All legislative power of the Township, except in matters of health, shall be exercised by the Township Committee pursuant to law, and in matters of health by the Board of Health.
[Amended by Ord. No. 15-1980; 5-12-2014 by Ord. No. 6-2014]
The Township Committee shall organize annually during the first week in January, at which time it shall elect a Mayor from among its members. The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Township Committee and perform such other duties as are provided by law and as the Township Committee may prescribe. At its annual organization meeting, the Township Committee shall also elect another of its members as Deputy Mayor. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor shall have all the powers and duties of the Mayor and shall serve and be known as the Acting Mayor.
The Mayor shall have the power to appoint standing committees of the Township Committee with the consent of the majority of the Township Committee. The Mayor shall sign and execute documents and agreements on behalf of the Township and shall have the power to make proclamations concerning holidays and events of interest to the Township. He/she shall exercise the ceremonial power of the Township and every other power usually exercised by Township Mayors or conferred upon them by law. In the absence or disability of the Mayor and Acting Mayor, the Township Committee shall designate someone to act in their stead.
Regular meetings. The Township Committee shall meet annually within the first week of January. The Committee shall meet regularly thereafter at such times as it shall establish by motion or resolution. The Committee may, by motion, dispense with or change the date of a regular meeting. When the time for any regular meeting of the Committee falls on a legal holiday as prescribed by law, such meeting shall be held on some other day of the week at the convenience of the Committee as fixed by motion.
Special meetings. A special meeting may be called at any time upon written request of a majority of the members of the Township Committee or by the Mayor. The request and call for a special meeting shall specify the purpose of the meeting and no business shall be transacted at any special meeting other than that specified. The call for a special meeting shall be filed with the Township Clerk and shall be served upon each Committee Member as hereinafter provided at least 24 hours prior to the time for which the meeting is called, provided that the Mayor may determine that an emergency exists affecting the health or safety of the people, which requires consideration by the Township Committee within a shorter time, and upon such determination which the Mayor shall set forth in the call, the call may be filed with the Township Clerk at any time prior to the time set for the meeting. Upon the filing of any call for a special meeting, the Township Clerk shall forthwith give notice personally by telephone or otherwise to each Committee Member, at such place as he/she shall have previously designated for that purpose, and shall also serve or cause to be served a written copy of the call upon each Committee Member by delivery of a copy to his/her usual place of abode. The Police Department shall cooperate with the Township Clerk in effectuating service of notice. Upon waiver of notice by all members of the Township Committee, a special meeting may be held without prior notice notwithstanding the above provisions of this subsection.
All regular and special meetings of the Township Committee shall be open to the public and shall be held at the Township Hall unless otherwise designated by the Township Committee. The rules of procedure to be followed and rules for the consideration of nominations submitted by the Mayor and for the conduct of other business of the Committee shall be as provided by the Committee. Unless otherwise provided, Roberts Rules of Order shall prevail.
[Added by Ord. No. 15-1980]
Notices of all meetings of the Township Committee shall be given as required by the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.
A majority of the whole number of members of the Township Committee shall constitute a quorum, and no ordinance shall be adopted by the Township Committee without the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum of the Committee. If a quorum is not present 1/2 hour after the appointed time for any meeting, the Presiding Officer, the Township Clerk, or those present may declare the meeting adjourned.