2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:65-15 - Joint meeting deemed public body corporate and politic; powers.

40A:65-15 Joint meeting deemed public body corporate and politic; powers.

15. a. A joint meeting is a public body corporate and politic constituting a political subdivision of the State for the exercise of public and essential governmental functions to provide for the public health and welfare.

b. A joint meeting has the following powers and authority, which may be exercised by its management committee to the extent provided for in the joint contract:

(1) to sue and be sued;

(2) to acquire and hold real and personal property by deed, gift, grant, lease, purchase, condemnation or otherwise;

(3) to enter into any and all contracts or agreements and to execute any and all instruments;

(4) to do and perform any and all acts or things necessary, convenient or desirable for the purposes of the joint meeting or to carry out any powers expressly given in sections 1 through 35 of P.L.2007, c.63 (C.40A:65-1 through C.40A:65-35);

(5) to sell real and personal property owned by the joint meeting at public sale;

(6) to operate all services, lands, public improvements, works, facilities or undertakings for the purposes and objects of the joint meeting;

(7) to enter into a contract or contracts providing for or relating to the use of its services, lands, public improvements, works, facilities or undertakings, or any part thereof, by local units who are not members of the joint meeting, and other persons, upon payment of charges therefor as fixed by the management committee;

(8) to receive whatever State or federal aid or grants that may be available for the purposes of the joint meeting and to make and perform any agreements and contracts that are necessary or convenient in connection with the application for, procurement, acceptance, or disposition of such State or federal aid or grants; and

(9) to acquire, maintain, use, and operate lands, public improvements, works, or facilities in any municipality in the State, except where the governing body of the municipality, by resolution adopted within 60 days after receipt of written notice of intention to so acquire, maintain, use, or operate, shall find that the same would adversely affect the governmental operations and functions and the exercise of the police powers of that municipality.

c. If the governing body of a municipality in which a joint meeting has applied for the location and erection of sewage treatment or solid waste disposal facilities refuses permission therefor, or fails to take final action upon the application within 60 days of its filing, the joint meeting may, at any time within 30 days following the date of such refusal or the date of expiration of the 60-day period, apply to the Department of Environmental Protection for relief. That department is authorized, after hearing the joint meeting and the interested municipality, to grant the application for the erection of the sewage treatment or disposal or solid waste treatment or disposal facilities, notwithstanding the refusal or failure to act of the municipal governing body, upon being satisfied that the topographical and other physical conditions existing in the local units comprising the joint meeting are such as to make the erection of such facilities within its boundaries impracticable as an improvement for the benefit of the whole applying joint meeting.

L.2007, c.63, s.15.

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