[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sag Harbor 11-5-1991 by L.L. No. 10-1991 (Ch. 21 of the 1968 Compilation). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees finds that the waterfront, the harbor and adjacent local waters are a most vital financial asset to the Village and of extreme importance to the social, economic and cultural well-being of Village residents and visitors alike and that the quality of all local waters must be protected and preserved to the maximum practical extent to ensure continuation and enhancement of the benefits derived therefrom both for now and for future generations. It is the intent of this chapter to establish procedures which will provide assurance that the Village administration is made aware of all on-going and pending activities which may have an adverse impact on the quality of local waters and of all opportunities for improvement of the quality of these waters so that proper, adequate and timely action may be taken to preserve the water quality and, thereby, the quality of life in the area.
A Harbor Committee is hereby established, consisting of five members to be appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. The first appointments shall be for terms so fixed that two will expire at the end of the current official year, two will expire at the end of the next succeeding official year, and one will expire at the end of the next succeeding official year. Succeeding appointments shall be for three-year terms. All members shall be residents of the Village.
Residents of other communities bordering on the local waters may be designated adjunct members by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, when it is deemed advisable to add special expertise or an area of interest to the Committee. Such designations shall be for a term of one official year and shall expire at the end of each official year. Adjunct members may participate in Committee discussions but shall not have a vote.
The Mayor, with the consent of the Board of Trustees, may remove any member with cause after a public hearing.
If a vacancy shall occur other than by expiration of a member's term, it shall be filled by an interim appointment by the Mayor for the remainder of the former member's unexpired term.
The Mayor shall designate a Chairman of the Committee. Such designation shall be for a term of one official year and shall expire at the end of each official year. The Committee shall designate a Vice Chairman and a Secretary for terms as specified above for the Chairman. The Secretary may or may not be a member of the Committee but shall not have a vote if not a member.
[Added 4-3-2001 by L.L. No. 3-2001]
The Mayor, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, may appoint up to two alternate members to the Committee for the purpose of substituting for a member when such member is unable to participate due to conflict of interest, illness or unavailability. The alternate members shall serve for a term of one year.
The Chairperson of the Committee may designate an alternate member to substitute for a member when such member is unable to participate because of conflict of interest, illness or unavailability. When so designated, the alternate member shall possess the powers and responsibilities of such member of the Committee. The designation shall be entered into the minutes of the initial Committee meeting at which such designation is made.
The Committee shall normally meet monthly. Such date and time shall be determined by the Harbor Committee. Additional special meetings may be held when necessary at the call of the Chairman or of any three Committee members. All meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public.
The Committee shall adopt rules of procedure as it may deem necessary for performance of its duties.
All decisions of the Committee shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of the full Committee. A quorum shall consist of three members.
The duties and responsibilities of the Committee shall include:
Monitoring all activities and reviewing all appropriate applications and proposals which may affect local waters to make an early identification of any which might have an adverse impact on water quality and to ensure conformance with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).
Maintaining liaison with other appropriate government and civic bodies so that full advantage may be taken of the efforts of others and cooperation may be extended for the mutual advantage of all concerned.
Being alert for funding programs which may make moneys available for water-quality-related activities and/or for implementation of other Committee recommendations.
Making timely and appropriate comments and recommendations to the Mayor, Board of Trustees and other Village boards so that they may take timely and effective action to preserve and protect local waters.
Taking maximum practical advantage of opportunities to make the general public more fully aware of steps they can take to help preserve and protect local waters.
Making recommendations to the Board of Trustees with respect to revising and updating the LWRP.