[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Horsham Township 12-8-1999 by Ord. No. 247. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created a Historical Advisory Commission in and for Horsham Township. The Commission shall consist of five persons to be appointed by the Horsham Township Council for such terms as shall permit no more than two terms to expire in any one calendar year.
The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Council of Horsham Township for terms of five years, in such order that at least one member's term shall expire annually. The aforesaid appointments for a specified term notwithstanding, a Commission member may stay in office until a successor qualifies or is appointed, or the Horsham Township Council may remove any member of the Commission, at the pleasure of the Council.
All members of the Historical Advisory Commission shall be residents of Horsham Township and shall serve without compensation other than for such expenses in connection with their duties on said Commission as the Council may approve in advance.
The Historical Advisory Commission shall elect from among its members, at the first meeting thereof, and at the annual meeting in January of each and every year thereafter, a Chairman, Secretary, and such other officers as the said Commission may deem necessary, by a majority vote of the members present at such meeting. Written notice of the annual meeting shall be mailed to each member by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to said meeting; regular or special meetings shall be convened at the call of the Chairman, or in such other manner as the members may, by a majority vote, designate.
The Historical Advisory Commission, at such times as directed by the Council, shall annually submit for approval to the Council a proposed budget for the ensuing year, setting forth all proposed expenditures and programs. The Historical Advisory Commission shall not in any manner obligate the Township for the payment of any municipal funds until the same is appropriated by the Township Council.
The Historical Advisory Commission shall undertake the following functions and responsibilities in connection with advising the Council in identifying and preserving historical sites, buildings, papers, documents and relics of historical significance to Horsham Township:
Conduct investigations on historical matters relating to Horsham Township, and report the same for public information;
Collect and disseminate data and information on matters of historical significance to Horsham Township;
Publish a pamphlet or report designating the historical sites or buildings of significant value to the history of Horsham Township;
Make recommendations for suitable plaques or markers to distinguish historic sites and buildings of Horsham Township;
Cooperate with any qualified historical society in investigations of historical matters relating to Horsham Township;
Recommend to the Council a suitable depository and display of historical papers, documents and relics;
Cooperate with and encourage the activities of interested citizens to the end that such activities will serve the historical interests of Horsham Township;
By its Chairman or by other members appointed for such purpose by the Chairman, make such reports from time to time to the Council as the said Chairman shall deem advisable.