[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harrison 6-3-1996 by Ord. No. 8-1996; amended in its entirety 10-3-2011 by Ord. No. 49-2011. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 25-2012]
Consistent with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., there is hereby created a Board of Recreation Commissioners consisting of seven members and up to four alternate members who will be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the majority of the members of the Harrison Township Committee. At least one member shall be an active member of the Harrison Township Committee. At least one member, but not more than two, shall be an active member of the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee. All members of said Board shall be residents of the Township of Harrison, except for two members who may be nonresidents. No Commissioner shall receive any compensation for his/her service, except for the Secretary of the Board who shall be paid according to the Harrison Township Salary Ordinance. The officers of the Commission shall be as follows: Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary.
[Amended 2-21-2017 by Ord. No. 7-2017]
Editor's Note: The Salary Ordinance is on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.
Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment as "Alternate No. 1," "Alternate No. 2," "Alternate No. 3" and "Alternate No. 4." Alternate members may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases, unless otherwise indicated, shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- An area of land, with or without water, developed and used for public recreational purposes, including community center; landscaped tracts; picnic grounds; playgrounds; athletic fields; recreation centers; camps; foot, bicycle and bridle paths; motor vehicle drives; wildlife sanctuaries; museums; zoological and botanical gardens; and facilities for bathing, boating, hunting and fishing, as well as other recreational facilities for the use and benefit of the public.
- RECREATION COMMISSIONERS
- The Board of Recreation Commissioners is hereby created.
- The Township of Harrison.
Word usage. "May" shall be construed to be permissive; "shall" shall be construed to be mandatory.
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 25-2012]
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq., the Commissioners first appointed shall be appointed for terms of one, two, three, four and five years, respectively, in such manner that the term of at least one Commissioner, and not more than two Commissioners, shall expire in each year according to the number appointed. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for the term of five years, except Township Committee members, who shall serve for a one-year term. Alternate members shall serve two-year terms, and their expiration dates shall be staggered such that two alternate members can be appointed each year. Members of the Board may be removed at any time, for sufficient cause, by the Mayor with the consent of the majority of the members of the Township Committee. In the event of a vacancy caused by the death, inability, resignation or removal of any member, the Mayor, with the approval of the majority of the members of the Harrison Township Committee, shall appoint another person to fill the unexpired term of such vacancy from a list of names submitted by the Board.
Immediately following their appointment, an organizational meeting shall be held by the members of the Recreation Committee, at which time there shall be elected a Chairman.
The powers and duties of such Chairman shall be as follows:
To preside over all meetings of the Recreation Commission.
To appoint a Vice Chairman and recording secretary and an Acting Chairman in the event of the nonavailability of the Chairman or Vice Chairman.
To appoint such subcommittees as may be authorized by the Recreation Commission to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Recreation Commission.
To certify to the Township Treasurer all expenditures of the Recreation Commission.
The Recreation Commission thus constituted shall have all the powers and duties provided by the laws of the State of New Jersey relating to recreation commissioners of municipalities (N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq.), subject to the provisions of this chapter.
The Recreation Commission shall have the power to conduct any form of recreation, celebratory and/or cultural activity that will benefit the health, education and general welfare of the residents of this Township.
The Recreation Commission may also solicit or receive any gifts, bequests of money or other real or personal property to be applied for improvement of parks, or other recreational facilities, or purchase of equipment for same, and/or for recreation, cultural and/or celebratory activities.
Powers of said Recreation Commission include the authority to grant concessions and privileges upon such conditions and for such compensation as it shall prescribe. Any revenue received shall be used for the purposes described in this chapter, provided that no concession or privilege shall ever be granted for the sale of any intoxicating liquors, beer and/or wine on any public park or property, and that no concession or privilege shall be granted for a period of more than one year unless approved by ordinance.
The Recreation Commission shall have no power to acquire, develop, regulate, improve or manage land or real property. Any property held hereunder shall be in the name of Harrison Township.
In order to provide the funds, in whole or in part, necessary to further its activities, improve, and maintain the playgrounds or recreation places, or purchase equipment for same, the Recreation Commission may arrange and provide for the giving of outdoor exhibitions, concerts, games, contests, parades and other celebratory activities, and may use and employ the Township's playgrounds or recreation places, when available, for such purposes.
The said Recreation Commission may charge and collect reasonable fees from each person or group participating in the outdoor exhibitions, concerts, games, contests, parades and other celebratory activities or events.
All money received by the Recreation Commission shall be paid over to the Harrison Township Treasurer and be kept by him or her in a special fund, which shall be under the control of the Recreation Commission and used only for the purpose of defraying the expenses of improving or maintaining the playgrounds and recreation places; the activities under the control of the Recreation Commission; and for any other expenses of the Recreation Commission.
Annually, the Recreation Commission shall submit a budget to the Township Committee on or before the second Monday in December for its approval.
Regular meetings of the Recreation Commission shall be held the third Tuesday of each month, or at the call of the Chairman or, in his absence or disability, at the call of the Vice Chairman. At all meetings a quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Recreation Commission.