[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Somers 7-12-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A citizens committee, called the "Somers Archaeological Resources Advisory Committee" (SARAC), hereinafter the "Committee," is hereby formed to advise the Town Board and other Somers official boards and agencies concerning the probable location, extent and type of archaeological resources existing in the Town of Somers, including recommendations for identifying and preserving them.
A primary charge of the Committee is to prepare the criteria to be used by approval authorities and other town boards and authorities in assessing archaeological resource impact in subdivision applications, site plans, draft environmental impact statements and other land use plans and applications coming before the Town of Somers, from the point of view of identifying, documenting, evaluating and preserving any significant archaeological resources.
Another primary charge of the Committee is to develop an archaeological resources map of the Town of Somers which is to be used by all appropriate approval authorities involved in land use decisions.
The Committee shall consist of no more than seven (7) members, at least one (1) of whom shall be a professional archaeologist or an amateur archaeologist having at least fifteen (15) years of field experience or commitment to the field of identifying and preserving the artifacts of our prehistory. Members shall serve for two (2) years, except initially four (4) members shall be appointed for two-year terms and three (3) members shall be appointed for one-year terms.
The Committee shall be empowered to recommend changes to this chapter to the Town Board after thorough discussion and review in order to fine-tune the Committee's charter.
The Committee shall draft and adopt its own bylaws and procedures, which bylaws and procedures shall be subject to approval by the Town Board before adoption by the Committee, and, further, the Committee shall draft and adopt the structure and content of an archaeological resource impact assessment and report.
The Committee shall hold regular meetings, which meetings shall be advertised and conducted in conformance with the New York State open meetings laws.
Editor's Note: See, for example, Art. 7 of the Public Officers Law.
[Amended 5-17-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
The Committee shall meet with the Town Board, the Planning Board and the Open Space Committee (OSC) from time to time, in order to apprise the Town of the activity of the Committee.
The Committee shall prepare, annually, a report of its activities and accomplishments and submit the same at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Board.
The Committee shall prepare a budget for Town Board approval in September of each year, which budget shall list its forecasted expenses for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Committee shall schedule its meetings on the official town calendar.