[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus 4-8-1987 by L.L. No. 2-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a Waterfront Advisory Board to provide assistance and advice in the implementation of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) of the Town of Esopus.
The Advisory Board shall be established and appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus.
The Board shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed for a period of three years, except that the first Board shall consist of three members appointed for three years, three members appointed for two years and three members appointed for one year.
Each member shall be a resident of the town. Members shall be chosen for their demonstrated knowledge, ability and readiness to serve the Board in functions described in this chapter and with due regard for maintaining among the membership a range of special aptitudes and expertise in areas relevant to the work of the Board. In addition, it is recommended that one member shall be a member of the Planning Board, one shall be a member of the Environmental Board and one shall be a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
[Amended 12-13-1989 by motion; 1-14-1990 by L.L. No. 1-1990; 11-19-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenditures in the performance of their work, subject to limitations of the budget established by the town.
The Board, subject to prior budget allocation, may retain clerical and/or professional services and may purchase such supplies as are necessary for the carrying out of its duties.
The Board will make its own rules of procedure, subject to applicable law. It will elect a Chairman and may, in its discretion, also elect other officers from among its members and shall appoint a Secretary to record the minutes of its meetings, copies of which shall be filed with the Town Clerk.
The Board's basic task will be to advise and assist in the implementation of the LWRP, its policies and projects, including physical, legislative, regulatory, administrative and other actions included in the program. In pursuance of this task, the Board will:
Advise the Town Board on implementation, priorities, work assignments, time tables and budgetary requirements of the program.
Review applications for site plans, zone changes, subdivisions and public works projects in the coastal area, as may be referred to it, and advise the appropriate agency as to their consistency with policies of the LWRP.
Subject to the approval of the Town Board, make application for funding from state, federal or other sources to finance projects under the LWRP.
Maintain liaison with related town bodies, including, but not limited to, the Planning and Zoning Boards and the Environmental Board, and with concerned nongovernmental bodies, in order to further the implementation of the LWRP.
Upon the request of the Town Board, evaluate, in timely fashion, proposed actions of state agencies within the coastal zone in order to assure consistency of such actions with policies of the LWRP, advise the Board of any conflicts and participate in discussions to resolve such conflicts.
Assist the Town Board in the review of proposed federal actions referred to it by the Department of State and provide its opinion concerning the consistency of the action with local coastal policies.
Prepare an annual report on progress achieved and problems encountered during the year and recommend such actions as the Board considers necessary for the further implementation of the LWRP to the appropriate body.
Perform other functions regarding the waterfront area as the Town Board may assign to it from time to time.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter or the LWRP, no powers, duties or functions are conferred by it on the Waterfront Advisory Board other than those set forth in § 43-4 above; and no provision of this chapter shall be construed as altering the powers, duties and functions of any existing town board, agency or officer of the Town of Esopus.
Five years from the date of initial appointment and every three years thereafter, the Board shall issue a finding as to its continued need and future function. Should the Board find that there is no longer a need for its services or that its functions are no longer appropriate, or should the Board fail to render any finding in a timely manner, the Board's term shall be considered to have expired, and its powers and duties shall automatically be assigned to the Planning Board.
This chapter shall become effective upon the appointment of nine members to the Board as provided for in this chapter.