Town of Thompson, NY
Sullivan County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Thompson 7-7-1981 by L.L. No. 5-1981 as Ch. A128, Art. I of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
The preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the Town of Thompson, in the face of population growth, urbanization and technologic change, with their accompanying demands on natural resources, are found to be of increasing and vital importance to the health, welfare and economic well-being of present and future inhabitants and require forthright action by the governing body of the Town of Thompson. It is recognized that the biologic integrity of the natural environment on which man is dependent for survival and the natural and functional beauty of our surroundings which condition the quality of our life experience cannot be protected without the full cooperation and participation of all the people of the Town working in partnership with local and state officials and with various public and private institutions, agencies and organizations. Establishment of a council for conservation of the environment is a necessary step in fostering unified action on environmental problems.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
The Town Board of the Town of Thompson hereby creates a council, which shall be known as the "Town of Thompson Conservation Advisory Council."
A. 
The Council shall consist of five members, of whom five shall be appointed by the Town Board and shall serve at the pleasure of said Town Board. Persons residing within the Town of Thompson who are interested in the improvement and preservation of the environmental quality shall be eligible for appointment as a member of the Council. Vacancies on the Council shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term. Not more than one person in the sixteen- to twenty-one-year-old age group may be appointed.
[Amended 5-7-1985 by L.L. No. 2-1985; 5-6-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
B. 
The Town Supervisor, the Chairman of the Planning Board, the Chairman of the Town Park Commission and other officials that may be hereafter designated by the Town Board shall be ex officio members of the Council.
[Amended 6-1-2010 by L.L. No. 5-2010]
A. 
The Town Board shall designate a member of the Council to act as Chairman thereof. At the first meeting of the Council, its members shall elect from among themselves a Recording Secretary. The Council shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report as provided in § 6-6 of this chapter.
B. 
All members or alternate members appointed to the Council by the Town Board shall regularly attend all meetings as scheduled.
C. 
Failure of any member or alternate member to attend 75% of the scheduled meetings in a calendar year shall be cause for his or her removal from the Council for noncompliance with the minimum requirements relating to meeting attendance.
D. 
Any member or alternate member who does not meet the minimum attendance requirements may be removed by the Town Board for cause. Said member shall be entitled to a hearing before the Town Board, at his or her request, prior to said removal. The Board may use its discretion to strictly construe the attendance requirements should it so choose, or may find good cause to excuse certain absences in determining whether to remove any members of the Council under this section.
E. 
Schedule of meetings.
[Added 5-6-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
(1) 
Meetings of the Conservation Advisory Council shall be scheduled on an as-needed basis upon the request of the Town Board, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals should certain issues arise that said Board(s) wants advisory opinions on.
(2) 
The Conservation Advisory Council Chairman shall have the authority within his or her discretion to schedule meetings of the Advisory Council on an as-needed basis should same be deemed necessary.
The powers and duties of the Council shall be to:
A. 
Advise the Town Board on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features and conditions of the Town insofar as beauty, quality, biologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned and, in the case of man's activities and developments, with regard to any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long-range value of the environment to the people of the Town.
B. 
Develop and, after receiving general approval by resolution of the Town Board, conduct a program of public information in the community, which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
C. 
Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and man-made features within the Town of Thompson and such other studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry out the general purpose of this chapter.
D. 
Maintain an up-to-date inventory or index of all open spaces in public or private ownership within the municipality, including but not limited to natural landmarks; glacial and other geomorphic or physiographic features; streams and their floodplains, swamps, marshlands and other wetlands; unique biotic communities; and scenic and other open areas of natural or ecological value and of the ownership, present use and proposed use of such open areas, so as to provide a base of information for recommendation by the Council for their preservation and/or use.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
E. 
Seek to coordinate, assist and unify the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals within the Town of Thompson in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
F. 
Maintain liaison and communications with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or which can be of assistance to the Council.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
G. 
Working in cooperation with the Planning Board, recommend from time to time to the Town Board features, plans and programs relating to environmental improvement for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan of the Town of Thompson and, similarly, recommend to the Town Board appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws and ordinances relating to environmental control or recommend new local laws and ordinances.
H. 
Prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
I. 
Obtain and maintain, in orderly fashion, maps, reports, books and other publications to support the necessary researches of the Council into local environmental conditions.
J. 
When authorized by resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Thompson, accept, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or otherwise, property, both real and personal, in the name of the Town of Thompson, as may be necessary to conserve and otherwise properly utilize open spaces and other land and water resources within the boundaries of the Town of Thompson. Such real property may be accepted in fee for land and water rights or as any lesser interest, development right, easement, including conservation easement, covenant or other contractual right, including conveyance with limitations or reversions. Purchases may be effected in accordance with the provisions of existing laws as applicable.
K. 
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Town Board.
The Council shall submit an annual report to the Town Board, not later than the first day of March of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Council and, from time to time, shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.
The members of the Council, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties within the appropriations made available therefor. The Town Board of the Town of Thompson may appropriate funds for expenses incurred by the Council, including but not limited to expenses for professional staff, consultants, clerical assistance and printing and distribution of publications. The Council shall prepare and submit an annual budget request in the manner prescribed by the Town Board. The Town Board, upon request by the Council, also may, from time to time and for designated purposes, assign or detail public employees to perform work for the Council.
This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the powers of the Town of Thompson to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment on behalf of the present and future inhabitants thereof. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.