[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of White 4-6-1973 (Ch. 16 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township of White Environmental Commission is hereby established pursuant to Chapter 245 of the Laws of 1968 (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 to 40:56A-5).
[Amended 3-11-1988; 7-9-1993; 7-11-1997; 9-6-2001]
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township of White. Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.
The terms of office of the regular members of the Commission shall be one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his or her appointments, so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year. Their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
In addition to the foregoing regular members of the Commission, two alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor to serve in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1. Said alternates shall be known as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2," and they shall serve for a period of two years and one year, respectively, from the date of his or her appointment, so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year.
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.
An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings 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 first.
The Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of White. The Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township and 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 Master Plan and the development and use of such areas. 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.
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Committee, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease, for any of its purposes, and shall administer the same for such purposes, subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions), as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the Township Committee.
The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require, provided the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Committee.