[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lacey 7-23-1987 as Ord. No. 30-87; amended in its entirety 5-10-1990 by Ord. No. 20-90 (Ch. 9A of the 1974 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an Environmental Commission in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1. The Environmental Commission shall be responsible for the protection, development and use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the Township of Lacey.
The Environmental Commission shall consist of seven (7) regular members and two (2) alternate members, designated as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2," appointed by the Mayor of the Township of Lacey. The Mayor shall designate one (1) of the members of the Environmental Commission to serve as Chairman and presiding officer.
The initial term of office for the first members of the Commission shall be as follows: two (2) members for one (1) year, two (2) members for two (2) years and three (3) members for three (3) years. As the term of each member on the Commission expires, his successor shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
The terms of office for the alternate members of the Commission shall be two (2) years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two (2) years for Alternate No. 1 and one (1) year for Alternate No. 2, so that the term of not more than one (1) alternate member shall expire in any one (1) year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the Mayor for the unexpired term only.
The Mayor and governing body of the township may remove any member of the Environmental Commission for cause, on written charges served upon a member. The member shall be entitled to a hearing and shall be entitled to be represented by counsel.
The Environmental Commission shall:
Formulate such recommendations to the Township Committee concerning open space preservation water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscaping protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and the protection of flora and fauna.
Initiate studies concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscaping protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and the protection of flora and fauna.
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and make recommendations to the Planning Board and the governing body concerning the same.
Keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body.
Coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets and promote public education programs which support recycling and the preservation of our environment.
Subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the municipality, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease, for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to terms of the conveyance or gift.
Appoint such clerks and other employees and incur such expenses as it may from time to time require, provided that the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the governing body or otherwise available to it.