[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 5-1-1990 by Ord. No. 1826; amended in its entirety 3-6-2012 by Ord. No. 2685-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Committee known as the Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee is established for and in the Township of Maplewood ("Township").
The general purposes of the Maplewood Advisory Committee shall include but not be limited to:
Respond to requests from the Township Committee for advisory support on environmental issues;
Monitor and research local, county, state and federal regulations pertinent to the Township's suburban/urban environmental setting and, at the direction of the Township Committee, provide such information to interested parties;
At the direction of the Township Committee, research and prepare written responses (write papers, editorials, letters to political representatives, etc.) on behalf of the Township to pertinent proposed environmental, solid waste and recycling regulations potentially affecting the community;
Act as a source for information regarding environmental issues which may be of interest to the Township;
Propose reasonable regulations in consultation with the Township Administrator and the Township Recycling Coordinator and subject to the approval of the Township Committee for the Township environmental well-being;
Develop necessary educational programs related to environmental issues at the direction of the Township Committee;
Maintain a database of volunteers experienced in various environmental areas of expertise; and
Coordinate all activities in the annual commemoration of Earth Day.
The Township Committee shall appoint 10 residents of the Township to serve as the Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee. The term of office shall be three years. All terms shall expire December 31 of the last year of the person's term. The present appointees shall continue through the end of their term. All new appointees shall serve for terms of three years.
Additionally, a member of the Township Committee, the Maplewood Township Health Officer and the Maplewood Township Director of Public Works or their designees shall serve as ex officio members of the Committee. Ex officio members shall not vote.
Meetings of the Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee shall be held quarterly or more frequently as needed.
The Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee shall annually appoint a Chair from among its members who shall be responsible for scheduling and conducting meetings of the Committee. The Chair shall serve for one year. Ex officio members may not serve as the Chair.
The Chair will participate in the Township Committee Environmental Subcommittee as requested.