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a. Upon adoption of an authorizing resolution by the local governing body of Edison Township, Metuchen Borough, and South Plainfield Borough, respectively, in Middlesex County, there is established the Dismal Swamp Preservation Commission. The commission shall consist of nine members, appointed and qualified as follows, provided however, that no more than five members shall be of the same political party and no more than three members shall be appointed from any one municipality:
(1) Two residents of Edison Township, appointed by the governing body of the municipality;
(2) Two residents of Metuchen Borough, appointed by the governing body of the municipality;
(3) Two residents of South Plainfield Borough, appointed by the governing body of the municipality;
(4) Two elected officials from Middlesex County, appointed by agreement of the local governing bodies of Edison Township, Metuchen Borough, and South Plainfield Borough; and
(5) one representative of the Edison Wetlands Association, appointed by agreement of the local governing bodies of Edison Township, Metuchen Borough, and South Plainfield Borough.
b. Each member shall serve for a term of five years. Each member shall serve for the term of the appointment and until a successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired term only.
c. Any member of the commission may be removed by adoption of a resolution by the local governing bodies of Edison Township, Metuchen Borough, and South Plainfield Borough for cause after a public hearing.
d. Each member of the commission shall take and subscribe to an oath to perform the duties of the office faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of their ability.
e. The members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but the commission may reimburse its members for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.
f. The commission shall select from its members a chairperson and vice-chairperson, and may employ an executive director, who may also serve as secretary, and a treasurer. The commission may also appoint, retain and employ, without regard to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes, such officers, agents, employees and experts as it may require, and it shall determine their qualifications, terms of office, duties, services and compensation. The local governing bodies may provide administrative support to the commission.
g. The powers of the commission shall be vested in the members thereof in office from time to time, and a majority of the total authorized membership of the commission shall constitute a quorum at any meeting thereof. Action may be taken and motions and resolutions adopted by the commission at any meeting thereof by the affirmative vote of a majority of the total authorized membership; provided, however, that the commission may designate one or more of its agents or employees to exercise such administrative functions, powers, and duties, as it may deem proper, under its supervision and control. No vacancy in the membership of the commission shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the commission.
h. No member, officer, employee, or agent of the commission shall be financially interested, either directly or indirectly, in any project, any part of a project area, or an application for development, other than a residence, or in any contract, sale, purchase, lease, or transfer of real or personal property located within the boundaries of the Dismal Swamp.
(1) Any contract or agreement knowingly made in contravention of this subsection is voidable.
(2) Any person who willfully violates the provisions of this subsection shall forfeit office or employment.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Jersey Statutes Title 40. Municipalities and Counties 40 § 55D-88.4 - last updated February 19, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nj/title-40-municipalities-and-counties/nj-st-sect-40-55d-88-4/
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