[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 5-5-1980 by Ord. No. 8007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Boating — See Ch. 81.
Parades — See Ch. 163.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 170.
Surfing — See Ch. 201.
Tennis courts — See Ch. 206.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 41, Recreation Board, adopted 5-27-1975 by Ord. No. 7513, as amended.
A Board of Recreation Commissioners is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:12-1 et seq. The Mayor may appoint not less than three nor more than seven persons as Commissioners, who shall be citizens and residents of the City of Ventnor City, serving without pay for such terms as required by N.J.S.A. 40:12-1. Vacancies in such Board occurring otherwise than by expiration of terms shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term.
The Board shall elect a Chairman and such other officers as may be necessary and shall have the power to adopt bylaws and rules and regulations for the proper conduct of public recreation for the City.
The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall have full control over and provide, conduct and supervise public playgrounds, playfields, indoor recreation centers and other recreation areas and facilities owned or controlled by the City, beaches and swimming areas. The Commissioners shall not have jurisdiction over beach maintenance, lifeguards, beach fee checkers and matters relating thereto. It shall have the power to conduct any form of recreation or cultural activity that will employ the leisure time of the people in a constructive and wholesome manner. It may conduct such activities on properties under its own control or public properties with the consent of the authorities thereof and on private properties with the consent of the owners. It may impose charges as authorized by law.
[Added 12-16-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14]
Fingerprint background checks. The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall have the authority to require fingerprint background checks of employees and volunteers, including coaches, managers and agents of nonprofit volunteer sports organizations, involved with municipal programs or services for minors in the City of Ventnor City, County of Atlantic, New Jersey. A fingerprint background check shall be conducted only upon receipt of a written consent to the fingerprint background check from the prospective or current employee or volunteer.
Conditions under which person is disqualified from service. A person may be disqualified from serving as an employee or volunteer of a nonprofit youth-serving volunteer sports organization if that person's background check reveals a record of conviction of any of the following crimes or offenses:
In New Jersey, any crime or disorderly persons offense:
Involving danger to the person, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 2C:14-1 et seq. or N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 et seq.;
Against the family, children or incompetents, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:24-1 et seq.;
Involving theft as set forth in Chapter 20 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes; and
In any other state or jurisdiction, conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the crimes or disorderly persons offenses described in Subsection B(1) of this section.
A person will be disqualified from service for the failure to consent to a fingerprint background.
Submissions, exchange of background check information.
Prospective or current employees and volunteers of nonprofit youth-serving volunteer sports organizations shall submit their name, address, fingerprints and written consent to the Board of Recreation Commissioners for the fingerprint background check to be performed. The Commission shall submit this documentation to the City of Ventnor City Chief of Police who shall coordinate the background check.
The Police Department shall act as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information obtained as a result of the conduct of the fingerprint background check pursuant to this section. Access to background history record information for noncriminal justice purposes, including licensing and employment, is restricted to authorized personnel of the nonprofit youth-serving sports organization, on a need-to-know basis, as authorized by federal or state statute, rule or regulation, executive order, administrative code, local ordinance or resolution pertaining to obtaining and dissemination of criminal history record information obtained under this section.
The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall have the power to appoint or delegate someone to act as Director who is trained and properly qualified for the work. The Board may appoint custodians, supervisors and assistants as it deems necessary, and it may fix and determine their salaries.
Annually, the Board of Recreation Commissioners shall submit a budget to the City Commission for its approval.
The Board of Recreation Commissioners shall make an annual report to the City Commission and such other reports as from time to time may be requested.
[Added 6-14-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-22]
All scheduling for the fields, sports facilities, recreational facilities, and public areas shall be made through the Department of Recreation.
All fields shall be closed from December 1 to March 1 (weather permitting) for field maintenance and regeneration.
Field usage is made upon request through the Recreation Board in person. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Field scheduling shall be made through the Recreation Department. The Board or Recreation Department does not guarantee all teams will receive all field times requested.
All teams, other than Ventnor City recreation programs, shall submit team roster forms, pertinent current insurance covering the City of Ventnor, and copies of coaches, where applicable. Limitation on the number of teams in any given sport is at the discretion of the Recreation Department.
Cleanup charges. If the fields are left in a particularly trashed, dirty condition, the Recreation Department may charge the team(s) responsible a fine not to exceed $500. Failure to pay the cleanup penalty or multiple penalties may result in forfeiture of field times for the remaining season or future seasons.
All fees must be paid prior to field usage.
Fees: $100 per session or game with no lights; $150 per session or game with lights.