Municipality of Murrysville, PA
Westmoreland County
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Table of Contents
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The following boards and commissions are hereby created:
A. 
The Planning Commission.
B. 
The Zoning Hearing Board.
C. 
The Parks and Recreation Commission.
D. 
The Library Board.
E. 
The Environmental Advisory Council.
All appointments by Council to boards, commissions and authorities shall be in accordance with law and § C-47 of the Charter. All members holding office at the adoption of this code shall remain in office for the full terms for which they were appointed.
A. 
The following procedures shall comply with § C-47 of the Charter. All boards, commissions and authorities shall notify Council immediately when a vacancy occurs.
B. 
Council shall:
(1) 
Keep a master list of individuals who have expressed an interest in serving on boards, commissions and authorities, each name to be retained at least three years.
(2) 
Notify all individuals on the master list when a vacancy occurs in the area of their interest.
(3) 
Publish notice of all vacancies at least 14 days prior to filling them, and request that individuals apply.
(4) 
Publish the date for interviews of individuals interested in being appointed.
(5) 
Request the recommendations of the remaining members of the board, commission or authority in question.
(6) 
Interview all candidates.
C. 
Appointment by Council shall be in accordance with § 3-13 of this code. Any vacancy during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Any member of a board or commission once qualified and appointed may be removed from office, unless otherwise prohibited by law, for malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or for other just cause by an affirmative vote of four Council members taken after the member has received 15 days' notice of the intent to take such a vote. A hearing shall be held prior to the vote if the member shall request such a hearing in writing.
Each board and commission shall organize at the next regular meeting after its yearly appointments, unless otherwise required by law. Each organization shall elect its own chairman and vice chairman, except the Environmental Advisory Council, whose chairman shall be designated by Council in accordance with the Act of December 21, 1973, P.L. 425, No. 148,[1] and create and fill such other offices as it may determine. Officers shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves. Each organization may make and alter bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures consistent with ordinances and law. Each organization shall keep a full record of its business and expenses and shall annually make a written report by March 1 of each year of its activities of the previous year to Council. Interim reports may be made as often as may be necessary or as requested by Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 11501 et seq.
No board or commission other than the Library Board shall have the authority to spend municipal funds unless provided for in the budget; specifically approved by the Chief Administrator or a member of the administrative staff authorized to do so by the Chief Administrator; and subsequently approved by Council. No organization shall have the power to enter into contracts unless otherwise provided by this code or law.
A. 
Function. The Planning Commission shall advise Council, the Mayor and the Planning Department upon all matters related to planning and development in the Municipality. It shall function as the planning agency for the Municipality in all matters prescribed by law which are not assigned by this code to the Planning Department.
B. 
Membership and terms. The Planning Commission shall consist of seven individuals. The term of each member of the Commission shall be for four years or until his successor is appointed and qualified; provided, however, that the terms of any new members shall be so fixed that no more than two Planning Commission members shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year. All of the members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of the Municipality. At least five of the members of the Planning Commission shall be citizen members. The members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.
[Amended 11-7-2001 by Ord. No. 585-01.
C. 
Powers and duties.
(1) 
The Planning Commission shall have the power and shall be required to:
(a) 
Prepare and update the Comprehensive Plan for development of the Municipality as set forth in Act 247 and present it for the consideration of Council.
(b) 
Maintain and keep on file records of its actions. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of Council.
(c) 
Make recommendations to Council concerning the adoption or amendment of official maps.
(d) 
Prepare and present to Council a zoning ordinance and make recommendations to Council on proposed amendments to it as set forth in Act 247.
(e) 
Prepare and present to Council subdivision and land development and planned residential development ordinances and make recommendations to Council on proposed amendments to it as set forth in Act 247.
(f) 
Hold public hearings and meetings as required by law.
(g) 
Require from other departments and units of the Municipality such available information as relates to the work of the Planning Commission.
(h) 
In the performance of its function, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner.
(2) 
The Planning Commission, at the request of Council, may:
(a) 
Prepare and present to Council a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
(b) 
Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by Act 247.
(c) 
Promote public interest in and understanding of the Comprehensive Plan and planning.
(d) 
Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
(3) 
In the performance of its powers and duties, any act or recommendation of the Planning Commission which involves engineering consideration shall be subject to the review and comments of the Director of the Department of Engineering, which comments shall be incorporated and separately set forth in any report, written act or recommendation of the Planning Commission.
The Zoning Hearing Board shall be created and operate in accordance with Ordinance No. 110-75, as amended,[1] and Act 247.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 220, Zoning.
A. 
Function. The Parks and Recreation Commission shall make recommendations to Council, the Mayor and the Chief Administrator pertaining to recreation programs and the purchase, development, maintenance, proposed uses, supervision and regulation of public park and recreation areas and facilities located in the Municipality.
B. 
Membership and terms. The Park Commission shall consist of seven individuals. Six of such members shall be appointed by Council in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 3-37 of this code. The term of each member of the Commission shall be for three years or until his successor is appointed and qualified. The terms shall be so fixed that the terms of two such members shall expire each year. In addition to the six members appointed as described above, the School Board of the Franklin Regional Schools shall have the right to recommend annually to the Council for appointment to the Commission a duly elected or appointed member of the School Board or an employee of the Franklin Regional School District; provided, however, that any individual so recommended shall have been a resident of the Municipality for at least six months. Council shall appoint such individual to the Commission unless good cause is shown why such appointment shall not be made, in which event the School Board may recommend another qualified individual. Upon the failure of the School Board to recommend one of its qualified members for appointment, Council may appoint any resident of the Municipality for the one-year term, or remainder thereof, in accordance with § 3-37 of this code. No member of the Commission shall receive any compensation for his services, but he shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of his duties.
[Amended 11-18-1991 by Ord. No. 303-91; 2-1-1993 by Ord. No. 351-93]
C. 
Duties. The duties of the Parks and Recreation Commission shall be to:
(1) 
Act in an advisory capacity in matters relating to parks and recreation.
(2) 
Cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups to advance the development of parks and recreation programs in the Municipality.
(3) 
Recommend policies pertaining to all municipal parks and recreation matters within the Municipality.
(4) 
Define the objectives of public park and recreation services and recommend plans and general policies harmonizing with them.
(5) 
Make recommendations concerning a comprehensive system of recreation and park areas, facilities and programs to meet the needs of residents of the Municipality.
(6) 
Review and make recommendations concerning problems of development of recreation areas, facilities, programs and improved recreation services.
(7) 
Make recommendations on rules and regulations and practices concerning the utilization of programs and facilities and the schedule of fees for programs and facilities.
(8) 
Maintain and update annually a master plan of parks, recreation areas and facilities within the Municipality, and such plan shall include parks or recreation areas or facilities which may have been laid out but not opened.
(9) 
Provide to Council and the Mayor an annual report which shall include but not be limited to a budget and an analysis of the community recreation areas, facilities and leadership within the Municipality with particular reference to the extent and adequacy of its programs and its effectiveness in view of the public expenditures involved and public needs to be met.
(10) 
Hold public meetings for citizen input.
D. 
Review and recommendations regarding proposed recreation and park areas. All subdivision plans hereafter proposed which contain areas for public parks shall, in addition to meeting requirements of ordinances and law, be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Commission for review and recommendations regarding the parks therein contained. The location of existing parks, recreation areas and facilities shall not be altered without the review and recommendations of the Commission. No map or plot plan of or showing a proposed park, playground, recreational area or facility shall be approved for recording by the Municipality without review and recommendations by the Commission.
A. 
Function. The Library Board shall be the policy-forming body of the Murrysville Community Library and shall be responsible for the management of the library and the promotion of library interests.
B. 
Membership and terms. The Library Board shall consist of seven individuals. The term of each member of the Board shall be for three years or until his successor is appointed and qualified. The terms of the members shall be so fixed that no more than three shall expire in any given year. The members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
[Amended 4-22-1980 by Ord. No. 57-80]
C. 
Duties. The duties of the Library Board shall be to:
(1) 
Select and appoint all library personnel and establish rules and regulations governing their employment.
(2) 
Disburse and have exclusive control over all moneys appropriated for the establishment and/or maintenance of the library and all moneys, if any, received from other sources for library use.
(3) 
Present an annual report to Council as required by 53 P.S. § 3501 et seq.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See now 24 P.S. §§ 4401 to 4412.
(4) 
Adopt reasonable rules and regulations governing the use and service of the library.
(5) 
Exclude from the use of the library any person who willfully violates such rules.
(6) 
Extend the privileges of the library to persons residing outside the limits of the Municipality upon such terms and conditions as the Library Board may prescribe.
(7) 
Control the property and equipment of the library.
Pursuant to the authority conferred on the Municipality by Act of December 12, 1973, P.L. 425, No. 148,[1] there is hereby created an Environmental Advisory Council.
A. 
Function. The Environmental Advisory Council shall advise local governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Planning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Council and the Mayor, on matters dealing with environmental impact statements and with protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources, located within the Municipality.
B. 
Membership and terms. The Environmental Advisory Council shall consist of seven individuals appointed by Council. The term of each member shall be for three years or until his successor is appointed and qualified. The terms of the members shall be so fixed that 1/3 of the membership shall expire each year. The members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
[Amended 2-19-2003 by Ord. No. 628-03.]
C. 
Duties. The duties of the Environmental Advisory Council shall be to:
(1) 
Identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Municipality.
(2) 
Make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the Municipality.
(3) 
Promote community environmental programs.
(4) 
Keep an index of all open areas publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas.
(5) 
Advise in the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease in matters dealing with the purposes of this organization.
(6) 
Advise the Planning Commission on matters relating to environmental impact statements referred to in § 3-64 of this code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 11501 et seq.
[Added 6-6-2007 by Ord. No. 741-07]
A. 
Function. As established by Resolution 486-05, as amended, the Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to Council regarding the administration and future revision of those components of Murrysville's traffic impact fee program, as set forth in Ordinance 718-06, Murrysville Traffic Impact Fee Ordinance, and codified as Chapter 135, Impact Fees. The Committee shall be organized and function as authorized and required by Section 504A of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247, as reenacted and amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10504.
B. 
Membership and terms. The Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee shall consist of the Murrysville Planning Commission, with up to four additional appointees to serve as ad hoc voting members in a manner that guarantees that a minimum of 40% of the resulting total membership are representatives of the real estate, commercial and residential development and building industries. Any ad hoc member appointed shall meet the preceding qualifications and shall conduct business within or be a resident of the Municipality. Terms of ad hoc members shall be for four years or until a successor is appointed and qualified and initially staggered such that no more than one term expires each year as follows:
(1) 
An interim term expires December 31, 2007. Thereafter, consecutive four-year terms shall control commencing January 1, 2008. The first full term commences January 1, 2008, and expires December 31, 2011.
(2) 
An interim term expires December 31, 2008. Thereafter, consecutive four-year terms shall control commencing January 1, 2009. The first full term commences January 1, 2009, and expires December 31, 2012.
(3) 
An interim term expires December 31, 2009. Thereafter, consecutive four-year terms shall control commencing January 1, 2010. The first full term commences January 1, 2010, and expires December 31, 2013.
(4) 
An interim term expires December 31, 2010. Thereafter, consecutive four-year terms shall control commencing January 1, 2011. The first full term commences January 1, 2011, and expires December 31, 2014.
C. 
Duties. Duties of the Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee are:
(1) 
To make recommendations with respect to land use assumptions, the development of comprehensive road improvements and impact fees.
(2) 
To make recommendations to approve, disapprove or modify a capital improvement program by preparing a written report containing these recommendations to the municipality.
(3) 
To monitor and evaluate the implementation of a capital improvement program and the assessment of impact fees and report annually to the municipality with respect to the same.
(4) 
To advise the municipality of the need to revise or update the land use assumptions, capital improvement program or impact fees.
(5) 
Any other duties or functions referred by Council or defined by ordinance or resolution.
D. 
All reviews, reports, and recommendations, based on consideration of data provided by the Municipality's Traffic Engineer, Municipal Engineer, Community Development Director, and other applicable Boards and Commissions, shall be made and provided to Council.
E. 
Effective date. This section shall become effective upon Council's appointment of ad hoc members deemed sufficient by Council to provide for the 40% membership representation of industries outlined in Subsection B of this section.