The Governing Body
- Township Council
- Left to Right Councilwoman Miller Ryan, Councilman Purcell, Councilman
Scuralli, Councilman McIntyre, Council President Bello (seated), Councilman
Schweighardt, Councilman Sadowski, Councilman Mazzei, Councilman Jimenez
On January 1, 1962,
Wayne Township adopted the Mayor-Council Plan of the Optional Municipal
Charter Law of New Jersey commonly known as the Faulkner Act.
The Mayor-Council Plan of the Faulkner Act is a "strong mayor" form of
government. It is a "presidential" system of government, modeled after the
federal and state governments.
The Mayor-Council Plan consists of two separate and co-equal power centers,
each directly elected by the people: the Mayor as chief executive, and the
Council as the municipal legislature. The Mayor-Council plan makes a virtue
of the idea of divided and shared power.
Neither Mayor nor Council has the absolute last word in all
instances. This system of
government requires constant consultation between the Mayor and the Council
always acting as a check and balance on the other.
A nine-member Council forms the Legislative Branch of the township
government. One Councilmember is elected from each of the six wards and
three are elected at-large each with a term of four years.
Our 2013 Governing Officials are:
Ward 1 Councilman
Alan Purcell (R) |
Ward 2 Councilman Al Sadowski (R)
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Ward 3 Councilman
Franco Mazzei (R) |
Ward 4 Councilman
Joseph Scuralli (R) |
Ward 5 Councilman Chris F. McIntyre (D) |
Councilwoman & 2013 Council President
Nadine Bello (R)
At Large Councilman
Joseph Schweighardt (R) |
At Large Councilwoman
Lonni Miller Ryan (R) |
At Large Councilman James Jimenez (R)
Mayor Chris Vergano 973-694-1800 x 3201 | Web Page |
also contact Council members through the
Township Clerks Office at 973-694-1800 x3207
To assist you in understanding the proceedings at the Township Council
meetings, this summary is prepared for you.
I hope that you will find this information useful in explaining the
procedures your Governing Body must follow.
Should you have any questions relating to local government, call the
Township Clerk’s Office – 973-694-1800 ext. 3346.
Optional Municipal Charter Law, Mayor-Council Plan, as adopted in 1962, the
nine-member Township Council is the Township's governing body.
There are 6 Ward Councilmember’s, one elected from each Ward, and 3
at-large Councilmember’s, elected by the whole Township.
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer, and may propose Ordinances
and Resolutions for Council consideration, but does not vote.
The Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers, Municipal
Building, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8:00 P.M. and as
needed Conference Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 8:00
P.M. The "Open Public Meetings
Act", commonly known as the "Sunshine Law", now provides that citizens may
sit in on the business of both Regular & Conference Meetings. However, the
public is not permitted to attend "Closed Sessions" of these meetings.
The "Closed Sessions" are usually related to matters in litigation or
Council action may be decided in the form of an Ordinance or Resolution or
by a simple motion. Ordinances
are laws enacted by the Council and are usually of a permanent effect.
There is a specific procedure for passing an Ordinance.
The Ordinance is introduced by title only by a majority vote, printed
in summary in the "Herald News" with notice of the specific time, date and
place for a public hearing, at which time citizens may be heard on the item
in question. (Reprints of Ordinances are available at the Clerk's Office)
After the public hearing is held Council votes on adoption of same by
a majority vote. (Emergency and Bonding Ordinances require a two-thirds vote
of approval of the full Council for passage.)
Many official actions of the Township may be accomplished by a Resolution of
the Council. These include
approvals of the annual budget, acceptance of bids, awarding of contracts
and payment of bills, and various miscellaneous matters. A Resolution only
requires one reading (adopted the same night it’s introduced).
Some official actions are handled through adopting a Consent Agenda.
Consent Agendas provide for a rapid, effective action on routine,
non-controversial matters needing no discussion.
A Consent Agenda includes
routine items of business which are not controversial and do not
require individual discussion.
items are generally meeting minutes, licenses and
permits. To adopt a Consent Agenda, it is moved, seconded then voted upon as one item
by the Governing Body. If any discussion is requested on a
Agenda item, it is removed from the
Agenda and discussed separately.
PORTION OF THE MEETING
At approximately 9:00 P.M. of every meeting night, the Council meeting is
opened to the public to speak on any topic.
This allows a citizen the privilege of the floor for five minutes to
address the Council on any matter that is of concern to them. After all
citizens have had an opportunity to speak, the public portion is closed and
the Council and the Administration will address the inquiries that have been
made (there is no cross dialogue during the public portion).
Meetings are televised on Wayne Municipal Cablecasting – TV77.
Agendas are available the Friday prior to the meeting in the Municipal Clerk’s Office, available in the Council Chambers the night of the meeting, as well as on this Internet site: View current meeting Schedule and Agendas.
Information about voting in Wayne New Jersey can be obtained by clicking here.