[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park 12-9-1976 by Ord. No. 851. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Borough Council of the Borough of Palisades Park under and by virtue of N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq., there is hereby established an Environmental Commission to be known as the "Environmental Commission."
The Environmental Commission shall consist of seven regular members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Borough of Palisades Park. In addition to the seven regular members, there shall also be two alternate members, two associate members and two student members. The alternate members and student members shall be residents of the Borough of Palisades Park. All shall serve in accordance with the definition provided herein.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1224]
The members shall serve without compensation.
The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.
One member of the Environmental Commission shall be selected by the Mayor to constitute one Class IV member of the Planning Board of the Borough of Palisades Park pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23.
The terms of the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years.
The Council of the Borough may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon, at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Environmental Commission shall have the following duties:
To study and make recommendations to the Mayor and Council in areas of conservation and environmental protection, which shall include but not be limited to pollution control of all types; waste disposal, including sewage, garbage and solid waste; open space preservation, with emphasis on outdoor recreation needs; aesthetic flora and fauna preservation and beautification; and water resources.
To plan local conservation programs and to inform the public about those programs.
To prepare, print and distribute informational materials, such as books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets, which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes, within the limits of funds appropriated to the Commission.
To keep an index of all open areas, publicly and privately owned, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
To recommend, from time to time, to the Planning Board plans and programs, for inclusion in the Master Plan of the Borough of Palisades Park, for development and use of such areas.
To act as the coordinating agency of the community on conservation matters with appropriate federal, regional, state, and other agencies concerned with such matters.
To do such other acts and things as are reasonably related to and assigned to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Commission.
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Borough Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Borough of Palisades Park, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease, for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right, (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions), as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Borough of Palisades Park.
Regular meetings of the Commission shall be established.
At all meetings, a quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Commission.
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and shall make an annual report to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park on or before the 15th day of December.
The Council, in its discretion, may annually fix, determine and appropriate sums sufficient for the care, custody, leasing and maintenance of such land acquired for these uses and purposes herein stated, if necessary and for the expenses of said Commission.
[Added 7-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1224]
Alternate members. Two alternate members may be appointed by the Mayor to serve during the absence or disqualification of any regular member. Such alternate members shall meet the same qualification of any regular member. In the event that two alternate members are appointed, the initial terms of such members shall be one and two years, respectively. All subsequent appointments of alternates, except to fill vacancies, shall be for a period of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors, beginning the first day of January of the first year of the term. At the time of their appointment such alternate members shall be designated by the Mayor "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." Alternate members may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. In the event that a choice must be made to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote.
Associate members. The associate members shall be appointed for a term of two years. Although associate members shall be encouraged to attend all meetings and participate in all discussions, they shall not be entitled to vote on any formal action take at the meetings of the Environmental Commission. They shall be neither regular nor alternate members of the Commission and shall be persons with expertise in a special area or special talents.
Student members. The Mayor shall appoint two student members to serve for a term of one year. The student members shall be either high school, college or graduate school students. Although student members shall be encouraged to attend all meetings and participate in all discussions, they shall not be entitled to vote on any formal action take at the meetings of the Environmental Commission.