Township of Northampton, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974]
The office of Township Manager is hereby created.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974; as amended by Ord. 181, 4/9/1980]
1. 
The Township Manager shall be appointed by majority vote of the Board of Supervisors for an indefinite term. He shall be chosen by the Board solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications, with special reference to his actual experience in or his knowledge of accepted practice in respect to the duties of his office hereinafter set forth. The Manager need not be a resident at the time of his employment, but he shall become a resident of the Township within 12 months after his employment commences.
2. 
No Supervisor shall receive such appointment during the term for which he shall have been elected nor within one year after the expiration of his term.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974; as amended by Ord. 181, 4/9/1980]
The Board of Supervisors may remove the Township Manager at any time by a majority vote of its members. Notice of removal of the Township Manager shall be given 30 days before the effective date of removal. Upon removal, the Board of Supervisors shall pay his salary under the provisions stated in the contract with the Manager; provided, however, that if the Manager is removed for conviction of an illegal act, or further provided that if the Manager voluntarily resigns, the Township shall have no duty to pay any salary after the removal date or the voluntary resignation, as the case may be.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974; as amended by Ord. 181, 4/9/1980]
1. 
The Township Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township, and he shall be responsible to the Board of Supervisors for the proper and efficient administration of all affairs of the Township. The powers and duties of administration of all Township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Township officers.
2. 
Subject to recall by ordinance of the Board of Supervisors, the powers and duties of the Manager shall include the following:
A. 
He shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all Township departments.
B. 
He shall hire and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision with the exception of department heads, who shall be appointed, suspended or discharged with the advice and consent of the Board of Supervisors, provided that persons covered by the civil service statutes shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions, and provided further that the Manager shall report, at the next meeting thereafter of the Board of Supervisors, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
C. 
He shall have the power to establish a standard schedule of pay for each appointive office and position in the Township service, including minimum, intermediate and maximum rates of pay, within a range previously determined by the Board.
D. 
He shall prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the Township for the preceding year.
E. 
He shall prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors an annual budget, together with a message describing its important features, and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
F. 
He shall keep the Board of Supervisors advised of the financial condition and future needs of the Township and make such recommendations as he may deem desirable. He shall prepare, periodically, recommendations as to a capital expense budget, and he shall also prepare a quarterly report on current budget expenditures.
G. 
He shall recommend to the Board of Supervisors, from time to time, adoption of such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient for the health, safety or welfare of the community or for the improvement of administrative services.
H. 
He shall consolidate or combine offices, positions, departments or units under his jurisdiction, with the advice and consent of the Board of Supervisors. The Manager may be the head of one or more departments.
I. 
He shall attend all meetings of the Board of Supervisors unless excused therefrom and take part in the discussion of all matters coming before the Board of Supervisors. He shall receive notice of all subsidiary meetings of the Board and its committees and also attend such subsidiary Board meetings as the Board of Supervisors shall from time to time direct.
J. 
He shall attend to the letting of contracts in due form of law, and he shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same, except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed by statute upon some other Township officer.
K. 
He shall see that all money owed the Township is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all the Township's claims.
L. 
He shall be the purchasing officer of the Township and he shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq., all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments and other offices of the Township. He shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by the Board, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
M. 
He shall see that the provisions of all laws, ordinances, contracts, franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the Township are observed and duly enforced.
N. 
He shall investigate the affairs of the Township or any department or division thereof. The Manager shall investigate all complaints in relations to matters concerning the administration of the government of the Township. All complaints regarding Township services shall be referred to the office of the Manager. He or an officer designated by him shall dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Board.
O. 
He shall supervise the routing of all reports and correspondence.
P. 
He shall perform such other duties as may be required by the Board of Supervisors, not inconsistent with the law or ordinances.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974; as amended by Ord. 181, 4/9/1980]
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from the Township, he shall designate one qualified member of his staff to perform the duties of the Manager during his absence or disability. The person so designated shall not perform these duties for a period longer than two weeks without the approval of the Board.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974]
The Township Manager shall furnish a surety bond, to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, said bond to be conditioned on the faithful performance of his duties. The premium of the bond shall be paid by the Township.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974]
The Township Manager shall receive such compensation as the Board of Supervisors shall fix from time to time by motion or resolution.
[Ord. 140, 9/11/1974]
Any vacancy in the office of the Township Manager shall be filled within 60 days after the effective date of such vacancy.
[Ord. 314, 7/11/1990; as amended by Ord. 359, 2/10/1993; and by Ord. 561, 4/25/2012]
1. 
The Tax Collector shall be the collector of all taxes levied within the Township by the authorities empowered to levy taxes. He/she shall, in addition to the powers, perform all the duties and be subject to all the obligations and responsibilities for the collection of such taxes as are now vested in, conferred upon or imposed upon tax collectors by law.
2. 
The Tax Collector shall deposit all taxes collected to the municipal savings account established for this purpose within 24 hours of the close of each day's business and provide the Treasurer of the taxing district with a written monthly statement of said deposits.
3. 
The Tax Collector shall on or before the 10th day of each month make a true, verified statement, in writing, to the Secretary of the taxing district for all taxes collected during the previous month, giving the total amount of taxes received, discounts granted and penalties applied.
4. 
The Tax Collector shall be the collector of fees for refuse collection for each eligible residential unit within Northampton Township. In the performance of this duty, the Tax Collector shall comply with the following:
A. 
Said fee(s) shall be included on the tax bill and shall be designated as "refuse collection fee" or "refuse collection" under the current taxes.
B. 
A discount shall be provided to all those residential householders who pay their refuse collection fee prior to the expiration of the discount period for real estate taxes, and if payment is delinquent a penalty shall be assessed against the property owner. The discount and penalty shall be the same percentages as those for real estate taxes.
C. 
The Tax Collector shall provide a delinquency list for refuse collection fees to the Township Manager at the same time that a delinquency list is provided to the Bucks Court Tax Claim Bureau for real estate taxes so that the Township can institute measures for the collection of those delinquent refuse collection fees.
D. 
The Tax Collector shall work with and be guided by the Township Manager in effectuating the program for the collection of fees for refuse collection service within Northampton Township.
[Ord. 314, 7/11/1990; as amended by Ord. 359, 2/10/1993; and by Ord. 416, 2/12/1997]
1. 
The compensation of the Tax Collector of the Township of Northampton, commencing in 1998, for taxes collected shall be equal to the level of compensation provided in the preceding year plus an increase equal to that percentage increase approved for the position classification and pay plan for Township employees for the calendar year 1998; to wit, in 1999 the compensation for taxes collected shall be similarly calculated based upon the compensation provided in 1998 and the percentage increase to the position classification and pay plan for Township employees for the calendar year 1999; to wit, in 2000 the compensation for taxes collected shall be likewise calculated based upon the compensation provided in 1999 and the percentage increase to the position classification and pay plan for Township employees for the calendar year 2000; to wit, in 2001, the compensation for taxes collected shall be likewise calculated based upon the compensation provided in 2000 and the percentage increase to the position classification and pay plan for Township employees for the calendar year 2001. All adjustments to the Northampton Township pay plan shall be approved by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. A substantiated expense account shall be furnished to the Township of Northampton by the Tax Collector in each tax year, and the Tax Collector shall receive those expenses from the Township of Northampton authorized by law.
2. 
The compensation of the Tax Collector for collection of the fees for refuse collection service shall be $5,500 commencing in 1998 with any subsequent annual change to be equal to the change in compensation provided by the position classification and pap Plan for Township employees.
[Ord. 314, 7/11/1990; as amended by Ord. 359, 2/10/1993]
The Tax Collector shall be the municipal officer authorized to provide tax certifications upon request by the public. The Tax Collector is further authorized to assess, collect and retain as compensation for providing such additional service a fee as established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.