Ordinance No. 10-20

Introduced: October 28, 2010
Public Hearing:
Status: Tabled

An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, State of New Jersey, regarding a referendum to change the municipal charter of the Township of Vernon to allow the voters to elect a mayor directly

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon as follows:

WHEREAS, Vernon Township operates under an Optional Municipal Charter governed by N.J.S.A. 40:69A-1 et. seq.;

WHEREAS, under Vernon’s current form of government, the voters elect five council persons and the council member choose a Mayor and Deputy Mayor;

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:69A-25.1 allows a municipality governed by an Optional Municipal Charter to amend its Charter to include alternatives set forth in the statute;

WHEREAS, one of the alternatives is the election of the Mayor directly by voters of the municipality;

WHEREAS, interested members of the public have requested sending a referendum to be voted upon by the residents of Vernon Township to amend the Charter and to allow direct election of the Mayor by the voters;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:69A-25.1 the governing body of the Township of Vernon hereby requests the County Clerk to place the referendum question on a ballot to be voted on at a date as required by the applicable statutes and regulations.

“Shall the Charter of the Township of Vernon be amended to provide for the election of the Mayor directly by the voters of the Municipality?”

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Vernon that, upon adoption, a copy of this Ordinance should be sent immediately to the County Clerk.

This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon final publication as provided by law.