[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 3-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-4-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-8; 4-1-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-2]
There is hereby created the Sustainable Mount Airy Commission of the Town of Mount Airy, which shall consist of up to nine members, including one member of the Town Council who shall count toward quorum at Commission meetings and shall vote on Commission decisions in cases of tie votes. All members of the Commission shall be appointed for terms of three years commencing from the first day of July of the year of appointment or until their successors are appointed: provided, however, that with respect to the members of the Commission first appointed, three shall be designated to serve for initial terms of three years, three shall be designated to serve for initial terms of two years, two shall be designated to serve for an initial term of one year, and the Council member shall serve concurrent with his or her term of office, or until their successors are appointed. An alternate member may be appointed who may take part in Commission discussions and who shall serve in the absence or recusal of any of the seven regular members. The alternate shall likewise serve a term of three years commencing from the first day of July of the year of the appointment or until his/her successor is appointed; provided, however, that the first alternate appointed shall serve an initial term of either three, two or one years as the Mayor designates in the appointment of the first alternate. The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, shall make all appointments, including those required by any vacancies. All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for actual expenses to the extent authorized in the budget.
The Commission, on or before the first day of July in each and every year, shall select from among its members a Chairman to serve until the succeeding June 30 and such additional officers as it may deem advisable. The Commission is empowered to adopt all necessary rules and regulations for the conduct of its business and shall hold such meetings as may from time to time be deemed necessary. The Commission's regular place of business shall be in the Town Hall of the Town of Mount Airy, but both regular and special meetings of the Commission may be held elsewhere at the discretion of the Commission.
The Commission shall study, investigate and make recommendations to the Council of the Town from time to time concerning the adoption of reasonable environmentally friendly policies and practices.
The Commission shall review and provide advice to the Mayor, Town staff and the Town Council as to zoning and planning measures that can and should be undertaken to promote a healthy environment for the Town and its residents.
The Commission shall undertake such other studies, programs and recommendations as may be appropriate or requested from time to time by the Town Council.
The Commission shall submit to the Mayor and Council of the Town of Mount Airy an annual report on or before July 1 of each and every year summarizing its activities, together with any recommendations relating generally to the Sustainable Maryland program for the ensuing year.
No expenditures may be made by the Commission except to the extent authorized in the annual budget of the Town or as may otherwise be lawfully approved in advance by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy.