[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 8-18-2015 by Ord. No. 34-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established, within the City of Hackensack, a Veterans' Advisory Board.
The membership of the Board shall consist of five persons who are residents of the City. At least two of the members must currently serve or have served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces. The members of the Board shall be appointed the City Manager with the advice and consent of the City 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.
The duties of Veterans' Advisory Board shall be to:
Serve as an ad hoc advisory board to the City Council for the purposes of keeping the City Council informed of developments regarding veterans, including any new state or federal laws that would impact veterans in the City;
Recommend and arrange appropriate ceremonies honoring veterans on holidays and otherwise;
Prepare such advisory reports and perform such other duties as may from time to time be requested by the Mayor and Council concerning City services, programs and policies which are the subject of consideration or evaluation by the City Council;
Respond to any ordinances introduced by the City Council that may have an impact upon veterans; and
Entertain public proposals and suggestions and articulate the same to the Mayor and Council.
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.