[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 2-3-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Waterfront Resilience Commission for the Village of Piermont.
The Waterfront Resilience Commission of the Village of Piermont shall consist of five Commissioners, two members at large, and a Chair, who shall be residents of the Village and who shall be appointed by the Mayor. Commissioner roles shall be science and strategy, emergency management, funding and development, outreach and engagement, and land use planning. The Mayor shall, to the best of their ability, appoint members reflective of the socioeconomic diversity existing in the Village.
[Amended 12-17-2019 by L.L. No. 12-2019]
The term of office of each member shall be three years, except that the initial appointments of two members shall be for one year; two members shall be for two years, and two members shall be for three years. Members may be reappointed upon the end of their respective terms.
The members of the Waterfront Resilience Commission shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for any money expended in the performance of their duties.
The Commission shall annually propose a Chairman and select a Secretary from among its own members.
Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Mayor.
The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
To develop and recommend to the Village Board of Trustees steps necessary for the Village of Piermont to develop and implement ongoing resiliency strategies for the Village, to advise the Village Board on steps necessary to implement the recommendations generated by the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force in 2014, and to identify potential sources of funding to assist in the implementation of the recommendations.
To consult with and advise the Board of Trustees on all matters relating to waterfront resilience, including but not limited to:
Improving emergency communications in the Village of Piermont.
Developing a comprehensive emergency management plan.
Work with local utilities, in particular electric, gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications, to improve resilience.
Advocating and coordinating with Rockland County and Orangetown to increase infrastructure, access, and stormwater resilience.
Conducting a risk and engineering review to analyze adaptation, relocation, building, and decommissioning options for municipal infrastructure.
Working through the Rockland County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan to position Piermont for resiliency actions and funding opportunities.
Working with the Village's Floodplain Administrator to coordinate proceeding with an application to the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS), and evaluating other options to reduce the impact of increasing flood insurance rates on the community.
Creation and implementation of a floodplain management plan.
Incorporate the findings and recommendations of the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force into the new Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
Identification of properties which may be of high priority for acquisition/relocation in long-term resiliency plans, and establishing a fund to acquire such properties upon their availability.
Exploring long-range adaptation possibilities for the Village of Piermont, including structurally and economically viable solutions that offer a long-term pathway that can help guide wise near-term investments.
Creating a Municipal Village Master Plan that incorporates flood resilience, adaptation planning, and other land use issues.
Sea level rise and flood projections recommended by New York State and FEMA for municipal decisionmaking and planning purposes.
Training of municipal staff and emergency managers in the use of the Task Force's risk and vulnerability assessments, sea level rise projection maps, and changing coastal hazard risks, such as storm surges.
Research of financing options to support flood adaptation, mitigation and protection measures.
Integration of Village departments' budget requests into a Village-wide capital improvement plan.
Consideration of cost-benefit analysis and long-term risk due to sea level rise and stronger storms in asset design and prioritization of strategies to manage key municipal assets.
Initiate Climate Smart Communities actions and participate in the program's new certification program.
Post flood preparedness, flood-resilient building, and mitigation resources on the Village website.
Provide presentations and public training opportunities to inform the public of flood-related issues and solutions.
Design and install high-water mark signs throughout the one-hundred/five-hundred-year floodplain areas to educate the community about flood risk and refer interested residents/property owners to additional sources of flood preparedness information.
Share the findings of the Piermont Waterfront Resilience Task Force and collaborate with other communities to improve understanding of and planning for coastal hazards, such as sea level rise and storm surge.
Advocate to New York State on climate change and flooding resilience issues.
To recommend to the Board of Trustees the adoption or amendment of ordinances and the taking of other official action relating to the waterfront resilience.
To consult with and advise the Chief of Police and Chief of the Fire Department on matters of emergency management and public safety as relate to flood events.
To maintain liaison and consult with and advise appropriate federal, state and county officials on matters relating to waterfront resilience in the Village of Piermont.
To submit to the Board of Trustees an annual report of the Commission's activities.
The Commission shall regularly meet bimonthly at a time and place set by said Commission for its regular meeting. A quorum shall consist of three members, and actions taken by the Commission shall require a majority vote of those members present at the meeting. The Chairman, Secretary or any three members of the Commission may call a special meeting of said Commission for such purposes as are designated in said call. Notice of said special meeting shall be given in writing to all members 48 hours in advance of said special meeting. The Village Clerk shall be responsible for giving notice of all regular and special meetings of the Commission.
A member of the Waterfront Resilience Commission who is unable to attend three consecutive meetings or less than half the meetings in any twelve-month period shall be subject to replacement at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.