[Ord. No. 96-65 §1, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
There is hereby established a nine (9) member board, to be known as the Commission on Environmental Quality, which shall advise the County Executive and County Council on environmental concerns with the goal of conserving the County's natural resources and preventing degradation of the environment.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §2, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 99-25 §1, 4-1-1999; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
All members of the Commission shall be registered voters and shall be residents of St. Charles County for at least one (1) year prior to their appointment and shall not be employees of any political subdivision within the County. The County's Director of the Department of Community Development and the County's Director of Community Health and the Environment, or their representatives, shall serve as ex officio members of the Commission. The Solid Waste Task Force created by the former County Commission is hereby disbanded.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §3, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
Three (3) Commission members shall be appointed to initial terms expiring on May 31, 1997. Three (3) Commission members shall be appointed to initial terms expiring on May 31, 1998. Three (3) Commission members shall be appointed to initial terms expiring on May 31, 1999. All succeeding members shall be appointed for three (3) year terms which shall expire on May thirty-first (31st) of the respective year.
A majority of the members shall select from their number a Chair and Vice-Chair at the second (2nd) quarterly meeting of each year. The Chair shall preside over all Commission meetings and fulfill any other duties prescribed by the applicable law. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall take the place of the Chair.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §4, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum and the concurring vote of five (5) members shall determine all matters of Commission action.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §5, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
Each member of the Commission on Environmental Quality shall be appointed by the County Executive with the approval of the Council pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter, Article V, Section 5.104 (2006).
[Ord. No. 96-65 §6, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
Vacancies or absences on the Commission on Environmental Quality caused by death, incapacity to perform duties, failure to attend three (3) consecutive meetings or resignation shall be filled forthwith by appointment pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter, Article V, Section 5.104 (2006) and Section 120.510 of this Article. Appointments as a result of a Commission member's death, resignation or forfeiture shall be made for the remainder of the term of that member.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §7, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
The Commission on Environmental Quality shall meet at least quarterly for the purpose of advising the St. Charles County Executive and the County Council on issues of environmental quality and the state of the Weldon Spring Project site and surrounding area. The Commission may meet at any public place within St. Charles County, but shall normally meet within one (1) of the County-owned facilities or a similar public facility available to the Commission without charge. The Commission shall hold meetings at such times as it deems necessary in order to exercise its powers and duties.
[Ord. No. 96-65 §8, 6-26-1996; Ord. No. 08-156 §1, 12-17-2008]
It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Commission on Environmental Quality to advise the County Executive and County Council on policy decisions regarding air and water quality, soil conservation, wastewater and storm water management and solid waste collection and disposal. The Commission shall examine ways for the County to collaborate and coordinate its policies and ordinances with other political subdivisions in the County.
The Commission shall also obtain information concerning the areas adjacent to the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Program and shall report on any issues which could potentially affect the public and/or the environment including, but not limited to, the water supply.