[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Gwynedd 11-28-2017 by Ord. No. 517. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Environmental Advisory Council — See 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2322.
Employees generally — See Ch. 290.
The Lower Gwynedd Township Environmental Advisory Council (hereinafter "Council") is hereby created, having the powers and operating procedures set forth in this chapter. The Council shall continue in existence until such time as this chapter is amended or revoked.
The Council shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Township Board of Supervisors and shall have such responsibilities as may be assigned by this chapter or as may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
The Council may identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the Township for the promotion and conservation of natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Township.
The Council may, from time to time, make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the Township.
The Council shall promote a community environmental program, with particular emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and nonrecycled waste.
The Council shall be tasked to keep an index of all open space areas, publicly or privately owned, including, but not limited to, flood-prone areas, wetlands and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas.
The Council may, upon request, give advice to the Board of Supervisors on matters dealing with the protection, conservation, management, promotion, acquisition and use of natural resources, including air, land, water and open space resources located within or affecting the Township.
The Council shall be composed of at least five, but no more than seven, residents of the Township who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Any vacancies in the membership of the Council shall be filled by the Board of Supervisors.
Duly appointed Council members shall serve for a term of three years, except that the initial appointments to the Council shall be so staggered that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the membership shall expire each year, the terms of their successors to be three years each. Council members' terms of office shall expire on the first Monday in January following the last year of their term of office.
The Council may elect a chair and such other officers having specific responsibilities as determined necessary to effectively carry out the authority granted under this chapter.
Members may be removed by the Board of Supervisors in its discretion, with or without the recommendation of a majority of the other Council members, for malfeasance or other neglect in the performance of their duties.
Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties. Expense reimbursements shall require the prior approval of the Township Manager.
The Council shall keep regular minutes of their meetings and may, upon request, submit an annual report of its activities to the Township.