[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield 2-12-1975 (§ 2-1 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
All legislative power of the Township, except in matters of health, shall be exercised by the Township Committee pursuant to law, and in matters of health, by the Board of Health.
The Township Committee shall organize annually during the first week in January, at which time it shall elect a Mayor from among its members. The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Township Committee and perform such other duties as the Township Committee may prescribe. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the deputy Mayor shall have the power and duties of the Mayor.
The Mayor shall have the power to appoint subcommittees of the Township Committee with the consent of the Township Committee. He shall sign and execute documents and agreements on behalf of the Township. He shall have the power to make proclamations concerning holidays and events of interest in the Township. He shall exercise the ceremonial power of the Township and every other power usually exercised by Township mayors or conferred upon him by law. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the Committee shall designate the Township Deputy Mayor.
Regular meetings. The Township Committee shall meet annually within the first week in January. The Committee shall meet regularly thereafter on the second Wednesday and on the fourth Wednesday in each month at 7:30 p.m., except that the Committee may, by resolution, dispense with or change the date of a regular meeting. When the time for any regular meeting of the Committee falls on a legal holiday as prescribed by law, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on some other day of the week at the convenience of the Committee.
[Amended 5-8-1996 by Ord. No. 07-96]
Special meetings. A special meeting may be called at any time upon written request of one member of the Township Committee or by the Mayor. The request and call for a special meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting and no business shall be transacted at any special meetings other than that specified. The call for a special meeting shall be filed with the Township Clerk and shall be served upon each Committee member as hereinafter provided at least 24 hours prior to the time for which the meeting is called, provided that the Mayor may determine that an emergency exists affecting the health or safety of the people, which requires consideration by the Township Committee within a shorter time, and upon such determination which the Mayor shall set forth in the call, the call may be filed with the Clerk at any time prior to the time set for the meetings. Upon the filing of any call for a special meeting, the Clerk shall forthwith give notice thereof by telephone or telegraph to each Committee member, at such place as he shall have previously designated for that purpose, and shall also serve or cause to be served a written copy of the call upon each Committee member, by delivery of a copy to him personally or by the leaving of a copy at his usual place of abode. The Police Department shall cooperate with the Clerk in effectuating such service of notice. Upon waiver of notice by all members of the Township Committee, a special meeting or a change of the agenda thereof may be held without prior notice, notwithstanding the above provisions of this section.
[Amended 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-13]
All regular and special meetings of the Township Committee shall be open to the public. The rules of procedure to be followed and rules for the consideration of nominations submitted by the Mayor and for the conduct of other business of the Committee shall be provided by resolution.
The Committee may meet at any time in executive session for the consideration of any Township business or to meet with any officer or employee of the Township or any other person on Township business. No person other than those specifically invited by the Committee shall be authorized to participate in any such executive session.
A majority of the whole number of members of the Township Committee shall constitute a quorum, and no ordinance shall be adopted by the Township Committee without the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum of the Committee. If a quorum is not present 1/2 hour after the appointed time for any meeting, the presiding officer or the Clerk may declare the meeting adjourned.
The vote upon every ordinance and upon every motion or resolution, when requested, shall be taken by roll call, and the yeas and nays shall be entered on the minutes. The minutes of each meeting shall be signed by the Township Clerk.
All ordinances shall be introduced, read, heard and enacted in the manner provided by general law.
The ordinance book shall be signed by the Mayor and Clerk.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:146-13.1, the Committee shall have the power and authority to elect from among its members a Vice Chairperson of the Committee. In the absence or disability of the chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall have all the powers and duties of the Chairperson and shall serve and be known as the "Deputy Township Mayor." In the absence of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor shall have the powers of Mayor.