[Adopted 3-27-1990 by Ord. No. 5-90 (Ch. 18 of the 1990 Code)]
The Township of Mount Olive Environmental Commission (hereinafter the "Commission") is hereby established pursuant to Chapter 245 of the Laws of 1968 (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 to 40:56A-7).
[Amended 9-25-1990 by Ord. No. 40-90; 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 22-92]
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township of Mount Olive. The members shall serve without compensation, except as hereinafter provided. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. The terms of office of the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
The Mayor may provide by appointment not more than two alternate members. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the Mayor as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." An alternate member must be a resident of the Township.
The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2 so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term only. An alternate member can, after a public hearing, if he requests one, be removed by the Mayor for just cause.
An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.
[Amended 2-13-2007 by Ord. No. 3-2007]
The Mayor or the Township Council may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 22-92]
The Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of Mount Olive. The Commission shall have the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purposes.
The Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease, for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes, subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions) as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.
[Amended 9-25-1990 by Ord. No. 40-90]
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and make an annual report to the Township Council.
The Commission may appoint, with the approval of the governing body, such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require, provided that the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Council.
The Commission shall have the power to study and make recommendations to the Township Council concerning open-space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna.
[Added 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 22-92]
The Mount Olive Environmental Commission may appoint associate members. These members have no vote but are to act as advisory members. These members may have special areas of expertise and will act as volunteer consultants to the Commission. The purpose of associate members will be to form a valuable cadre of sophisticated replacements for regular members.