[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fort Lee 2-11-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the Borough of Fort Lee, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, an Environmental and Beautification Committee (hereinafter "the Committee"). The purpose of the Committee is to assist the governing body in its deliberative process by making recommendations relating to issues of aesthetic and environmental concerns in the Borough.
The Committee shall consist of no more than 15 members appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fort Lee, all of whom shall be residents of the Borough or business owners/executives of businesses located in Fort Lee, except that no more than two members shall be nonresidents. One member shall be a member of the Council, approved by the Council and such appointment shall be made annually at the Borough's annual reorganization meeting. The Mayor shall annually select one member as Chairperson of the Committee and a second member as Vice Chairperson. All members shall serve without compensation.
The term of office of the first Committee members shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor and Council in making the appointments, so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualifications of their successors. Alternates shall have terms of three years. All appointments shall be made to take effect on January 1 of each year, for a full term of three years.
The Mayor and Council, by resolution, may remove any or all of the members of the Committee, with or without cause at any time and written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member will be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
A vacancy on the Committee occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Committee shall organize annually within 30 days of January 1, by the election of one of its members as Secretary. The Committee shall have the right to make reasonable rules of procedure.
The Committee shall report solely, exclusively and directly to the Mayor and Council and generally have the following duties, subject to the more specific instructions or limitations set forth by the Mayor or by resolution of the governing body:
Make recommendations regarding any and all projects which the Committee has determined to be in the best interests of the Borough.
Make recommendations regarding such improvements of property concerning presently pending applications for development, as may be in the best interests of the Borough of Fort Lee.
Make recommendations concerning the abatement of any and all unsightly property conditions.
Make recommendations concerning property maintenance violations.
Consult with the Department of Public Works, the Recreation Department and the Parking Authority concerning specific recommendations to be made to the Mayor and Council to upgrade and beautify Borough property.
Make findings upon and recommendations concerning acquisition and use of property within the Borough in order to maintain, improve, and protect the beauty of the community.
Make recommendations concerning the regulation, planting and care of trees and shrubbery now located or which may hereafter be planted in public streets, places and parks and make recommendations concerning the removal of any such tree or part thereof which may be dangerous to public safety.
Meet at least four times each year and forward minutes of its meetings to the Mayor and Council.
Conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the municipality.
At the specific direction and authorization of the Mayor and Council, coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
Recommend plans and programs for inclusion in a municipal master plan and the development and use of such areas.
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 and protection of flora and fauna.
Any and all other duties and/or powers that may be delegated by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fort Lee, by resolution or ordinance.