[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Hanover 2-21-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the West Hanover Township Environmental Advisory Council ("Environmental Advisory Council," herein), which shall function in accordance with and have the powers and duties conferred upon it by this chapter. The Environmental Advisory Council shall exist to advise the Board of Supervisors, the West Hanover Township Planning Commission, the West Hanover Township Authority and the West Hanover Township Parks and Recreation Board on matters concerning the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources located within West Hanover Township.
[Amended 6-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 2-6-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-3]
The Environmental Advisory Council shall consist of seven residents of West Hanover Township, all of whom shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members shall serve for a term of three years, except that, of the seven members initially appointed to the Council, two shall serve for a term of one year and two shall serve for a term of two years. Whenever possible, one member shall also be a member of the Planning Commission. All terms shall expire on December 31 of the year the term expires, but a Council member may stay in office until a successor is appointed. The Board of Supervisors shall fill all vacancies occurring on the Council. The Environmental Advisory Council shall elect its own Chairman and Secretary and any other officers deemed necessary, to serve for a period of one year. The Council shall also have power to adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of all business within its jurisdiction. Members shall receive no compensation for their services, but they shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the power:
To identify environmental problems within West Hanover Township and to recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agency of the township for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources of, and the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within, West Hanover Township.
To make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas situated within West Hanover Township.
To promote a community environmental program for West Hanover Township.
To keep an index of all open areas within the township, whether publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, agricultural lands and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas.
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the other agencies of West Hanover Township with regard to environmental concerns related to the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease.
To undertake such environmental tasks as requested by the Board of Supervisors.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report, in writing, to the Board of Supervisors.