[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Port Chester 11-16-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be created in the Village of Port Chester a Traffic Commission consisting of five members.
The Mayor and Board of Trustees shall appoint five members to the Traffic Commission for terms of three years, said terms to be staggered. The members first appointed shall be appointed one for a one-year term, two for a term of two years, and two for a term of three years. All terms shall commence January 1, 1971, and their successors shall likewise be appointed each for the term of three years. Vacancies in the Traffic Commission shall likewise be filled for the unexpired portion of such term. The Commission shall elect its Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary from among its own members.
Serving as ex officio members of the Commission shall be the Traffic Sergeant of the Police Department, Corporation Counsel and members of the Board of Trustees who shall be Chairman of the Police Committee and Finance Committee.
The purposes and duties of the Commission shall be to:
Collect and compile traffic data and engineering studies and surveys in regard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the village.
Prepare and submit to the Mayor and Board of Trustees detailed reports regarding traffic conditions in the village.
Make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees regarding methods and proposals to ameliorate traffic conditions which adversely affect the welfare of the village.
Submit to the Mayor and Board of Trustees for consideration specific proposals for amendments to ordinances, rules and regulations of the village and village agencies which affect traffic conditions in the village and proposed legislation which the Commission deems necessary, proper or needful to implement and effectuate its proposals.
Prepare and submit to the Mayor and Board of Trustees for consideration and forwarding to other appropriate agencies and departments of the village, recommendations and proposals in regard to the improvement of existing streets, street widening and the location of new streets, avenues and highways; the location and the establishment of off-street public parking areas and garages; and of off-street loading and unloading parking facilities; and other matters relating to traffic control.
Coordinate the efforts of and consider the reports, recommendations and suggestions of public and private agencies and civic groups or citizens in regard to traffic conditions and traffic control in the village.
Collaborate with other village departments and agencies in promoting traffic safety and the free movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the village.
Obtain and consider analyses of traffic accidents with a view toward determining their causes and means for their prevention.
Study and recommend to the Mayor and Board of Trustees for consideration and forwarding by them to other agencies of the village, the location and use of street parking meters for regulation of traffic.
Make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees and to other appropriate village agencies as to the location and erection of traffic signs, signals, markings and devices, and as to the type and intensity of illumination of streets and highways.
Prepare and submit to the Mayor and Board of Trustees a proposed comprehensive village traffic plan and any proposed modification thereto from time to time.
To exercise such other and further powers as may from time to time be delegated to it by law, ordinance or resolution of the Board of Trustees.
The Traffic Commission shall hold stated meetings at least once monthly and at such other times as the Traffic Commission may determine. The Chairman may call special meetings. Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Such stated meetings may be attended by any citizen who gives advance notice of intention to attend, in order to present matters or suggestions for consideration of the Commission, and further provided that any such suggestion or proposal is placed on the agenda of the Commission for discussion at such stated meeting. Staff studies and work for the Commission shall be performed by the Village Engineer, the Traffic Sergeant of the Police Department, and one other person to be appointed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees. The Mayor and Board of Trustees shall appoint one of said staff members as Staff Coordinator. The staff member appointed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees shall attend the meetings of the Traffic Commission, and the staff as a whole shall be responsible for the initiation, study and report of matters comprehended within its supervision. The Commission may engage traffic engineers or other expert assistance on a consulting basis to supplement such staff when necessary to effect the Commission's duties, subject however to the prior approval of the Board of Trustees.