[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Bridgewater 10-3-1977 by Ord. No. 77-38. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56-21 et seq., there is hereby created in the Township of Bridgewater a Board of Assessment Commissioners, the members of which shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent, by resolution, of the Township Council.
[Amended 5-21-1984 by Ord. No. 84-12]
Said Board of Assessment Commissioners shall consist of three members, who shall be designated Commissioners. All appointments, except to fill vacancies, shall be for a term of five years, and shall terminate on December 31 of the fifth year. There shall also be two alternate Commissioners, who shall also serve terms of five years. All terms shall be computed from January 1 of the year of appointment. The Commissioners and alternate Commissioners shall serve until their successors are appointed and shall qualify. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Alternate Commissioners shall serve as Commissioners in those cases where a Commissioner is unable to serve in connection with a specific project or projects.
Editor's Note: Section 10 of this ordinance provided that the terms of all present members of the boards and bodies herein described which are to expire on June 30 of any year area hereby extended to December 31 of that year, with all subsequent terms to commence on January 1 of the following year.
The Board of Assessment Commissioners shall be and hereby is charged with the duty of making all assessments for benefits for local improvements within the Township of Bridgewater in accordance with the duties imposed upon it by virtue of N.J.S.A. 40:56-21 through 56-64, inclusive, and shall in addition have and exercise all of the powers authorized by the aforesaid statutes.
In the event that any Commissioner shall in any way be interested in any local improvement, he shall be disqualified from exercising the powers hereinabove conferred with respect to that improvement, and the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Township Council, shall appoint an alternate Commissioner or, if said alternate Commissioner shall not qualify, some other qualified person or persons to act in his place with respect to that improvement only.
The Township Council shall prepare or cause to have prepared by appropriate Township officials, subject to approval by resolution of the Township Council, formal procedures and guidelines to be used by the Assessment Commissioners in the performance of their duties. Said procedures and guidelines shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following areas: compensation and hours of Assessment Commissioners; timing of assessments, reports and hearings; coordination with Township department heads and other personnel. Said procedure and guidelines shall be consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56-21 et seq.