Village of Piermont, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 6-3-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Waterfront and waterways — See Ch. 198.
There is hereby established a Harbor Advisory Commission for the Village of Piermont.
[Amended 8-5-1986 by L.L. No. 5-1986]
A. 
The Harbor Advisory Commission of the Village of Piermont shall consist of 15 members who shall be residents of the Village and who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont. The Chairman of said Commission shall be designated by the members of the Village Board annually. The term of office of each member shall be three years, except that the initial appointments of five members are for one year; of five members are for two years, and of five members are for three years. The Trustees shall seek recommendations for Harbor Advisory Commission members from the following bodies: the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Conservation Advisory Commission, the Parks Commission, the Recreation Commission, the Empire Hose Underwater Rescue Unit, marina operators, commercial fishermen and Village civic associations. Final determination on nominations and appointments shall be made by the Trustees, who shall themselves be ex officio members of the Harbor Advisory Commission.
B. 
The members of the Harbor Advisory Commission shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for any money expended in the performance of their duties. The Commission shall annually propose a Chairman and select a Secretary from among its own members. Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Trustees.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
HARBOR
Includes all navigable waters within the limits of the Village of Piermont.
MARINE STRUCTURE
That which is built or serves in a fixed position in the harbor or on the shoreline, including bulkheads, breakwaters, docks and cribbings.
The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
To develop the Piermont Harbor Management Program, including detailed site plans for the projects outlined in the Piermont Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, and to submit engineering and cost proposals along with the site plans to potential sources of funding.
B. 
To consult with the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Conservation Advisory Commission, the Parks Commission, the Recreation Commission and the Architectural Review Commission on all appropriate matters, and to consult with and advise the Board of Trustees on all matters relating to the harbor, including but not limited to:
(1) 
The operation of watercraft in the harbor.
(2) 
The construction of marine structures and dredging in the harbor.
(3) 
The mooring of vessels in the harbor.
(4) 
Pollution in the harbor.
(5) 
The ecology of the harbor.
(6) 
All recreational activities in the harbor.
C. 
To recommend to the Board of Trustees long-range plans relating to the harbor.
D. 
To recommend to the Board of Trustees adoption or amendment of ordinances and the taking of other official action relating to the harbor.
E. 
In the cases of all applications made by any person to the United States Army Corps of Engineers or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, to recommend whether the Village should support or oppose such application and, upon authorization, to present statements and take other action on behalf of the Village in supporting or opposing such application.
F. 
To consult with and advise the Chief of Police and Chief of the Fire Department on all matters of public safety in the harbor.
G. 
To review applications for marine structures upon referral by other Village agencies as required by local law and to make recommendations to the referring agency or person. The purpose of such review shall be to evaluate proposed marine structures as to size, location and construction in order to verify that there is no impingement on the rights of others for the use of navigable waters and that the structures are suitable and appropriate for their intended use.
H. 
To advise and assist individual property owners to obtain all necessary permits to properly maintain bulkheads and seawalls.
I. 
To maintain liaison and consult with and advise appropriate federal, state and county officials on matters relating to the harbor.
J. 
To submit to the Board of Trustees an annual report of the Commission's activities.
The Commission shall regularly meet once each month at a time and place set by said Commission for its regular meeting. A quorum shall consist of five members. The Chairman, Secretary or any three members of the Commission may call a special meeting of said Commission for such purposes as are designated in said call. Notice of said special meeting shall be given in writing to all members 48 hours in advance of said special meeting. The Village Clerk shall be responsible for giving notice of all regular and special meetings of the Commission.
A member of the Harbor Advisory Commission who is unable to attend three consecutive meetings or less than half the meetings in any twelve-month period shall be subject to replacement at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.