[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge 7-6-1976 by Ord. No. 666. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 as amended and supplemented, there is hereby established in and for the Borough of River Edge an Environmental Commission to be known as "The Borough of River Edge Environmental Commission."
The Commission shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the Mayor. One member shall also be a member of the Borough of River Edge Planning Board, and all members shall be residents of the Borough. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairperson and presiding officer of the Commission. One member shall also be a member of the Borough of River Edge’s Zoning Board.
[Amended 2-1-1999 by Ord. No. 1242; 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 1559]
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, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The first members of the Commission shall be appointed for the following terms: three members for the term expiring one year from the date of appointment; two members for the term expiring two years from the date of appointment; two members for the term expiring three years from the date of appointment.
The Mayor or Borough Council 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 expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
Members of said Commission shall serve without compensation.
The Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the borough 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. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open lands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
In addition thereto, the Commission shall have power to 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.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Borough Council.
[Added 9-21-1992 by Ord. No. 1056]
Appointment. The governing body of the Borough of River Edge shall provide for the appointment of not more than two alternate members. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the authority appointing them as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2."
Terms. The term of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the term of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2 so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term only.
An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which he has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest. An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the governing body for cause.
Powers and authority. An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.