[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 11-14-1977 by L.L.No. 27-1977 as Ch. 4 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted 4-25-1977 by resolution.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont hereby creates a commission which shall be known as the "Piermont Conservation Advisory Commission," hereinafter called the "Commission."
The Commission shall consist of nine members. Included among the aforesaid, there may be appointed up to two members of the Commission who are between 16 and 18 years of age.
Thereafter, members shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees for a term of three years from and after the expiration of the terms of their predecessors in office. If a vacancy shall occur otherwise than by the expiration of a term, it shall be filled by the Board of Trustees by appointment for the unexpired term. Persons who have demonstrated an interest in the improvement and preservation of environmental quality shall be eligible for appointment as members of the Commission.
The Board of Trustees 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 and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report as provided in § 9-5 of this chapter. The Commission shall meet at least once each month.
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be to:
Advise the Board of Trustees, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and all other appropriate boards and commissions on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features and conditions of the Village insofar as beauty, quality of biologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned and, in the case of man's activities and developments, with regard to any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long-range value of the environment to the people of the Village of Piermont.
Conduct surveys, studies and research on the natural resources of the Village and identify areas of high ecological value.
Maintain an up-to-date inventory or index of all open spaces or open areas in public or private ownership within the municipality (as the term "open areas" is defined in § 239-y of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York), including but not limited to natural landmarks, glacial and other geomorphic or physiographic features, streams and their floodplains, swamps, marshlands and other wetlands, unique biotic communities, and scenic and other open areas of natural or ecological value, and of the ownership, present use and proposed use of such open areas, so as to provide a base of information for recommendations by the Commission for their preservation and/or use.
Review proposals for development or use of open space, including marshland and all other wetlands and advise the above-mentioned agencies as to the impact of such proposals and their ecological appropriateness.
Seek to cooperate with, coordinate, assist and unify the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals within the Village of Piermont in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Maintain liaison and communication with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or who can be of assistance to the Commission.
Work in cooperation with the Piermont Planning Board and recommend from time to time to the Board of Trustees features, plans and programs relating to environmental improvement and, similarly, to recommend to the Board of Trustees appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws, regulations and practices relating to environmental control or recommend new local laws, regulations and practices.
Prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Obtain, and maintain in orderly fashion, maps, reports, books and other publications to support the necessary researches of the Commission into local environmental conditions.
When authorized by resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont, the Commission may accept, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or otherwise, property, both real and personal, in the name of the Village of Piermont, as may be necessary to conserve and otherwise properly utilize open spaces and other land and water resources within the boundaries of the Village of Piermont. Such real property may be accepted in fee for land and water rights or, as any lesser interest, development right, easement, including conservation easement, covenant or other contractual right, including conveyance with limitations or reversions.
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Trustees.
The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Board of Trustees, not later than the 31st day of December of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Commission and from time to time shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purpose of this chapter.
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.
This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the powers of the Village of Piermont to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment on behalf of the present and future inhabitants thereof. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.