[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale 6-10-1964 (Ch. 21 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 50.
There is hereby established and created in the Borough of Northvale a Department of Public Works for the maintenance of roads, trenches and culverts, park areas and other municipal property.
[Amended 12-28-1977 by Ord. No. 435; 5-13-2009 by Ord. No. 867-2009; 4-12-2017 by Ord. No. 974-2017]
The Department of Public Works shall consist of one Superintendent, one Director of Fleet Services, one Foreman, and up to five roadmen. Additional employees may be hired from time to time as may be required and determined by the Mayor and Council by resolution.
[Added 12-28-1977 by Ord. No. 435]
The duties of the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works shall be as follows:
To perform all work of the general roadman.
To plan, assign and supervise work of roadmen to completion.
To train and supervise training of all public works employees of complete function of job responsibility.
To maintain open communications with the office of the Borough Clerk to handle complaints from other Borough departments, Mayor and Council, residents and public utilities.
To maintain up-to-date records of all maintenance of sanitary sewers, all storm drains, ditches, cleaning of catch basins, etc.
To maintain in good operating condition all Borough equipment and to perform repairs as needed for efficient operations.
To maintain a complete inventory index up-to-date of all Borough equipment, supplying copies to the Department Chairman and to the Borough Clerk's office.
To be responsible for records and to inventory the position of all gasoline tanks and pumps and all equipment repair and parts.
To maintain a personnel file of each employee of the Department of Public Works, submitting a quarterly report to the Chairman of the Committee with updating of all information, also in said report an evaluation of each individual in the Department.
Areas of operation include but are not limited to parks, skating pond, all ballfields, Borough landfill area, etc.
Projects of responsibility include but are not limited to the rebuilding of sidewalks, storm drains, line paintings, leaf collection, street sweeping, repair and replacement of street signs and traffic signs, snow removal, sewer system and the sanding of streets.
Foreman. Upon a vote of the governing body, the Department of Public Works shall have the authority to name an employee of said Department as the Foreman, which employee shall only be named on a temporary basis in the event of the absence or illness of the Superintendent. The Foreman shall be responsible for all of the duties of the Superintendent as set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 5-13-2009 by Ord. No. 867-2009]
[Amended 5-10-1995 by Ord. No. 685-95]
The salaries of all members of the Department of Public Works shall be as set forth in the Salary Ordinance of the Borough of Northvale.
[Amended 5-10-1995 by Ord. No. 685-95]
No person shall be qualified as a member of the Department of Public Works unless he is in good mental and bodily health and capable of performing strenuous physical labor, as evidenced by a certificate from a qualified physician designated by the Councilman in charge of public works.
Each employee shall be required to serve a three-month probationary period of employment. At the termination of the first three months of his employment and upon a determination by the Mayor and Council that his service has been satisfactory during that period, he will be designated a permanent employee.
Any permanent employee shall be subject to dismissal upon a majority vote of the Council, after a hearing before the Mayor and Council, for any of the following causes or for violation of any of the following rules, requirements and orders:
[Amended 8-10-1994 by Ord. No. 675-94]
The duties of the employees are as follows:
The general duty helper shall perform such work as shall be assigned by the Superintendent, including but not limited to the maintenance of roads, sewers, drains, culverts and parking areas, planting, raking, cutting brush, grading and such other work as shall be required for the maintenance and preservation of Borough properties.
Any employee who cannot report for work on any day shall immediately communicate such information to the Superintendent prior to 9:00 a.m. on that day, together with the reason for being unable to appear. Failure to notify the Superintendent as required may result in loss of pay in the discretion of the Mayor and Council. In the event that the Superintendent is unable to report for work on any particular day, he is required to notify the Councilman in charge of public works prior to 9:00 a.m. on that particular day. Where absence is due to illness, the Councilman in charge of public works may require proof of such illness. Absence for any reason other than illness will result in loss of pay unless permission is first obtained for such absence from the Councilman in charge of public works or the reason for such absence is subsequently approved by the Councilman in charge of public works. After six months of continuous service, each employee will be paid for absences due to illness to a limit of five working days in the calendar year. After completing one year of continuous service, an employee will be paid for absences due to illness to a total of 10 working days in each calendar year. These paid absences are not to be considered as cumulative and cannot exceed 10 days in each year.
Editor's Note: Former § 21-7, Vacations with pay, and § 21-9, Abolition of office of Foreman, which followed this section, were repealed 8-10-1994 by Ord. No. 675-94.
[Added 4-12-2017 by Ord. No. 974-2017]
Within the Department of Public Works-Sanitation there shall be a Director of Fleet Services.
The Director of Fleet Services shall serve at the pleasure of the governing body for an indefinite term.
The Director of Fleet Services shall not be subordinate to the Superintendent, and shall answer directly to the governing body.
The Director of Fleet Services shall be an at-will, managerial employee. The terms and conditions of employment for the Director, including removal, shall be set via the Borough’s policies and procedures and, where applicable, any employment contract between the Director and the Borough
The Director shall not be a member of the bargaining unit encompassing nonmanagerial DPW employees, and shall not be subject to the terms of any collective negotiations agreement between the Borough and the DPW union.
The duties and responsibilities of the position of Director of Fleet Services shall be set by the governing body.
The Director of Fleet Services shall be responsible for:
The maintenance and repair of all Borough vehicles and equipment., including all police and fire vehicles, excluding fire engines, and emergency services vehicles.
Implementation and monitoring of a preventative maintenance program designed to ensure cost-effective maintenance of all Borough vehicles and equipment, in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
Organizing and assigning work to subordinate employees, mechanics, foremen, and other staff, and developing efficient work methods.
Maintaining a complete inventory system through recording of all expenditures and income of each vehicle, maintenance equipment, fuel, repair parts, supplies, etc.
Monitoring user departments by analysis of vehicle and equipment utilization and evaluation of equipment specifications.
Implementing and maintaining a mechanic training and certification program to provide needed technical skills for mechanics in repair of automobiles and heavy equipment.
Ensuring DPW employees receive appropriate safety training with regard to the maintenance and repair of Borough vehicles and equipment.
Supervising, training, evaluating, and disciplining all DPW employees engaged in fleet services functions, regardless of job title.
Preparation of an annual budget for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of Borough vehicles and machinery, and presentation of same to the governing body.
Welding, replacing and repairing parts and electrical systems, and performing body and fender work, tune-ups, and engine overhauls.
Keeping maintenance and repair records for Borough vehicles and machinery.
Performing preventative maintenance on Borough vehicles and machinery, and ordering repair parts.
Conducting physical inspections and road tests for recently repaired vehicles.
Overseeing registration/inspection of all vehicles.
Performing all related duties as required.
Graduation from high school plus course work in auto and equipment mechanics at a trade school, and six years' experience as a mechanic, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid New Jersey commercial driver’s license.
Possession of all other applicable mechanic licenses and certifications as the Borough may reasonably require.
The Borough retains the right to hire an individual for the position of Director of Fleet Services, to determine the qualifications and conditions for continued employment or assignments and to promote and transfer said individual.
The Borough retains the right to suspend, promote, demote, transfer, assign, reassign, discharge, or take any other disciplinary action for just cause according to law in connection with the position of Director of Fleet Services.