[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township 10-6-2008 by Ord. No. 1565 as Title 2, Ch. 8, of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A new chapter, "Environmental Advisory Council," is hereby added to the Upper Moreland Code, in order to create an advisory council to be known as the "Upper Moreland Township Environmental Advisory Council" (EAC), which shall continue to function until this chapter is repealed.
[Amended 11-10-2014 by Ord. No. 1638]
The EAC shall be composed of seven residents of the Township.
EAC members shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedures:
All EAC members shall be appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
EAC members' terms of office shall expire on the first Monday in January following the last year of their term of office.
Duly appointed EAC members shall serve a term of three years, except that initial appointments shall be so staggered that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the EAC members shall expire each year.
The Board of Commissioners may also designate "affiliate members" without the right to vote, as necessary and desirable, to allow participation by other persons, students, or business owners, or members of conservation organizations operating within the Township.
The EAC may, by a majority vote of all voting members, designate up to two "affiliate members" without the right to vote, as necessary and desirable, so as to allow further participation by other persons, students, or business owners, or members of conservation organizations operating within or outside the Township.
[Added 11-10-2014 by Ord. No. 1638]
EAC members shall receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties, with the approval of the Board.
The EAC shall be advisory to and shall coordinate its activities with the Board, the Township Advisory Planning Agency, the Township Park and Recreation Board, and other local governmental boards and agencies.
The Board of Commissioners shall designate the Chairman of the EAC.
The EAC shall have the following powers:
Identify environmental issues affecting the Township, the areas surrounding the Township, and the Township's residents, including but not limited to stormwater management and energy conservation issues.
Recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for promotion and conservation of natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Township and the areas surrounding the Township.
Make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas within the Township.
Promote a community environmental program.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including, but not limited to, flood-prone areas, swamps, and unique natural areas.
Advise the appropriate local governmental agencies in the acquisition and management of real property and open areas owned by the Township.
To undertake such environmental tasks as requested by the Board of Commissioners and/or to propose environmental issues that the EAC considers to be significant to be undertaken within the community.
The EAC shall operate in accordance with bylaws of the EAC, as approved and amended from time to time by the Board of Commissioners.
The EAC shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Board of Commissioners, which shall be made publicly available. Minutes of each meeting of the EAC shall be forwarded to the Board.
The Board of Commissioners may, from time to time, appropriate funds for expenses to be incurred by the EAC.