§ 19-4Compensation and expenses.
§ 19-5Designation of Chairman.
§ 19-6Powers and duties.
§ 19-7Records and reports.
§ 19-8Request for operating expenses.
An advisory council, to be known as the "Middletown Environmental Advisory Council," is hereby created.
The Middletown Environmental Advisory Council shall be composed of five residents of the Borough of Middletown.
Environmental Advisory Council members shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedure:
All Environmental Advisory Council members shall be appointed by the Middletown Borough Council.
Environmental Advisory Council members' terms of office shall expire on the first Monday in January following the last year of their respective terms of office.
Duly appointed Environmental Advisory Council members shall serve terms of three years, the terms being so staggered that two terms shall expire each year, except that in one year of three, one term may expire. The transition from seven members to five shall be effected so that existing members shall complete their respective three-year terms of office by not filling, as they arise, what would otherwise be the first two vacancies, in effect ultimately replacing, in each third year, the appointment of three members by the appointment of one member.
Whenever possible, one member shall attend the Planning Commission, the Shade Tree Commission and the Recreation and Parks Board meetings.
Environmental Advisory Council members shall receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties within the annual budget for the Environmental Advisory Council, as set by the Borough Council.
The appointing authority shall designate the Chairman of the Council.
The Middletown Environmental Advisory Council shall have the following powers:
To identify environmental problems.
To recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the area of this municipality.
To develop alternatives as to the possible use of open land areas of this municipality.
To promote a community environmental program.
To keep an inventory of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas.
To advise the appropriate local governmental agencies in the acquisition of property, both real and personal.
To undertake such environmental tasks as requested by the Middletown Borough Council.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report which shall be printed in the annual municipal report.
The Middletown Borough Council may require the submission of an annual request for operating expenses, in a budget form, itemizing each major category.