[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of East Brunswick 8-22-83 by Ord. No. 83-525. Chapter title amended 9-25-91 by Ord. No. 91-93. Chapter title, Redevelopment Agency & Long Range Community Development Advisory Board, was amended 4-26-99 by Ord. No. 99-18. Other amendments noted where applicable. Entire section replaced by Ord. 17-21 adopted May 22, 2017.]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq. a local redevelopment agency is hereby created and shall be known as the "East Brunswick Redevelopment Agency".
The Redevelopment Agency shall consist of seven (7) commissioners and shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council.
Two (2) representatives from the Township Council will serve as a Commissioner for a term of one year.
All original appointments to the Redevelopment Agency and all subsequent appointments shall be made in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-11. All future appointments shall be for terms of five (5) years.
No more than two (2) commissioners shall be officers or employees of the Township.
Any vacancy occurring in the office of commissioner, from any cause, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, but for the unexpired term.
A certificate of the appointment or reappointment of each commissioner shall be filed with the Township Clerk.
A commissioner shall receive no compensation for his services, but shall be entitled, upon receipt of prior approval of the governing body, to reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in the discharge of the duties of commissioner, including traveling expenses.
All commissioners shall, within 18 months of appointment, complete the two (2) mandatory courses for redevelopment agency commissioners: Ethics and Principals of Redevelopment both offered on a regular basis from Rutgers University, Center for Government Services.
The Redevelopment Agency shall select a chairman and a vice chairman among the commissioners and shall employ an executive director who shall be its secretary.
The Redevelopment Agency shall have the power to establish bylaws and rules for the conduct of its meetings.
Four (4) Commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting business and exercising powers and all other purposes.
Action may be taken by the Agency upon the affirmative vote of the majority, but not less than four (4) of the commissioners present, unless in any case the bylaws of the agency shall required a larger number.
No commissioner or employee of the Redevelopment Agency shall acquire an interest, direct or indirect, in a redevelopment project or in any property included or planned to be included in a project. No commissioner or employee of the Redevelopment Agency shall have an interest, direct or indirect, in any contract or proposed contract for materials and services to be furnished or used in connection with the project.
If any commissioner or employee of the Redevelopment Agency owns or controls an interest, direct or indirect, in any property included or planned to be included in a project, that individual shall immediately disclose the same in writing to the Redevelopment Agency. The disclosure shall be entered upon the minutes of the Agency.
Failure to disclose such an interest shall constitute misconduct in office.
A commissioner or employee required by this section to make a disclosure shall not participate in any action by the agency affecting the property with respect to which the disclosure is required.
For inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office, a commissioner may be removed by the Township. A commissioner may be removed only after he has been given a copy of the charges at least ten (10) days prior to a hearing and has had the opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. In the event of the removal of a commissioner, a record of the proceedings, together with the charges and findings thereon, shall be filed in the office of the Township Clerk.
The Redevelopment Agency shall employ an executive director who shall have attained a degree from an accredited four year college or university in public administration, social science or other appropriate program, and shall have at least five (5) years' experience in public administration, public finance, realty or similar professional employment. A master's degree in an appropriate program may substitute for two (2) years of that experience.
The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioners and may be relieved of his duties only after 120 days' notice. The executive director shall assign and supervise employees in the performance of their duties.
Upon the adoption of a redevelopment plan, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-7, the Redevelopment Agency may proceed with the clearance, re-planning, development and redevelopment of the area designated in that plan.
In order to carry out and effectuate the purposes of N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq. and the terms of the redevelopment plan, the Redevelopment Agency may exercise the powers set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-8.