[Adopted 11-8-1978 as Sec. 2-12 of the Revised General Ordinances]
The Township Committee deems it necessary and appropriate to establish an organization to serve the needs of senior citizens and through the efforts of which the Township's senior citizens would be apprised of federal, state, county and local programs available to senior citizens.
There is hereby created and established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2, a council to be known as the "Senior Citizens Advisory Council of the Township of Wall."
The Council shall consist of nine members during the first year and such additional number as may be deemed appropriate and necessary by the Township Committee to effect the purpose of this article.
The Township Committee shall appoint three members for one year, three members for two years, and three members for three years, whose terms shall commence retroactively on January 1, 1977. Thereafter, the Township Committee shall appoint or reappoint members for three-year terms.
All of the members shall be residents of the Township and shall be of the age of 62 years or older, except for the Township liaison member who may be of any age. All members shall be selected on the basis of their qualifications, fitness and desire to fulfill and advance the objectives and purposes of the Council as defined herein.
The Council shall annually elect one of its members as Chairman, whose duties shall be to fix meeting dates, conduct the meetings, appoint subcommittees and arrange the activities and functions of the Council so that they may be accomplished in an orderly and productive fashion.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Council shall annually elect one of its members as Cochairman, whose duties are to assist the Chairman in the completion of his duties.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Council shall annually elect one of its members as secretary, whose duties shall be to record the minutes of all meetings and to receive and transmit all correspondence of the Committee.
One of the members shall be designated as the Township Committee liaison member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Council, and shall act as a liaison between the Township Committee and the Senior Citizens Advisory Council.
All members of the Council shall serve without compensation.
The Township Committee shall have the discretion, upon recommendation from the Senior Citizens Advisory Council to remove any members appointed by the Council who are not fulfilling their duties or responsibilities.
The duties of the Council shall be as follows:
To bring matters of importance and concern to senior citizens to the attention of the Township Committee of the Township.
To identify senior citizens residing in the Township.
To arrange for and secure tickets and arrange transportation to cultural events of interest to senior citizens of the Township.
To encourage formation of a telephone communication check service for senior citizens living alone.
To work to obtain use of a senior citizen van or similar type vehicle for transportation of elderly residents of the Township.
To establish and develop a senior center.
To interview and select a Wall Township member to the Cooperating Council of the Office on Aging of Monmouth County.
To promote a nutrition program for the elderly and to seek representation in the Nutrition Program Project Council.
To act as trustees of any senior center that may be developed and implemented by this Council.
To facilitate communication between senior citizens and other members of the community.
To provide a resource for the community to discuss problematic areas of concern to senior citizens.
To recommend to the Township Committee programs, improvements and activities which will benefit the Township's senior citizens as well as alleviate problem areas of concern to those Township residents who are senior citizens.
To act as a liaison between the senior citizens of the Township and the Township police.
The Council shall receive from all Township officials, offices and departments such assistance as may be proper and reasonably necessary to aid the Council in the performance of its duties.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Council may submit a budget request to the Township Administrator. The Township Committee may appropriate in each annual budget of the Township such sum as may be determined by the Township Committee to be necessary to accomplish the purposes set forth herein, and to implement those recommendations of the Council which the Township Committee in its discretion, deems economic, feasible and appropriate.