[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury 8-30-2004 by Ord. No. 08-04-20. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:63-7d, there is hereby created a Parks Commission (Commission).
The Commission shall consist of seven members, except that all members of the Commission's predecessor advisory commission shall serve the remainder of their terms.
Beginning in the first January following the effective date of this chapter and thereafter, members shall be appointed annually to serve without pay by the Mayor. Four members shall be appointed to serve for three-year terms, except that the terms of the four members first appointed shall be for one, two, three and four years, with annual appointments thereafter being for the three-year terms. The remaining members shall serve for one-year terms. At the first meeting of each year, the members shall elect a Commission Chairperson and two Co-Chairpersons. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor for the unexpired term or terms.
The Commission may also consist of up to two alternates who shall be appointed by the Mayor to serve without pay for one-year terms. Alternates may participate in all meetings but not vote except in the absence of a regular member.
The Commission's purpose shall be to assist the Township Committee in the design, development, planning, management and maintenance of the Township's parks, and in the creation and maintenance of a balanced park system. To achieve this purpose, the Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
Review, offer comment and make recommendations on all development of the Township's parks including but not limited to the design, location and placement of temporary and permanent structures, equipment, facilities, seating, playing fields, trees and other vegetation, pathways and roadways.
Review all park-related initiatives related to and offer comment on the balance between age and interest groups, active and passive park activities, design and other park-related issues.
Solicit volunteer help for Township-sponsored and supported park and open space programs both by active participation and by enlisting others to serve.
Encourage and invite individuals and community groups to present ideas concerning the planning, management, operation and development of the Township's existing parks and facilities.
In consultation with the Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission, Township Planner and Public Works Department, make recommendations for the development of existing and new parks and recreational facilities.
Review and as necessary make recommendations for changes to the rules, regulations and ordinances concerning the Township's parks.
Review, offer comment and make recommendations on that portion of the Public Works Department's annual proposed budget that is designated for developing the Township's parks and funding new and replacement park equipment and facilities.
Donations, memorials and bequests made for the benefit of and affecting the Township's parks shall be subject to the review, comment and recommendation of the Commission.
Prior to making any park-related proposal to the Township Committee, any individual or group shall first seek the review, comment and recommendation of the Commission. If the Commission fails to review and offer comment or recommendation within 90 days of receiving said proposal, the individual or group may make the proposal directly to the Township Committee.
The Commission shall be an advisory commission only. The Township Committee shall receive and consider recommendations of the Parks Commission but shall not be bound by any comments or recommendations.