March 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Ho-Ho-Kus Personnel code, vacation regulations receive updates by Jennifer Crusco The Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Council recently approved two ordinances to update the municipal code. One ordinance changes the term of appointment for the borough’s chief financial officer from one year to four years. The ordinance states, “The mayor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the council, the chief financial officer, who shall be a person holding a certificate issued by the Division of Local Government Services as a municipal finance officer, for a term of four years, which shall run from Jan. 1 in the year in which the chief financial officer is appointed.” This ordinance was required to bring the borough code in line with the State of New Jersey’s requirements, which require the CFO be appointed for a four-year term. Ho-HoKus had been making one-year appointments. The ordinance also officially creates the office of borough treasurer. The ordinance states that the mayor shall appoint the treasurer, with the council’s advice and consent, for a term of one year commencing Jan. 1 and ending on Dec. 31 of the same year. “The treasurer shall have, perform and exercise all of the functions, powers and duties provided by general law and borough ordinances. Such person shall keep and maintain books and records of all financial transactions of the borough in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Division of Local Government Services and the Department of Community Affairs in the State of New Jersey. Such person shall have custody of all public monies of the borough and shall make monthly reports to the council and administrator of all receipts, expenditures, commitments, and unexpended appropriations. All monies received from any source by or on behalf of the borough or any department, board, officer or agency thereof, except as otherwise provided by borough ordinance, shall be paid to The Contemporary Club and Youth Activities Council invite all Ho-Ho-Kus children and parents to “hop over” to Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Hall on Saturday, March 28 at 8:45 a.m. Join the Easter Bunny and a Ho-Ho-Kus fire truck in a parade to the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School on Lloyd Road, where refreshments will be served. Activities will include a jellybean counting contest, games, face painting, music by Meet the bunny at borough hall Big Jeff, and a petting zoo. Bring a basket for the egg hunt and a camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny. In case of snow or rain, the festivities will be held indoors at 9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School. Everyone is required to wear rubber-soled shoes. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit the treasurer, who shall by the next ensuing bank day after their receipt, deposit them in the authorized public depository of the borough to the credit of the proper account,” the ordinance states. Catherine Henderson, the former borough administrator, had performed many duties, including those of CFO, tax collector, and responsibilities performed by a treasurer. However, Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Attorney Bole previously reported that there was no office designated as treasurer in the borough code. The council also approved an ordinance to amend the code pertaining to employees’ vacation leave. This measure prohibits borough employees from carrying their vacation time from year to year without formal approval. This proposed ordinance states: “Employees, subject to the approval of the department head may take vacation leave from time to time during the fiscal year, in half days, provided that the department head shall advise the personnel officer by written memorandum of said vacation arrangement prior to the employee taking said vacation. Employees shall be required to take the annual vacation allotted to each employee during the fiscal year. 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