[Adopted 3-6-2007 by Ord. No. 1390-07]
There is hereby established an Open Space Advisory Council, which shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor.
The Open Space Council shall be comprised of the following members:
Mayor or Mayor's designee;
One member of the Planning Board;
One member of the Environmental Commission;
One member of the Board of Recreation Commissioners;
Three Township residents ("Members at Large");
Two Township residents shall be appointed as alternate members to be designated as Alternate No. 1 and Alternate No. 2, respectively. The term of an alternate member shall be for two years. An alternate member may participate in meeting discussions, but may not vote except in the absence of a regular member.
[Amended 4-15-2014 by Ord. No. 1538-14]
Alternate No. 2 is hereby appointed and will have an initial term that will commence at the adoption of this ordinance and will expire on December 31, 2015. Thereafter, the appointment of Alternate No. 2 shall be for a two-year term to be staggered with the term of Alternate No. 1.
[Added 4-15-2014 by Ord. No. 1538-14]
Editor's Note: "This ordinance" refers to Ord. No. 1538-14, adopted 4-15-2014.
The member's term shall expire in conjunction with the initial term of his or her respective position on the Township Committee, Planning Board, Environmental Commission, or Board of Recreation Commissioners. The Members at Large shall serve staggered three-year terms; however, initially the term of one member shall expire December 31, 2007; the term of one member shall expire December 31, 2008; and the term of one member shall expire December 31, 2009. Subsequently, each appointment of a Member at Large shall be for a three-year term.
All members shall serve without compensation.
A vacancy on the Council occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Mayor.
The Mayor shall annually appoint officers (Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson) for the Open Space Advisory Council from the appointed members.
The Open Space Advisory Council shall hold public meetings, which public meetings shall be held in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, and the Council shall give appropriate notice of said meetings. The Council shall meet regularly on date or dates as determined by the members. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chairperson or Mayor with not less than seven days' notice in writing to all members.
Four members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of the Open Space Advisory Council conducting its business and exercising its powers and for all other purposes, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time until a quorum is obtained. When a quorum is in attendance, action may be taken by the Open Space Advisory Council upon the affirmative vote of the majority.
Any Council member may be removed during his or her term for cause upon affirmative vote of a majority of the Township Committee.
The Council may appoint nonvoting advisory members to the Council who have special abilities and expertise beneficial to the Council's objectives.
The Open Space Advisory Council shall prepare an "Open Space and Recreation Plan" subject to the Mayor and Township Committee's approval detailing which parcels of land should be acquired in fee and/or those parcels of land from which the Township should acquire only development rights.
The Open Space Advisory Council shall devise a plan and methodology for ranking properties subject to the Open Space and Recreation Plan. Based on this plan and methodology, the Open Space Advisory Council shall submit to the Mayor and Township Committee a prioritized list of properties to be acquired in fee and/or properties from which the Township should acquire only development rights. The initial prioritized list shall be filed with the Township Committee no later than October 31, 2007. Upon the Mayor and Township Committee's approval, the "Open Space and Recreation Plan" shall be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program no later than February 1, 2008.
The Open Space Advisory Council shall provide guidance and support to the Township Committee and Planning Board on issues and matters of open space. The Council shall help create, promote, and disseminate information regarding the preservation of open space within the Township. The Council may make recommendations to the Mayor and Township Committee regarding the hiring of any professionals.
The Open Space Advisory Council shall, on a yearly basis, provide an accounting as to the utilization and balance of funds available in the Open Space Trust Fund.