Town of Lenox, NY
Madison County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lenox 5-13-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Lenox, County of Madison, does hereby create a Conservation Advisory Council pursuant to § 239-x of the General Municipal Law.
The Conservation Advisory Council, as hereby created, shall consist of nine members, each to serve a two-year term, except during the initial appointment, at which time five shall serve for two years, and four for one year; thereafter, all shall be appointed to this Council for a term of two years.
[Added 3-14-2016 by L.L. No. 11-2016]
A. 
Applicability. This section shall apply to the appointment, terms, functions and powers of alternate members appointed to serve on the Conservation Advisory Council.
B. 
Conservation Advisory Council alternate members.
C. 
In the event that a Conservation Advisory Council member is absent for any reason, an alternate member is hereby authorized to take the place of an absent CAC member. In any instance where a voting member of the CAC is absent, the use of an alternate member is hereby authorized pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
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Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALTERNATE MEMBER
An individual appointed by the Town Board who is utilized when a regular member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the respective board, as provided herein.
CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Conservation Advisory Council of the Town of Lenox as established by the Town Board, pursuant to the provisions of §§ 239-x and 239-y of the General Municipal Law.
Authorization; purpose; appointment; designation; duties and responsibilities.
E. 
The Town Board of the Town of Lenox hereby enacts this section to provide a process for appointing alternate members of the Conservation Advisory Council. These individuals would serve when members are absent or unable to participate on an application or matter before the respective board.
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Alternate members of the Conservation Advisory Council shall be appointed by the Town Board for terms of one year, with the terms to expire on December 31 of each year.
G. 
The Chairperson of the Conservation Advisory Council may designate an alternate to substitute for a member when such member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the Board. When so designated, the alternate member shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of such member of the Board. Such designation shall be entered into the minutes of the initial meeting at which the substitution is made.
H. 
All provisions of state law relating to Conservation Advisory Council member eligibility, vacancy in office, removal, compatibility of office and service on other boards, as well as any provisions of a local law/local ordinance relating to training, continuing education, compensation and attendance, shall also apply to alternate members.
Supersession of Town Law.
I. 
This section is hereby adopted pursuant to the provisions of § 10 of the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law and § 10 of the New York State Statute of Local Governments. It is the intent of the Town Board, pursuant to § 10 of the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law, to supersede the provisions of §§ 239-x and 239-y of the General Municipal Law relating to the appointment of members to the Town Conservation Advisory Council.
The Council as is hereby created is hereby authorized to accept money or personal property, and real property in fee or lesser interest, in the name of the Town of Lenox as defined and outlined in § 239-x of the General Municipal Law.
The duties of the Council hereby created shall include the following, which can be found more specifically outlined in § 239-x(1) of the General Municipal Law:
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Conduct research into the land.
B. 
Coordinate conservation activities in Lenox.
C. 
Print and distribute information.
D. 
Keep open space inventory and map.
E. 
Keep an inventory of wetlands in Lenox and recommend uses for preserving and using the same.
F. 
File an annual report.
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Perform other duties given by the Town Board of Lenox.[1]
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Editor's Note: The original section, which immediately followed this subsection and set forth the names of the original members of the Council and their terms of office, was deleted 11-14-1994 by L.L. No. 2-1994.