[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Radnor 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 96-37; amended in its entirety 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an advisory council to be known as the "Radnor Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC)."
The EAC shall consist of seven at-large members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, provided that there shall be six at-large members during the period that begins 31 days following the effective date of this chapter and that ends on December 31, 2008. In addition, at the discretion of the Council, there may be up to four nonvoting liaisons with one each representing the Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Board of Health, and Shade Tree Commission.
The term for members of the EAC shall be four years.
The term of any EAC member who, as of the effective date of this chapter, is an at-large member shall be automatically extended for one year. The term of any EAC member who, as of the effective date of this amendment, is a representative of another board or commission shall cease 31 days following said effective date, except the term of the representative of the Planning Commission shall cease as of December 31, 2008.
All members of the EAC shall be residents and electors of the Township. Members shall have demonstrated training, experience or interest in the field of environmental sciences or related fields.
Vacancies on the EAC shall be filled by the Board of Commissioners.
The EAC shall have the following duties:
To serve as a clearinghouse for information and a forum for inquiries and issues of an environmental nature from citizens and any other Township Board and to assist in answering the inquiry and/or resolving the issue presented.
When requested, to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Board, and any other board or commission and the Township staff on rezoning, subdivision and land development applications and other matters dealing with the protection, promotion, conservation, management, and use of natural resources, including but not limited to air, land and water resources, flood hazard districts, wetlands, groundwater, recharge areas, steep slopes, woodlands, and streams.
When requested or necessary, to recommend plans and programs, including amendments to the Code of Radnor Township, to the appropriate agencies for identification and resolution of environmental problems, promotion and conservation of natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within Radnor Township.
To encourage voluntary environmental programs and community participation therein.
To undertake such other environmental tasks as requested by the Board of Commissioners.
The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the EAC shall be members of and selected by the full Council and shall serve for terms of one year.
The EAC shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report which shall be made known and available to the public. Minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners and to other boards and commissions as the Chair or Council shall designate.
The EAC is authorized to receive assistance from other governmental entities. Assistance from the Township staff may be sought by appropriate inquiry through the Township Manager's Office.
The EAC is further authorized explore sources of funding, including but not limited to grants and gifts, for environmental and other EAC-sponsored projects. The Council shall consult with the Township Manager regarding the receipt of funding from sources other an the Township and the Manager shall refer all such inquiries to the Board of Commissioners.