[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Rules of Decorum
Article II Open Public Conference Meetings
[Adopted 3-27-1990 by Ord. No. 4081 (Ch. 22, Art. I of the 1986 Code)]
Members of the Township Committee shall observe order and decorum during Township Committee meetings. A member of the Township Committee shall neither, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings of the Committee nor disturb any member while speaking nor refuse to obey the orders of the Chairman. Township Committee members shall inform the Chairman before leaving their seats during a Committee meeting.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., the Open Public Meetings Act.
Members of the Township staff shall observe the same rules of order and decorum applicable to the Township Committee in § 22-1 above.
Any person(s) making personal, defamatory or profane remarks or who willfully utters loud, threatening or abusive language or engages in any disorderly conduct which disturbs or disrupts the orderly conduct of any meeting shall be called to order by the Chairman. If such conduct continues, the Chairman of the Township Committee, at his discretion, may order such person removed from that meeting by the Sergeant at Arms.
Persons addressing the Township Committee shall be allowed a maximum of five minutes for their presentations and may comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the community.
No person in the audience shall engage in disorderly conduct such as handclapping, stamping of feet, whistling, using profane language, shouting or other similar demonstrations which may disturb the peace and order of the Township Committee meeting.
All persons shall, at the request of the Chairman, be silent. If, after receiving a warning from the Chairman, a person persists in disturbing the meeting, the Chairman may order that person to leave the meeting. If he does not remove himself, the Chairman may order the Sergeant at Arms to remove him.
The Chief of Police, or such member of the Department of Police as the Chairman may designate, shall be Sergeant at Arms at the Township Committee meetings. The Sergeant at Arms shall carry out all orders given by the Chairman for the purpose of maintaining order and decorum at the Township Committee meeting. On the instruction of the Chairman, the Sergeant at Arms shall remove from the meeting any person who disturbs the proceedings of the Committee.
Any person who resists removal by the Sergeant at Arms shall be charged with violating N.J.S.A. 2C:33-8, Disrupting meetings and processions.
[Amended 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 4999]
The Township Committee will permit the videotaping of Township Committee meetings provided the following guidelines are complied with:
All videotaping is to be conducted from designated locations.
The last two rows in the northwest corner of the main meeting room shall be designated as the location for the recording of said public meetings. The last two rows shall be clearly marked, alerting any member of the public who wishes to videotape a meeting that such videotaping must be conducted from this designated location.
The southeast corner of the conference room shall be designated as the location for the recording of said public meetings. Such rows shall be clearly marked, alerting any member who wishes to videotape a meeting shall do so from this designated location.
All video cameras must be privately owned and have self-contained recording devices with built-in lighting and power sources.
A person shall not operate more than one video camera at a time.
Unrestricted videotaping will be permitted prior to the start of the approval of minutes at the Township Committee Regular Meeting.
Township Committee meetings shall be conducted pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order.
[Adopted 3-25-1975 by Ord. No. 2968A (Ch. 23 of the 1986 Code)]
All conference meetings of the Township Committee shall be open to the public and press.
In its discretion, the Township Committee may determine that a matter to be discussed is so sensitive that the public interest would best be served by discussing such a matter in executive session, including but not limited to contract negotiations, legal strategy, placement of Township personnel and matters of similar import.
[Amended 10-26-2004 by Ord. No. 4842]
At any open conference meeting, the public and press will be permitted to comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the community.
All reports, communications, proposed ordinances, proposed resolutions, contract documents or other matters to be submitted to the Township Committee shall be delivered to the Township Clerk at a reasonable time in advance of a conference meeting.