[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of East Orange 12-22-1987 by Ord. No. 35-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administrative organization — See Ch. 5.
Business Development Authority — See Ch. 15.
Housing Authority — See Ch. 40.
Land use — See Ch. 51.
Housing standards; property maintenance — See Ch. 159.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 76, Redevelopment Agency, adopted 9-23-1985 by Ord. No. 26-1985.
The City Council of the City of East Orange is hereby designated as the redevelopment agency for the City of East Orange pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented.
The powers of the City Council to perform its legislative functions relating to the redevelopment of the City of East Orange shall include but not be limited to the following:
To dispose of land acquired in a redevelopment area to any person at its fair value, as determined by the City Council, for the uses specified in the redevelopment plan and pursuant to law.
To review, modify and approve contracts with and/or the plans of registered architects, licensed professional engineers or planners for the carrying out of any redevelopment project.
To review, modify and approve contracts with public agencies or redevelopers to provide, as part of any such contract, for extension of credit or making of loans to redevelopers to finance any redevelopment work.
To review, modify and approve contracts with private parties or public agencies for the opening, grading, improvement or closing of streets, roads, roadways, sidewalks, alleys or other places or the acquisition by the City or other public agencies of property rights or options, including contracts for the furnishing of property or services in connection with the redevelopment plan.
To review, modify and approve contracts with public agencies, to the extent and within the scope of the agencies' functions, to cause the services customarily provided by said agencies to be rendered for the benefit of occupants of the redevelopment area and to have such agencies provide and maintain related municipal facilities adjacent to or in connection with the redevelopment area.
To conduct examinations and investigations, including the powers to hear testimony and take proof under oath at public or private hearing of any material matter, require attendance of witnesses and the production of books and papers, take affidavits and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who are out of state, unable to attend or excused from attendance.
To formulate policy decisions and undertake necessary or proper action as to the settlement, compromise or other disposition of litigation arising from the redevelopment area and project, including the payment of claims and related activities.
To review, modify and approve the selection of the redevelopers to perform redevelopment activities upon any project and all plans for the redevelopment projects.
To formulate policy decisions relating to the design, modification or construction of public roadways which are a part of or affected by any project, retaining walls included in any project area and off-site parking facilities.
To require any municipal officer, in its discretion, to prepare and submit statements regarding said officer's official duties and the performance thereof and otherwise investigate the conduct of any department, office or agency of the municipal government as said conduct relates to any redevelopment project.
To undertake any and all additional activities necessary or proper to carry out its powers and functions.
The powers of the Mayor to perform his executive functions relating to the redevelopment of the City of East Orange shall include but not be limited to the following:
To enforce the laws and ordinances applicable in the municipality as they affect the redevelopment project.
To report to the City Council and public on the status and progress of the redevelopment project and on such applicable conditions and requirements of any nature as may bear upon the continuing redevelopment activities of the project.
To make such recommendations for action by the City Council as may be deemed to be in the public interest.
To supervise all activities of the departments of the municipal government as said activities bear upon the functions and activities of the redevelopment project.
To require each department of the municipal government to prepare and submit reports with regard to those activities of any redevelopment project.
To exercise those powers afforded by law to attend meetings of the City Council and take part in City Council conferences as such meetings and conferences relate to the redevelopment project.
To undertake any and all additional activities necessary or proper to carry out his powers and functions.
The office of Redevelopment Officer is hereby established. The Redevelopment Officer shall be a City officer appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Redevelopment Officer shall be a person who, by experience, education and training, is qualified to carry out the duties assigned to the Redevelopment Officer.
Subject to applicable laws and ordinances, the Redevelopment Officer shall exercise the following powers and duties under the supervision of the Mayor:
To have full charge and management of the redevelopment office and of the employees in said office.
To keep accurate records of books of account of all redevelopment transactions.
To prepare budget recommendations for the redevelopment office.
To have full charge and management of the redevelopment properties and equipment.
To prepare and present to the Mayor short- and long-range planning recommendations for the improvement of redevelopment activities.
To coordinate redevelopment activities with the work of other departments and officers of the City of East Orange.
To keep the Mayor and City Council apprised of the respective obligations to the United States government; to coordinate the redevelopment activities of the municipality with those of the United States government; to coordinate the activities of redevelopment planners and consultants; and to establish progress schedules of redevelopment activity.
To prepare written reports of all redevelopment activities of the City of East Orange undertaken with regard to any redevelopment project during the relevant period. Said reports shall be reviewed by the Mayor and shall be provided to the City Council on or before the 15th and the final day of each month. Said reports shall adequately summarize and describe the redevelopment activities undertaken and shall include a discussion of recommended future actions under consideration. The reports shall also describe activities relating to present or future tenants of the redevelopment area and activities undertaken with the Parking Authority, Housing Authority or other authority, board or agency relating to the redevelopment project.
To undertake any additional activities necessary or proper to carry out his powers and duties.