[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Upper Deerfield 7-1-1976 by Ord. No. 150 (Ch. 14 of the 1977 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created a local industrial commission to be known and designated as the "Industrial Commission of the Township of Upper Deerfield in the County of Cumberland."
There shall be appointed by the Mayor seven members of the Commission for terms of five years each, provided that upon the adoption of this chapter the initial appointments shall be made so that one member shall be appointed for a term to expire January 1, 1977; one member for a term to expire January 1, 1978; one member for a term to expire January 1, 1979; two members for a term to expire January 1, 1980; and two members for a term to expire January 1, 1981. Thereafter members shall be appointed for terms of five years each. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner for the unexpired term, and all members of the Commission shall hold office until their successors are appointed and qualify.
Each member of the Commission may be a resident or nonresident of the Township of Upper Deerfield and shall be chosen with a special view to qualifications and fitness for service on the Commission, as defined by N.J.S.A. 40:55B-1 et seq., as amended or supplemented from time to time.
[Amended 4-4-1991 by Ord. No. 376]
The Commission shall have all the powers provided by statute and shall meet and organize during the month following the initial appointment of its members, and thereafter shall meet and organize during the month of January in each year, and shall choose annually from among its members a Chairman and a Secretary and such other officers as it may deem necessary, all of whom shall hold office until the next following annual meeting of the Commission and until their respective successors shall have been chosen and shall qualify. Vacancies in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term. A temporary officer may be elected to serve during the absence or disability of any officer. The Commission may elect additional officers and fix their terms of office. The Mayor of the Township shall be an ex officio member of the Commission. A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.
In addition to the powers as provided for in this chapter, the Commission shall additionally have the right to function as an economic development committee and utilize, when functioning as said economic development committee, the title of "Economic Development Committee of the Township of Upper Deerfield in the County of Cumberland." The Economic Development Committee, as opposed to the Industrial Commission, shall operate as an advisory committee and in such advisory capacity shall have the right to:
Inquire into, survey and publicize the extent, advantages and utility of vacant land within the Township.
Make advisory recommendations to the Township as to the classifications of land use according to its adaptability to various types of businesses, whether professional, commercial and/or industrial.
Study and analyze various businesses, whether commercial or professional, with a view to ascertain the opportunities for expansion of such businesses, whether professional or commercial, within the Township.
Make advisory recommendations, in accordance with information obtained, to the Industrial Commission or to the Township.
Members and officers of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but each member shall receive his actual disbursements for expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.
Each member and officer of the Commission shall, before assuming office, take and subscribe to an oath to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of such office. Members of the Commission and officers shall furnish bonds to the Commission to secure the faithful discharge of their duties, in form, amount and with such surety as may from time to time be required by resolution of the governing body of this Township.
No member, officer or employee of the Commission shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contracts for work or materials used by the Commission, or in any sales, leases or agreements in connection with lands, buildings or other property owned or controlled by the Commission, or in any fees or compensation of any kind paid to any person doing business with the Commission, or in any other transaction of or with the Commission.
The Industrial Commission shall constitute a corporate instrumentality of the municipality, and its general purpose shall be primarily to promote the proper and orderly industrial growth of the Township and to exercise the purposes, functions and powers conferred by statute (N.J.S.A. 40:55B-1 et seq., as amended or supplemented from time to time), subject to the limitations provided therein.
The Commission shall make its own rules and regulations concerning the time, place and conduct of its meetings, provided the Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings and such meetings shall be open to the public.
Employees and assistants shall be provided to the Industrial Commission from time to time by the municipality in the manner designated by statute (N.J.S.A. 40:55B-6, as amended or supplemented from time to time), subject to the limitations provided therein.
The Industrial Commission may request from the Township Committee annually and from time to time an appropriation of funds for operations of the Commission and may incur expenses therefor within the limitations of any budget appropriation, and payment of all such expenses shall be made from the Township treasury upon approval by the Township Committee, and the Commission shall report thereon to the Township Committee and shall exercise such powers in the manner conferred by statute (N.J.S.A. 40:55B-10, as amended or supplemented from time to time), subject to the limitations provided therein.
Editor's Note: For provisions pertaining to the payment of claims generally, see Ch. 5, Claims Approval.