[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Vineland 9-25-1973 by Ord. No. 902 (Ch. 40 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Officers and employees — See Ch. 110.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 247.
Excavations — See Ch. 341.
Land use — See Ch. 425.
Littering — See Ch. 446.
Noise — See Ch. 469.
Nuisances — See Ch. 473.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 507.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 537.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 620.
Utilities — See Ch. 687.
Water — See Ch. 710.
Editor's Note: This ordinance specifically repealed Ord. No. 640, which created the Board of Natural Areas Preservation Commissioners, and Ord. Nos. 738 and 810.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56A, there is hereby created an Environmental Commission of the City of Vineland for the protection, care and development of the natural resources within the territorial limits of the City of Vineland.
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Vineland and one of whom shall also be a member of the City Planning Board. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer.
The Mayor shall designate the Commissioners first appointed to hold office for terms as follows: two members for one year, two members for two years and three members for three years, respectively, from the date on which said appointments are made and until their successors are duly appointed and have qualified. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for three-year terms. Where a vacancy arises otherwise than by expiration of a term, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Commissioners shall serve without compensation.
The City Council of the City of Vineland may, by ordinance, provide for the appointment of no more than two alternate members. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the governing body as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate member first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2.
[Added 5-26-1992 by Ord. No. 92-35]
The Environmental Commission of the City of Vineland:
Shall conduct research into the use and possible use of open land areas within the City of Vineland.
Shall compile and maintain an index of all open areas, publicly and privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
May study and make recommendations concerning open-space preservation, water-resources management, air-pollution control, solid-waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna.
With the approval of the City Council, may acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the City of Vineland, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease, for any of its purposes, including but not limited to use as living museums, sites for scientific study, areas for teaching of natural history and conservation, places of historic or prehistoric interest and scenic beauty and habitats for rare and endangered plants and animals, and shall administer the property for such purposes, subject to the terms of conveyance. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement, convenant or other contractual right 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 City of Vineland.
May adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the use of the property acquired and to govern the conduct of persons while on or using said property.
May recommend to the City Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan of the City of Vineland.
May advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purposes.
May plan, implement and inform the public about local environmental programs.
May coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
May adopt bylaws governing its procedural operation.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the City Council in January of each year. The annual report shall be a detailed and comprehensive report of operations, receipts and expenditures, proposed activities and recommendations.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:56A-5, the City Council shall annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for the care, custody, policing and maintenance of property acquired for the uses stated herein and for the operating expenses of the Commission by taxation in the same manner as other taxes.
The Commission may appoint a Secretary or Clerk and such number of custodians, supervisors and assistants for any property acquired pursuant to this chapter as it shall deem necessary. The salaries of any such employees shall be fixed and determined by the City Council. The total salaries of all such persons shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to the Commission.
The Mayor or City Council may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
As of the effective date of this chapter, the Board of Natural Areas Preservation Commissioners is hereby abolished. The records of said Board shall be transferred to the Environmental Commission.