Hopewell Township has
a Township Committee form of municipal government. All Committee
members are elected at large for three year terms. Each year, the
Township Committee elects one of its members as Mayor. The Township
Committee regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays
of each month at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Municipal Building,
located at 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road.
types of governmental actions that are vested in the Township Committee
and Mayor are the of passing resolutions, adopting ordinances and
resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent of a
governing body. The Township Committee is the governing body in the
Township of Hopewell. Resolutions are normally introduced and passed at
the same meeting. Most administrative matters such as approving
contracts, raffles/bingo licenses, bond sales and authorizing tax
refunds are handled by resolution.
ordinance is a local law established by the Township Committee. The
Committee is the governing body of Hopewell 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 publishes the ordinance
in newspapers designated for that purpose at the beginning of the year.
The publication indicates the date and time established by the
Committee for the public hearing on the ordinance.
At the public
hearing, the ordinance is read by title and then the floor is opened
to members of the public who wish to make comments on the ordinance.
After the public is finished commenting, the public portion of the
hearing is closed and the members of the Committee vote on the
ordinance. If passed, the ordinance is again published in the local
paper and takes effect immediately upon publication or following the
statutory waiting periods.
proclamation is a document given by the Mayor and Committee to
formally recognize an individual, organization, special event,
achievement or cause, etc. Proclamations are generally read at public
meetings and presented to the person or group being recognized.
Examples of proclamations include recognizing township residents who
have attained the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts, Gold Award in Girl
Scouts or declaring appreciation for a community volunteer or