Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[Adopted 11-19-1985 by Ord. No. 85-84]
There is hereby established an Environmental Commission, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1. The Environmental Commission shall be responsible for the protection, development and use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the Township of Stafford.
[Amended 3-15-1988 by Ord. No. 88-25]
A. 
The Environmental Commission shall consist of seven regular members and two alternate members, designated as Alternate No. 1 and Alternate No. 2, appointed by the Mayor of the Township of Stafford. The Mayor shall designate one of the members of the Environmental Commission to serve as Chairperson and presiding officer.
[Amended 1-16-1990 by Ord. No. 90-07]
B. 
The Mayor shall have the right to appoint a Citizens' Advisory Committee to the Environmental Commission. The Citizens' Advisory Committee shall consist of up to 15 members, appointed by the Mayor of the Township of Stafford. The members of the Citizens' Advisory Committee shall not considered members of the Environmental Commission, but rather an advisory committee to the Environmental Commission. The Citizens' Advisory Committee shall, as directed by the Environmental Commission, assist the Environmental Commission in its work and perform such other functions as directed and authorized by the Environmental Commission.
[Amended 1-16-1990 by Ord. No. 90-07]
A. 
The initial terms of office for the first members of the Commission shall be as follows: two members for one year, two members for two years and three members for three years. As the term of each member on the Commission expires, his successor shall be appointed for a term of three years. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
B. 
The terms of office for the alternate members of the Commission shall be two years, except that the terms 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 Mayor for the unexpired term only.
The Mayor or governing body of the Township may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon a member. The member shall be entitled to a hearing and shall be entitled to be represented by counsel.
The Environmental Commission shall:
A. 
Formulate such recommendations to the Township Council concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscaping protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and the protection of flora and fauna.
B. 
Initiate studies concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscaping protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and the protection of flora and fauna.
C. 
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and make recommendations to the Planning Board and governing body concerning the same.
D. 
Keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body.
E. 
Subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the municipality by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift.