[Adopted 10-27-1987 (§§ 6-60 to 6-63 of the 1974 Code); amended in its entirety 9-27-2016]
There is hereby established an Environmental Quality Commission (hereafter referred to as "the Commission") for the purposes stated herein, which shall be appointed and organized and shall have the duties and powers as hereinafter set forth.
The Commission shall be responsible for responding to and making appropriate recommendations or referrals to the Town Council and Town Manager affecting environmental concerns and the quality of life in the Town of Newington, including but not limited to researching opportunities and recommending policies and procedures that will improve the quality of the environment in Town; promoting environmentally friendly practices for residents, businesses and Town operations; planning and promoting programs and events related to environmental quality, including but not limited to litter pickup events, park cleanup and Earth Day recognition monitoring and reporting to the Town Council and Town Manager changes in environmental laws that may impact the Town. A report shall be made to the Council annually.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Organizations and businesses with hazardous chemicals above certain quantities, which are required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to submit emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms annually to local fire departments, local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) and state emergency response commissions (SERCs) to help those agencies plan for and respond to chemical emergencies, pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
The Commission shall consist of seven individuals of the Town, appointed by the Town Council. As of the effective date of this article, the Council shall appoint members in the following manner: Two public members shall be appointed to serve until November 30, 2017, and three public members shall be appointed to serve until November 30, 2019. One industry member shall be appointed to serve until November 30, 2017, and one industry member shall be appointed to serve until November 30, 2019. Thereafter, all members shall be appointed for four-year terms. Terms shall expire November 30 of odd-numbered years.
The Commission shall be comprised of the following: two representatives from industry who work or reside in Town; five representatives from the public and two representatives from the Town Council shall serve as liaisons. The Town Manager or his/her designee shall serve as the staff member for this Commission.
This Commission shall meet at least once a year. Meetings may be called by the Chairman or by petition of any three members.