[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Hillside 1-20-1987 by Ord. No. G-266-87 (Ch. II, Sec. 2-23, of the 1971 Code); amended in its entirety by the Township Council 12-16-2003. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Recreation Advisory Council consisting of seven public members who shall be appointed by the Mayor with consent of Council, which shall represent a cross section of the community in terms of age, neighborhood and recreation interest. Members shall serve a five-year term to expire as of June 30 of each year. All members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, provided that said reimbursements are approved by the Township Council. The Township Council shall also designate one of its members to be a representative of the Township Council upon said Council, who shall serve a one year term from July 1 to June 30, inclusive. This person can be reappointed with the consent of the Town Council and Recreation Advisory Council. In addition, there shall be one member designated as youth member of the Recreation Advisory Council who shall be between the ages of 15 and 18 inclusive, designated by the Township Council. In addition, the President or Vice President of the Board of Education shall appoint one of its members to serve on the Recreation Advisory Council for a term of one year effective July 1 of each year. The representatives from the Township Council, The Board of Education and the youth members are nonvoting members. The Recreation Advisory Council may ask for the resignation of any member failing to attend three unexcused consecutive meetings.
The members shall advise the Director of Recreation on the establishment and conduct of recreational programs for the residents of the Township. The Council shall:
Hold a public meeting at least once each month and additional meetings as may be required.
Generally develop recommendations to the Director of Recreation for recreational, educational, and cultural programs.
Make recommendations to the Director for facilities or development of existing or new lands or facilities.
Review all programs of the Department and offer comment on the balance between age interest groups, active and passive recreation, and support for voluntary recreation organizations in calendar and facility use.
Be a catalyst for volunteer help with Township-sponsored and -supported recreation organizations in calendar and facility use.
Promote the Township's recreational programs throughout the community. All rules and regulations of the Recreation Department pertaining to the operation of playgrounds, athletic fields, community centers, and all other recreational activities sponsored by the Department shall be reviewed by the Council.
Authority. The Director shall receive and consider recommendations of the Recreation Advisory Council but shall not be bound by any comment or recommendation of the advisory committee in the performance of the prescribed duties.
Election of officers. At the first meeting in July of each year, one of its regular members shall be elected as chairperson and one as vice chairperson. All elected positions are for a term of one year. The Senior Clerk of the Recreation Department shall serve as the secretary of the Recreation Advisory Council.
Duties of vice chairperson. The vice-chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson in absence of the latter.
Quorum. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Recreation Council (4).
The order of business of the meeting shall be as follows: (Robert's Rules of Order will be followed at all meetings and shall govern procedures):