[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Dalton 6-23-2008 STM by Art. 14, approved 10-1-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town establishes a Farm and Forestry Commission to represent the Town's agricultural and forestry community, as well as other farming and forestry activities as hereinafter provided.
The purpose of the Farm and Forestry Commission will be to support agriculture and other farming and forestry activities in the Town of Dalton. The Commission's duties shall include, but will not be limited to the following: serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuits of agriculture in Dalton; promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; act as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming and forestry issues; work for the preservation of agricultural and forest lands; advise the Select Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Historical Commission, Board of Assessors, and Open Space Committee, or any other appropriate Town Boards, on issues involving agriculture; and shall pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.
The Commission shall consist of five members recommended for appointment by the Town Manager and ratified by the Select Board. All members shall be substantially engaged in the pursuit of agriculture or forestry, and must either by residents of the Town, or owners and farmers of agricultural or forestry property within the Town.
There may be one or two alternates appointed to the Commission as provided for hereinabove. Said alternates shall fill any vacancies at a meeting of the Commission.
In making its appointments, the Town Manager and Select Board are asked specifically to consider the intent of the Commission to represent the agricultural interests of the Town
The terms shall be as follows: Two members for a term of three years, two members for a term of two years and three thereafter; and one member for a term of one year and three years thereafter.
The Town Manager and Select Board, together with the Farm and Forestry commission, by a majority vote of the combined membership, shall fill a vacancy based on the unexpired term of the vacancy in order to maintain the cycle of appointments.