Newtown Township
Bucks County
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§ 1-1401 Creation.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
An advisory council, to be known as the "Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council," is hereby created and shall continue to function until this Part is repealed.

§ 1-1402 Membership.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I; as amended by Ord. 2007-O-4, 3/14/2007, § I]
The Environmental Advisory Council shall be composed of not less than five nor more than seven residents of Newtown Township who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1-1403 Terms of Members.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
Members of the Environmental Advisory Council (henceforth "Council") shall serve for a term of three years except that the initial appointments shall be so staggered that approximately 1/3 of the membership shall expire each year, and the terms of their successors shall be three years each. For the initial appointments, one term shall expire on December 31, 2005, two terms shall expire on December 31, 2006, and two terms shall expire on December 31, 2007. Members may resign at any time with notice to the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1-1404 Appointment of Members.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
The Board of Supervisors shall make all appointments to the Environmental Advisory Council. Members of the Environmental Advisory Council shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors may remove a member with or without a recommendation of the other members for malfeasance or neglect in the performance of their duties. Failure to attend either three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings or five regularly scheduled meetings during a twelve-month period shall constitute neglect.

§ 1-1405 Compensation of Members.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their services but they may be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties as permitted by law, provided that the expenses have the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors. Members shall be subject to Township's ethics policy.

§ 1-1406 Powers.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
1. 
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following specific powers:
A. 
To identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the Board of Supervisors for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within Newtown Township, consistent with the Township Comprehensive Plan.
B. 
At the request of the Board of Supervisors, to make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas within Newtown Township.
C. 
To develop community environmental education awareness programs for Township residents.
D. 
To work with schools and environmental groups such as the Council Rock School District, Bucks County Audubon Society and the Pennsylvania Environmental Advisory Council, in enhancing community environmental education programs.
E. 
To maintain an index of all open space and environmentally sensitive areas, publicly or privately owned including, but not limited to, flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas.
F. 
To consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Advisory Councils in neighboring municipalities and any other appropriate County, State and Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations on environmental issues affecting Newtown Township.
G. 
To perform any other duties assigned to it by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1-1407 Officers.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
The Council shall select its own Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary annually.

§ 1-1408 Meetings.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
The Council shall meet at least monthly and at other times as directed by the Board of Supervisors. Said meetings shall be advertised and open to the public.

§ 1-1409 Quorum.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum. An affirmative vote of a majority of the entire Council at a public meeting is necessary in order to transact any business.

§ 1-1410 Minutes and Annual Report.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
The Council shall keep written minutes of its meetings and records of its activities and shall make an annual report to the Board of Supervisors, which shall be made available to the public. Minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1-1411 Funds and Expenditures.

[Ord. 2004-O-15, 7/28/2004, § I]
The board of Supervisors may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Council in accordance with an annual budget. Appropriations may be expended for such administrative, clerical, printing, engineering, planning and legal services as may from time to time be required and approved by the Board of Supervisors and shall be within the limits of the annual budge.