[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 7-21-2003 by Ord. No. 1469-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be by this chapter hereby established within the Township of Hamilton, County of Atlantic, a Veterans' Advisory Board, which shall serve as an ad hoc advisory board to the Township Committee for the purposes of keeping the Township Committee informed of developments regarding veterans, and which may respond to any ordinances introduced by the Township Committee that may have an impact upon veterans, and which shall otherwise advise the Township Committee with respect to pending legislation at the county or state level which may impact veterans.
Meetings. The Veterans' Advisory Board shall meet no less than 12 occasions per year to discuss matters of interest to veterans, current and pending Township ordinances, county or state laws affecting veterans and other issues of interest to veterans which may have an impact upon the Township as a whole. The Advisory Board shall report to the Township Committee at least two times per year, or as often as the Advisory Board believes it is necessary, on activities and discussions and provide the Committee with a summary of the issues it has discussed and the positions it believes should be advanced on behalf of veterans. The Advisory Board shall be strictly advisory, and its recommendations, decisions, comments or other observations shall not be binding in any way on the Township Committee or any other municipal body, board or agency.
Membership and term.
[Amended 11-13-2018 by Ord. No. 1887-2018]
The Veterans' Advisory Board shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by a majority of the Township Committee in the following manner and for the following terms. The Veterans' Advisory Board shall also consist of two alternate members who shall be appointed by the majority of the Township Committee in the following manner and on the following terms.
The Veterans' Advisory Board shall consist of seven members and two alternates serving three-year terms. Those members currently on the Board shall fill their existing terms. Thereafter, each member or alternate member shall be appointed for a three-year term. All terms shall expire on December 31 of the appropriate year and shall begin on January 1 of the appropriate year. The members and alternate members of the Veterans' Advisory Board shall be residents of the Township of Hamilton and be certified veterans with a DD-214 Record of Military Service.
The members shall choose a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary for the Board. The Chairman shall serve as a liaison between the Board and the Township Committee. The Secretary shall keep notes of the meeting, which notes shall be deemed to be the property of the Township. The Chairman shall serve as the spokesperson for the Board in discussions with the Township Committee. The Chairman shall vote on all issues before the Advisory Board, and his/her vote shall be equal to all other members of the Advisory Board.
[Amended 6-5-2012 by Ord. No. 1720-2012]
It is the intent of this chapter that the Veterans’ Advisory Board shall be solely an advisory board consisting of volunteers appointed by the Township Committee.
Notwithstanding its status as an advisory board which is not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act, the Veterans’ Advisory Board will provide a schedule of its meetings to the Township Clerk, who will advertise the meetings. In addition, any recommendations made by the Board to the Committee shall be reduced to writing, signed by the Chairperson, and sent to the Township Clerk for placement on the next Committee agenda.
Editor’s Note; See N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.
The Board shall have no authority to expend any funds, and no funds shall be appropriated in the budget for the Board. Any projects which require Township funding would go through the Township Committee as part of the recommendation to approve the project.
It is expressly intended that the Veterans' Advisory Board is an ad hoc group to assist the Township Committee in addressing issues and problems facing veterans. The Board shall be permitted to communicate with other agencies in order to render suggestions, opinions and recommendations with regard to veterans, but all such communication should first be directed to the Township Committee for approval.