governmental powers.
DEPARTMENT
An organization unit of the Township government established or designated by this chapter as a department, and any agency or instrumentality of the Township government not allocated or assigned to such an organization unit.
The public, administrative and executive business offices of the Township shall be open for the transaction of public business daily, except Saturday and Sunday and legal holidays, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Police Department, Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works and other departments in times of emergency shall provide Township services for 24 hours a day as heretofore provided. The Township Manager or a department head may require any officer or employee to be in attendance for work whenever he determines that a public exigency or emergency so requires.
A. 
Selection.
(1) 
On the first day of January of each year, or within seven days thereafter, the Township Council shall meet for organization at the usual place of meeting and organize and elect one of its members as Mayor. The Mayor shall be chosen by ballot by majority vote of all members of the Council. If the members cannot agree on the selection of a Mayor, the selection will be dictated by N.J.S.A. 40:69A-86.
(2) 
The Council shall, on the same date and under the same procedure, designate a Deputy Mayor from among its members to serve in the event of temporary absence or disability of the Mayor.
(3) 
The Council shall fill any vacancy in the office of Mayor or Deputy Mayor which may occur in accordance with the Charter.
B. 
Powers and duties. The Mayor shall have such powers and duties as are vested in him by ordinance, the Charter and general law. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the Council and shall have a voice and vote in its proceedings. All bonds, notes, deeds, contracts and written obligations of the Township shall be executed in its behalf by the Mayor, or, in the event of his inability to act, the Deputy Mayor shall be authorized to fulfill such functions.
The Township Council shall meet annually for organization at 2:00 p.m. (or such hour as may be fixed at a previous regular or special meetings of the Township Council) on the first day of January unless that day is a Sunday, in which case it shall meet on the next succeeding day, and regularly thereafter on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., unless the time or date is otherwise changed by resolution adopted at a previous regular or special meeting. When the time for any regular meeting of the Township Council falls on a legal holiday or one prescribed by law, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day which is not a legal holiday unless changed as prescribed above.
A. 
The Mayor may at any time, and upon written request of any three Council members, call a special meeting. The call for such a special meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting, and no other business shall be transacted at any such special meeting. The Mayor's call for such a special meeting shall be filed with the Clerk at least 72 hours prior to the time for which the meeting is called. The Clerk shall forthwith provide notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) and shall also give notice by telephone or telegraph to each Council member at such place as each member shall have previously designated for that purpose. The Clerk shall further cause the Township police to serve a written copy of the call for a meeting upon each Council member by delivery of a copy to his usual place of abode at least 48 hours before the time set for such meeting. Proof of delivery of such written notice shall be announced at the commencement of any such meeting.
B. 
The Council, by direct vote, straw vote, or telephone poll, may by majority agreement schedule a special meeting, provided all provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) are complied with.
The order of business, agenda, conduct of meetings, procedure, decorum and any and all matters pertaining to the functions of the Council and the carrying out of Township business at regular and special meetings shall be determined and prescribed by resolution of the Council.
Except as may be provided in the Charter and the Administrative Code, questions of order, methods or organization and the conduct of business of the Council shall be governed by the latest revised edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
The agenda for each meeting shall be prepared by the Clerk in accordance with regulations adopted by resolution of the Council each year. Such regulations shall conform to the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.).
The Township Clerk shall be appointed by the Township Council for a three-year term effective January 1 of the year of appointment in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:46-7 et seq. The Township Clerk shall, prior to appointment, be qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office. The Township Clerk shall receive such compensation as shall be provided by ordinance.
The Township Clerk shall serve as Clerk of the Township Council. He shall keep a journal of the proceedings of the Township Council and shall engross all ordinances and all resolutions of a permanent character in books to be provided for that purpose. After each ordinance, he shall also engross and certify the proof of publication thereof as required by law. Each ordinance and resolution so engrossed shall be signed by the Mayor and the Township Clerk, who shall attest that it was duly adopted upon a date stated pursuant to law, and when so signed, the engrossed copy shall be deemed to be a public record of the ordinance or resolution. Any omission by the Township Clerk or the Mayor to engross, sign or certify as herein required shall not impair or affect the validity of any ordinance which has been duly adopted.
The Township Clerk shall have custody of and shall safely keep all records, books and documents of the Township, except such as shall be committed by Charter or ordinance to any other office or be transferred thereto by resolution of the Township Council. He shall, upon request and upon the payment of the fees prescribed therefor by resolution of the Township Council for the use of the Township, furnish a certified copy of any such paper in his custody, under the Corporate Seal of the Township.
The Township Clerk shall cause the Corporate Seal of the Township to be affixed to instruments and writings when authorized to do so by any ordinance or resolution of the Township Council, or when necessary to exemplify any document on record in his office, or to certify any act of paper, which from the records in his office shall appear to have been a public act of the Township or a public document. He shall not affix the Seal or cause or permit it to be affixed to any instrument or writing or other paper, except as in this section provided, unless required to do so by law or ordinance.
The Township Clerk shall be the depository and custodian of all official surety bonds furnished by or on account of any Township officer or employee, except his own bond, which shall be placed in the custody of the Township Treasurer; and all formal contracts for work, labor services, supplies, equipment and materials to which the Township may be a part. The Township Clerk shall also have custody of all leases of property owned by the Township. The Township Clerk shall also be the depository for and have custody of all performance bonds running to the Township as obligee, or any other form of security given by any contractor, subdivision developer or other person on account of work done or to be done in or for the Township.
In addition to such other functions, powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Charter and this chapter, the Township Clerk shall:
A. 
Perform all of the functions required of Municipal Clerks by the General Election Law and any other law or ordinance and receive the fees prescribed therefor.
B. 
Administer the provisions of this chapter and other Township ordinances with reference to the several trades, occupations and activities for which licenses are required by law or ordinance to be obtained from the Township Clerk.
C. 
Issue such licenses as may be authorized by the Township Council pursuant to the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and this chapter.
D. 
Perform such functions as are vested in the Municipal Clerk by state law and ordinances relating to bingo and raffle licensing.
E. 
Issue certificates as to approval of land subdivisions by the Township Planning Board of the Township Council pursuant to the State Municipal Planning Act.
The Township Clerk shall have such other different and additional functions, powers and duties as may be prescribed by law, this chapter or other Township ordinances.
The Deputy Township Clerk shall act in the place and stead of the Township Clerk in the event of his absence or disability and shall have such other duties and powers as may be prescribed by law.
There shall be a Township Attorney appointed by the Township Council for a term of one years from January 1 of the year of his appointment and until his successor has been appointed. He need not be a resident of the Township. He shall be an attorney at law in the State of New Jersey.
The Township Attorney shall receive compensation as provided by ordinance and/or a professional services agreement in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
The duties of the Township Attorney shall be such as are prescribed by Charter, general law, this chapter and other Township ordinances. In addition, he shall give legal counsel to the Township Council, the Township Manager, department heads and other boards, committees, etc., where appropriate.
The Township Council may, in lieu of appointing an individual, appoint a firm of attorneys, the partners of which have the qualifications herein provided.
The Township Manager shall be appointed by the Township Council in the manner and subject to the qualifications prescribed by the Charter. He shall receive such annual compensation as shall be provided in the Salary Ordinance.
The Township Manager may designate a qualified administrative officer of the Township to perform his duties during his temporary absence or disability. In the event of his failure to make such designation, the Township Council may, by resolution, appoint an officer of the Township to perform the duties of the Township Manager during such absence or disability until he shall return or his disability shall cease.
The Township Manager shall:
A. 
Supervise the administration of all departments of the Township government and be responsible for the maintenance of sound personnel, policies and administrative practices.
B. 
Approve all bills, purchase orders and/or vouchers for payment, subject to audit and control as provided in this chapter.
C. 
Maintain a continuing review and analysis of budget operations, work programs and costs of municipal services.
D. 
Maintain all personnel records, vacation and sick leave schedules and records.
E. 
Study the government and administrative operations and need of the Township government and prepare and recommend to the Township Council necessary and desirable plans and programs with respect thereto.
F. 
Attend all meetings of the Township Council and perform such other duties as the Township Council may prescribe.
The Township Manager shall:
A. 
Be responsible for the preparations of the budget document and the compilation and analysis of budget costs and estimates.
B. 
Conduct pre-budget public hearings during the month of November in each year, during which each department head shall have an opportunity to present and justify his budget requests.
C. 
Prepare the forms, schedules and exhibits for each annual budget upon the basis of departmental requests and the budget hearings which he conducts and within such policy guides as may be prescribed by resolution of the Township Council.
D. 
Prepare the annual budget for introduction in such form and with such explanatory statements and schedules, consistent with the Local Budget Law, as the Township Council shall approve.
There shall be a Township Treasurer appointed by the Township Manager. The Township Manager may serve as the Township Treasurer and appoint a Deputy Treasurer as prescribed by law. He shall have and perform all the powers and duties prescribed under the Optional Municipal Charter Law, general law, this chapter or other ordinances of the Township.
There shall be a Collector of Taxes appointed by the Township Manager, who shall hold office for a term of four years from January 1 of the year of the appointment. The Collector of Taxes shall have, perform and exercise all of the functions, powers and duties as are provided by the Optional Municipal Charter Law, general law, this chapter and other Township ordinances and in addition thereto shall assume the duties of collector of assessments and tax title searcher.
There shall be a Township Engineer appointed by the Township Manager who may also serve as Director of the Department of Public Works. In the event that a qualified professional engineer is not available for appointment as Township Engineer/Director of Public Works, then the Township Manager shall appoint a consulting engineer who shall be paid a retainer and reasonable fees as approved by the Township Council.
The Township Engineer shall:
A. 
Prepare all plans and specifications for public works and improvements undertaken by the Township, either on force account or by contract.
B. 
Provide and maintain maps, plans and specifications, surveys and records with respect to public property, works and facilities owned or operated by the Township government.
C. 
Provide engineering services to the various departments, boards and agencies of the Township, as directed by the Township Council, Township Manager, ordinances or other authorized authority.
D. 
Issue such certificates as may be necessary and approve all bills with respect to work performed under his supervision.
E. 
Prepare plans and specifications, make surveys and maps and maintain the Tax Map on a current basis.
The Township Council shall appoint a Tax Assessor for a four year term effective July 1 of the year his appointment. The Assessor shall perform all duties and have all the powers which are assigned to the Assessor by general law, this chapter or other ordinances of the Township. The Township Manager may appoint such clerical assistance as may be deemed necessary for the effective administration of the Assessor's function.
There shall be a Township Auditor, appointed by the Township Council, who shall hold office for a term of two years from January 1 of the year of appointment and until a successor is appointed. The Township Auditor shall receive such compensation as may be hereafter determined and approved by the Township Council.
The Township Auditor shall be a registered municipal accountant of the state and need not be a resident of the Township. In lieu of appointing an individual auditor, the Council may appoint a firm of auditors, each member of which shall be a registered municipal accountant of the state.
The Township Auditor shall make the annual audit and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by law, this chapter or other Township ordinances or as may be directed by the Township Council.
There is hereby established in and for the Township a Municipal Court. The name of the court established by this chapter shall be the "Municipal Court of the Township of Pequannock in the County of Morris." The Court shall have such civil and criminal jurisdiction as is provided by law.
A. 
The Municipal Court shall have a Judge, who shall be known as the "Municipal Judge," who shall have such qualifications as may be provided by law.
B. 
The Municipal Judge shall be appointed by the Township Council. He shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his appointment and until his successor is appointed and qualifies.
C. 
The Municipal Judge shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe to an oath, as provided by law.
D. 
The salary of the Municipal Judge shall be established by the Township Council, and said salary shall be in lieu of any and all fees and costs.
The Administrator of the Municipal Court shall be appointed by the Township Manager. The Administrator shall serve for a term of one year.
The Township Council may, by resolution, provide for such other necessary clerical and other assistants as they may deem necessary.
The Township Council shall provide the necessary accommodations for the Municipal Court and shall furnish a court seal as required by law, as well as other necessary supplies.
Anything in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, the duties, powers and jurisdiction of the Municipal Court and the judge thereof shall be such as shall from time to time be prescribed or established by law and the rules of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and this chapter shall at all times be subject to any provisions of law and such rules of the Supreme Court of New Jersey affecting the duties, powers and jurisdiction of the Municipal Court of the Judge thereof.
There shall be a Municipal Prosecutor appointed by the Township Manager for a two-year term commencing January 1. He shall be an attorney at law in the State of New Jersey and be qualified by experience and training for the position. In the event of his inability to act, the Township Attorney may substitute for the Municipal Prosecutor.
The Municipal Prosecutor shall receive a salary as established by the Township Council.
There shall be a Public Defender appointed by the Township Manager for a term of one year. The appointment shall be effective on the first day of January and shall terminate on December 31st of each year.
[Amended 5-23-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-07]
Any person who shall apply to the Pequannock Township Municipal Court for the appointment of a public defender to represent him/her, where such person is entitled by law of the appointment of counsel, shall pay a nonrefundable fee as provided in Chapter 79. The Pequannock Township Municipal Court may waive such required application fee, in whole or in part if the Court determines, in its discretion, that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking such representation.
The Township Council may appoint a local historian who shall serve at the pleasure of the Council without compensation. He shall make an annual report to the governing body and generally perform such duties as outlined in general law. The Township Historian may request citizens of the community to assist him in special projects from time to time or as requested by the governing body.
The head of each department, subject to the Charter, this chapter and other Township ordinances, and subject to the approval of the Township Manager, shall:
A. 
Prescribe the internal organization of the department and the duties of subordinate officers and employees within the department.
B. 
Assign functions, powers and duties to subordinate officers and employees within the department and modify such assignments as need appears.
C. 
Supervise the work of the department through the divisions established by this chapter and such other organization units as the head of the department may find necessary or desirable and supervise and direct the work of the employees in the department.
D. 
Delegate to division heads such of his powers as he may deem necessary for efficient administration.
E. 
Report at least annually to the Township Council in such form as shall be approved by the Township Manager on the work of the department during the preceding year.
Each department head shall have the power, except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, to appoint, suspend or remove subordinate officers and employees within the department, subject to the approval of the Township Manager.
[Amended 11-24-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-26]
A. 
There shall be a Department of Public Works, the head of which shall be the Director of Public Works. The Director of Public Works shall be appointed by the Manager and shall receive such salary as may be provided by the Salary Ordinance. The Director of Public Works shall either be a Certified Public Works Manager or a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey. The Department shall, in addition, consist of other employees as may be deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the Department.
B. 
The Director of Public Works may serve as the licensed water operator.
C. 
In the absence of a Certified Public Works Manager and a Licensed Professional Engineer, the Township Manager may appoint a Public Works Administrator who shall be the Director of Public Works.
The Water and Sewer Departments are established as divisions of Public Works and shall function pursuant to the appropriate provisions of state and local code. Revenues shall be collected by such employees as may be from time to time designated by the Township Manager.
The Director of Public Works, under the direction of the Township Manager, shall be responsible for the proper and efficient conduct of all Public Works functions of the Township government. He shall have power, with the approval of the Township Manager and within the limits of available appropriations, to engage such specialized equipment and labor for specific projects and purposes as he may deem necessary for the proper administration and functions of the Department. The Director shall:
A. 
Supervise all construction and maintenance work pertaining to public streets, drains, water distribution and conservation, and the construction of public buildings and property and parking lots.
B. 
Plan, administer and control snow removal on Township streets and roads as need appears, within the limits of available appropriations.
C. 
Issue such certificates as may be necessary and approve all bills with respect to work performed under his supervision.
D. 
Provide for the maintenance, construction and other appurtenances for the operations of the water and sewer systems.
[Amended 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-05; 9-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-18]
The Fire Department shall consist of a Fire Department liaison representative from the Township governing body and two volunteer fire companies plus a Chief for each company. The firefighters shall not be less than 18 old at the time of their application for membership in the Fire Department is presented to the Township Manager for approval. In addition, there shall be nine Fire Marshals attached to each company appointed by the Township Manager.
Administrative control of the Fire Department shall be as established by the Township Manager.
[Added 6-26-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
A. 
Appointment of a Fire Department Training Officer. The Township Manager may appoint a Fire Department Training Officer from among candidates recommended by each of the company chiefs. The Fire Department Training Officer shall serve a term of one year to coincide with the term of the Department Chief. The Fire Department Training Officer will serve under the direction of the Department Chief and shall receive no compensation. The Fire Department Training Officer will be qualified by way of training and experience to hold the position.
B. 
Duties of the Fire Department Training Officer. The Fire Department Training Officer, if appointed, shall be responsible for:
1) 
Coordination of Department Training Activities.
2) 
Recommendation of Department Training Program to the Department Chief.
3) 
Maintenance of Training Records for all Firefighters.
4) 
Preparation of an Annual Training Report to the Department Chief.
5) 
Any other duties assigned by the Department Chief.
Chief shall be recommended by each department for the term of one year, who shall then be appointed by the Township Manager and the appointment reported to the Township Council. Such appointment shall be made on the first day of January of each year. The Department Chief shall alternate between the companies each year.
[Added 12-22-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-32]
The Department Chief of the Fire Department will be responsible to:
A. 
Establish Department Policies and Procedures.
B. 
Establish minimum guidelines for Department level training and coordinate same.
C. 
Coordinate Department level purchases and budget administration.
The Chiefs and other officers shall wear, when on duty, hats or helmets upon which shall be clearly shown the names of their respective officers.
Any citizen of the Township possessing the qualifications set out in 3.18.010 and desiring to become a member of the Fire Department shall make application on blanks provided for that purpose to the fire company, and upon approval of the Township Manager, the application shall be signed by the Township Clerk and Department Chief, returned to the Township relief association secretary, and thereupon the new member shall be detailed to duty with that company. Should such firefighter at any time desire to change to another company, he shall so request, in writing, to the Fire Department Chief, and the Chiefs of the companies concurring, such change may be made at the pleasure of the Township Manager.
Each firefighter, upon entering upon his duties as a firefighter, shall receive a badge, to be furnished by the Township, and it shall be surrendered to the Fire Department Chief upon death, resignation, removal or expiration of term.
Any firefighter may resign at any time, such resignation to be made in writing, and credit will be given for time served as firefighter, provided that such firefighter is in good standing and free from charges at the time such resignation is made.
The members of each company shall themselves elect a Captain and a First and Second Lieutenant, who shall hold office for one year. Each company shall adopt a constitution and bylaws for their civic government, but all constitutions, bylaws, rules and regulations adopted by then shall be subject to the approval of the Township Council.
It shall be the duty of the companies, so often as any alarm is sounded, to report immediately upon the alarm thereof to their respective firehouses and to convey their apparatus to the location, unless otherwise ordered by the officer present; and to remain under his direction until dismissed. Helmets, boots and raincoats shall be worn before riding the apparatus when answering alarms and while on duty at an alarm.
The officers, in order of their rank, shall have entire charge of the firefighters and the apparatus while it actually engaged in active duty, while on parade or inspection, or when employed in drills, and it shall be their duty to see that all apparatus is returned. In all cases, the officers, in order of their rank, shall have full and absolute command and shall cause the firefighters and the apparatus to work in the most advantageous manner.
It shall be the duty of the Company Chiefs to report monthly to the Township Manager and Fire Safety Office the condition of all fire-fighting apparatus and appurtenances, the number and date of all fires during the month previous.
The Township Manager shall keep a true record of the members of the Department, which record shall consist of at least the name, address, when admitted, company assigned to, duty performed, when membership expires and such other information as the Township Manager or Township Council shall from time to time request.
The Chief in command at any fire is hereby clothed with full and complete police authority and is hereby authorized to call upon the head of any municipal department for aid and assistance.
Any firefighter or officer, while on duty at any fire, drill, parade or inspection, who shall refuse or willfully neglect to obey or execute any orders from any officer, shall for the offense be subject to suspension or expulsion from the Department, but the officer or firefighter so charged shall be permitted to be heard in his defense within a period of 10 days thereafter at a hearing before the Township Manager. In case of willful refusal or neglect to attend any alarm, such member or members shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from such company at the discretion of the Township Manager.
If any company in the Department shall vote for the suspension or expulsion of any of its members, the same shall be reported to the Township Manager, and the expelled or suspended members shall have the right to appeal by appearing or stating in writing to the Township Manager why such expulsion or suspension should not be confirmed; and in case of his non-appearance, or in case his appeal is not sustained, the Township Manager may thereupon confirm the suspension or appeal.
Every member of the Fire Department shall, in each and every year, perform at least 60% of duty, such 60% being composed of answering alarms, actual attendance and duty at alarms, and not exceeding 20 drills in each and every year. Any member failing to perform 60% of all duty in each year may, on recommendation of the fire company, be suspended from the Department.
It shall be the duty of the Chiefs to arrange the drills so that they will include the proper and efficient use of all appliances, apparatus and other improved methods of firematics.
Any member of the Fire Department who has served seven years in the Department and has attended 60% of all alarms in each year, in accordance with this chapter shall, upon proper verification, be entitled to an exempt certificate to be issued by the Township Clerk.
No member of the Fire Department shall have the right to appear before the Township Council on any business pertaining to the Fire Department unless permission, in writing, is given by the Township Manager to do so. Any member violating such rule shall, after a hearing, be subject to expulsion from the Department.
The Fire Department liaison representative and the company Chiefs will meet quarter-annually on the second Fridays of March, June, September and December of each year. It shall be the duty of the liaison representative to attend at least one regular meeting of each fire company in each month of the year, and if unable to attend, to notify the company Chief.
A. 
Any widow, widower or minor child or children of a volunteer firefighter who dies as the result of injuries sustained in the course of performance of duty as a member of the Volunteer Fire Department shall receive a pension in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, commencing with N.J.S.A. 43:12-28.1.
B. 
The amount of such pension shall total $5,000 annually and shall be paid to the widow/widower of the deceased firefighter during her/his widowhood/widowerhood or to the legal guardian of the minor child or children of such firefighter if he leaves no widow/widower surviving or to the guardian of such minor child or children after the death of such widow/widower during his or their minority.
C. 
The minor child or children of the deceased firefighter shall be determined to be minors if under the age of 18 years, unless legally emancipated prior thereto.
D. 
The Township Council shall make a provision in its annual budget for the payment of any such pension, and the same shall be paid in such manner as the governing body shall determine. The Township Council may, at its discretion, fund the aforesaid pension by appropriate insurance pursuant to Chapter 331 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey (Laws of 1968) commencing with N.J.S.A. 43:12-28.1.
E. 
Should any question arise as to whether or not a volunteer firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained in the course of performance of duty as a member of the volunteer Fire Department, then and in such event, a board composed of the Chiefs of the Fire companies of the Township, the Fire department liaison representative, the Mayor and the Township Manager shall convene as a board, hear evidence and make an appropriate determination.
The penalty for any violation of this section, to which no definite penalty is attached, shall, in case of an officer or member, be demotion from his office, or suspension from the fire department, or both by the Township Manager.
[Added 8-26-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-19; amended 5-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
A. 
There is hereby established an auxiliary to the Pequannock Fire Department to be known as the Junior Firefighter's Auxiliary, which shall operate under and pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:14-95 et seq. the Chief or his/her designee shall be responsible for the direction and control of the auxiliary established within his/her company.
B. 
Any resident of the Township of Pequannock between 14 and 18 years of age shall be eligible for membership in the Junior Firefighter's Auxiliary. No individual shall become a member of the Junior Firefighter's Auxiliary unless permission shall be obtained from such individual's parent or legal guardian. Such permission shall be in writing and acknowledged or proved in the manner required by law for deeds to real estate to be recorded. The original written permission shall be retained by the Township Clerk with a copy of the same to be forwarded by the Clerk to the Fire Department Chief.
C. 
Members of the Junior Firefighter's Auxiliary shall be provided with the same insurance coverage as provided for the regular volunteer firemen in the Pequannock Fire Department.
D. 
The Township Council hereinafter establishes the following rules and regulations designed to provide for the training of the Auxiliary for eventual membership in the Pequannock Fire Department and to govern the activities of the Auxiliary.
1) 
Applicants for junior membership to the Pequannock Township Fire Department shall reside within the Pequannock Township border and be a minimum of 16 years of age.
2) 
Only applicants that have the "Parental Consent Form" completed will be able to become a junior firefighter with the Pequannock Township Fire Department.
3) 
Applicants will complete the standard department application for active membership in the junior fire department.
4) 
Applicants are encouraged to participate in all fires and drills.
5) 
Junior firefighters shall obey and follow the by-laws of both Pequannock Township Fire Companies and the rules and regulations of the junior fire department.
6) 
Junior firefighters are to maintain a 2.50 grade point average in school to maintain membership. Members are to present the Chief with a copy of his/her report card every marking period. If the junior firefighter fails to maintain a 2.50 grade point average, they will be suspended from duty until their grades improve to a 2.50 grade point average.
7) 
No junior firefighter will be allowed in any portion of the firehouse without an active firefighter present and aware of the junior members' presence. (Active member = Member with more than one year service.)
8) 
No junior firefighter will be able to respond to emergency incidents between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and during normal school hours.
9) 
Junior firefighters will not enter any structure, warm or hot zone until the IC declares the area safe for them to enter.
10) 
Junior firefighters will be assigned to a qualified firefighter as an immediate supervisor, but will fall under the direction of the Chief and line officers.
11) 
Junior firefighters shall first allow active firefighters to respond on fire apparatus. If there is room they may respond on fire apparatus. If there is no room they may respond with any fire apparatus only after requesting permission from the officer or senior firefighter on the apparatus.
12) 
Junior firefighters that bring discredit to the Pequannock Township Fire Department will be expelled and their parent/guardian will be notified.
13) 
Junior firefighters are not allowed to handle alcohol under any circumstances.
14) 
The use of controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited and will result in expulsion and notification to the junior firefighter's parent or guardian and the local police department.
15) 
Junior firefighters will be issued personal protective equipment from the lead instructor to be worn at emergency incidents and drills as required. All personal protective equipment will be stored in the firehouse.
16) 
Junior firefighters shall not be allowed to make financial purchases for the Fire Department.
17) 
The parent or guardian of a junior firefighter shall be responsible for any lost or stolen fire department issued equipment.
18) 
Junior firefighters are to report any problems, conflicts, damaged or broken equipment to the lead instructor.
19) 
Junior firefighters are not allowed to utilize any fire department computers.
20) 
All junior firefighters are required to attend the junior firefighter class at the Morris County Fire Academy within one year of joining.
21) 
All injuries shall be reported to the Chief or Line Officer.
22) 
Junior firefighters are prohibited from the use of emergency blue lights on vehicles.
23) 
Subject to the approval of the Township Council, these rules and regulations may be supplemented by the Pequannock Fire Department.
[Amended 6-25-1999 by Ord. No. 99-13]
A. 
The Police Department shall be under the administrative control of the Township Manager and shall be governed by the Charter of the Township. Accordingly, the Township Manager shall be the appropriate authority in all matters regarding discipline and administration of the rules and regulations of the Police Department.
B. 
Rules and Regulations of the Pequannock Township Police Department contained in Volume I, Chapter I, of the Police Departments Rules and Regulations/Policies and Procedures Manual as recommended by the Chief of Police are hereby adopted by ordinance 99-13.
[Amended 6-22-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-12; 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-17]
The Police Department of this Township shall consist of a Chief of Police, a Captain, two Lieutenants, six Sergeants, and up to 25 police officers.
A. 
No person shall be given or accept a permanent appointment as a police officer in the Township unless such person has successfully completed a police training course at a school approved and authorized by the Police Training Commission in the Department of Law and Public Safety of the state, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:17B-66 through 52:17B-77.
B. 
This section shall not be construed to prohibit the giving or accepting of a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer for a period not to exceed one year, to enable a person seeking a permanent appointment to complete a police training course as prescribed by the police training commission.
C. 
No person shall be permitted to take a police training course unless he holds a probationary or temporary appointment as a police officer in the Township. Such appointee shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay during the period of the police training course.
Every member of the Police Department, before entering upon the performance of his duties, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, faithfully and impartially to discharge the duties of his office, and shall file such oath or affirmation with the Township Clerk and sign the police register.
The head of the Police Department shall be known as the Chief, and he shall be responsible to the Township Manager for the efficiency and discipline of the Department. In the absence or disability of the Chief, his duties shall be assumed by the next officer to command in order of rank. The order of rank of the officers shall be: Chief, Captain of Police, lieutenant of Police and Sergeant of Police. The other police officers shall rank in order of the seniority of their appointment to the Department.
The members of the Police Department will be held responsible for the proper enforcement of all provisions of this Code and other ordinances of the Township and the laws of the state. They shall arrest without warrant any person who, in their presence, may violate any provisions of this Code and other ordinances of the Township or be guilty of disorderly conduct or commit a crime against the laws of the state and shall promptly execute all warrants and serve all court orders issued to them and such other papers as may be required of them to be served within the Township. They shall patrol the streets of the Township at such time and on such routes and perform such other police duty and service as may be assigned to them by the Township Manager or the Chief of Police.
A. 
The Chief of Police, with the assistance of such other members of the Police Department as shall be detailed for that purpose, shall keep complete records as required by law. The Department records shall not be examined by any person except the Township Manager or Chief of Police.
B. 
No information of the Department shall be made public except by the Chief of Police or, in his absence, by the officer in charge of the Department, or any other officer designated by the Chief of Police.
The Chief of Police shall report in writing to the Township Manager on all matters pertaining to his Department, giving a complete record of all arrests and complaints, together with dispositions of the same, and such recommendations as, in his opinion, will increase the efficiency of the Department.
The Chief of the Police shall be a citizen of the United States. The Chief and every member of the Police Department shall be able to read and write the English language understandingly and must be of good moral character, good health and sound body, and shall attend in-service training as required by law or recommended by the Chief of Police.
No person shall be appointed a member of the Police Department who is less than 18 years of age at the time of his appointment.
A. 
Grounds and procedures for suspension or disciplinary action.
(1) 
Any member of the Police Department shall be subject to reprimand, suspension from duty without pay, reduction in rank or dismissal by the Township Manager upon recommendation by the Chief of Police according to the nature or aggravation of the offense, for any of the following causes or violation of any other rules and regulations governing the police force:
(a) 
Drinking of any intoxicating liquor while on duty or in uniform.
(b) 
Willful disobedience of orders.
(c) 
Indecent, profane or harsh language.
(d) 
Disrespect to a superior officer.
(e) 
Unnecessary violence to a prisoner or any other person.
(f) 
Absence without leave, sleeping on duty, absence from a post or duty without excuse or not properly patrolling his beat.
(g) 
Neglecting or refusing to pay any just debts.
(h) 
Immorality, indecency or lewdness.
(i) 
Incapacity, either mental or physical; lack of energy; or gross ignorance of the laws and regulations of the department.
(j) 
Visiting, except on police business, any gambling house, poolroom or house of ill fame; or visiting while on duty or in uniform except on police business, any saloon or liquor store.
(k) 
Violation of any criminal law.
(l) 
For making known any proposed action or movement of the force, or contents of any order, other than to persons immediately concerned in their execution.
(m) 
Conduct unbecoming an officer.
(n) 
Conduct subversive of good order and the discipline of the force.
(o) 
Publicly commenting on the official action of a superior officer.
(p) 
Failure to report a known violation of the law or of the ordinances of the of the Township.
(q) 
Visiting any place of amusement while in uniform except on police business.
(r) 
Failure to attend drill or the school of instructions for which compensation is provided at the time affixed or whenever ordered.
(s) 
Swearing falsely in application for appointment to the force or to such other papers as required of him and affidavit.
(t) 
Soliciting anyone to intercede with the Chief, the Council or any superior officer in relation to promotions, changing of any beats, disposition of pending charges of any findings of a trial before the Council or for refusing to do duty, or evading duty of any kind, whenever necessity requires, whether on patrol or elsewhere and whether in uniform or not.
(u) 
Accepting a bribe or favor as a consideration either for the performance of nonperformance of his duty.
(v) 
Receiving or accepting a reward or present of any kind, directly or indirectly, for any act in the performance of his duty without permission being first had and obtained of the Township Manager.
(2) 
All charges against members of the Police Department shall be instituted by the Chief of Police and thoroughly examined by the Township Manager, and upon any member of the Department being convicted by the Manager of any violations or orders of the Department, the Manager may, in lieu of dismissal from the Department, impose such penalty as, in his judgment, is warranted by the character of the offense.
(3) 
Emergency suspension. Any command or supervisory officer shall have the authority to impose emergency suspension until the next business day against a member of the police department when it appears that such action is in the best interests of the department.
B. 
Hearing procedure.
(1) 
Any member or employee of the Police Department who violates the terms of this chapter or the rules or regulations promulgated for the control of the Police Department, against whom charges are preferred, shall be given a hearing within 30 days, before the Manager, on such charges. These shall be in writing and signed by the person making the same. The Manager shall thereupon proceed as speedily as possible to investigate the charges. The Manager shall thereupon determine whether to:
(a) 
Exonerate the member or employee.
(b) 
Cause a notice in writing to be served upon the member or employee of the Police Department against whom the charges are preferred, to appear before the Manager, at a time and place to be specified therein, to answer the charges.
(2) 
After the hearing of the member or employee of the Police Department who may be represented by counsel in his own defense, or without hearing in case he fails to appear, the Manager may reprimand, suspend, reduce in rank, fine or dismiss the said member or employee of the Police Department from the service of the Township or exonerate him from such charges. The Chief of Police shall have the power to suspend any member or employee of the Police Department from active duty, without pay, pending the determination of such charges.
C. 
Assignments and orders. All orders or assignments for members of the Police Department shall be made through the Township Manager and the Chief of Police.
There is hereby established a Department of Planning and Building the head of which shall be the Director of Planning. The Department shall consist of a licensed professional planner who shall be the department head, a Construction Official and appropriate subcode officials as deemed necessary by state statute. All employees shall be appointed by the Township Manager with compensation by Salary Ordinance. In the absence of a licensed professional planner, the Township Manager may appoint a Planning Administrator who shall be the department head.
The Department of Planning and Building, under the direction of the Director of Planning shall:
A. 
Exercise initiative and professional judgement in providing the Township with guidance in planning within the framework of a Master Plan.
B. 
Make recommendations regarding the Master Plan of the Township so that it reflects the needs and wishes of the Township consistent with the good and welfare of the community.
C. 
Assist in the preparation and maintenance of an Official Map of the Township as may be directed by the Township Council.
D. 
Prepare agenda and reports for Planning Board meetings.
E. 
Attend all meetings of the Planning Board and meetings of the Council and other board or agencies as may be required for the proper planning of the Township.
F. 
Investigate and prepare reports and recommendations on subdivision applications and site plans and all other assignments as requested by the Planning Board.
G. 
Make recommendations regarding the subdivision, zoning and other land use development ordinances within the Township.
H. 
The Director of Planning shall also, under the administrative direction of the Township Manager, act as Zoning Officer and shall be responsible for all administrative and legal enforcement of the Township Zoning Ordinance.
I. 
The Zoning Officer shall be hereby authorized to appear in court, to appear before all administrative bodies requiring his advice and to review all necessary plans and documents to insure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.
J. 
The Department of Planning and Building shall issue all permits required by law within the jurisdiction of the Department of Planning and Building and keep a record of all applications and all permits issued with a notation of any special conditions involved, if any.
A. 
Subject to administrative control of the Director of Planning and Township Manager, the Construction Official and the subcode officials shall perform such duties as outlined in the Uniform Construction Code Act and shall keep such records as may be necessary to properly comply with local and state law.
B. 
The Construction Official and subcode officials shall assist in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance under the administrative direction of the Director of Planning.
C. 
Building and occupancy permits are to be issued in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code and applicable local ordinance.
There shall be a Department of Health, the head of which shall be the Township Health Officer. He shall be a licensed health officer. The Health Officer shall be appointed by the Township Manager, who may also appoint sanitarians and other personnel when authorized by the Council. Salary for the Health Officer and other employees shall be established in a general salary ordinance. The Department shall have the functions and powers and duties of a Municipal Health Officer or Department of Health as prescribed by the general law.
There is hereby established a Department of Parks and Recreation, the head of which shall be the Director of Parks and Recreation, who shall be appointed by the Township Manager, and such other officials as shall be deemed necessary will be appointed by the Manager. Compensation for the positions within the Department shall be fixed by separate ordinance.
The Department of Parks and Recreation, under the direction of a Director, shall:
A. 
Provide a year-round program of recreation activities for all Township residents.
B. 
Plan, develop, maintain and coordinate the use of all Township-owned and controlled parks, buildings, facilities and public areas.
C. 
Charge and collect reasonable fees for each person entering or using park facilities as authorized by the Township Council.
D. 
Charge and collect reasonable fees for each person participating in recreation programs and activities as recommended by the Director of Parks and Recreation and authorized by the Township Manager. Such fees shall be deposited in a recreational special account to be used for specific recreation programs or activities when authorized by the Township Manager. Any surplus moneys which are not to be used directly for such specific recreation programs or activities shall be withdrawn and deposited in the Township's current account.
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall serve as liaison to the Advisory Recreation Board.
A. 
There may be a Department of Finance Administration, the head of which shall be the Director of Finance. The Director shall be appointed by the Manager and shall be a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO).
B. 
The Director shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the municipality, supervise the work of the Department and its divisions, be responsible for the accounting, preauditing, control, receipt, custody and disbursement of municipal revenues and expenditures. The Director shall also be responsible for all fiscal matters and financial policies of the municipality.
C. 
The Director of Finance shall supervise the work of revenue collection administration and assessment administration, and within the Department of Finance Administration, there shall be a Division of the Treasury. The head of the Division shall be the Municipal Treasurer. He shall have, perform and exercise all of the functions, powers and duties as provided by general law and municipal ordinances. He shall keep and maintain books and records of all financial transactions of the Township in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Division of Local Government in the Department of the Treasury of the State of New Jersey. He shall have custody of all public moneys of the Township and shall make monthly reports to the director of all receipts, expenditures, commitments and unexpended appropriations. All moneys received from any source by, or on behalf of, the Township or any department board office or agency, except as otherwise provided by municipal ordinance, shall be paid to the Treasurer, who shall by the next ensuing bank day after their receipt, deposit them to the credit of the Township in the authorized public depository of the Township to the credit of the proper account.
D. 
Disbursements in payment of bills, claims and demands shall be made by the Treasurer upon preaudit and warrant of the Director of Finance, approved by the Manager. Every warrant shall be in the form of a warrant check and shall bear the signatures of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and the Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer, or any officer hereafter designated by state statute.
E. 
The Director shall be responsible for Township compliance with all statutes, ordinances and rules regulations and directives of the Division of Local Government Services.
A. 
Within the Department of Finance, there shall be a Division of Revenue Collection.
B. 
The head of the Division shall be the Municipal Collector of Revenue. The Collector of Revenue shall have, perform and exercise all the functions, powers and duties as are provided by general law and municipal ordinances. He shall receive and collect all moneys assessed or raised by taxation or assessment for any purpose. He shall keep proper records and shall report to the director at least once a month all receipts and deposits made by him and shall report account for all moneys for which he is responsible. He shall keep a current record of all tax title liens, advising the Director promptly as such liens become subject to foreclosure under law. He shall enforce the payment of delinquent taxes as soon as the same become delinquent. He shall also serve as Municipal Tax Searcher and perform such duties as are prescribed by general law and municipal ordinance. He shall also bill, receive and collect water, sewer, solid waste, and other revenues.
Within the Department of Finance Administration, there shall be a Division of Assessment Administration. The head of the Division shall be the Municipal Tax Assessor, who shall serve for a term prescribed law. The Tax Assessor shall have, perform and discharge all the functions, powers and duties prescribed for Assessors by general law and municipal ordinance.
Within the Department of Finance there may be a Division of Budget and Management Information, including a data processing operation.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq., a Planning Board is hereby created. Membership on the Board shall be in accordance with state statute.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq., a Board of Adjustment is hereby created. Membership on the Board shall be in accordance with state statute.
There shall be a Local Assistance Board, appointed by the Township Manager, consisting of three members, one member of which shall serve for a one-year term and two of which shall be appointed for two-year terms. Such Board shall have and perform all the powers and duties prescribed by general law, this chapter and other Township ordinances.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:54-9, there is hereby established a Library Board of Trustees consisting of seven members, one of whom shall be the Mayor and one the Local Superintendent of Schools. The five citizen members shall be appointed by the Mayor for five-year terms. The Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools may, respectively, appoint an alternate to act in his place and stead with authority to attend all meetings of the Board and in his absence to vote on all questions before the Board. Vacancies occurring on the Board of Trustees shall be filled for the unexpired term only. All members of the Board except the Superintendent of Schools shall be residents of the Township.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
There is hereby created an Environmental Commission pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.
[Amended 1-27-1998 by Ord. No. 97-20; 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16; 3-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-11]
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township. There shall also be two alternate members appointed by the Mayor. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." The members shall serve without compensation. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the commission. The members shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The Township Council may remove any member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vacancy on the commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
A. 
The Commission shall have all powers provided for by N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq. including the following powers:
(1) 
To promote the conservation and development of the natural resources of the Township, including but not limited to; open space preservation, water resource management, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, noise control, environmental appearance, marine resources, protection of flora and fauna, and recommend the acquisition of property on behalf of the Township for conservation programs.
(2) 
To plan, implement and inform the public about local conservation programs and make presentations to community organizations and the schools.
(3) 
To compile and keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands.
(4) 
To conduct research into the possible use of open areas of the Township.
(5) 
To recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in a Municipal Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
(6) 
To recommend to municipal agencies the advertising, preparing, printing and distributing of books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets, which, in its judgement, it deems necessary for its purposes.
(7) 
To act as the coordinating agency of the community on conservation matters and with various community groups and as liaison between local conservation needs and regional, state and federal agencies ministering to those needs.
(8) 
To make such recommendations as may be necessary to implement the cause of environmental protection within the municipality, and investigate environmental problems and offer solutions.
(9) 
To review and comment on all Environmental Reports as may be submitted to the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment. To review and comment on all site plans, subdivisions, conditional use or variance applications which may come before the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
B. 
It is understood that, in fulfilling the powers enumerated in this section, the Commission will act in an advisory capacity and shall not have the power to bind the municipality in any manner.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report at such time as the Township Council may designate, and submit the same to the Council, which report shall be comprehensive and detailed, covering operations, receipts, disbursements and expenditures for the full year.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
The Commission of the Township shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for expenses of such Commission. The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require and as shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
The Council of the Township may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
[Amended 7-27-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
The Council of the Township shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for expenses of such Commission, which shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.
There is hereby created a Senior Citizens Advisory Committee to study senior citizens' needs and related problems and recommend action to the Township Council.
A. 
The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee shall consist of nine members to be appointed by the Township Council. The Township Council may also appoint not more than two nonvoting, honorary members.
B. 
All appointments of members, except to fill vacancies, shall be for terms of three years beginning the first day of January of the first year of the term. Honorary members may be appointed for terms not to exceed three years, with the appointment retroactive to January 1 in the year of appointment. All members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
The Committee shall have the power and duty to study senior citizen problems and recommend action to the Township Council regarding taxation, medical and social services, housing, transportation, public relations, recreation, employment opportunities and such other areas as may be necessary to help in the solution of senior citizen problems.
The Committee shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Committee. The Committee is authorized to adopt bylaws governing its procedural operation.
The Council of the Township may remove any member of the Committee for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
The Council of the Township shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for expenses of such Committee, which shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.
A. 
For the administration of the provisions of this section the governing body shall appoint an indeterminate number of members, not to exceed 12, to the Historic Commission, which shall be available for consultation to the Planning Board as well as the governing body.
B. 
All members of the Historic District Commission shall be residents of the Township of Pequannock and shall serve for a term of five years, which term shall be staggered so that one term expires each year, or so that the least amount of terms expire at the same time. All members of the Historic District Commission shall serve without compensation.
There shall be a Joint Study Commission consisting of two members of the Board of Education, and two members of the Township Council appointed by the Council for one-year terms. The Commission shall meet from time to time to discuss matters of mutual concern.
[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-19; 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-03]
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee shall consist of 11 voting members to be appointed by The Township Council. All members shall be residents of the Township of Pequannock. Members shall be appointed for a three-year term. The Township Council may also appoint one resident under the age of 21 for a one-year term to serve as a non-voting youth liaison for a one-year term. Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation. The Recreation Director of the Township shall serve as Executive Secretary of the Committee. The Committee shall designate one of its members to serve as chairperson and presiding officer of the Committee. The Committee may also appoint a Secretary whose compensation will be determined by the Township Manager. The Committee is authorized to adopt bylaws governing its procedural operations.
[Amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-19]
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee shall advise the Recreation Director and Township Council concerning the planning, implementation, and promotion of parks and recreation programs and facilities within the Township of Pequannock. It is understood that the parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will act merely in an advisory capacity and shall not have the power to bind the Township in any manner.
[Amended 3-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07; 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
Pequannock Township's Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) is charged with developing and implementing a strategic business attraction and retention program for the municipality. Its function is to match enterprises looking for a new home with a suitable and appropriate location within the Township of Pequannock's borders. The Economic Development Advisory Committee's mission is to attract strong and diverse corporations that will add to the Township's already strong and diverse business mix. The primary focus of the Economic Development Advisory Committee is to promote occupancy of existing vacant commercial sites and to work with currently occupied developed properties toward revitalizing those properties to aid in enhancing current tax rates. At the direction of the Township Council, the EDAC also assists with new applications and/or inquiries for new commercial developments and compiles and provides timely and useful vacant listings suitable for development. At the direction of the Township Council, helps foster a business friendly environment, works to ensure a balance of interest with the environment and to promote an understanding of economic development and aids the community in envisioning and realizing a desired economic future.
[Amended 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
There shall be an Economic Development Advisory Committee of the Township of Pequannock which shall be known as the Economic Development Advisory Committee. It shall consist of 11 members appointed by the Township Council, each for a term of five years. Each member appointed to the Committee shall be, a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter of this State.
Vacancies in the membership of the Committee shall be filled by the Township Council for the unexpired term thereof.
[Amended 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
The Committee shall function in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:69A-89.
[Amended 9-22-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23; 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
A member of the Township Council shall be appointed by the Council as liaison to the Committee.
[Amended 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
The members of the Committee shall choose annually from among its members a Chair and such other officers as it may deem necessary.
[Amended 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-23]
The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
A. 
A Fair Housing Committee (FHC) is hereby established, consisting of seven citizens of the Township, to be appointed by the Township Council, to serve three-year terms with no more than two terms expiring each year.
B. 
The Committee shall be charged with the following responsibilities:
(1) 
To assist the developer, owner or tenant association in establishing procedures and standards, in accordance with this section, for implementing the affordability control mechanism.
(2) 
To monitor affordability control compliance by developers, owners or tenant associations, fee owners and other parties in interest, including compliance with deed restrictions and disposition covenants.
(3) 
In connection with the first and subsequent occupancy of all set-aside sale and rental units, to review and amend the approved price stabilization plan, to review implementation of affordability control standards and procedures and, in its sole discretion, to make biding recommendations for changes in procedures or to exercise the right to disapprove occupancy for any and all set-aside sale or rental units in instances where eligibility is in question.
(4) 
Thereafter, to review and approve annual set-aside occupancy reports prepared and filed by the developer, association or any party in interest as may be required by its practices and procedures or as contained in its rules and regulations.
(5) 
To promulgate rules and regulations subject to approval by the Township Council with implementation in ordinance form.
(6) 
To file periodic reports with the Township Council concerning the discharge of its responsibilities and immediately report noncompliance with affordability control standards and procedures for such action as the Council may deem appropriate.
(7) 
To monitor all governmental subsidy programs and make recommendations to the Township Council and the Planning Board in connection therewith.
A. 
All complaints regarding alleged discrimination shall be submitted to the Township Manager for resolution. A record of the complaint and action taken shall be maintained. The decision of the Township Manager shall be rendered within 15 working days after the complaint is filed for submission.
B. 
In the event that the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, all papers and documents regarding the complaint shall be forwarded by the Township Manager to the Township Council within 20 days. The Township Council shall hold a public hearing on the papers submitted within 30 days. The Township Council shall render a decision on the papers submitted within 30 days of the public hearing. The decision of the Township Council shall be final.
C. 
A complete record of all action(s) taken on each complaint shall be maintained by the appropriate hearing body.
D. 
A person's right to the hearing as set forth herein shall not be limited to the right of the individual to pursue other remedies as are established by law.
[Added 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; amended 6-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
There is hereby established a Flood Control Advisory Committee to study issues involving the floodplains and recommend action to the Township Council. The Flood Advisory Committee shall also function as the Township Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee.
[Added 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; amended 2-22-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-02; 6-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
A. 
The Flood Control Advisory Committee shall be comprised of 11 members, appointed by the Township Council. At least one of the members shall be a representative from the Township Flood Management Office and at least one shall be a representative from the Township Public Information Office. At least half of the members shall be residents who hold no other Township position.
B. 
The term of office of the first members of the Advisory Committee shall be for one, two, or three years, to be designated by the Township Council in making the appointments so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The members shall serve without compensation.
[Added 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; amended 6-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
The Committee shall have the power and duty to study issues involving flood control and flood protection and to advise the Township Council, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and other Township bodies, agencies and departments, on matters involving flood control and flood protection. The Committee shall be responsible for the development of the Township's Program for Public Information (PPI) which shall be presented to the Township Council for formal approval upon completion. Upon completion and approval of the PPI, the Committee shall meet at least annually to monitor implementation of the program and prepare an annual evaluation report which shall be transmitted to the governing body.
[Added 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
The Committee shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairperson and presiding officer of the Committee. The Committee is authorized to adopt bylaws governing its procedural operation.
[Added 7-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
The Township Council may remove any member of the Committee for cause, on written charges served upon that member, and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by Council.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
There is hereby established an account which shall be known as the Township of Pequannock Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund which shall be maintained and administered in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.7 et seq.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
The Township of Pequannock Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund shall be funded through the dedication of an amount to be determined annually be the Township Council not to exceed $0.02 per $100 of assessed valuation for each annual tax levy. The Fund shall also be permitted to accept donations and testamentary bequests.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; amended 6-26-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-23]
The Township of Pequannock Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund shall be utilized for the purposes set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.1 et seq., and administered in accordance with these statutory provisions without limitation. All expenditures from the Fund shall be specifically approved by Resolution of the Township Council.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
Lands acquired by the Township of Pequannock through the Township of Pequannock Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund shall be held in trust and shall be used exclusively for the purposes authorized under N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.1 et seq.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-4]
There is hereby established an Open Space Advisory Committee for the Township of Pequannock which shall consist of eight members. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall advise the Township Council concerning open space acquisition issues. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Township Council and shall consist of:
(a) 
One member of the Township Council.
(b) 
One member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
(c) 
One member of the Environmental Commission.
(d) 
One member of the Historic District Commission.
(e) 
One member of the Planning Board.
(f) 
Five citizens of Pequannock Township.
The citizen members of the Open Space Advisory Committee shall be appointed for terms of three years beginning the first day of January of the first year of their appointment. All other members shall be appointed for one year terms. The terms of the citizen members shall be staggered so that at least one term expires each year. The terms of the citizen members at initial appointment shall be staggered by the Township Council appointing one citizen member to a three-year term. All members of the Open Space Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall be provided with a paid part-time secretary to handle clerical tasks. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall be provided with an unpaid voluntary secretary who will be responsible for the preparation of committee minutes.
[Added 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
The Open Space Advisory Committee shall advise the Township Council concerning open space acquisition issues. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall initially prepare a report recommending which portions of land should be acquired by the Township and prioritizing their recommendations. The Open Space Advisory Committee shall hold public meetings in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act and shall give notice of their meetings.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
For purposes of this section, the following words and terms are defined as follows:
PERSON
Every person, firm, association, partnership and corporation.
PLANT CONSTRUCTION
As applied to public utility companies shall mean poles, wires, cables, subsurface conduits, pipes, manholes and appurtenant facilities of such companies installed in a street.
PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY
As defined in the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey (R.S. 48:2-13).
RIGHT OF WAY
Any public street as delineated on the Township of Pequannock Tax Map as well as the boundaries of the right-of-way of any street so delineated.
SHADE TREE COMMISSION
The Shade Tree Commission of the Township of Pequannock.
(1) 
Any public street, designated by the governing body to be within the jurisdiction of the Shade Tree Commission.
(2) 
Municipal Parks and Parkways.
(3) 
County Roads.
(4) 
State Highways.
TREE
Any tree or any root or branch thereof.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
The regulation, planting, care and control of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery upon and in (1) the streets, highways, public places and (2) parks and parkways of the Township of Pequannock except State highways, unless the Department of Transportation shall assent thereto and except county highways, parks and parkways, if a county shade tree commission is operative and gives assent to, shall be exercised by and under the authority of Pequannock Township Shade Tree Commission which is hereby created. The Commission shall consist of five members and two alternate members. The members and alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall be residents of the Township and shall serve without compensation except as hereinafter provided.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
The first Commissioners, shall be appointed within 60 days after the effective date of this ordinance, and their terms of office shall commence upon the date of their appointment and be for the respective periods: five members — of one, two, three, four and five years. The terms of each appointee shall be designated in his appointment. All subsequent appointments, except fill vacancies, shall be for the full term of five years, to take effect on January 1, next succeeding such appointment. In the event that the membership of any commission is increased, the new members shall be appointed in such manner that the terms shall expire in accordance with the foregoing.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
The Commission shall organize within 30 days after the appointment of its total membership for the remainder of the then calendar year, and thereafter, annually by the election of one of its members as Chairman and the appointment of a secretary who need not be a member. Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
Any vacancy occurring by reason of death, resignation or removal of any Commissioner shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Mayor.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
The Shade Tree Commission organized under this ordinance shall have power to:
a. 
Control the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery now located, or which may hereafter be planted in any (1) public street and (2) park or parkway, including the planting, trimming, spray, care and protection thereof;
b. 
Regulate and control the use of the ground surrounding the same, so far as may be necessary for their proper growth, care and protection;
c. 
Move or require the removal of any tree, or part thereof, dangerous to public safety;
d. 
Encourage arboriculture.
e. 
Make recommendations to the governing body concerning shade trees.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
a. 
The Commission may plant and care for trees in the public right-of-way subject to funding.
b. 
A property owner who wishes to plant a tree in the public right-of-way shall obtain the approval of the Commission prior to planting the tree.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
No statute giving any person or State, county or municipal board, body or official, power or authority to lay any sidewalk along, or to open, construct, curb or pave any street, or to do any similar act, shall be construed to permit or authorize any interference with or injury to a highway shade tree without the consent of the Shade Tree Commission within whose jurisdiction such tree shall be located. In all cases, such Commission shall reasonably cooperate with such person, board, body or official for the general public good. Nothing contained in this ordinance shall be held to take away or diminish any of the powers or authority of the Township of Pequannock over the trees or shrubbery within its jurisdiction, or to give any other commission or board any power or authority with respect to such trees or shrubbery.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
During the month of December in each year, the Shade Tree Commission shall certify to the Township Manager of the Township the estimated sum necessary for the proper conduct of its work during the ensuing fiscal year, which shall include the sums estimated to be expended for such of the following items as it is anticipated expenditure will be made for, namely,
a. 
Expenses of Commission members in discharging official duties including expenses incident to attendance at professional meetings;
b. 
Purchase of trees and shrubbery; and
c. 
Purchase of necessary equipment and materials and the cost of services for the prudent promotion of the work.
The governing body of the Township shall annually appropriate such sum as it may deem necessary for said purposes.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
A. 
No person shall do any of the following acts to any tree in a public right-of-way without the prior permit of the Shade Tree Commission:
(1) 
Cut, prune, climb with spikes, break, damage or remove or kill except that no prior approval of the Commission shall be required for routine maintenance of trees including pruning of no more than 15% of the tree.
(2) 
Cut, disturb or interfere in any way with any root.
(3) 
Spray with any chemical.
(4) 
Fasten any rope, wire, sign or other device. (Nothing herein shall prevent any governmental agency from affixing in a manner approved by the Shade Tree Commission a public notice upon a tree in connection with administering governmental affairs).
(5) 
Remove or damage any guard or device placed to protect any tree or shrub.
(6) 
Conduct razing, removal or renovation of any structure if deemed, by the Commission, to be damaging to neighboring street trees.
(7) 
Place or distribute chemicals, including, but not limited to, salt deleterious to tree health.
(8) 
Maintain a stationary fire or device which vaporizes noxious fumes deleterious to tree health.
(9) 
Remove soil, either for trenching or otherwise.
(10) 
Construct new sidewalks and/or driveways with any material whatsoever within five feet of a tree.
(11) 
Plant any tree or shrub within the designated area under the control of the Commission.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
A. 
The Shade Tree Commission may grant to public utility companies, upon receiving written permission from the Commission at least 72 hours prior to the start of work, a blanket permit for (1) tree pruning pursuant to a line clearance program and (2) for the installation of subsurface and above-ground plant construction if there is interference with or endangerment from street trees.
B. 
Public utility companies may, during periods of emergency, and without specific prior permit (1) undertake emergency tree work to restore electrical power and eliminate hazardous wire conditions and (2) make emergency subsurface repairs. In such event the utility company will notify the Commission of said work within three business days of its beginning.
C. 
Each public utility company shall exercise reasonable diligence in the maintenance of its plant construction so as to avoid damage to trees, and shall follow A.N.S.I. or New Jersey Board of Tree Experts standards for tree maintenance, pruning, or removal for line clearance for the trees under the jurisdiction of the Pequannock Township Shade Tree Commission.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
Requests for permits required by the provisions of this ordinance for the performance of work should be directed to the Shade Tree Commission. The Commission may utilize such application forms as they deem necessary and may establish an appropriate procedure to process such applications.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
A. 
The standards to be used by the Shade Tree Commission to determine whether a tree under its jurisdiction can or cannot be removed or pruned shall include the following criteria:
1. 
The tree is dead.
2. 
20% to 30% of the tree crown has declined and it is aesthetically unattractive.
3. 
The tree has structural deficiencies.
4. 
The tree has been repeatedly cut back by utility line clearance crews, rendering it unattractive.
5. 
The presence of the tree in some way compromises public health, safety or general welfare.
In the above instances, any costs incurred for the tree removal or pruning shall be the responsibility of the Township of Pequannock or a public utility company (or its authorized contactor), and shall be without any monetary or other contribution from the property owner.
B. 
In situations where the Commission issues a permit for the removal of trees in the public right-of-way that are not dead, unattractive, dying, or unsafe, the following policy shall apply:
The property owner shall monetarily provide for suitable replacement tree(s) prior to receiving a permit. Species, size and location planting of replacement tree(s) or other Commission use of recovered funds will be determined by the Commission.
Upon receiving a permit from the Commission, the property owner may proceed with the tree pruning and removal pursuant to the following conditions:
1. 
The property owner will be responsible for the full cost of tree, stump and debris removal.
2. 
The Township of Pequannock is to be held harmless from any damage, injury, or death that could possibly be sustained by the tree work.
3. 
The tree work must be conducted by a fully insured tree removal contractor.
4. 
The tree removal contractor shall comply with all New Jersey Board of Tree Experts and A.N.S.I. pruning standards.
5. 
The tree removal contractor shall notify the Pequannock Police Department prior to the temporary closing of any Township street required for the safe removal of a Township tree.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
A. 
The Commission may recommend a fine for violation of Shade Tree ordinance in an amount not exceeding $1,500 for each violation and the Municipal Court of Pequannock shall have jurisdiction over actions for the violation of such ordinances, and its ordinances shall be enforced by like proceedings and process as that provided by law for the enforcement of ordinances of the Township. The officers authorized by law to serve and execute process for the Municipal Court of the Township shall be the officers to serve and execute any process issued out of the Municipal Court for violations of the ordinances of the Commission.
A copy of any ordinance certified to under the hand of its secretary or Chairman shall be received in any court of this State as full and legal proof of the existence of the ordinance, and that all requirements of law in relation to the ordaining, publishing and making of the same, so as to make it legal and binding, have been complied with, unless the contrary be shown.
B. 
In addition to the penalties authorized by Subsection a. of this section, the Commission may require a person who removes or otherwise destroys a tree in violation of a municipal ordinance to pay a replacement assessment to the Township. The replacement assessment shall be the value of the tree as determined by the appraisal of a trained forester or Certified Tree Expert retained by the commission for that purpose. In lieu of an appraisal, the commission may adopt a formula and schedule based upon the number of square inches contained in a cross section of the trunk of the tree multiplied by a predetermined value per square inch, not to exceed $27 per square inch. The square inch cross section shall be calculated from the diameter at breast height and, if there is a multiple stem tree, then each trunk shall be measured and an average shall be determined for the tree. For the purposes of this section, "diameter at breast height" shall mean the diameter of the tree taken at a point 4.5 feet above ground level. The commission shall modify the value of the tree upon its species variety, location and its condition at the time of removal or destruction.
C. 
Any public utility or cable television company that clears, moves, cuts or destroys any trees, shrubs or plants for the purpose of erecting, installing, moving, removing, altering or maintaining any structures or fixture, necessary for the supply of electric light, heat or power, communication, or cable television services upon any lands in which it has acquired an easement or right-of-way shall not be subject to any penalty imposed by a commission pursuant to Subsections A. or B. of this section. This subsection shall not exempt any public utility or cable television company from any penalty or replacement assessment imposed for negligent actions.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
All moneys collected, either as fines or penalties, for any violation of a rule or regulation of a shade tree commission enacted by ordinance, or as a charge against real estate, under any provision of this ordinance shall be forthwith paid over to the custodian of the municipal funds.
[Added 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7]
All regulations adopted by the Shade Tree Commission shall be filed with the Municipal Clerk for inspection by the public during regular business hours.
[Added 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-28]
A. 
The Township of Pequannock agrees to participate in the creation and operation of the Central Passaic River Basin Flood Commission, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:14-16 et seq.
B. 
The Township of Pequannock shall invite the following municipalities and counties to participate in said Commission: County of Passaic; County of Essex; County of Morris; Township of Little Falls; Township of Wayne; Township of Montville; Borough of North Caldwell; Township of West Caldwell; Borough of Pompton Lakes; City of Paterson; Township of Livingston; Borough of West Paterson; Borough of Lincoln Park; Township of Parsippany; Township of East Hanover; Township of Chatham; Borough of Totowa; Township of Nutley; Borough of Morris Plains; Township of Fairfield; Borough of Riverdale; Township of Hanover; Borough of Florham Park; Borough of Roseland; City of Newark; Borough of Hawthorne.
C. 
The Central Passaic River Basin Flood Commission shall:
(1) 
Collect, study and analyze data on flooding, past floods and the causes of floods in the area;
(2) 
Make such data and studies available to the participating members, to the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Supply, the Army Corps of Engineers, local and county Planning Boards and officials concerned with subdivisions and development of properties within the floodway and drainage area;
(3) 
Keep itself informed as to the available state and federal funds and grants and the procedures for applying therefore and shall make such information available to participating members;
(4) 
Coordinate the activities of the participating members relating to flooding, flood prevention, brook cleaning and the like;
(5) 
Encourage the acquisition of lands within the floodway and low-lying areas by appropriate county park commissions, counties or participating municipalities and all federal and state agencies that have jurisdiction in matters concerning the floodway and low-lying areas;
(6) 
Publicize methods of flood control and flood prevention;
(7) 
Encourage its participating members to support other programs designed or intended to alleviate flooding;
(8) 
Lobby federal and state legislators and federal and state agencies to promote legislation favorable to the Central Passaic River Basin and also to make available increased funding for flood control measures in the Central Passaic River Basin;
(9) 
Perform such other acts and fulfill such other functions as may be permitted by law and as determined by members, subject to the limitations in this section and subject to limitations set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:14-16.
D. 
Any number of members of the Commission shall have the right to meet at regularly scheduled meetings. Any action taken involving the expenditure of funds other than clerical and mailing connected with the usual business of the Commission shall be adopted only at a meeting at which there are at least two counties represented and at least three municipalities represented.
E. 
Each member municipality and county reserves the right to withdraw from the Commission; provided, however, that at least 90 days' notice of such intention is given to the Commission, and provided further that such withdrawal, after the adoption of the Commission budget for a given year, shall not abrogate the responsibility of the municipality or county to meet its responsibility and obligation under the budget for such year.
F. 
The general, administrative and other expenses of the Commission affecting the Commission as a whole shall be apportioned among the members as follows:
(1) 
One-fourth thereof to be apportioned among the member counties; and
(2) 
Three-fourths thereof to be apportioned to member municipalities according to a formula taking into account population and frontage along the Passaic River.
G. 
Whenever a specific project is to be undertaken involving less than the interests of all of the participating members, the apportionment of the costs thereof shall be agreed upon by the participating members specially benefited thereby in advance of authorization of such project.
H. 
The apportionments may be changed by agreement among the participating municipalities and counties; provided, however, that there shall be no increase in the percentage to be contributed by any participant in the expenses without the consent of the governing body of such participating member.
I. 
Any budget proposed by the Commission must be submitted to the governing bodies of the participating municipalities and shall become effective only upon the adoption of resolutions by a majority of the participating municipalities approving the budget.
J. 
The Township Council shall appoint two representatives to the Commission. Either or both of said representatives may be a member of the Township Council or other elective or appointive office in the Township.
K. 
Each representative shall serve for a term of five years or until his/her successor has been appointed and qualified, except that any appointed representative who holds another elective or appointive public office shall serve as such representative for the term of his/her elected or appointed office and only so long as he/she shall hold such elected or public office, notwithstanding his/her term of appointment as such representative. Appointments to vacancies shall be filled for the balance of the term only.
L. 
In addition to such representatives, the Council may appoint two alternate representatives to the Commission who shall serve for a term of one year each or until the appointment and qualification of their successors. Such alternates shall have the right to attend all meetings of the Commission and take part in all discussions. The alternates shall be designated as first alternate and second alternate, and in such order may represent the Township and vote in the event of the absence or disability of one or both of the representatives. No alternative representative shall automatically succeed to a representative position upon a vacancy occurring in a regular position.
[Added 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05]
The purpose of the Teen Advisory Committee is to represent the diverse teen voices and focus on enhancing Township activities by developing programs that link teens with the community.
[Added 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05]
A. 
The Teen Advisory Committee shall be comprised of a seven member Executive Committee and a general membership population encompassing teen and adult volunteers, who shall serve without compensation, and shall apply for membership at the Administrative Offices of the Township of Pequannock.
B. 
The Executive Committee of the Teen Advisory Committee shall include:
1. 
Two adult advisors appointed by the Township Council for a term of two years and who shall serve until the appointment and qualification of their successors; and
2. 
The remaining five members of the Executive Committee shall be selected by the membership at large for a term of one year and shall serve until the election and qualification of their successors; and
3. 
The Township Council shall appoint a liaison from the Council to the Executive Committee.
[Added 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05]
The Teen Advisory Committee shall administer, plan and manage the Teen and Youth initiatives of the Township of Pequannock and shall liaise with Teens, Adults and Municipal Departments to explore and undertake various projects to enhance the quality of life for Teens in the Township. The Teen Advisory Committee shall be a strictly advisory body with no power to regulate or promulgate rules and regulations. The Executive Committee of the Teen Advisory Committee shall report to the Township Council and the Township Manager on a regular basis regarding the Committee's activities.