[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Dover 7-10-1978; amended in its entirety 4-14-1993 by L.L. No. 3-1993. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
In as much as Article 12-F, § 239-x, of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York provides for the creation of a local conservation agency by any city, town or village, with said agency being considered as advisory in its relation to the local legislative body, the Dover Town Board hereby recognizes and supports the need for such an agency in order to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environments within the Town of Dover. This Conservation Advisory Council, in the face of increasing population growth, suburbanization and technological change with accompanying demands on natural resources, shall be always mindful of the need for balance between environmental preservation and economic expansion, that both the environment and economy are of increasing and vital importance to the health, welfare and well-being of both our present citizenry as well as our progeny. To this end, the Dover Town Board hereby offers this chapter amending the duties and responsibilities of the Dover Conservation Advisory Council, established July 10, 1978.
Within its advisory capacity, said Council shall have the responsibility to:
Advise the Town Board on matters affecting the preservation, quality and use of the natural resources and environment of the Town of Dover.
Develop and, after receiving general approval of the Town Board, conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and man-made features within the Town of Dover and such other studies as may be requested by the Town Board to ensure the wise use of natural resources and to enhance and protect the environment.
Maintain an up-to-date inventory and index of all open land and wetland areas in public or private ownership within the town so as to provide a base of information for recommendations as to their preservation and/or use.
Seek to coordinate and assist the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals within the Town of Dover in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Maintain liaison and communications with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or who can be of assistance to the Council.
Work in close cooperation wherever possible with the Town of Dover Planning Board and Town Recreation Commission, when requested by the Dover Town Board.
Maintain accurate records of meetings and activities and submit a monthly written report of such activities to the Town Board in time to be reviewed at the monthly Town Board business meeting.
File an annual report with the local legislative body (Dover Town Board) on or before the 31st day of December of each and every year. Once approved, such legislative body shall forward a copy of this report to the State Commissioner of Environmental Conservation.
Receive authorization from the Town Board before expending any moneys exceeding $50.
In addition to the foregoing, carry out any other duties, tasks or responsibilities consistent with the objectives of Article 12-F of the General Municipal Law assigned to it by resolution of the Town Board, Town of Dover.