[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Brooklawn 10-3-1988 as Ord. No. 13-88. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn is hereby designated as the Redevelopment Agency for the Borough of Brooklawn pursuant to the Redevelopment Agencies Law, P.L. 1949,c. 306 (N.J.S.A. 40:55C-1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented.
The powers of the Borough Council to perform it’s legislative functions relating to redevelopment in the Borough of Brooklawn shall, in addition to those powers set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55C-12, include but not be limited to the following:
To transfer land owned or acquired in a designated redevelopment area to any person or entity at its fair value as determined by Borough Council, for the uses and in accordance with the purposes specified in the redevelopment plan applicable to said area and pursuant to law.
To make, review, modify and approve contracts with and/or plans of registered architects, licensed professional engineers and/or planners for the implementation of any redevelopment plan or project.
To make, review, modify and/or approve contracts with public agencies or private enterprises or redevelopers and to provide, as part of any such contract, for the extension of credit or making of loans to redevelopers for the financing of any redevelopment work.
To make, review, modify and/or approve contracts with private parties or public agencies for the opening, grading, improvement or closing of streets, roads, roadways, sidewalks, alleys or other places or the acquisition by the borough or other public agencies of property rights or options, including contracts for the furnishing of property or services in connection with the redevelopment plan.
To make, review, modify and approve contracts with public agencies, to the extent and within the scope of the agencies’ functions to cause the services customarily provided by said agencies to be rendered for the benefit of the residents of the redevelopment area, and to have such agencies provide and maintain related municipal facilities adjacent to or in connection with the redevelopment area.
To conduct examinations and investigations, including the powers to hear testimony and take proof under oath at public or private hearing of any material matter, require attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers, take affidavits and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who are out-of-state, unable to attend or excused from attendance.
To formulate policy decisions and undertake necessary or proper action as to the settlement, compromise or other disposition of litigation arising from the redevelopment area and project, including the payment of claims and related activities.
To review, modify and approve the selection of the redevelopers to perform redevelopment activities upon any project and all plans for the redevelopment projects.
To formulate policy decisions relating to the design, modification or construction of public roadways which are a part of or affected by any project, retaining walls included in any project area and off-site parking facilities.
To require any municipal officer, in its discretion, to prepare and submit statements regarding said officer's official duties and the performance thereof and otherwise investigate the conduct of any department, office or agency of the municipal government, as said conduct relates to any redevelopment project.
To undertake any and all additional activities necessary or proper to carry out its powers and functions.
The powers of the Mayor to perform his/her executive functions relating to the redevelopment of the Borough of Brooklawn shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
To enforce the laws and ordinances applicable in the municipality as they affect the redevelopment project.
To report to the Borough Council and public on the status and progress of the redevelopment project and on such applicable conditions and requirements of any nature as may bear upon the continuing redevelopment activities of the project.
To make such recommendations for action by the Borough Council as may be deemed to be in the public interest.
To supervise all activities of the departments of the municipal government as said activities bear upon the functions and activities of the redevelopment project.
To require each department of the municipal government to prepare and submit reports with regard to those activities of any redevelopment project.
To exercise those powers afforded by law to attend meetings of the Borough Council and take part in Borough Council conferences as such meetings and conferences relate to the redevelopment project.
To supervise the Redevelopment Officer in accordance with the Administrative Code.
To establish the redevelopment policy for the municipality.
To supervise the selection of redevelopers in accordance with the regulations established by the Borough Council and to recommend redevelopers for approval by the Borough Council.
To review contracts with redevelopers and contracts for professional services and to refer said contracts to the Borough Council for approval.
To undertake any and all additional activities necessary or proper to carry out his/her powers and functions.
The Borough Council may, but shall not be required to, establish an Office of Redevelopment. Such office shall be managed by a person appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Borough Council. The Redevelopment Manager shall be assisted by staff or consultants to the extent required. The Redevelopment Manager may be an existing borough employee who is assigned redevelopment responsibilities.
Subject to applicable laws and ordinances, the Redevelopment Manager shall exercise the following powers and duties under the supervision of the Mayor:
To be the executive officer in charge of redevelopment activities, including the preparation and modification of the redevelopment plan required by N.J.S.A. 40:55C-1 et seq.
To have full charge and management of the Redevelopment Office and of the employees and consultants in said Office.
To keep accurate records of books of account of all redevelopment transactions.
To prepare budget recommendations for the Redevelopment Office.
To have full charge and management of the redevelopment properties and equipment.
To prepare and present to the Mayor short and long-range planning recommendations for the improvement of redevelopment activities.
To coordinate redevelopment activities with the work of other departments and officers of the Borough of Brooklawn.
To keep the Mayor and Borough Council apprised of the redevelopment activities of the municipality and to coordinate the activities of redevelopment planners and consultants and to establish progress schedules of redevelopment activity.
To prepare written reports of all redevelopment activities of the Borough of Brooklawn undertaken with regard to any redevelopment project during the relevant period. Said reports shall be reviewed by the Mayor and shall be provided to the Borough Council on or before the final day of each month. Said reports shall adequately summarize and describe the redevelopment activities undertaken and shall include a discussion of recommended future actions under consideration. The reports shall also describe activities relating to present or future tenants of the redevelopment area and activities undertaken with any other authority, board or agency relating to the redevelopment project.
To undertake any additional activities necessary or proper to carry out his/her powers and duties.