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Section: Construction as continuation of heretofore existing laws

Statute: 40:37D-4

4. a. Upon approval by the Local Finance Board, pursuant to sections 4 and 5 of P.L.1983, c.313 (C.40A:5A-4; C.40A:5A-5) the governing body of a county may by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, create a public body corporate and politic under and pursuant to this act, under the title of "the.......county food distribution authority," with all or any significant part of the name of the county inserted. The body shall consist of the five members, who shall be residents of the county and be appointed by ordinance or resolution of the governing body as hereinafter provided, and it shall constitute the authority contemplated and provided for in this act and an agency or instrumentality of the county. Copies of the ordinance or resolution for the creation of the authority, certified by the clerk of the governing body, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs. A copy of any such certified ordinance or resolution, duly certified by or on behalf of the Secretary of State, shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding and shall be conclusive evidence of due and proper adoption and filing thereof as provided in this section. After such filing in the office of the Secretary of State, a copy of the ordinance or resolution shall be published at least once in a newspaper published or circulating in the county, together with a notice stating the fact and date of its adoption and the date of the first publication of such notice. If no action questioning the validity of the creation or establishment of the authority shall be commenced within 45 days after the first publication of such notice, then the authority shall be conclusively deemed to have been validly created and established and authorized to transact business and exercise powers as a public body created pursuant to this act. b. Upon approval by the Local Finance Board pursuant to section 20 of P.L.1983, c.313 (C.40A:5A-20), the governing body of any county which has created an authority pursuant to this act may by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, dissolve such authority if either (1) such authority has no debts or obligations outstanding, or (2) all creditors or other obligees of the authority have consented to the ordinance or resolution. A copy of any ordinance or resolution, certified by the clerk of the governing body, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs. Upon proof of such filing and upon proof either that the authority had no debts or obligations outstanding at the time of the adoption of such ordinance or resolution or that the assumption of any such debts or obligations has been provided for in the ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, and that all creditors or other obligees of the authority have consented to such ordinance or resolution, the authority shall be conclusively deemed to have been lawfully and properly dissolved. Thereupon, all right, title and interest in and to the property of the authority shall be vested in the county, except that any particular property shall vest in any other governmental unit or person if the terms of any lease or other agreement of the authority with respect thereto shall so provide. A copy of any such certified ordinance or resolution, duly certified by or on behalf of the Secretary of State, shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding and shall be conclusive evidence of due and proper adoption and filing thereof as aforesaid. c. The members first appointed shall, by the resolution of appointment, be designated to serve for terms respectively expiring on the first days of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth Februaries next ensuing after the date of their appointment. On or after January 1 in each year after such first appointments, one person shall be appointed as a member of the authority for a term commencing on or after February 1 in such year and expiring on February 1 in the fourth year after such year. Each member shall hold office for the term of appointment and until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy in the membership of the authority during an unexpired term shall be filled by appointment of a person as member for the unexpired term. A copy of any resolution appointing any such members, certified by the clerk of the governing body, may be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs. A copy of any such certified resolution, duly certified by or on behalf of the Secretary of State, shall be admissible in evidence in any action or proceeding and shall be conclusive evidence of due and proper adoption and filing thereof as aforesaid and, except in an action or proceeding seeking only exclusion of the appointee from office, shall be conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of the members named therein. d. Every authority, upon the first appointment of its members and thereafter on or after February 1 in each year, shall annually elect from among its members a chairman and a vice chairman who shall hold office until February 1 next ensuing and until their respective successors shall have been appointed and qualified. e. The powers of an authority shall be vested in the members thereof in office from time to time, and a majority of the entire authorized voting membership of the authority shall constitute a quorum at any meeting thereof. Action may be taken and motions and resolutions adopted by the authority at any meeting of the members thereof by the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting members present, unless in any case the bylaws of the authority shall require a larger number. f. The members of an authority shall serve without compensation, but the authority may reimburse its members for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. g. No member of the governing body of the county shall be appointed as a member of, or employed by, an authority; but the governing body of the county may, by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, provide that, in addition to the members appointed pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the county executive in the case of a county having adopted article 3 of the "Optional County Charter Law," P.L.1972, c.154 (C.40:41A-31 et seq.), the county manager in the case of a county having adopted article 4 of that act (C.40:41A-45 et seq.), the county supervisor in the case of a county having adopted article 5 of that act (C.40:41A-59 et seq.), or the president of the board of chosen freeholders in the case of any other county, shall be appointed to serve ex officio, as a non-voting member of an authority. h. A member of an authority may be removed by the governing body of the county for incapacity, inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office or other disqualifying cause and after he shall have been given a copy of the charges against him and, not sooner than 10 days thereafter, been afforded opportunity for a hearing, in person or by counsel, by such governing body with respect to such charges. L.1994,c.98,s.4.

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