Each Commissioner, prior to entering upon the duties of the office, shall take an oath of affirmation, as follows: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of this Commonwealth and the Cheltenham Township Charter, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity."
The foregoing oath shall be administered by a person authorized to administer oaths, shall be signed in his presence and shall be filed with the Township Manager.
The Board of Commissioners, the Zoning Hearing Board and the Civil Service Commission shall each have the power to conduct inquiries and investigations to aid in the exercise of their powers and performance of their duties.
The Board of Commissioners, the Zoning Hearing Board and the Civil Service Commission shall each have the power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and other evidence at investigative hearings, and for that purpose the presiding officer of the Board of Commissioners or of the Zoning Hearing Board or the Civil Service Commission may issue or cause to be issued subpoenas, served as provided by law.
The appropriate officers as listed in Subsection B shall, at any hearing, have the power to administer oaths.
If any person shall refuse or neglect to obey any subpoena, that person shall, upon conviction thereof at a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $600, and in default of the payment of such fines and costs, shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 30 days.
If any person shall refuse or neglect to obey any subpoena, the officer or board issuing the same may, by petition, apply to the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Montgomery for its subpoena to compel the attendance of such person before the officer, board or the court. Upon failure to attend, the Township Solicitor shall request that such person be held in contempt of court and be punished therefor.
No person subpoenaed, as aforesaid, shall be required to respond to the same until mileage and witness fees, equal to those then established by law, shall have first been furnished to the witness.
Cheltenham Township shall follow the Municipal Records Retention and Disposition Schedule approved by the Local Government Records Committee pursuant to the Municipal Records Act of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All records of the Township shall be preserved for such period of time as may be designated in said schedule for each particular kind and character of municipal public record.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 9001 et seq.
[Added 8-20-1996 by Ord. No. 1864-96]
Township officials shall have authority to assess special fees requiring staff research time for the production of public documents as well as charges for the reproduction of public documents. The applicable fee amounts will be set forth from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
Whenever any time established for the taking of an action expires on a Saturday, Sunday or on a Township-designated legal holiday, such time shall not expire on said day, but shall expire at the end of the next business day.
The enactment of this Administrative Code shall not affect the validity and force of law of the First Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with respect to the affairs of the government of Cheltenham Township, with the exception of those provisions of the First Class Township Code that are inconsistent with the Charter, this code or any subsequent ordinances enacted by Cheltenham Township.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 55101 et seq.