New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:13a-11 - Delaware And Raritan Canal Commission

13:13A-11. Delaware and Raritan canal commission
a. There is hereby established in the Department of Environmental Protection a Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission which shall consist of nine members appointed and qualified as follows:

(1) The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, serving ex officio; provided, however, that the commissioner may designate an officer or employee of the department to represent him at meetings of the commission, and such designee may lawfully vote and otherwise act on behalf of the commissioner. Any such designation shall be in writing delivered to the chairman of the commission and shall continue in effect during the period the commissioner is in such office, or until revoked or amended by writing delivered to the chairman of the commission.

(2) Eight citizens of the State, appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, no more than four of whom shall be of the same political party; at least four of whom shall be residents of the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset, respectively, and one of whom shall be a mayor of a municipality appertaining to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park; provided, however, that no more than one citizen shall be appointed from any one municipality. In making appointments to the commission, the Governor may consider the recommendations of concerned environmental groups; historical associations; water suppliers; real estate interests; and members of relevant professions.

b. The commissioner shall serve on the commission during his term of office and shall be succeeded by his successor in office. Each member appointed by the Governor shall serve for terms of 5 years; provided that of the first members appointed by the Governor, two shall serve for a term of 2 years, two for a term of 3 years, two for a term of 4 years, and two for a term of 5 years. Each member shall serve for the term of his appointment and until his 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 the Governor for cause after a public hearing.

d. Each member of the commission, before entering upon his duties, shall take and subscribe to an oath to perform the duties of his office faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of his ability. A record of such oaths shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

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 Governor shall designate one of the members of the commission, other than the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, as chairman. The commission shall select from its members a vice-chairman and shall employ an executive director, who shall be secretary, and a treasurer. The commission may also appoint, retain and employ, without regard to the provisions of Title 11, Civil Service, of the Revised Statutes, such officers, agents, employees and experts as it may require, and it shall determine their qualifications, terms of office, duties, services and compensation.

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 members, unless in any case the bylaws of the commission or any of the provisions of this act shall require a larger number; 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, except that the commission shall not take any final action on any matter to be submitted to the Legislature, pursuant to subsection 12 g. of this act, except by a vote of two-thirds of the full membership of the commission.

h. The commission shall prepare, adopt, and implement a master plan for the physical development of the park, or a portion thereof; review State and local actions that impact on the park to insure that these actions conform as nearly as possible to the commission's master plan; and coordinate and support activities by citizens' groups to promote and preserve the park.

i. On or before December 31 in each year the commission shall make an annual report of its activities for the preceding calendar year to the Governor and to the Legislature. Each such report shall set forth a complete operating and financial statement covering its operations during the year, all as more fully provided in section 15 of this act. The commission may, in addition, at any time request the Governor and the Legislature to appropriate funds for commission purposes, as more fully provided in subsection 12 g. of this act.

j. The commission shall cause an audit of its books and accounts to be made at least once in each year and the cost thereof shall be treated as one incurred by the commission in the administration of this act, and a copy thereof shall be filed with the State Treasurer and the Office of Fiscal Affairs.

k. (1) No member, officer, employee, or agent of the commission shall be financially interested, either directly or indirectly, in any project or any part of a project area, other than a residence, or in any contract, sale, purchase, lease, or transfer of real or personal property to the Department of Environmental Protection for inclusion in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.

(2) Any contract or agreement knowingly made in contravention of this section is voidable.

(3) Any person who shall willfully violate any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit his office or employment and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

L.1974, c. 118, s. 11, eff. Oct. 10, 1974.

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