[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Horsham Township at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established for Horsham Township a Park and Recreation Board consisting of seven persons who shall be electors of Horsham Township. All appointments shall be for terms of five years to commence on January 1 and end on December 31 of the particular year.
All vacancies occurring on the Park and Recreation Board shall be filled by the Township Council.
Members of the Board shall serve without pay.
No vacancy in the membership of the Board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the Board.
The Horsham Township Park and Recreation Board shall:
Be charged with making recommendations to Council for the management, operation and maintenance of any and all recreational facilities and programs which the Township may hereafter acquire.
Be charged with making recommendations to Council regarding the supervision, development, maintenance and preservation of playgrounds, playfields, and other recreational programs and facilities owned by the Township.
Develop and recommend to Council recreation programs for the residents of Horsham Township.
Recommend to Council rules and regulations governing any recreational facilities and programs for which it is responsible.
The Board shall advise other local government agencies, including, but not limited to, the Horsham Township Council, the Horsham Township Planning Commission, and, at the request thereof, other officials, employees, boards, councils or other entities of Horsham Township on matters dealing with parks and recreation in the Township.
The Board shall have the power to identify problems in the Township park and recreation systems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate Horsham Township agencies for the development, protection and furtherance of policies and facilities which promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the Township through park and recreation facilities and programs. The Park and Recreation Board shall keep an inventory of all open space facilities owned by Horsham Township, and shall make recommendations to the Township staff and Township Council regarding improvements to facilities in the Township parks and recreational programs which would be of benefit to the residents of Horsham Township.
The Park and Recreation Board, with the approval of the Horsham Council, shall have the authority to make reasonable charges for the use of any facilities or programs under its charge.
The Board shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report which shall be printed in the annual municipal report, if any, or, if there shall be no annual municipal report, the Board shall otherwise make its written annual report to the Horsham Township Council and generally make the report known and available.
Funds for the expenses incurred by the Board shall, at the discretion of the Horsham Township Council, be appropriated to the Board. The Board may expend monies for such administrative, clerical, printing, and legal services as may from time to time be required, but its expenditures shall be limited to the amount of funds appropriated to it by the Horsham Township Council. The whole or any part of any funds so appropriated in any year may be placed in a separate fund, allowed to accumulate from year to year, or be expended in any year. The Board shall submit a detailed written itemized budget proposal to the Horsham Township Council at least 30 days prior to adoption of the Township's preliminary budget.
The Board shall endeavor to take advantage of such programs of assistance to Park and Recreation Boards, including educational services, exchange of information, assignment of technical personnel for natural resources planning assistance and coordination of state and local park and recreational activities, as may be established by the federal, state or county governments for the management, use and development of open space and recreation areas, and as may seem to the Board and the Horsham Township Council to be advantageous.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as abolishing or limiting any existing municipal agency, board, authority or commission even though such agency, board, authority or commission may have a responsibility related to the responsibilities delegated to the Park and Recreation Board hereunder.