[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Union as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-4]
Whereas, the Board of Supervisors ("Board") of the Township of Union, Berks County, Pennsylvania ("Township") deems it to be in the best interest and the general welfare of the citizens and residents of the Township to be advised as to environmental issues within the Township, protection and preservation of natural resources within the Township, possible uses of open land in the Township, and creation of inventories of natural areas with unique features within the Township; and
Whereas, § 1506 of the Second-Class Township Code, Act of May 1, 1933, P.L. 103, No. 69, as amended by the Act of Nov. 9, 1995, P.L. 350, No. 60, found at 53 P.S. § 66506, entitled "General Powers," authorizes the Board to make and adopt ordinances necessary for the proper management, care, and control of the Township and the maintenance of peace, good government, health and welfare of the Township; and
Whereas, § 11501 of the Act of Dec. 21, 1973, P.L. 425, No. 148, Chapter 30C, Environmental Advisory Councils, authorizes the governing body of any township to establish, by ordinance, an Environmental Advisory Council to advise other local government agencies, including, but not limited to, the planning commission, the park and recreation board, and elected officials, on matters dealing with the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources, located within its territorial limits.
An advisory council to be known as the Union Township Environmental Advisory Council ("Council") is hereby created and shall continue to function until this ordinance is repealed.
The Council shall be composed of five residents of the Township.
Council members shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedures:
All Council members shall be appointed by the Board.
Council members' terms of office shall expire on the first Monday in January following the last year of their term of office.
Duly appointed Council members shall serve a term of three years, except that initial appointments shall be so staggered that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the Council members shall expire each year.
Whenever possible, one Council member shall also be a member of the Township Planning Commission.
All members are to comply with the Pennsylvania Ethics Law, Act 170 of 1978, as amended, and the conflict of interest policies under the bylaws of the Berks County EAC.
Council members shall receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties, with the approval of the Board.
The Council shall be advisory to, and shall coordinate its activities with, the Board, the Township Planning Commission, the Township park and recreation board, and other local governmental boards and agencies.
The members of the Council shall designate the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Council.
The Council shall have the following powers:
Identify environmental issues affecting the Township, affecting the areas surrounding the Township, and affecting the Township's residents.
Recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for promotion and conservation of natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Township and the areas surrounding the Township.
Make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas within the Township.
Promote a community environmental program.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including, but not limited to, flood-prone areas, swamps, and unique natural areas.
Advise the appropriate local governmental agencies in the acquisition of real property within the Township.
Undertake such environmental tasks as requested by the Board, and/or propose environmental issues that the Council considers to be significant to be undertaken within the community.
The Council shall operate in accordance with the resolution concerning the Council, as approved and amended from time to time by the Board, and shall not exercise any powers conferred by law upon a commonwealth agency.
The Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Board which shall be made publicly available. Minutes of each meeting of the Council shall be forwarded to the Board.
The Board may, from time to time, appropriate funds for expenses to be incurred by the Council.