Township of Blairstown, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown 10-13-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 142.
[Adopted 10-13-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07]

§ 42-1 Establishment.

There is hereby established in the Township of Blairstown a recreational advisory committee which shall be known as the "Recreation Committee."

§ 42-2 Membership.

A. 
The Recreation Committee shall be comprised of not fewer than five nor more than 11 members, all of whom shall be citizens and residents of the Township of Blairstown, serving without pay. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advise and consent of the Township Committee.
B. 
Any member who fails to attend three or more regularly scheduled meetings in any calendar year may be removed as a member by resolution of the Township Committee at the request and recommendation of the Recreation Committee. The Mayor shall appoint a new member to fill the vacancy created by removal, which newly appointed member shall serve for the unexpired term of the vacancy.
[Added 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]

§ 42-3 Term of office.

The members first appointed shall hold office for one, two and three years, respectively, in such a manner that the term of at least one member and not more than four members shall expire in each year according to the number appointed. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for terms of three years, and all vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only.

§ 42-4 Ex officio members.

One member of the Township Committee shall be appointed annually by the Mayor, with advise and consent of the Township Committee, to serve as an ex officio member of the Recreation Committee, but said member shall have no vote unless he/she or she is also formally appointed as a member of said Committee. Additional ex officio members (liaisons) may be appointed annually by the Township Committee.

§ 42-5 Purpose and duties.

[Amended 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]
A. 
The Recreation Committee shall make recommendations to the Township Committee with regard to:
(1) 
The recreational and park needs of the Township.
(2) 
Existing recreational programs, staffing and facility requirements.
(3) 
Plans for the development, improvement, maintenance and use of Township lands as public parks, recreation areas and playgrounds.
(4) 
Rules and regulations for the public use of parks, recreation areas and playgrounds.
(5) 
An annual budget for recreation, park and playground activities, including proposed fees to be charged and/or other revenue sources to be utilized for the financing of said activities. Said budget recommendation shall include all requests for funding from each organization seeking financial assistance for sports and youth programs provided to Township residents.
(6) 
Undertaking such other duties related to recreational programs and facilities as may be delegated to it by the Township Committee.
B. 
In addition, the Recreation Committee, in its capacity as advisory board to the Township Committee, shall have the authority, subject to prior approval by the Township Committee, to:
(1) 
Establish, administer and regulate recreational programs.
(2) 
Schedule all recreational activities and other use and utilization of Township recreational facilities.
(3) 
Advise the Township Committee on personnel requirements for the park, recreation and playground activities and assist the Township Committee in its selection and recruitment of individuals for the purpose of satisfying said requirements.
(4) 
Submit vouchers for the payment of all budgeted park, recreation and playground expenditures approved in advance by the Township Committee.

§ 42-6 Organization.

The Recreation Committee shall organize annually on or before January 1 of each year. It shall select a Chairman, Vice Chairman and such other officers as it deems necessary, appoint a Secretary, adopt rules and bylaws as required for the proper conduct of its meetings. Minutes of all Recreation Committee meetings shall be filed with the Township Clerk and made available upon request to any interested party.

§ 42-7 Annual report.

[Added 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]
The Recreation Committee, in conjunction with its budgetary responsibilities, shall make an annual report to the Township Committee in December of each year.

§ 42-8 Meetings.

[Added 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]
The Township Recreation Committee shall be bound by the terms and conditions of N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 to 10:4-21, inclusive, commonly known as the "New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act," and shall annually fix its meeting dates and give appropriate notice of the time and place of its meetings and shall not conduct any meeting except in compliance with the law.
[Adopted 3-26-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]

§ 42-9 Creation of office.

There is hereby created the office of Recreation Director to provide liaison between the Mayor and members of the Township Committee and the Township Recreation Committee and to assist the Mayor and members of the Township Committee in the administration of the Recreation Committee in performing the following duties:
A. 
Recommend to the Township Committee fees schedules which shall defray the cost of such recreation programs among the users.
B. 
Recommend to the Township Committee the purchase of equipment and/or facilities necessary for the proper functioning of its programs.
C. 
Upon request, submit a proposed recreation budget for each calendar year. The Township Committee shall annually appropriate, in its budget, funds to be utilized for such recreation programs as it deems necessary.
D. 
Oversee and administer recreational facilities, playground facilities and other facilities regarding leisure time activities of the residents of the Township of Blairstown in a safe and appropriate condition for use.
E. 
Review all reports and studies developed by the Recreation Committee or any of its members or subcommittees.
F. 
Sign all memoranda and reports submitted on behalf of the Recreation Committee.
G. 
Submit, as required, reports to the Township Committee concerning the activities and functions of the Recreation Committee.
H. 
Assist the residents of the Township in matters within his/her jurisdiction, to maintain a record of complaints concerning Township recreation business submitted to his/her attention and to take proper steps to remedy the causes of such complaint.
I. 
Keep the Township Committee currently informed of all matters within his/her jurisdiction by such reports, verbally or in writing, as advisable or as may be requested by the Township Committee and to submit an annual written report of work accomplished at the request of the Township Committee for the benefit of the public.
J. 
Review existing municipal policies and procedures relating to recreation and revise and/or recommend new procedures and policies where necessary in furtherance of residents' recreation needs.
K. 
Perform such other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Mayor and members of the Township Committee from time to time.
L. 
The duties of the Recreation Director shall be such that they shall not infringe or derogate upon the powers, rights and duties of the elected and appointed officials of the Township.

§ 42-10 Appointment; term of office.

The Township Recreation Director, who need not be a resident of the Township of Blairstown, shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Township Committee. The term of office of the Recreation Director shall be at the pleasure of the Township Committee.

§ 42-11 Removal from office.

The Recreation Director shall be an at-will employee who may be terminated at any time by majority vote of the Township Committee.

§ 42-12 Absence, disqualification or vacancy.

In the event that there is a vacancy in the position of the Recreation Director, or in the event that the Recreation Director is absent, disabled or disqualified for whatever reason, the Township Committee, by resolution, shall have the power to designate an Acting Recreation Director to act in the place of the Recreation Director, and any action taken by this person shall be deemed the official act of the Recreation Director.

§ 42-13 Salary and hours of employment.

The Recreation Director shall receive such salary and have such hours of employment as the Township Committee may fix from time to time by ordinance and/or resolution or other appropriate action.