Borough of Palisades Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park 7-23-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-9.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 62, Department of Public Works, adopted 7-8-1976 as Section 2-12 of the Revised General Ordinances of 1975, as amended.
The Department of Public Works for the Borough of Palisades Park shall include the following divisions:
A. 
Streets and Roads.
B. 
Buildings and Grounds.
C. 
Traffic and Code Enforcement.
D. 
General Service.
A. 
Director of Public Works.
(1) 
Position. The position of Director of Public Works is hereby established, who shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council. The Director of the Department of Public Works shall serve as the Borough's Principal Public Works Manager pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.6(a)(e).
(2) 
Duties. The Director of Public Works shall be in administrative control of the Department of Public Works and shall direct and supervise Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, and all other personnel as the department may employ. He/she shall perform administrative duties and planning relating to the installation, maintenance, and repair of public works facilities, planning, organizing and directing all programs related to Borough public works activity, and shall direct the subordinate employees of the Department for the purpose of carrying on and performing the work of the Department. It shall be the duty of the Director to establish and maintain a budget for the Department of Public Works.
(3) 
Qualifications. No person shall be appointed as Director of the Department of Public Works unless:
(a) 
They are a citizen of the United States and of the State of New Jersey.
(b) 
They shall possess a valid New Jersey driver's license.
(c) 
They shall possess a Certified Public Works Manager certificate in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.6a(g).
(d) 
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall be a person qualified by education, training, and experience to perform the duties of office hereinafter set forth. No person having less than 10n years of direct experience in the field of municipal public works, including at least five years of supervisory experience in the same field, shall be eligible to hold this office.
(4) 
Compensation. Compensation for the Director of the Department of Public Works shall be set forth in the Annual Salary Ordinance.
(5) 
The term of this office shall be five years.
(6) 
Tenure eligibility. The Director of Public Works serving the Borough of Palisades Park in the capacity as the officer or employee of a municipality whose duties include supervising the care and maintenance of streets, roads, avenues, public buildings, public places, sewers and motor vehicles of the municipality, notwithstanding the job title given, shall be eligible for the right of tenure as specifically described in N.J.S.A. 40A:9-l 54.6.B. This provision shall be applied retroactively for present employees.
(a) 
Has held a public works management position within the Borough for a period of five years; and
[1] 
Satisfy the criteria to be Principal Public Works Manager and meet the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.6a.
(b) 
Hold and maintain a public works manager's certificate as defined by N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.6(c); and
[1] 
Said person shall acquire the right of tenure as Director of Public Works and shall, upon meeting the requirements above, retain that right until he attains the age of 70, after which should he continue to serve the Borough of Palisades Park he or she shall resume employment as an employee-at-will and may be removed from the position of Director of Public Works at the discretion of the Mayor and Council.
[2] 
Said person shall remain as the tenured Director of Public Works so long as he serves the Borough of Palisades Park as the Director/Principal Public Works Manager, or is otherwise removed from the position of Director of Public Works, for good cause, based upon written charges filed with the Borough Clerk and after a public, fair and impartial hearing before the Mayor and Council, until he or she attains the age of 70 years.
B. 
All other employees.
(1) 
Position. The Department of Public Works shall employ such personnel as deemed necessary to effectively operate said department in the Annual Salary Ordinance.
(2) 
Qualifications. Drivers shall, at all times during their employment, possess a valid New Jersey motor vehicle operator's license entitling them to operate motor trucks of the size and capacity which may be used in the operation of the Department.
(3) 
Duties. It shall be the duty of all operational personnel to perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the Director of Public Works or the Superintendent of the division to which they are assigned.
(4) 
Snow operations and any other natural events or disasters. All Department of Public Works employees are required and expected to report for snow, natural events or disasters operations.
(5) 
Compensation. Compensation shall be in accordance with the Annual Salary Ordinance and in accordance with the employees' labor union contract.
The employees of the Department of Public Works shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may be established by the Director of Public Works, with the approval of the Mayor and Council and the Borough's Policy and Procedure Manual.