Any petition or request presented to the Council may be acted upon without referral to committee, or may be referred to a committee in the discretion of the Council.
The Council shall annually prepare and file among the records of the Town a statement of the financial condition of the Town. The statement shall include the amount of all monies available to the Council for expenditure during the fiscal year, the amount expended, the object of each expenditure, and all financial liabilities and credits of the Town. The Treasurer shall make the annual financial statement available to the public upon written request.
[Revised, effective 11-7-1990; 7-1-1994; 4-7-1997]
Each year by the first regular Council meeting in June, the Council shall appoint members of the Council to one or more of the standing committees, with a designated chair for each committee. The standing committees are as follows: Police, Traffic and Public Safety; Policy, Rules and Municipal Structure; and Public Facilities and Services. Should a position on any such committee become vacant for any reason, the Council shall appoint a Council member to such position within 30 days of such vacancy. The Council, or the Mayor, with the consent of the Council, may establish such special and additional committees as appropriate. Appointments to such committees shall be governed by this section.
All contracts approved by the Council shall be signed by the Mayor. The Treasurer shall witness the signing of the contract, affix to it the Town Seal, and execute it.
[Revised effective 7-7-2003; amended 8-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-O-07]
General. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The Treasurer shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council. The Treasurer shall have general supervisory and administrative authority under the Mayor, unless otherwise assigned. He/she shall be responsible for keeping the personnel records and work reports of all Town employees.
Purchasing. The Treasurer shall oversee all purchase orders. Except in situations where good cause has been demonstrated to the Council, the Treasurer shall make any single purchase or expenditure of more than $10,000 by means of sealed bids. Such bids shall be opened publicly after public notice at such time and place as the Treasurer shall determine. Whenever the State of Maryland, or any department thereof, or any Prince George's County, or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments or individual member government, or other local government in Maryland, has conducted a competitive bid process that is consistent with that adopted by the Town, and has awarded a contract that authorizes local governments to purchase the bid item at the bid price, the Treasurer may purchase the bid item at the bid price from the successful bidder, subject to the prior approval of the Mayor. A Town elected official shall not be hired as an independent contractor for the Town.
Payment of bills. Upon orders from the Council, the Treasurer shall pay all bills against the Council when presented with a voucher signed by the Chairman of the appropriate committee.
Permits and licenses. The Treasurer shall issue all permits and licenses required by the ordinances of the Town, unless assigned to a committee. He/she shall issue such permits and licenses only after the application has been approved by Council or one of its committees when such approval is necessary. The Treasurer shall be responsible for providing the necessary materials to issue the permits and licenses required by the Town. The materials shall be paid for out of funds provided for the Treasurer's office.
Annual report. The Treasurer shall prepare for the Council an annual report. It shall include all monies received, disbursed, expended, and on hand during the fiscal year, up to and including the 30th of June, and all accounts receivable and payable as of that date.
The Common Council may elect to adopt a mandatory retirement and/or savings plan in which all salaried employees of the Town of University Park shall participate. The Town may participate in the State of Maryland Employees' System on such terms and conditions as state law may require. The Council may adopt the terms and conditions of any such retirement, pension, or savings plan, including designation of trustees, by resolution. The said trustees shall have that discretion required by law in administering any such plans.
[Effective 5-14-1986, revised 1-4-1998; amended 6-7-2009]
The Common Council shall adopt a health benefit/hospitalization plan in which all salaried employees of the Town may participate.
Pursuant to Section 9-105 (e) of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Homestead Property Tax Credit percentage for the Town of University Park, effective for the taxable year beginning July 1, 1991, and subsequent tax years, shall be 110%.
The Homestead Property Tax Credit Program shall be implemented and administered in accordance with the provisions of State law and rules and regulations established by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
No person, without prior approval of the Mayor and Common Council, shall expend or authorize the expenditure of Town funds in an amount, or for a purpose, other than that which has been authorized in the approved Fiscal Year Budget in a line item pursuant to which the expenditure is made. Said line item expenditures may be exceeded by up to $300 at the discretion of the Mayor for necessary and unexpected expenses.
No person shall transfer any Town funds from one line item to another without the approval of the Mayor and Common Council.
No person under any circumstances shall obligate non-budgetary funds of the Town without the prior approval of the Mayor and Common Council.
The Town Treasurer or designee shall keep and maintain an inventory of all capital Town property. The inventory shall be updated from time to time, but no less than once every three months. A copy of said inventory shall be provided to each Common Council member when requested, and at least annually.
Authority for disposal. The property of the Town shall be reviewed on a periodic basis to determine if any such property is surplus, obsolete, or unsuitable for a public purpose. A listing of any property determined to be surplus, obsolete, or unsuitable shall be provided by the Mayor to the Common Council, which may authorize its disposal.
Method of disposal. Once authorized, the Mayor may dispose of said property by trade in or exchange for other needed goods, or, after notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the area, by a sealed bid process or public auction. If the value of the property to be sold at one time is less than $1,000, then bids may be solicited by any or all of the following methods: direct mail request to prospective buyers; telephone; and advertisement by publication in the Town newsletter, on the Town bulletin board, and/or on the public access channel. Sales of property under this subsection shall be based, whenever possible, upon at least three competitive bids.
[Added 8-11-2014 by Ord. No. 14-O-07]
The Director of Public Works shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. The Director of Public Works shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council.
No person other than those authorized by the Mayor and Council may affix the Official Seal of the Town to any paper or document. No person or entity may use the Town name, seal or logo, or any replica thereof, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, the false impression that such person or entity is a department, agency or instrumentality of the Town, or is authorized to represent or act for or on behalf of the Town.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 11-O-06; amended 3-7-2016 by Ord. No. 16-O-02]
A Mayor elected or appointed to a term commencing in or after May 2012 shall receive as compensation $15,000 per year, payable as salary on a monthly basis. A Mayor elected or appointed to a term commencing in or after June 2016 shall receive as compensation $20,000 per year, payable as salary on a monthly basis.
The Mayor may decline the compensation set by this section.
For the purpose of this article the term "police officer" shall mean a person who is employed by the Town of University Park as a police officer. The term "full-time police officer" shall mean a police officer who is paid at an annual rate for full time (40 hours per average seven-day week) police work. The term "Part-time police officer" shall mean a police officer who is paid at an hourly rate for part-time (less than 40 hours per average seven-day week) police work.
To be eligible for appointment as a full-time police officer or a part-time police officer an applicant must:
Be a citizen of the United States;
Be at least 21 years of age;
Be of good moral character;
Have satisfactorily completed the Police Minimum Standards Course or its equivalent for a position as a full-time officer, or be eligible to enroll in the police minimum standards course or its equivalent for a position as a part-time police officer; and
Submit the names and addresses of three references who have personal knowledge of the applicant's moral character, experience, and competence for employment as a police officer.
[Revised effective 1-23-1994; 7-11-1994]
All personnel actions involving full-time and part-time police officers, including all hiring, promotions, salary increases, terminations, dismissals, demotions, reductions in pay, and all suspensions shall be decided by the Chief of Police, or his designee, subject to the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights, and except as otherwise provided by law. All police officers shall serve a probation period equal to 24 months' active duty.
[Revised, effective 1-23-1994]
The hours of active duty of all police personnel shall be established in writing by the Chief of Police and shall be nondiscriminatory. Police officers shall be on call and available for duty at all times, unless they are certified by a competent medical authority approved by the Chief of Police to be physically unable to work or have been excused by the Chief of Police or his designee.
[Revised, effective 1-23-1994; 2-17-2002]
Resolutions shall be adopted by the Mayor and Council establishing the functions, duties, pay, leave, other employment benefits, and the number of officer positions for the police department. By resolution, the Council may amend the Police Department General Operating Rules and Regulations. Any amendments of the General Operating Rules and Regulations instituted by the Chief of Police pursuant to § 2-207 shall be forwarded by the Chief to the Council for approval. In the event that the Council fails to take action as to any amendment of the General Operating Rules within 30 days of receipt, the amendment shall be deemed approved.
[Revised, effective 1-23-1994]
If a police officer is injured while acting within the scope of his employment, and the officer is found by a competent medical authority approved by the Chief of Police to be physically unable to work, the officer shall continue to receive reimbursement from the Town during the officer's convalescence for a period up to, but not exceeding, 30 calendar days. In the case of a full-time police officer, the reimbursement shall be the difference between the officer's salary and any insurance benefits received by the officer as a result of the injury. No sick or annual leave shall be charged to the officer during the aforementioned convalescent period. In the case of a part-time police officer, the reimbursement shall be the difference between the part-time police officer's average weekly wage for the thirteen-week period immediately preceding the injury, and any insurance benefits received by the officer as a result of the injury.
[Revised, effective 1-23-1994]
The Chief of Police shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Common Council. The Chief shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Police Department, including personnel matters, staffing, administration, and institution of General Operating Rules, and such related duties as may be assigned to the Chief by the Mayor or the Council. The Chief shall issue such written rules and regulations as may be needed to maintain the effective and efficient performance of the Police Department. The Chief shall issue such oral orders or instructions as may be needed to implement the written rules and regulations, and maintain an effective administration. The Chief is authorized to effect disciplinary action, including summary punishment and emergency suspension, subject to the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights and other applicable law.
All full-time and part-time police officers are authorized to issue State, County, and Town citations for violations of State laws and County and Town ordinances occurring within the jurisdictional limits of the Town, and to issue written warnings for violations of Town ordinances occurring within the jurisdictional limits of the Town. No citation or warning may be rescinded by Town officials, Town employees, or Town police officers. Copies of all citations and warnings shall be retained by the Chief of Police for audit purposes for a minimum period of three years after the date of issuance.