The majority of decisions made by the Mayor and Township Committee are done through the adoption of resolutions and ordinances. The governing body may also chose to recognize an event or the actions of a particular individual or group of individuals and often do so through a proclamation.
Resolutions: A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent of a governing body and are normally introduced and passed at the same meeting. One exception is the introduction and passing of the municipal budget, which requires a period of twenty-eight days between introduction and adoption. Most administrative decisions such as awarding contracts and appointing professionals and local government officials are done via resolution of the governing body.
Ordinances: An ordinance is a local law established by the Township Committee. The Committee is the governing body of Harrison Township and is vested with the authority to amend or promulgate ordinances. Ordinances (local laws that apply only within the geographic borders of the township) must be introduced by majority vote at an advertised, public meeting. Once an ordinance is introduced, the Township Clerk publishes the ordinance in township’s official newspaper, setting forth the date and time of the public hearing. At that time, the ordinance is read by title and members of the public are then invited to comment on the ordinance.
Upon completion of the public hearing members of township committee vote on the ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance is once again published in the official newspaper and takes effect immediately upon publication or following any statutory waiting periods.
Proclamations: A proclamation is a certificate of recognition presented by the Mayor and township committee to formally recognize an individual, organization, special event, achievement or cause, etc. Proclamations are generally read at public meetings and are then presented to the person or group being recognized.
Township Committee Work Session meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., and Regular Business Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Municipal Building and are open to the public; residents are encouraged to attend.