[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Falls Township 12-8-1983 as Ord. No. 83-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
An Environmental Advisory Council is hereby created, consisting of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one of whom may be a member of the Township Planning Commission, one of whom may be a member of the Park and Recreation Board and all of whom shall be residents of Falls Township.
The term of office of each Council Member shall be three years or until appointment of his successor, except that the initial members shall be appointed for the following terms:
Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties, when authorized in advance by the Board of Supervisors.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following powers:
To identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Township Planning Commission, the Park and Recreational Board and the Board of Supervisors, for the promotion and conservation of natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the territorial limits of the township.
To make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the township.
To promote a community environmental program.
To compile and keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to marshland, swamps, other wetlands and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas.
To advise the appropriate local governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Township Planning Commission, the Park and Recreation Board and Board of Supervisors, in the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease in matters dealing with the purposes of this chapter.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall not exercise its powers or perform any duties which by law are conferred or imposed upon a state agency.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report on or before the first day of December of each year and submit said report to the Board of Supervisors. The latter shall make this report available to the public.
The Board of Supervisors may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Environmental Advisory Council for such administrative, clerical, printing and legal services as may be required in the exercise of the aforesaid powers.