[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 11-3-1969 by Ord. No. 254; amended in its entirety 4-4-1977 by Ord. No. 8-77 (Ch. 24A of the 1967 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Regarding former Ch. 24A and Ord. No. 254, this ordinance provided as follows: "It is recognized that under the old ordinance and statute a Conservation Commission has heretofore been created and established in the Township of Jefferson. Therefore, in accordance with this ordinance, the name is changed to "Environmental Commission," and all of the present members of Conservation Commission are hereby deemed to be members of the Environmental Commission.
There is hereby created and established an Environmental Commission, in and for the Township of Jefferson, for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within its territorial limits.
The Commission shall consist of seven members and two alternate members to be appointed by the Mayor. One regular member shall also be a member of the Township Land Use Board, and all members shall be residents of the Township of Jefferson.
[Amended 4-19-1989 by Ord. No. 3-89; 12-18-2019 by Ord. No. 19-28]
The members 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 terms of office of the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments, so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
The Mayor or governing body of the municipality may remove any member 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 the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the powers of appointment and removal hereby accorded to the Mayor of the Township of Jefferson shall be vested in the elected official so designated or, where there is a vacancy in the office of Mayor, in the duly designated Acting Mayor.
Alternate members. The two alternate members appointed by the Mayor shall serve during the absence or disqualification of any regular member. Such alternate member shall meet the same qualifications as any regular member. The Mayor shall designate one alternate to be Alternate No. 1 and one alternate to be designated as Alternate No. 2. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote. The initial terms of such alternate members shall be one and two years respectively. All subsequent appointments of alternates, except to fill vacancies, shall be for a period of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors, beginning the first day of January of the first year of the term.
[Added 4-19-1989 by Ord. No. 3-89]
The Environmental 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.
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.
Establish rules, policy and procedures for conducting its meetings and obtaining its purposes.
Keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson.
Select from its own members a Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Commission 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 Land Use Board or to the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson plans and programs for inclusion in a Municipal Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
[Amended 12-18-2019 by Ord. No. 19-28]
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township of Jefferson 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 of Jefferson.
The Township Council of the Township of Jefferson may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Environmental Commission.
The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require, provided that they shall be within the limits of funds appropriated for such purposes by the Township Council.