[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of LaGrange 4-9-2008 by L.L. No. 3-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The safety and quality of life of the residents of the Town of LaGrange is of utmost importance. The Town Board believes that the establishment of a Public Safety Advisory Committee to study, review and report on issues such as traffic, crime and associated quality-of-life issues is necessary to assist the Town Board in undertaking actions to protect the public health and safety.
The Town Board of the Town of LaGrange hereby creates a commission which shall be known as the "Town of LaGrange Public Safety Advisory Commission," hereinafter called the "Commission."
The Commission shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be appointed by the Town Board and who shall serve at the pleasure of that Board as provided herein. One member of the Commission must be a member of the Planning Board. Persons residing within the Town of LaGrange shall be eligible for appointment as members of the Commission. Vacancies on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by expiration of the term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The Commission members' terms of office shall be staggered to assure continuity of offices. Two members shall be appointed to a position having a term of one year; two members shall be appointed to a position having a term of two years; and one member shall be appointed to a position having a term of three years. At the expiration of these initial terms for each position, the respective positions shall convert to terms of two years.
The Town Board shall designate a member of the Commission to act as chairman thereof. At the first meeting of the Commission, its members shall elect from among themselves a recording secretary. The Commission shall adopt rules of procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and file an annual report with the Town Board.
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be as follows:
Advise the Town Board on the following matters: traffic, including the placement of stop signs, no-parking restrictions, speed limits, traffic signals, intersections, and traffic issues; crime; and other quality-of-life issues.
Develop and, after receiving general approval from the Town Board, conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster community involvement and understanding regarding issues of traffic, crime and other quality-of-life issues.
Seek to coordinate, assist and unify the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals with the Town of LaGrange in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Maintain informational, nonbinding communications with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on traffic or crime or who can be of assistance to the Commission. Such agencies include, but are not limited to, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Police and the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.
Working in cooperation with the Planning Board, recommend from time to time to the Town Board plans and programs relating to traffic control for inclusion in the Master Plan of the Town of LaGrange and, similarly, recommend to the Town Board appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws and ordinances relating to traffic control or recommend new local laws and ordinances.
Obtain and maintain, in an orderly fashion, maps, reports, books and other publications to support the necessary researches of the Commission into local traffic conditions.
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Town Board.
The members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, within the appropriations made available therefor and upon approval by the Town Board.