Flashcards in Local Government Deck (33)
There are ______ Municipalities in New Jersey?
There are _____ Counties in New Jersey?
Which form of government was established by the "Walsh Act"?
The Commission Form
What are some of the powers of a Municipality?
Organize and regulate Internal Affairs
Adopt and enforce ordinances and impose penalties
Sue and be sued, contract and be contracted, adopt, amend and repeal ordinances and resolutions
Exercise powers of taxation , borrowing and condemnation
Is a municipality a corporation?
How do you change your form of government?
Conduct a Charter Study, create a Charter Study Commission. Commissioners are elected by the general public
Name some of the duties of a Charter Study Commission
Study current form of government
Compare with available forms of government
Ask could the current form be strengthened
Determine if a changed form of government would be more efficient or economical
How many classes of Counties are there in New Jersey?
Are there different forms of County government?
Yes, there 5 others options
Name some of the forms of County Government
Traditional, Optional County Charter Law, County Manager Plan, County Supervisor Plan, Board President Plan
What is the elected term of a Board of Chosen Freeholder?
What does "NJSA" stand for
New Jersey Statutes Annotated
What is the Estoppel Period in an ordinance?
The period of time (20 days) to go to court to stop payment. Heard by the Superior Court
Resolutions can be approved on one reading with the following exceptions.
Salary Resolutions now require public comment or hearing.
What does the Open Public Meetings require?
The public and the press have advance notice of and the opportunity to attend most meetings
What is the annual notice?
The list of public meetings provided once a year 7 days following the reorganization meeting
Special Meetings require?
48 hrs notice and notice mailed and faxed to two newspapers and posted in the Municipal Building
How does the governing body go into Executive or Closed Session
The public body must adopt a resolution in the open meeting and read the adequate notice statement
What are some of the permitted topics for an executive session?
Federal, State law or rule of court requirements
Information that would impair funding the U.S.
Information that would constitute an invasion of privacy
Collective bargaining negotiations
Purchase, lease or acquisition of real property
Tactics and techniques for protection
Employment, appointment, termination
Deliberations that may result in civil penalties
Rice Notice provides?
All personnel matters may be discussed in closed session, unless the individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected request in writing that such matters be discussed in public session
What is required to hold an official meeting?
What is a Quorum
The number representing the majority of members when duly assembled is legally competent to conduct business
Give some examples of Agenda items
Pledge of Allegiance
Statement of the Open Public Meetings Act
Approval of Minutes
Presentation of communications
Reports of Committees
Payment of Bills
Resolutions - Ordinance
All meetings must be?
Open to the public and can have a time limit
Are minutes required?
Yes, all public bodies must keep reasonable comprehensible minutes of all its meetings.
What is "OPRA"?
The Open Public Records Act.
What records must be made available under OPRA?
All records unless exempted by law. They must be available for inspection, copying or examination.
What are some "OPRA" exemptions?
Medical examiner records
Advantage to bidders
Personal identifying information
What is the DARM?
The Division of Archives and Records Management