[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Lebanon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Any appointed board or commission member who is absent for 25% of the meetings within any calendar year is subject to removal from said board or commission.
All appointed board or commission members shall meet the minimum education requirements as set forth by the State of New York as well as any additional education requirements as established by the New Lebanon Town Board.
Pursuant to the provisions of Town Law §§ 267 and 271, all Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals members shall be required to complete at least four hours of suitable training per year;
The authority to determine suitable training is hereby delegated from the Town Board to the respective Planning and Zoning Board Chairs, who shall note annually in Board minutes the selected training;
The training requirements may be satisfied by educational activities substantially devoted to planning, zoning, or other land use issues, such as attending conferences, seminars, or workshops; participating in on-line training; attending college courses; reading journal articles or books; or any other educational activities considered acceptable by the respective Board Chair. Training may be offered by a municipality, regional or county planning office or commission; county, regional or state planning federation; state agency, statewide municipal association, college or university or other similar entity.
A record of annual completion of training shall be maintained by the Town Clerk or Planning Director and a copy provided to the Town Board prior to considering a Planning Board or Zoning Board member for reappointment. Eligibility for reappointment to these Boards shall be conditioned upon completion of training prior to the end of each calendar year.
Suitable training in excess of four hours per year may be accumulated and carried over into the succeeding year for the purpose of satisfying these training requirements. No Board member shall receive more than one year's credit for excess hours as the law, as well as planning and zoning issues, change constantly, and it is important that Board members keep up-to-date by receiving training at least every two years.