[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Monroe 2-17-1966. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This chapter was adopted by ordinance in the form of an agreement dated June 21, 1966, between the Town of Monroe and the Village of Monroe, and was signed by the Supervisor of the Town of Monroe and the Mayor of the Village of Monroe, and attested by the Town and Village Clerks respectively.
There is hereby established a Joint Recreation Commission to consist of the members of the Village of Monroe Recreation Commission and the Town of Monroe Recreation Commission. Vacancies in the respective Recreation Commissions shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments and in accordance with the provisions of Section 243 of the General Municipal Law.
The Joint Recreation Commission hereby formed shall be known and designated as the Joint Recreation Commission of Monroe, Orange County, New York.
The Joint Recreation Commission shall determine its total budget request for the next ensuing fiscal year annually. It shall, prior to October 1 in each year, present such request to the Town Board. Such request shall contain a detailed statement of anticipated unexpended balances, anticipated revenues, estimated expenditures for capital projects and annual maintenance, proposed salaries of all employees and any other pertinent information that might be required by the Town Board or the Village Board of Trustees to assist them in acting upon such request.
Prior to the time for the required public hearing upon the adoption of the general town budget, the Town Board and the Village Board of Trustees shall meet to consider and act upon such request. If the budget request is agreed upon by both municipalities, each shall appropriate in its annual budget a sum sufficient to defray the cost of its respective portion of the agreed-upon budget.
The town and village shall deposit its full share of the agreed-upon budget request with the custodian of the Joint Recreation Commission's funds on June 1 of each year. No subsequent deposits by either municipality shall be made unless agreed upon by each municipality, and the fiscal year of said Commission shall be from June 1 to May 31.
Unless notified as provided for herein, the village and town shall contribute equal amounts to the total agreed-upon budget request of the Joint Commission.
After any interval of three years, commencing on June 1, 1974, the town or the village shall have the right to give written notice to the other municipality that it desires to alter the apportionment of expense as set forth in Subsection A hereof. Such notice shall be given prior to October 1 of the applicable year and shall set forth a proposed method of apportioning such costs.
Upon the receipt of such notice the Town Board and the Village Board of Trustees shall forthwith meet to consider and act upon the proposal contained in the notice.
Any agreed-upon alternate to the method set forth in Subsection A hereof shall be considered a proposed amendment to this section of the Codes of the Town and Village of Monroe and shall not be effective until adopted in the manner provided for by law. In the event that the town and village shall be unable to agree by a majority vote of each municipality's Board upon an alternate method of contribution, the method of contribution shall remain the same.
The Supervisor of the Town of Monroe shall be the custodian of the funds appropriated and belonging to the Joint Recreation Commission, and he shall have the power and duty to maintain a separate bank account in the town depository for Joint Recreation Commission purposes, and to make deposits and withdrawals therefrom upon vouchers audited by the Commission or a subcommittee thereof. It shall be the duty of said custodian to make an accounting, at the end of each year, of the funds of the Joint Recreation Commission and to forward one copy thereof to the Board of Trustees of the village and one copy thereof to the Town Board.
The Joint Recreation Commission shall possess all the powers and be subject to all the responsibilities of local authorities under Article 13 of the General Municipal Law, and shall particularly have the power to equip, operate and maintain playgrounds, parks and recreation centers, and may construct, maintain and operate in connection therewith such facilities as to it may seem proper in the public interest, and for the purposes of carrying out the objects hereof may employ the necessary personnel, equipment and supplies.
The Joint Recreation Commission shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of Smith's Clove Park and such other areas as the parties hereto may jointly commit to its charge, provided said Commission agrees to any future responsibility to lands other than Smith's Clove Park.