[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 9-28-2015 by Ord. No. 45-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established, within the City of Hackensack, an Access to All Advisory Board.
The purpose of the Board shall be to advise the Mayor and Council of the City of Hackensack with regard to the needs of residents and other individuals within the City who have disabilities and to advise the Mayor and Council with regard to compliance with laws and regulations concerning individuals with disabilities. Without limiting the powers and purposes of the Board, the Board shall:
Undertake such efforts as are necessary to improve community awareness as to the needs of residents with disabilities.
Propose measures that will promote a physically accessible environment within the City.
Communicate the City's willingness to attract persons with disabilities and promote public outreach programs designed to foster such communication.
Develop ways to integrate residents with disabilities into all aspects of community life within the City.
Encourage cooperation and coordination with other organizations within the City in an effort to achieve the goals and objectives of the Board.
The membership of the Board shall consist of five persons who are residents of the City. At least two of the members shall be either persons with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, or a resident family member who is a caregiver of a person with a disability. The members of the Board shall be appointed the City Manager with the advice and consent of the Mayor and Council. The Board members first appointed shall be appointed for the following terms: two members for three years, two members for two years and one member for one year. Following the initial appointments, all appointments shall be for three years, and vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. The members shall receive no compensation for their services. With the exception of the Board members first appointed, the terms of office of each appointee shall commence on the first day of January and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the appropriate years. The Board members first appointed shall also serve from the date of their respective appointments through and including December 31, 2015, at which time the term of years of their full appointments shall commence.
With the exception of the Chairperson, who shall be designated annually by the City Manager, the Board shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations for the discharge of its duties and for the proper exercise of the powers conferred upon it by the Mayor and Council, and keep a record of its proceedings. The Chairperson shall serve as a liaison between the Board and the City Council. The Board shall meet at least quarterly, but as frequently as may be required in its rules and regulations and as circumstances may require.
In the event that any member of the Board shall miss three consecutive meetings, the Board shall report said absences to the Mayor and Council. If the Mayor and Council, after due inquiry, are satisfied that the absences where not occasioned by reasonable cause, the Board member may be removed by resolution of the Mayor and Council.