City of Hackensack, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 4-20-1987 as Ord. No. 9-87;[1] amended in its entirety 10-20-2015 by Ord. No. 52-2015. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks — See Ch. 117.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 36, Recreation Commissioners, Board of, adopted 1-6-1986 as Ord. No. 32-85.

§ 36-1 Establishment; organization.

A. 
There shall be established in and for the City of Hackensack a Department of Recreation for the purpose of designing, coordinating and administrating athletic and cultural programs.
B. 
This Department shall be headed by a Director and assisted by a seven-member Recreation Board.

§ 36-2 Director of Recreation.

The City Manager, after certification from the Civil Service Commission, is authorized to appoint a Director of Recreation at an annual salary not to exceed that which is established in the City of Hackensack Salary Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 38, Salaries and Compensation.

§ 36-3 Duties of Director.

Under the supervision of the City Manager, the Director of the Department of Recreation shall perform the following duties:
A. 
Administer all programs recommended by the Recreation Board and approved by the City Manager consistent with the policies of the Mayor and Council.
B. 
Supervise and train the staff of the Department of Recreation.
C. 
Develop a comprehensive program to meet local recreational and cultural needs, utilizing existing resources of the community, and present this program to the Recreation Board for review and comment.
D. 
Attend all meetings of the Recreation Board.
E. 
Prepare a budget for review by the Recreation Board and the City Manager to be presented to the City Council.
F. 
Submit on a monthly basis a financial statement to the Recreation Board and the City Manager of all income and expenditures for the preceding month.
G. 
Maintain suitable and comprehensive reports for a monthly presentation to the Recreation Board and City Manager. Such report shall reflect program content, attendance and evaluation.
H. 
Maintain an inventory of all equipment and property assigned to the Department of Recreation by the City Manager of the City of Hackensack.
I. 
Develop reporting systems, which shall include financial and statistical data.
J. 
Maintain an alert for available grants and aid programs and prepare for submission proposals to obtain such programs.
K. 
Publicize, after obtaining the City Manager's approval of all notices, fliers and press releases, the various recreational and cultural activities through a planned year-round public relations program and utilize all appropriate communications to inform the residents of the facilities and services of the Department of Recreation.
L. 
Establish a close liaison with other interested agencies and organizations involved in recreational and cultural activities.

§ 36-4 Recreation Board.

The Recreation Board shall consist of seven members who are citizens and residents of the City of Hackensack. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City, with the advice and consent of the City Council.

§ 36-5 Term and compensation of Board members.

The Recreation Board members first appointed shall be appointed for the following terms: one member for five years, one member for four years, two members for three years, two members for two years and one member for one year. Following the initial appointments, all appointments shall be for terms of five years, and a vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Members shall serve until their respective successors are appointed and shall qualify. The members shall receive no compensation for their service. The term of office of each appointee shall commence on the first day of January and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the appropriate year.

§ 36-6 Organization and duties of Board.

A. 
The Board shall annually organize and elect such officers and adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the faithful discharge of its responsibility to the Department of Recreation.
B. 
The Board shall report to the Director of Recreation and shall perform the following duties:
(1) 
Conduct regular meetings once a month and report to the City Manager the names of inactive members to be replaced by the Mayor and Council.
(2) 
Review and comment on the objectives and goals of the Department of Recreation.
(3) 
Review and comment on the recreational and cultural program submitted by the Director of Recreation.
(4) 
Review and comment on the annual budget proposal prepared by the Director of Recreation.
(5) 
Entertain public proposals and suggestions and articulate same to the Director of Recreation.

§ 36-7 Rules and regulations.

All participants in Department of Recreation programs and activities shall comply with the rules and regulations embodied in the Code of the City of Hackensack. Subject to review of the City Manager and the approval of the Mayor and Council, the Director of Recreation may impose additional rules and regulations as safety and administrative needs require.

§ 36-8 Appointment of employees.

The City Manager, after certification from the Civil Service Commission and consultation with the Director of Recreation, is authorized to appoint employees as the City Manager shall deem necessary to carry out the functions of the Department of Recreation.

§ 36-9 Appropriation of funds.

The City Council shall annually fix, determine and allocate moneys for the care, custody, policing and maintenance of the playgrounds and recreation places and for the expenses of the Department of Recreation, which sum shall be raised by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.

§ 36-10 Moneys to become part of general fund.

All moneys received by the Department of Recreation shall be paid over to the City Treasurer and shall become part of the general funds of the City of Hackensack.