Build the best town in New Jersey through professional leadership and excellent service.
Build the Best Town
The Municipal Government of Madison will continue to build a friendly, attractive, safe and well-maintained community for citizens in which businesses prosper; public services and educational opportunities excel; history is preserved; and people live in good health and harmony.
Provide Professional Leadership
The governing body, administrator and management team provide the professional leadership necessary to achieve this mission in an economic manner. This is accomplished by listening to the community and empowering employees to act effectively.
Deliver Excellent Service
Madison's employees commit themselves to excellence in service, continual improvement and timely, effective action toward the mission.
The Mayor shall preside over the deliberations of the Council, prepare the agenda therefor and conduct the meetings thereof. He or she shall also participate in the determination of borough affairs to the extent permitted by statute. (See: N.J.S.A. 40:87-31 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 40:88-1.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:87-31 was repealed by L. 1987, c. 379, § 1, effective January 1, 1988; see now N.J.S.A. 40A:60-5. N.J.S.A. 40:88-1 was repealed by L. 1987, c. 379, § 1, effective January 1, 1988; see now N.J.S.A. 40A:60-3 and 40A:60-5.
The Mayor shall serve as the liaison between the governing body and all boards, committees, agencies or organizations except as herein assigned to a specific Council member for liaison purposes, and except that he or she shall serve as the liaison between the governing body and the Trustees of the Hartley Dodge Memorial.
In the absence of the Mayor, or if he or she is unable to perform his or her duties, the Council President (or, in his or her inability to act, the Council Member having the longest continuous term as such) shall act as Mayor, as provided by statute. (See: N.J.S.A. 40:88-3.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:88-3 was repealed by L.1987, c. 379, § 1, effective 1-1-1988; see now N.J.S.A. 40A:60-5.
The Mayor shall submit to the Council the names of all persons to be proposed for appointment to any board, body, agency or committee and requiring the Council's confirmation at least 15 days prior to the date of the second regular public meeting of the Council after the office becomes vacant. If the Mayor fails to submit such nominee within said time period, or the Council fails to confirm any nomination made by the Mayor, the Council shall make the appointment.
He or she shall keep the minutes and ordinance books properly and fully indexed and shall perform all duties usually devolving upon such officer and, in addition, such other duties or services as the Mayor or Council may direct.
Upon the introduction of an ordinance, the same shall be properly numbered and recorded at length by the Borough Clerk in the ordinance book. The assigned number shall appear in the advertisement of such ordinance.
At the aforesaid meeting, the Council shall by resolution establish a schedule setting forth the time and place for holding regular public meetings and work meetings during the ensuing year, which schedule shall not be changed except by resolution. However, the Mayor, with consent of the Council President or three Council members if the Council President is unavailable, shall have authority to cancel any scheduled work meetings. Notice of the aforesaid meetings schedule and any revision thereto shall be provided in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
The Mayor shall, when necessary, call special meetings of the Council in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act; in case of his or her neglect or refusal, any four members of the Council may call such meeting at such time and place in such borough as they may designate, and in all cases of special meetings, reasonable advance notice, considered to be 48 hours, except in case of emergency, shall be given in person to all members of the Council or left at their place of residence. (See: N.J.S.A. 40:48-24.)
The Mayor shall prepare an agenda for all meetings of the Council. Any Council member may add items to the agenda by requesting, in writing, at least seven days prior to the meeting. Any item may be added to the agenda of any work session by vote of a majority of the Council members present during the session.
Regular meetings shall be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month. For the limited purposes as are set forth below, a regular meeting may be held each Monday night of the year, except on the third Monday of each month. On those Mondays which are national or state holidays, the meeting shall be held on Wednesday night pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act.
All Council meetings, including any closed sessions that may be held, shall end by 11:00 p.m. unless a majority of the Council agrees at or during a meeting to extend the meeting beyond 11:00 p.m. Such vote to extend the meeting shall be taken at 10:45 p.m.
The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, shall appoint two Council Members, one of which is to be the Chairperson having responsibilities as outlined in Subsection C of this section and the various subsections of § A236-7 to each of the subdivisions set forth in Subsection A herein above.
In case of death, resignation, removal from office or incapacity to serve of any Council Chairperson, the Mayor shall name the successor Chairperson, subject to the approval of the Council. The Mayor may, with the approval of a majority of the Council, change existing assignments when it is in the best interests of the borough to do so.
Serve as Operations Chairperson or Vice Chairperson of the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting, but the Utilities Chairperson may designate the second Council member appointed to utilities to serve as Utilities Chairperson or Vice Chairperson of the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting.
The Mayor shall appoint all such committees and the Chairpersons thereof, subject to the approval of the Council, and shall be a member, ex-officio, of each such committee. In addition, he or she shall see that all matters referred to the committees are acted upon and reported promptly.
In case of death, resignation, removal from office or incapacity to serve of any Committee Chairperson, the Mayor shall name the successor Chairperson, subject to the approval of the Council. The Mayor may, with the approval of the majority of the Council, change existing committee assignments and/or chairperson when it is in the best interests of the borough to do so.