- Chapter 45 Deleted
- Created: 2015-01-14
- Chapter 45 was deleted on March 10, 2014 by Ordinance 2014-08. See New Laws.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 3-20-1972 by L.L. No. 5-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council of the City of Schenectady hereby creates a Commission, which shall be known as the "Schenectady Environmental Conservation Commission," hereinafter called the "Commission."
The preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the City of Schenectady, in the face of population growth, urbanization and technological change, with their accompanying demands on natural resources, are found to be of increasing and vital importance to the health, welfare and economic well-being of present and future inhabitants and requires forthright action by the governing body of the City of Schenectady. It is recognized that the biologic integrity of the natural environment on which man is dependent for survival and the natural and functional beauty of our surroundings which condition the quality of our life experience cannot be protected without the full cooperation and participation of all the people of the City of Schenectady working in partnership with local and state officials and with various public and private institutions, agencies and organizations. Establishment of a Commission for conservation of the environment is a necessary step in fostering unified action on environmental problems.
[Amended 1-3-1978 by L.L. No. 1-1978]
The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the City Council for two-year terms. Members must be residents of the city and interested in the improvement and preservation of environmental quality. Appointments to fill vacancies in unexpired terms are for the remainder of the term. The staggered terms existing on the effective date of this chapter are continued.
The Mayor, Chairman of the Planning Commission, City Engineer, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Director of Environmental Health, Principal Planner and Corporation Counsel are ex officio members of the Commission.
The Commission may elect not more than five residents of the city who are at least 16 and not over 21 years of age to serve as associate members without the right to vote on Commission matters.
The Council of the City of Schenectady shall designate a member of the Commission to act as Chairman thereof. At the first meeting of the Commission, its members shall elect from among themselves a Recording Secretary. The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report, as provided in § 45-6 of this chapter.
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be to:
Advise the Council of the City of Schenectady on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features and conditions of the city insofar as beauty, quality, biologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned and, in the case of man's activities and developments, with regard to any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long-range value of the environment to the people of the city.
Develop and, after receiving general approval by resolution of the city, conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and man-made features within the City of Schenectady and such other studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry out the general purposes of this chapter.
Maintain an up-to-date inventory or index of all open spaces in public or private ownership within the municipality, including but not limited to natural landmarks, glacial and other geomorphic or physiographic features; streams and their floodplains, swamps, marshlands and other wetlands; unique biotic communities; scenic and other open areas of natural or ecological value; and of the ownership, present use and proposed use of such open areas, so as to provide a base of information for recommendations by the Commission for their preservation and/or use.
Seek to coordinate, assist and unify the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals within the City of Schenectady in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Maintain liaison and communications with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or who can be of assistance to the Commission. The Chairman of the Schenectady Environmental Conservation Commission shall be a voting member of the Schenectady County Environmental Conservation Advisory Council.
Working in cooperation with the Planning Board, recommend from time to time to the City Council features, plans and programs relating to environmental improvement for inclusion in the Master Plan of the City of Schenectady and, similarly, recommend to the City Council appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws and ordinances relating to environmental control or recommend new local laws and ordinances.
Prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
Obtain and maintain, in orderly fashion, maps, reports, books and other publications to support the necessary research of the Commission into local environmental conditions.
When authorized by resolution of the City Council of the City of Schenectady, the Commission may accept, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or otherwise, property, both real and personal, in the name of the City of Schenectady as may be necessary to conserve and otherwise properly utilize open spaces and other land and water resources within the boundaries of the City of Schenectady.
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned, from time to time, by the Council of the City of Schenectady.
The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Council of the City of Schenectady, not later than the first day of April of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Commission and, from time to time, shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.
The members of the Commission, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties within the appropriations made available therefor. The Commission may prepare and submit an annual budget request in writing to the Council of the City of Schenectady prior to October 1 of any year to defray expenses for professional staff, consultants, clerical assistants and printing and distribution of publications.
This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the powers of the City of Schenectady to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment on behalf of the present and future inhabitants thereof. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.