[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 9-3-1974 by Ord. No. 9:1-74. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Environmental Officer — See Ch. 41, § 41-5F.
Pursuant to L. 1968 c. 245 (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.), there is hereby established in and for the Township of Chester an Environmental Commission, to be known as the "Chester Township Environmental Commission."
[Amended 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 9:1A-75; 2-5-1991 by Ord. No. 9:1B-91]
The Environmental Commission shall consist of seven regular members and two alternate members, all of whom shall be residents of the township.
Regular members. Each regular member shall be appointed by the Mayor for a term of three years. Any vacancies occurring otherwise than by the expiration of a term shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor for the unexpired term.
Each alternate member shall be appointed by the Mayor for a term of two years, provided that the terms of the first alternate members appointed in January 1991 shall be as follows:
The term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year.
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by the expiration of a term shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor for the unexpired term.
An alternate member may participate in Commission discussions, but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.
Chairperson. Each year at the organization meeting of the Township Council, the Mayor shall designate one of the regular members to serve as Chairperson of the Environmental Commission.
The Environmental Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marsh lands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information of the proper use of such areas, and may, from time to time, recommend to the Chester Township Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in a Township Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions) as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the township.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Township Council.