[HISTORY: Adopted by the Representative Town Meeting of the Town of Branford 6-2-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 21, Conservation Commission, adopted 5-12-1964.
There is hereby created the Joint Conservation and Environmental Commission (hereinafter "Commission").
Said Commission shall consist of 11 members who shall be residents of the Town of Branford appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Members shall serve without compensation.
Each member shall serve for a term of four years; provided, however, that of those members initially appointed, four shall be appointed for a term of four years, four shall be appointed for a term of three years and three shall be appointed for a term of two years. The composition of this Commission must include at least two business people, one health professional and one environmental professional.
In the event that a vacancy occurs in the term of any member, the Board of Selectmen shall fill said vacancy for the expiration of that term.
The Commission shall elect annually from their membership a Chairperson and a Secretary.
In addition to the powers, rights and duties as set forth in Section 7-131a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, said Commission shall have the following powers and duties. The Commission shall:
Investigate pollution within the Town, including alleged violations of clean air and clean water standards as established by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. It shall recommend to the Board of Selectmen, the Representative Town Meeting and other Town, state and federal agencies procedures, ordinances, rules and interlocal agreements to abate and prevent pollution. It shall conduct such surveys as may be required, investigate the source and nature of pollution hazards, review federal, state and Town records and conduct public hearings for the purpose of obtaining information leading to the abatement and prevention of pollution. The Commission shall keep records of such surveys, inspections or hearings.
From time to time, work with unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
Advise the Board of Selectmen and the Representative Town Meeting about environmental matters concerning the Town of Branford.
Said Commission shall work together with the East Shore Health District, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the Feral Environmental Protection Agency and such other agencies as have been or may be formed from time to time by one or more municipalities to protect the environment.
Said Commission shall annually present a budget and file an annual report of its doings, which report shall be included in the Town's Annual Report. The Commission can be called upon, at any time, by the Representative Town Meeting to render a report of its activities.