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Township of Chatham, NJ
Morris County
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[Ord. No. 2-82 § 1; Ord. No. 4-83 § 1; Ord. No. 23-83 § 1; Ord. No. 2-86 § 1; Ord. No. 31-87 § 1; Ord. No. 25-89 § 1; Ord. No. 9-90 § 1; Ord. No. 1-91 § 1; Ord. No. 6-92 § 1; Ord. No. 94-01 § 1; Ord. No. 95-02; Ord. No. 96-003 § 2; Ord. No. 98-007 § 2; Ord. No. 99-002 § 2; Ord. No. 99-017; Ord. No. 2001-002 § 1; Ord. No. 2002-001 § 1; Ord. No. 2003-001 § 1; Ord. No. 2004-003 § 1; Ord. No. 2006-03 § 1; Ord. No. 2007-04 § 1; Ord. No. 2007-12 § 1; Ord. No. 2008-07 § 1; Ord. No. 2012-11; Ord. No. 2012-15; Ord. No. 2013-11; Ord. No. 2013-13; Ord. No. 2014-06; Ord. No. 2015-08; Ord. No. 2016-09; Ord. No. 2017-03; Ord. No. 2018-09]
a. 
The following schedule of Colony Recreation Center Fees for Pool Membership is hereby established:
[Amended 4-11-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-05]
Chatham Township Resident Rates
Family - includes parent(s) and children under 23 years old
$500
Couple
$385
Individual - 14 years and older
$250
Senior Citizen - 62 or older
$50
Senior Citizen couple - 1 must be 62 or older
$100
Babysitter/nanny/parent helper (must accompany family member)
$100
Adult twilight daily fee (4:30 p.m. until closing) (Township residents only)
$5
Nonresident Rates
Family - includes parent(s) and children under 23 years old
$650
Couple
$525
Individual - 14 years and older
$300
Senior Citizen - 62 or older
$50
Senior Citizen couple - one must be 62 or older
$100
Babysitter/nanny/parent helper (must accompany family member)
$150
Daily Guest - accompanied by member
$10
No refunds will be made after opening day.
b. 
Reduced Fees for Emergency Response Organization Volunteers. Active members of the Chatham Emergency Squad, Green Village Volunteer Fire Department, and Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, who are eligible for the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), shall be entitled to a 50% reduction in the fee for the appropriate pool membership category listed above.
c. 
The Township Administrator, in consultation with the Colony Recreation Center liaison, may authorize special promotional events and offer special discounts to promote Colony Recreation Center membership.
[Ord. No. 98-014 § 1; Ord. No. 99-005 § 1; Ord. No. 2000-002 § 1; Ord. No. 2001-003 § 1; Ord. No. 2001-011 § 1; Ord. No. 2003-002 § 1; Ord. No. 2004-002 § 1; Ord. No. 2006-12; Ord. No. 2016-11; Ord. No. 2016-12]
The following schedule of Recreation Program Fee ranges is hereby established:
Summer Recreation Playground Program
$200 for the season for the first child per family;
$275 for 2 children per family;
$325 for 3 or more children per family.
[Ord. No. 2003-010 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 2007-16 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 2008-13 §§ 1, 2]
Rules and procedures are established for the operation of the skate park to be located on Southern Boulevard as follows:
a. 
Hours of Operation. Daily from 9:00 a.m. until 15 minutes after sunset. The park will be closed during wet, snow or icy conditions or during park maintenance periods. The Township reserves the right to close the skate park if it determines that any other condition renders the skate park unsafe for use.
b. 
Rules.
1. 
Minimum age for use: seven years.
2. 
The park may be used by skateboards and in-line skates only.
3. 
All bicycles, scooters and motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited.
4. 
Helmets are required for skaters and spectators within the park. Kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards are recommended.
5. 
Personal ramps, rails, boxes or other apparatus are prohibited.
6. 
No food or beverages are allowed inside the skate park. All litter shall be deposited in the receptacles provided.
7. 
Smoking, use of drugs, alcohol, profanity or abusive language or vandalism is strictly prohibited and shall result in automatic and/or permanent expulsion from this facility.
8. 
Use of radios, stereos or any type of amplified sound is prohibited.
9. 
Each user of the skate park shall have in his/her possession at all times during use of the skate park identification that includes name, address, and telephone number.
c. 
Rules for Colony Recreation Center Tennis Courts. Rules and procedures are established for the operation of the Colony Recreation Center tennis courts as follows:
1. 
Hours of Operation. Daily from 7:00 a.m. until dark. The tennis courts will be closed during wet, snow or icy conditions or during court maintenance periods. The Township reserves the right to close the tennis courts for any reason deemed necessary.
2. 
Rules.
(a) 
Minimum age for use - seven years.
(b) 
No food or beverages other than water are allowed inside the tennis courts. All litter shall be deposited in the receptacles provided.
(c) 
Smoking, use of drugs, alcohol, profanity or abusive language or vandalism is strictly prohibited and shall result in automatic and/or permanent expulsion from this facility.
(d) 
Use of radios, stereos or any type of amplified sound is prohibited.
(e) 
No skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, scooters and motorized vehicles of any kind are permitted on the courts.
(f) 
Violation of these rules may result in expulsion from this facility and revocation of any privileges for its use.
(g) 
No dogs or other animals are permitted on the courts.
(h) 
Private lessons are prohibited without prior written consent of the Township Administrator.
(i) 
Rubber soled shoes are required to be worn on the courts.
d. 
Penalties. Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5 of the Township Code. Violation of any of the provisions of this section may result in expulsion from the skate park and revocation of any privileges for its use.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
The Township of Chatham and the Borough of Chatham have established a joint recreation program. The Township and the Borough have determined that it is in the best interest of the residents of the Township and the Borough and the participants in the joint recreation program that all volunteers and employees who wish to participate in the program undergo criminal background checks prior to said participation. It is the intention of the Township and the Borough to adopt identical ordinances to accomplish this goal.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CO-SPONSORED PROGRAM
Shall mean any program, including but not limited to nonprofit youth-serving organizations as defined below, which receives benefits, either directly or indirectly, including but not limited to the provision of funding and/or the provision of fields, facilities and/or equipment (and including the maintenance of same), from the Township of Chatham and/or the Borough of Chatham.
COAH
Shall mean a person, whether paid or volunteer, involved with coaching or supervising participants in a nonprofit youth-serving organization, whether the title is coach, manager or another title consistent with these terms.
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD BACKGROUND CHECK
Shall mean a determination of whether a person has a criminal record by cross-referencing that person's name and fingerprints with those on file with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Identification Division and the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police.
EMPLOYEES
Shall mean all full-time, part-time and seasonal employees of the Chatham Township Recreation Department or the Borough of Chatham Recreation Department.
NONPROFIT YOUTH-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS
Shall mean a corporation, association or other organization established pursuant to Title 15 of the Revised Statutes, Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes or other law of the State, but excluding public and nonpublic schools, and which provides recreational, cultural, charitable, social or other activities or services for persons younger than 18 years of age, and is exempt from Federal income taxes.
REVIEW COMMITTEE
Shall mean a four-member committee consisting of the Chatham Township Administrator or designee, the Chatham Borough Administrator or designee, and Chiefs of Police or designees of the Township of Chatham and the Borough of Chatham, respectively. The Committee shall be charged with the review of all appeals of any Township or Borough employee or volunteer whose criminal history background check reveals a disqualifying criminal conviction.
SPONSORED PROGRAM
Shall mean recreation programs run directly and jointly by the Township of Chatham and the Borough of Chatham, including oversight, control and/or fiscal contribution.
STATE BUREAU OF IDENTIFICATION
Shall mean the entity located within the New Jersey State Police responsible for retrieving criminal background information on individuals as requested by State, local or private entities.
VOLUNTEER REVIEW OPERATION (VRO)
Shall mean the unit located within the State Bureau of Identification that is responsible for administering criminal background checks for volunteer coaches as specified in this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
a. 
The Township of Chatham and the Borough of Chatham require that all coaches of nonprofit youth-serving organizations involved in sponsored or cosponsored programs request through the Chatham Township Recreation Department or the Borough of Chatham Recreation Department, as determined by the municipality of residence, that the State Bureau of Identification and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") conduct a criminal history record background check on each prospective and current coach of nonprofit youth-serving organizations in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:59-1.1 et seq. and with the procedures and guidelines adopted by the VRO. No person will be permitted to act as a coach until the results of the background checks have been received and reviewed by the Administrator of the Township of Chatham or the Borough of Chatham, respectively.
b. 
The Township and the Borough shall conduct a criminal history record background check only upon receipt of the written consent for a check from the prospective or current volunteer coach.
c. 
Any prospective or current coach of a nonprofit youth-serving organization who refuses to consent to this procedure shall not be permitted to participate in any sponsored or cosponsored programs involving nonprofit youth-serving organizations.
d. 
The Township and the Borough shall bear the costs associated with conducting criminal history record background checks for prospective or current coaches for sponsored programs, and all other nonprofit youth-serving organizations shall bear the costs for conducting checks for prospective or current coaches participating in cosponsored programs in accordance with the regulations established by the VRO. Said costs shall be paid out of the Joint Recreation Trust Account.
e. 
The Administrators of the Township and the Borough may set forth policies and procedures which shall not be inconsistent with this section.
f. 
The VRO shall advise the respective Administrator of the eligibility of the prospective or current coach under the law. Any information received by the Recreation Director shall be confidential.
g. 
Criminal history background checks will be performed for individuals under the age of 18 in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:59-1.1 et seq. and with the procedures and guidelines adopted by the VRO.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
a. 
A person may be disqualified from serving as a coach of a nonprofit youth-serving organization if that person's criminal history record background check reveals a disqualifying record in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 15A:3A-1 et seq.
b. 
In any other State or jurisdiction, conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute a disqualifying record in accordance with N.J.S.A. 15A:3A-1 et seq. may also constitute grounds for disqualification.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1; Ord. No. 2011-05 § 1]
a. 
Prospective or current coaches of nonprofit youth-serving organizations for cosponsored programs shall submit their names, addresses, fingerprints, written consent, and any other necessary information to the organization for the criminal history record background check to be performed. The organization shall submit this documentation to the respective Recreation Director, who shall coordinate the background check and refer the information to the State Bureau of Investigation for the background check. The respective Recreation Director or designee shall be responsible for obtaining the above information for all prospective and current volunteer coaches, who reside within their respective municipality, for all nonprofit youth-serving organizations, both sponsored and cosponsored programs. Thereafter, the Township and the Borough shall conduct periodic background checks after the date of the initial background check, but not less frequently than every 60 months.
b. 
The Administrators of the Township and the Borough shall be responsible for the maintenance of all records generated as a result of conducting criminal history record background checks pursuant to this section.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
a. 
Access to criminal history record information for noncriminal justice purposes, including licensing and employment, is restricted to the members of the Review Committee, as authorized by Federal or State statute, rule or regulations, executive order, administrative code, local ordinance or resolution regarding obtaining and disseminating of criminal history record information obtained under this section.
b. 
The Review Committee shall limit its use of criminal history record information solely to the authorized person for which it was obtained, and criminal history record information furnished shall not be disseminated to persons or organizations not authorized to receive the records for authorized purposes. Use of this record shall be limited solely to the authorized purpose for which it was given, and it shall not be disseminated to any unauthorized persons. Any person violating Federal or State regulations governing access to criminal history record information may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties.
[Ord. No. 2007-21 § 1]
a. 
The VRO shall make a recommendation based on the provisions of N.J.S.A. 15A:3A-1 et seq. as to whether the prospective or current volunteer coach is being recommended. The VRO will provide the Administrator of the respective municipality with a letter of recommendation or nonrecommendation for each individual for whom the VRO completed a background check.
b. 
The Administrator shall promptly notify a prospective or current coach who receives a letter of non-recommendation from the VRO. Individuals who receive a letter of nonrecommendation from the VRO will not be permitted to participate as a coach. Such individuals may obtain a copy of their criminal history record by contacting the VRO in writing. The individuals shall then have 30 days from the receipt of notification from the Administrator to petition the Review Committee for a review and to cite reasons substantiating the review.
c. 
Individuals who receive a letter of nonrecommendation from the VRO may be permitted to serve as a coach if they affirmatively demonstrate rehabilitation to the Review Committee. In determining whether a person has affirmatively demonstrated clear and convincing evidence of rehabilitation, the Review Committee may consider the following factors in conjunction with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 15A:3A-1 et seq.:
1. 
The nature and responsibility of the position which the convicted person would hold or has held, as the case may be;
2. 
The nature and seriousness of the offense;
3. 
The circumstance under which the offense occurred;
4. 
The date of the offense;
5. 
The age of the person when the offense was committed;
6. 
Whether the offense was an isolated or repeated incident;
7. 
Any social conditions which may have contributed to the offense; and
8. 
Any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational schooling, successful participation in correctional work release programs or the recommendation of those who have had the person under their supervision.
d. 
In all instances, the final determination of whether an individual will be permitted to serve as a coach will lie in the sole discretion of the Review Committee, whose vote must be unanimous.
e. 
The Review Committee shall promptly advise the prospective or current coach whether he or she is qualified to serve as a coach.
f. 
When the Administrator receives a letter of nonrecommendation from the VRO, the Administrator may file that letter with the Police Departments of Chatham Township and Chatham Borough.
g. 
The Chatham Township Police Department shall keep the written notification on file for three years from the date it was issued.
h. 
The Administrator may request the applicable Police Department to review its files to determine if there is written notification on file stating whether a criminal history record background check of a current or prospective coach reveals a disqualifying offense or stating that the person has affirmatively demonstrated rehabilitation under this act.