[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Council) of the Township of Jackson 9-8-1997 by Ord. No. 20-97 (Ch. 41 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Committee recognizes that all public buildings and facilities owned by the municipal government have been built and maintained by public funds and, therefore, should be made available for the use and enjoyment of all Jackson Township residents.
The Township Committee further recognizes that the use of buildings and facilities owned by the municipal government by civic-oriented and nonprofit community organizations for various meetings and functions is beneficial to the overall good of the Township of Jackson and, therefore, hereby declares its enthusiastic support for said use of such buildings in accordance with the procedures and regulations outlined in this article.
Any civic-oriented or nonprofit organization based within the Township of Jackson shall be allowed to use any municipally owned building or facility, subject to the organization's compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, upon obtaining permission from the Township Committee.
Any civic-oriented or nonprofit organization seeking to use a building or facility owned by the Township of Jackson shall:
Submit, at least 30 days in advance of the anticipated meeting date, a letter of application to the office of the Township Clerk on the group's official letterhead stating the proposed date, time and purpose of the meeting for which the building or facility is being requested, as well as the specific building or facility, or portion thereof, being requested.
Submit to the office of the Township Clerk a list of the names and addresses of those officers or persons in charge of the organization who shall be individually responsible for the care and use of the Township-owned building or facility, as well as any equipment, supplies or furniture located therein.
Submit to the office of the Township Clerk a completed application for a permit to use the municipal building or facility.
Any application by a qualified community organization for the use of a municipally owned building or facility shall be granted only if the proposed use would not interfere with the primary purpose for which the building or facility exists.
The Township Committee, in its sole judgment and discretion and in consideration of such factors as the number of people and duration of the proposed use, shall have the option of imposing, by resolution, reasonable fees for the use of municipally owned buildings and facilities to cover costs for administrative, maintenance, custodial or any other similar such expenses that may be associated with the use.
Any organization using municipally owned buildings and facilities in accordance with this chapter shall keep such premises in good repair and shall be responsible for ensuring that the premises are left in a clean condition and that any personal property brought in by the organization is removed after the completion of the meeting or function.
The Township Committee may, as a condition of use, require any organization applying to use a municipally owned building or facility to provide a certificate of liability insurance with the Township as a named insured, in such form as may be required by the office of the Township Attorney.
[Amended 12-9-2002 by Ord. No. 51-02]
Smoking is prohibited on all Township-owned property at all times.
Violations and penalties.
Any person who violates this section shall appear before the Jackson Township Municipal Court and shall be subject to punishment as follows:
First offense: up to 15 hours of community service at a place designated by the Municipal Court.
Second offense: up to 30 hours of community service in a place designated by the Municipal Court and/or a fine up to $100.
Third and subsequent offense: up to 50 hours of community service in a place designated by the Municipal Court and/or a fine up to $250.
Community service may include participation in a nonsmoking educational or support program approved by the Municipal Court.
The Township Committee may, from time to time, make additional rules and regulations by resolution governing the use of municipally owned buildings and facilities.
[Added 6-27-2017 by Ord. No. 11-17]
The Township of Jackson owns a thirty-two-foot-long stage primarily used for Township events but which is available for use only by registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations on dates during which no Township events are planned. Such nonprofit corporations may utilize the stage, which is maintained, constructed and deconstructed by the Department of Public Works, subject to the organization's compliance with the requirements of this article.
Any nonprofit organization seeking to use the stage shall submit, at least 30 days in advance of the requested date(s), a completed permit for use of stage to the Department of Public Works.
The fee for the use of the stage by nonprofit corporations shall be $1,500 per day.
It is required for any organization applying for use of the stage to provide a certificate of liability insurance with the Township as a named insured, in such form as may be required by the office of the Township Attorney and insuring against loss by any such claim, suit, judgment, execution or demand in the minimum amounts of $1,000,000 for bodily injury or death to any one person; $1,000,000 for property damage resulting from any one accident; $1,000,000 for all other types of liability. Such coverage shall be written by a company or companies authorized and qualified to do business in the State of New Jersey.
The Township Council may, from time to time, make additional rules and regulations by resolution governing the use of the stage.