Borough of Barnegat Light, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Barnegat Light 6-10-1974 by Ord. No. 74-4 as Secs. 2-1 through 2-5 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Officers and employees — See Ch. 32.
[Amended 8-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-7]
The Mayor and six Council persons shall constitute the Borough Council. The Mayor and Council shall be elected at large in the borough and take office in a manner provided by law. The term of office for Council persons shall be for three years, with two positions to be filled at the general election each year. The term of office for the Mayor shall be four years. The term of office for all elected officials shall commence January 1 next following their election, unless otherwise provided by law.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 2-1, Chapter Title, which immediately preceded this section, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Pursuant to the Borough Law,[1] a vacancy occurring in the office of the Mayor, whether by resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by the Council until the next general election and until the election and qualification of a successor. At such next general election the person elected to fill such vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term only. All vacancies in other elected offices shall be filled by nomination of the Mayor and appointment by him, with the advice and consent of the Council members present at the meeting, provided that at least three affirmative votes shall be required for such purpose, the Mayor to have no vote thereon except in the case of a tie. All appointments to fill vacancies on the Council shall be until January 1 following the next general election.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:60-1 et seq. In addition, note that the Municipal Vacancy Law is found at N.J.S.A. 40A:16-1 et seq.
B. 
If such vacancies shall occur at so short a period of time before the next general election that the office cannot be filled at the election, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as though it had occurred immediately after the election at the next subsequent general election for such portion of the term, if any, as may still remain unexpired. At such next general election the person elected to fill the vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term only.
[Amended 8-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-7]
The six Council persons may, by resolution, adopt rules of procedure not inconsistent with this Code. The Council persons may select any and all standing committees which they deem necessary and appoint members to each committee.
Council shall take appropriate action to ensure that ordinances and resolutions of the preceding year are compiled or codified.
The Council shall meet for organization on the first day of January or during the first seven days in January in any year at the call of the incoming Mayor. Thereafter, the Council shall meet regularly within the borough at such times and places as provided by the rules of the Council. The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings of the Council. In case of his neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call such meetings at such time and place in the borough as they may designate. In all cases of special meetings, 24 hours' written notice (or actual voice contact) shall be given to all members of the Council. Written notice may be by leaving such notice at their places of residence.
[Amended 8-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-7]
A. 
The Mayor shall attend and preside over all regular and special meetings of the Borough Council, but he shall not vote except to give the deciding vote in case of a tie. Except as otherwise provided by statute, the Mayor shall nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Council, appoint all appointed officers of the borough. No appointment requiring Council approval and confirmation shall be made except by a majority vote of Council members present at the meeting, provided that at least three affirmative votes shall be required for such purpose, the Mayor to have no vote thereon except in case of a tie. Vacancies in appointed offices shall be filled by appointments in the same manner for the unexpired term only. The Mayor shall take such nominations to fill a vacancy within 30 days after the appointive office becomes vacant. If the Mayor falls to nominate within 30 days or the Council fails to confirm any nomination made by the Mayor, then after the expiration of 30 days the Council shall appoint the officer.
B. 
The Mayor shall see that the laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Borough of Barnegat Light are faithfully executed and shall recommend to the Council such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient for the welfare of the Borough. He shall maintain peace and good order and have the power to suppress all riots and tumultuous assemblies in the borough.
C. 
The Mayor shall supervise the conduct and acts of all appointed officers and employees in the borough, and the Mayor shall execute all contracts made on behalf of the borough.
At an organizational meeting the Council, by a majority vote, shall elect from its number a President of the Council, who shall preside at all of its meetings when the Mayor does not preside. The President of the Council shall hold office for one year and until the next annual meeting. He shall have the right to debate and vote on all questions before the Council. If the Council at its annual meeting fails to elect a President, the Mayor shall appoint the President from the Council, and in that case no confirmation shall be necessary. If the Mayor is absent from the borough for a period of three consecutive days or for any reason is unable to act, the President of the Council shall perform all the duties of the Mayor during his absence or disability. The Mayor, in case of his intended absence from the borough for more than three days at any one time, shall notify the President in writing of such intended absence, whereupon the President shall become Acting Mayor from the receipt of such notice and continue to act until the Mayor's return. In case of the temporary inability of the President to so act, the Council member having the longest term of service as such may act temporarily for the President.