[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Falls Township 7-17-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created by the Board of Supervisors of Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the Falls Township Historic Preservation Commission (Commission).
The purpose of the Commission is to study, research, inventory, record, review and recommend by reports, documents, plans, construction and all other appropriate means regarding historical structures, buildings and locations within Falls Township, and to recommend renovations, improvements and preservation of historical sites, together with programs, events and funding consistent with the aforementioned purposes.
Each member of the Commission shall either be a taxpayer, resident or engaged in a business within Falls Township. Upon the failure of any person to be so qualified, such person may not thereafter act as a member of the Commission.
[Amended 9-16-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-05]
The Commission shall be composed of five members, one of whom shall be a member of the Township Board of Supervisors. The members shall serve under the direction of and at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors, which shall select the members by reason of qualifications and experiences.
The initial appointment of members, other than the Board of Supervisors member, shall be for a term of office to commence _______, 2002, on the following staggered basis wherein the term of membership shall expire on the first Monday of January in the years indicated as follows:
The Board of Supervisors member shall serve at the will of the majority consent of the members of the Board of Supervisors.
Except as to the Board of Supervisors member, upon the expiration of the respective terms of membership of the initial appointees, including any substitutions of members by reason of vacancy, each of the subsequent terms of membership commencing on the respective expiration dates aforesaid shall be for a term of five years.
The members of the Commission shall serve without financial remuneration, but the Board of Supervisors may annually appropriate for the conduct of the Commission's business such sum of money as the Board of Supervisors shall deem necessary.
The Commission shall organize and elect such officers as it deems necessary, and it shall be charged with execution of the purposes set forth in this chapter. The Commission shall prescribe such other rules and procedures for its organization and functions as shall enable it to discharge its duties.
In order most effectively to accomplish its objectives, the Commission shall receive the full assistance, advice and cooperation of the Township Manager and staff and of the other boards, commissions and agencies of Falls Township. Furthermore, the Commission shall seek the aid and advice of appropriate county, state and federal governments, agencies, boards, commissions and authorities as needed.
The Commission is further hereby directed periodically to report to and consult with the Board of Supervisors in order to keep the latter informed of its activities and accomplishments. Such reporting shall include a written annual report to the Board of Supervisors from the Commission.
A duly appointed member shall be subject to removal, with or without cause, upon a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting. Upon a vacancy of any member position on the Commission, the Board of Supervisors shall, in a timely manner, appoint a qualified individual to serve out the unexpired term of said member.