[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of East Amwell 6-5-1970; amended 2-23-1989 by Ord. No. 89-01. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq., an Environmental Commission for the purpose of protection development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of East Amwell is hereby established.
[Amended 5-10-1990 by Ord. No. 90-07]
The Environmental Commission established by this chapter shall consist of seven members, appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a member of the Township Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the township. The terms of such members shall be for three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
There shall also be two alternate members of the Commission, also appointed by the Mayor. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of their appointment as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." The terms of alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2, so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. An alternate member may participate in the discussions of the Commission, but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote. An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which he has either directly or indirectly any personal or financial interest. An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the governing body for cause.
The Environmental Commission organized shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the township, may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Township Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the majority of the Township Committee, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the municipality by gift, purchase or as otherwise specified in N.J.S.A. 40:56A-3. Such acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest to include easements, development rights, or other contractual rights.
The Township Committee may appropriate funds for the anticipated expenses of the Environmental Commission. Any purchase of property, any employment of employees, and any other functions of the Environmental Commission shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Committee and/or within the limit of funds acquired by the Commission through gifts, donation or otherwise. All acquisitions of property and other expenditures shall be within the limits of funds currently on hand, and under no circumstance will the Township Committee or the people of East Amwell Township be held liable or responsible for any purchase made or any other expenses incurred beyond the amount appropriated to said Environmental Commission by the Township Committee.
The Environmental Commission shall in all instances adhere to the provisions in Title 40, Chapter 56A of the New Jersey Statutes.
An Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the governing body of the municipality.
The Environmental Commission shall have power to study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna.