[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 3-20-1981 as Ord. No. 4-1-81. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created in the Township of Kingwood, County of Hunterdon and State of New Jersey, the position of Local Historian.
The Local Historian shall be appointed by the Township Committee at its reorganization meeting in January or at such later date as may be convenient. The Local Historian shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be removed upon a majority vote of the Township Committee.
The individual appointed Local Historian shall hold office from the date of appointment to December 31 of that year.
The Local Historian shall serve without compensation, but the Township Committee may annually appropriate such funds as may be necessary to reimburse the Local Historian for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties and responsibilities of the position.
The Local Historian shall be responsible for developing and carrying out an historical program for the township, including but not restricted to collecting, preserving and making available materials relating to the history of Kingwood Township, the municipal governing body or any of its political subdivisions.
The Local Historian shall make an annual report to the Mayor and governing body stating all the work performed and accomplished during the year. The Local Historian shall transmit a copy of the report to the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Within the limits of the budget as appropriated by the Township Committee, the Local Historian may research, write and cause to have published a municipal history and may recommend appropriate historical materials for publication.
The Local Historian shall advise the Township Committee concerning the acquisition, administration, use and disposition of any landmark or historic site, including such places in the Township of Kingwood included on the New Jersey Register of Historical Places.
Within the limits of the budget as appropriated by the Township Committee, the Local Historian shall assist in projects of commemoration, including the erection of monuments, historic markers and guide signs.
Within the limits of such funds as may be made available by the Township Committee for the particular purpose, the Local Historian may employ such clerical assistants as may be necessary in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position.
The Local Historian shall be responsible for the care and custody of such documents and historical materials as shall come into his possession. The materials shall be stored securely in the Municipal Building or such other place designated and approved by the Township Committee. The Local Historian shall store the materials in such a manner as to ensure their preservation. Upon leaving the position, the Local Historian shall be responsible for turning over all materials, records and reports to his successor. An annual inventory and report of materials in the possession of the Local Historian shall be provided to the Township Committee.