[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway 5-12-2016 by Ord. No. 09-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in and for the Borough of Rockaway an Environmental Commission for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within territorial limits of the Borough of Rockaway.
The Commission shall consist of five members and two alternate members (if alternates are appointed) who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The Mayor shall designate, at the time of appointment, the regular members and the alternate members as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." One member shall also be a member of the Land Use Board and all shall be residents of the Borough of Rockaway. 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 Mayor or governing body may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after the hearing thereon, at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
The terms of the office of the first commissioners shall be for one, two, or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. 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 the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Commission shall have the power and duty to:
Conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the municipality.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshland, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
Study and make recommendations 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.
Keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body.
Nothing in this chapter is intended to grant to the Environmental Commission any powers or duties other than those expressly mandated by statute.