[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Little Egg Harbor; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee which shall consist of nine members and two alternate members.
The Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall consist of the Mayor of Little Egg Harbor Township, one additional member of the Township Committee of Little Egg Harbor Township selected by the Township Committee, Assistant Township Administrator, Chairperson of the Environmental Commission, and Chairperson of the Planning Board. The Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall also be comprised of four at-large members. Two of the four at-large members shall be residents of the Township of Little Egg Harbor. The two remaining at-large members may be nonresidents, provided that these members have considerable educations, backgrounds and experience in the areas of natural lands protection, land conservation, environmental protection, forest management, ecological or biological study, wildlife preservation, or similar areas of substantive knowledge and experience. No at-large member shall be an employee of the Township of Little Egg Harbor.
There shall be two alternate members of the Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee who shall be designated as Alternate No. 1 and Alternate No. 2. The alternate members shall be permitted to participate at meetings of the Advisory Committee but shall not vote unless a regular member or members are absent, in which case an alternate member in numerical order shall be permitted to vote in the absence of a regular member or members.
The terms of all members of the Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall be for a term of one year commencing on January 1 of the year of the appointment and ending on December 31 of the year of the appointment.
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of the term shall be filled for the unexpired term only.
The four at-large members and two alternate members of the Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Township Committee.
The members of the Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation.
The Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee shall be responsible for the evaluation of properties to be acquired and developed for open space and conservation purposes, pursuant to the establishment of the annual levy for this purpose under N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.7. The Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to the governing body concerning acquisition of lands for open space and conservation purposes, development of lands acquired for open space and conservation purposes, and maintenance of lands acquired for open space conservation purposes.
Nothing contained in this section shall authorize the Advisory Committee to enter into any contract or agreement or to expend, obligate or otherwise encumber finds of the Township of Little Egg Harbor for any of the purposes set forth in this section, and the powers of the Advisory Committee shall be limited to the making of recommendations and providing reports as needed or appropriate to the governing body in accordance with this section.
The Township Administrator shall be an ex officio member of the Advisory Committee and shall have the right to attend and participate at all meetings of the Advisory Committee but shall not have a vote on the Advisory Committee.
The Mayor of the Township of Little Egg Harbor Township shall serve as the Chairperson of the Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee. The members of the Advisory Committee shall select one of the remaining regular members of the Advisory Committee to serve as the Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Committee.