[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 3-3-1988 as Ord. No. 1988-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees — See Ch. 132.
There is hereby created a Shade Tree Commission which, pursuant to this chapter and N.J.S.A. 40:64-1 et seq., shall exercise the functions, powers and duties prescribed by said statute and this chapter. The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Mayor who shall be residents of the municipality and shall serve without compensation.
The first Commissioners shall be appointed within sixty (60) days after the ordinance providing for the Commission shall become effective, and their terms of office shall commence upon the day of their appointment and be for the following periods:
The above terms shall be calculated from January 1, 1989. The term of each appointee shall be designated in his appointment.
All subsequent appointments, except to fill vacancies, shall be for the full term of five (5) years, to take effect on January 1.
The Commission shall advise and assist the Mayor and Council with respect to the selection, planting, care, culture, trimming and development of shade trees in the township. It shall develop and recommend to the Mayor and Council a suitable shade tree program for the township.
It shall be the responsibility of the Shade Tree Commission to study, investigate, counsel and develop and update annually and administer the Master Plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the Mayor and Township Council and, upon its acceptance and approval, shall constitute the Official Comprehensive Tree Plan for Florence Township, State of New Jersey. The Shade Tree Commission, when requested by the Mayor and Township Council, shall consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter or question coming within the scope of its work.
The Shade Tree Commission shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations and keep a journal of its proceedings.