[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bradford Woods 2-8-1999 by Ord. No. 363. Amendments noted where applicable.]
An advisory council, to be known as the “Bradford Woods Borough Environmental and Parks Advisory Council” (hereinafter the "EPAC"), is hereby established to advise other Borough agencies on matters dealing with protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Borough.
The EPAC shall be composed of five residents of the Borough. One member of EPAC shall also be a member of Borough Council and shall be appointed by Council annually. The other four members of EPAC shall be appointed by Borough Council for terms of three years each, which terms shall expire on the first Monday in January following the last year of each member's term of office; provided, however, that two of the initial appointments hereunder shall serve until the first Monday of January 2000, and the other two shall serve until the first Monday of January 2001.
Members of the EPAC shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
Borough Council shall designate the Chairman of the EPAC on an annual basis.
Any vacancy which may occur in the membership of the EPAC shall be filled by Borough Council.
The EPAC shall have the following powers:
To identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the territorial limits of the Borough;
To make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the Borough, including without limitation Borough park areas;
To promote a community environmental program;
To keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas;
To advise the appropriate local governmental agencies in the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, easement, devise or lease, in matters dealing with the purposes of this chapter;
To maintain liaison with the State Conservation Commission of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Secretary of Community Affairs of the Department of State, and other municipal, state or federal agencies, to utilize available assistance and information in furtherance of the environmental purposes for which the EPAC has been created; and
To undertake such environmentally related tasks as requested by Borough Council.
The EPAC shall not exercise any powers or perform any duties which by law are conferred or imposed upon an agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The EPAC shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report thereof to Borough Council.
Borough Council may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the EPAC upon the prior request of the EPAC. Appropriations may be expended for such administrative, clerical, printing and legal services as may from time to time be required and shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to the EPAC.