[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Franklin Park 6-11-1986 as Ch. 67 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Recreation Board shall consist of nine persons, and the term of office of members shall be five years and shall be so fixed that the term of office of one member will expire each year. The members of the existing seven-member Board shall continue in office until their respective terms of office expire under the prior provision, and the Borough Council shall appoint two additional members to the Board, with terms scheduled to expire in accordance with the provisions hereof.
The members of the Recreation Board shall serve without pay for the terms indicated above or until their successors are appointed or they voluntarily resign or are removed by the Borough Council for dereliction or neglect of duty.
[Amended 7-15-1998 by Ord. No. 456-98]
Vacancies occurring in the Recreation Board, otherwise than for the expiration of a term, shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Borough Council in the same manner as original appointments.
The Recreation Board shall, after the effective date of this chapter, organize by electing its Chairman, Secretary and other necessary officers to serve for a period of one year.
The Recreation Board shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of all business within its jurisdiction, which shall include the right to select all other necessary officers to serve for a period of one year and to employ such other persons as may be needed as herein authorized to implement this chapter.
[Amended 10-21-1998 by Ord. No. 465-98]
The Recreation Board should be a regular advisory board and, as such, it shall only be advisory in nature and shall perform no administrative duties. Its duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
To act in an advisory capacity to Council in matters relating to parks, recreation and forestry.
To develop and review policy matters with respect to recreation.
To cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of parks and recreation in the Borough.
To recommend policies pertaining to all municipal park and recreation matters within the Borough.
To review and make recommendations with the Borough Manager and Council concerning problems of development of recreation areas, facilities programs and improved recreational services.
To make recommendations concerning the comprehensive system of recreation and park areas facilities and programs to meet the needs of the Borough residents, to recommend plans and general policies with respect to public park and recreation services and to assess the importance and need of recreational services to the general public and make recommendations to Council.
To inform Council as to the status and progress of recreation and park services.
To promote stability and continuity of park and recreation services.
To evaluate annually the park and recreation system in the community in relation to its objectives.
To submit an annual report to Council as deemed necessary.
To promote the planting of trees, shrubbery, etc., on private and public property in the Borough.
If the Borough of Franklin Park develops a cooperative plan of recreation service with a borough, county, school district, township, authority or any of them, the Recreation Board shall have the power to adjust its established personnel, standards, qualifications and salary schedules, subject to the approval of the Borough Council, to meet the terms of the joint operation agreed upon.
It shall be the duty of the Recreation Board to prepare a general plan of the Borough recreational areas and facilities, together with areas which, in the opinion of the Recreation Board, could be utilized as a park or recreation facility. To implement this section, the Recreation Board shall be permitted to retain or utilize the services of the Borough Engineer, subject to the approval of the Borough Council regarding the method and amount of payment to the Borough Engineer for the services which may be rendered hereunder. In addition, it shall be the duty of the Recreation Board to consider the feasibility of joining in a recreation program and the utilization of facilities with nearby municipalities.