[Adopted 3-5-2007 by Ord. No. 375-07]
There is hereby established a Commission to be known as the "Easttown Township Historical Commission."
The Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity for historical preservation information facilitation to the citizens of the Township. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission shall:
Identify significant architectural, historical, and natural sites in Easttown Township and maintain a detailed inventory and map(s) of these historical resources, including informational data appropriately classified;
Create an awareness of the history of the Township from the earliest residents to the present day, including their cultural, agricultural, business, educational, and religious endeavors;
Research and report the history of Easttown Township and serve as an advisory resource for owners of historical sites involved with the rehabilitation, preservation and/or restoration;
Prepare appropriate reports for the Board of Supervisors, as well as reports which may be requested by the Board of Supervisors;
When requested, cooperate with and advise the Board of Supervisors, the Township Planning Commission, and all Township officials and agencies in relation to the rehabilitation, preservation, adaptive reuse, and restoration of significant historical structures and sites;
Consider, promote, and, with approval of the Board of Supervisors, apply for technical and financial assistance from all appropriate local, county, state, federal, and other agencies in the preservation of significant architectural, natural, and historical sites within Easttown Township, and report all related action to the Board of Supervisors;
When requested, cooperate with all Township officials regarding the possible acquisition and use of significant historic structures and sites, including their research and nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with the provisions of the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; and
Perform other related duties as may be delegated by the Board of Supervisors.
The said Historical Commission shall:
Consist of a minimum of five members who must be residents of Easttown Township;
Be appointed by the Board of Supervisors;
Serve a term of office for three years, except for the initial terms, which should be two members for one year, two members for two years and one member for three years;
Serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses necessary to conduct the responsibilities of the Commission when authorized by the Board of Supervisors;
Elect annually a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Archivist, and other officers as deemed necessary by the Commission.
A vacancy of the Commission shall be filled by a resident appointed by the Board of Supervisors for the unexpired term. The Commission shall have the right to make recommendations for appointees to the Board of Supervisors for unfulfilled terms and for full terms. The Commission shall have the right to establish appropriate committees to assist with research, to lend expertise, and to perform other duties as assigned by the Commission. Each committee shall be chaired by a member of the Historical Commission.
Monthly meetings and periodic executive sessions shall be held to conduct the business of the Commission. The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities, submitting monthly reports to the Board of Supervisors.
In order to carry out its responsibilities, the Historical Commission may, with the consent of the Board of Supervisors, utilize personnel or other assistance made available by the county, the commonwealth, or federal governments, or any of their agencies or from private sources. The Board of Supervisors may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with the Township procedures. The Easttown Township Historical Commission shall submit a proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors during the regular Township budget process.