Borough of Shrewsbury, NJ
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Chapter 9. Boards, Committees and Commissions

Article I. Environmental Commission

[Adopted 3-12-1970 by Ord. No. 281 (Ch. 3, Art. XIX, of the 1973 Code); amended in its entirety 6-11-1990 by Ord. No. 612]

§ 9-1. Establishment of Commission.

The Borough of Shrewsbury Environmental Commission is hereby established pursuant to Chapter 245 of the Laws of 1968 and Chapter 35 of the Laws of 1972 (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 to 40:56A-7, inclusive).

§ 9-2. Membership; terms of office; removal of members; vacancies.

[Amended 10-18-1993 by Ord. No. 666; 2-16-2010 by Ord. No. 940]
A Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Borough of Shrewsbury. The members shall serve without compensation, except as hereinafter provided. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. The terms of office of the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years as designated by the Mayor in making his or her appointment, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The Mayor and Borough Council 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 Mayor may also appoint not more than five associate members for terms of one year. Associate members may attend all public meetings of the Environmental Commission but shall have no vote on any action taken by the Commission.

§ 9-3. Alternate members.

[Added 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 871]
The governing body may, by ordinance, provide for the appointment of not more than two alternate members. Alternate members shall be appointed by the Mayor. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the authority appointing them as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2."
The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2 so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term only.
An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which he has either directly or indirectly any personal or financial interest. An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the governing body for cause.
An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.

§ 9-4. Powers of Commission.

The Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, and for the preservation of scenic, historic, aesthetic, educational, environmental, ecological and scientific values to be found in the lands, waters and total environment of the Borough of Shrewsbury. The Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Borough and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purpose. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and may, from time to time, recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.

§ 9-5. Acquisitions by Commission.

The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the municipality 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 municipality.

§ 9-6. Records; annual report.

The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the Mayor and Council.

§ 9-7. Appointment of staff.

The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require, provided that the same be within the limit of funds appropriated to it by the Mayor and Council.

§ 9-8. Studies and recommendations.

The Environmental Commission shall have power to study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna.