[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kidder 6-19-2003 by Ord. No. 115. Amendments noted where applicable.]
An Environmental Advisory Council is hereby established for the Township of Kidder, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.
The purposes of the Environmental Advisory Council shall be to advise local governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board 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 of Kidder.
Members of the Environmental Advisory Council (henceforth Council) shall serve for a term of four years except the initial appointment shall be so staggered that approximately 1/4 of the membership shall expire each year and the terms of their successor shall be four years each.
If the initial Council consists of seven members then the term of one member shall expire on December 31, 2004, two members on December 31, 2005, two members on December 31, 2006, two members on December 31, 2007.
Members may resign at any time with written notice to the Board of Supervisors.
Members may be removed by the Board of Supervisors, with or without the recommendation of a majority of the other members, for malfeasance or neglect in the performance of their duties. Failure to attend either three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings or four regularly scheduled meetings during a twelve-month period shall constitute neglect.
The Board of Supervisors shall appoint successors to members who resign or are removed to serve for the remaining term of the member or members.
Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their services, but they may be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties, provided that the expenses have the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following powers:
To identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the Board of Supervisors for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the Township of Kidder.
To make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas within the Township of Kidder.
To promote a community environmental program.
To advise the Board of Supervisors and other Township agencies as to the acquisition of property, both real and personal, and rights thereto, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease in matters consistent with the purpose of the Council.
To consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Advisory Councils in neighboring municipalities and any other appropriate county, state and federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations on environmental issues affecting the Township of Kidder and its neighbors.
To perform any other duties assigned to it by the Board of Supervisors but not to exercise any powers or perform any duties which by law are conferred or imposed upon a state agency.
May keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including floodprone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of those areas.
The Chairman of the Council shall be appointed annually by the Board of Supervisors; the Council may select its own Vice Chair and Secretary.
The Council shall meet at least monthly and at other times as directed by the Board of Supervisors. Said meetings shall be advertised and open to the public.
The Council shall keep written records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Board of Supervisors which shall be printed in the annual municipal report or, if none, be made known and available to the public.
The Board of Supervisors may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Council in accordance with an annual budget. Appropriations may be expended for such administrative, clerical, printing and legal services as may from time to time be required and approved by the Board of Supervisors and shall be within the limits of the annual budget.