[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Rotterdam 10-10-2012 by L.L. No. 6-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 194.
Editor's Note: This local law was adopted as Ch. 191 but because of the administrative nature of the legislation was renumbered to place it in Part I of the Code.
It is recognized that the preservation of urban open space is vital to the health, well-being and development of all area residents. It is desirable to establish a committee in the Town of Rotterdam government that is responsible on an ongoing basis for examining the stewardship of the Town's parks system and for determining whether residents' needs are being met by the Town's parks and open spaces.
A Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (hereafter referred to as the "Committee") is hereby established to advise, as appropriate, the Town Board on issues relating to Town-owned parks, open spaces, recreation and programs for the aging.
There shall be nine members of the Committee appointed by the Town Board.
Committee members shall serve three-year terms. However, in order to stagger the terms, the initial terms of 1/3 of the members shall be one year; a second 1/3 shall serve two years; and a final third shall serve three years. At the expiration of such initial terms, all terms shall be for periods of three years.
Vacancies on the Committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of the term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Committee shall be chosen by the Town Board from the nine members of the Committee.
The powers and duties of the Committee are as follows:
At the request of the Town Board, review and make recommendations to the Department of Public Works and, as appropriate, advise the Town Board on issues affecting the parks and open spaces and cemeteries.
Prepare and maintain a detailed inventory with descriptions of all areas described in Subsection A.
Review significant new projects or proposed significant changes involving the use, design, construction and management of the lands on which it makes recommendations to be submitted to the Town Board for consideration.
Review and make recommendations regarding the use of parks and open spaces and facilities thereon.
Provide a forum for public comment regarding parks and recreation issues and promote public awareness of the value of open spaces within the community.
Formulate rules, regulations and procedures necessary to conduct its own business, including the authority to set up subcommittees.
All significant issues involving parks or open spaces that come before any branch of Town government may be referred to the Committee for review and recommendation before they are approved.
The members of the Committee, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred, as allowed for in the budget.
The Committee shall provide an annual summary of its activities to the Town Board and the Board of Public Works not later than the first day of April of each year. The Committee shall also provide any special reports and recommendations as may be necessary.