[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County 1-19-1979 by Res. No. 79-1 (Ch. 4 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Allegany County Commissioners hereby create an Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board pursuant to § 2-504.1 of the Agriculture Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, as amended.
This Board shall consist of five members, at least three of whom shall be owner/operators of commercial farms who earn 50% or more of their income from farming.
Thereafter, terms of office shall be for five years. No member shall serve for more than two consecutive full terms.
Appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term.
All members shall serve without compensation and may be removed by the County Commissioners for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.
The Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board shall have the following duties:
To advise the County governing body with respect to the establishment of agricultural districts and the approval of purchases of easements by the Foundation within the County;
To assist the County governing body in reviewing the status of agricultural districts and land under easement;
To advise the Foundation concerning County priorities for agricultural preservation;
To approve or disapprove an application by the County for certification under § 5-408 of the State Finance and Procurement Article;
To promote preservation of agriculture within the County by offering information and assistance to farmers with respect to establishment of districts and purchase of easements;
To meet at least annually with forest conservation district boards in order to work cooperatively to encourage the promotion and retention of farmland and woodland in their respective jurisdictions; and
To perform any other duties as assigned by the County governing body.
The Board shall have the power to elect officers and to draft bylaws for conducting business pursuant to carrying out its duties.