[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 6-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Open space trust fund — See Ch. 39.
There is hereby established in and for the Township of Readington an Open Space Advisory Board.
The Open Space Advisory Board shall have the responsibility to:
Meet at least four times per year.
Make recommendations to the Township Committee regarding open space in the Township.
Update the open space plan on an annual basis.
[Amended 3-15-2010 by Ord. No. 05-2010]
Engage in public outreach regarding open space matters on behalf of the Township such as through newsletter articles and encouraging and receiving citizen output.
Carry out such other advisory, educational and informational functions as will promote open space preservation in the Township.
Keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the Township Committee. The Board may select a Secretary for this purpose, who may or may not be a member of the Open Space Advisory Board.
The Open Space Advisory Board shall consist of nine members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the remainder of the Township Committee. The Board shall include one member of the Township Committee, one member of the Planning Board, one member of the Environmental Commission, and the rest, from the public at large; all members shall be residents of Readington Township. The members shall serve without compensation, except that they shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of official business. The Mayor shall designate one of such members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Board; the Mayor shall also designate a Vice Chairman. The terms of office of the first Board shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his or her appointments, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The first members of the Board shall be appointed so that the terms of two of the members will expire each year.
[Amended 3-15-2010 by Ord. No. 05-2010]
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term only.
No member may act on any matter in which he or she has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.
A member of the Open Space Advisory Board may (after public hearing if he or she requests it) be removed by the governing body for cause.
All meetings shall comply with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-7 et seq.).
The Open Space Advisory Board may secure the voluntary assistance of the public. It may also appoint such clerks or other employees as it may from time to time require and may retain consultants or experts, provided that, under both circumstances above, same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Committee.
[Added 8-7-2006 by Ord. No. 26-2006]
Number. Two alternate members shall be appointed to the Readington Township Open Space Advisory Board.
Appointment by Township Committee. The alternate members shall be citizens of the Township of Readington, appointed by a majority vote of the Readington Township Committee. The alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the Township Committee as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2."
Term. The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2 so that the terms of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term only.
Conflict of interest. An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which the alternate member has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.
Removal from office. An alternate member may, after public hearing, if the alternate member requests one, be removed from office by the Township Committee for cause.
Voting. An alternate member may participate in discussions of the Readington Township Open Space Advisory Board, 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 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 first.