[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack 10-26-2006 by L.L. No. 7-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This local law, adopted as Ch. 13, was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.
From time to time, issues and matters affecting the Town may require in-depth investigation and study by persons with special outreach, expertise and/or insight. Said issues may be of a recurrent nature, constitute quality of life concerns and/or be of a singular nature. Such an in-depth investigation and study of such issues may prevent or distract the Board from its administrative and statutory responsibilities. Pursuant to the authority granted in the Municipal Home Rule Law and Town Law, the Town Board is hereby enabled to create by resolution citizen advisory committees as it may deem appropriate to facilitate study and to report relative to such issues. Any such committee created pursuant to this chapter is charged with the responsibility of studying issues as may be designated by the Town Board.
Each committee shall be responsible to the Town Board and report directly to the Town Board and shall generally consist of not fewer than seven members and, in no instance, more than 11 members. The members shall be appointed by the Town Board and shall be Town residents and/or Town property owners.
The Town Board shall designate a member to serve as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.
The Chairperson and all members of the Committee shall serve without salary or compensation. Unless otherwise provided by the Board at the time of committee creation, actual costs will be reimbursed by the Town upon presentation of the proper supporting documentation.
Committees to study issues of a recurrent nature. Appointments of committee members to committees to study and review issues of a recurrent nature shall be structured as follows: first three members, three-year terms; next two members, two-year terms; final two members, one-year term. A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired period in the same manner as an original appointment.
Committees to study issues of a singular nature. Appointments of committee members to committees to study and review issues of a singular nature shall be for the duration of the reporting period.
The Committee shall meet as charged and shall study and make recommendations to the Town Board regarding all aspects of the issue or issues designated by the Town Board.
The Committee shall, through a designated officer of the Town, inform the general citizenry of the importance of said issue in the Town and may, from time to time, make public any and all Committee recommendations to the Town Board relative to the issue designated for review and study.
The Town shall make available a suitable meeting room as activities permit. The time of the meetings shall be set by the Chairperson and made available to the general public prior to the meeting as required by law. The Committee shall keep notes of the meetings and record all data as is necessary to provide support information concerning its recommendations. A quorum of the Committee shall be duly constituted with a majority of the voting members present.
The Citizen Advisory Committee shall make its recommendations to the Town Board relative to its findings at such intervals as the Board deems necessary to fulfill its obligations to the Town Board. A final report of the activities of the Committee shall be forwarded to the Town Board within 30 days after the conclusion of Committee activities and shall also be made available to the general public. Committees to study issues of a singular nature shall cease to exist upon the Town Board's acceptance of the committee's report and/or a finding that the services of the committee are no longer required.
If any part, section or provision of this chapter shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole or any section, provision or part thereof not so adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.