[Adopted 10-27-1993 by Ord. No. 93-30 as Ch. 10, Art. VI, of the 1993 Code]
The Township of Manalapan 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).
Commission shall consist of seven members and two alternates appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township of Manalapan. The members and alternates shall serve without compensation, except as hereinafter provided. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.
The member shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The alternates shall be appointed for two-year terms with the first terms expiring on December 31, 1987. The Mayor shall designate at the time of appointment one alternate as the first alternate and the other as the second alternate.
The Mayor or Township Committee may remove any member or alternate of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Environmental Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of Manalapan. The Commission shall have the 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 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 that the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Committee.