Township of West Orange, NJ
Essex County
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For regulations regarding Rules of the Council, see Chapter 3.
[N.J.S.A. 40:69A-34]
The Council shall consist of five members who shall serve for a term of four years.
[N.J.S.A. 40:69A-36]
The legislative power of the Township shall be exercised by the Township Council, subject to the procedures set forth in this plan of government. Legislative powers shall be exercised by ordinance, except for the exercise of those powers that under this plan of government or general law, do not require action by the Mayor as a condition of approval for the exercise thereof, and may, therefore, be exercised by resolution, including, but not limited to:
The override of a veto of the Mayor;
The exercise of advice and consent to actions of the Mayor;
The conduct of a legislative inquiry or investigation;
The expression of disapproval of the removal by the Mayor of officers or employees;
The removal of any municipal officer for cause;
The adoption of rules for the Council;
The establishment of times and place for Council meetings;
The establishment of the Council as a Committee of the Whole and the delegation of any number of its members as an Ad Hoc Committee;
The declaration of emergencies respecting the passage of ordinances;
The election, appointment, setting of salaries and removal of officers and employees of the Council subject to any pertinent civil service requirements and any pertinent contractual obligations, and within the general limits of the municipal budget;
Designation of official newspapers;
Approval of contracts presented by the Mayor;
Actions specified as resolutions in the "Local Budget Law" (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq.) and the "Local Fiscal Affairs Law" (N.J.S.A. 40A:5-1 et seq.); and
The expression of Council policies or opinions which require no formal action by the Mayor.
[Ord. No. 1311-95 § 1]
The Township Council shall be obligated to conduct an in depth review of all Township licensing and permit Ordinances at least once during every two-year period.
[Ord. No. 2287-10]
Following a member's unexcused absence from scheduled meetings for four consecutive regular meetings or eight total meetings during the member's term, that member's pay shall be suspended and reduced by the pro rata amount of the member's annual salary as a member of the Council for the total period of time of the member's unexcused absence. The member's pay may be reinstated upon the member's return to the Council following approval by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Council.
[Ord. No. 2288-10]
Each member of the Township Council shall complete a basic course on their responsibilities and obligations in Local Government in the following subject matters:
Policy Setting;
Local Government Contracting;
Risk Management; and
The Open Public Records Act.
These courses must be coordinated through Rutgers University, the County and State League of Municipalities; Mayors Association; New Jersey Association of Counties; and Joint Insurance Funds. Upon completion of these courses, members shall not be required to repeat these courses in any subsequent term as a member of the Township Council.