§ 19-3Officers and terms.
§ 19-4Powers and duties.
§ 19-5Acquisition of property.
§ 19-7Appropriation of funds.
Pursuant to the provisions of 40:56A of the laws of New Jersey 1968, a Conservation Commission, to consist of five members, be and is hereby created.
The members constituting said Conservation Commission shall consist of the following:
All members of the Conservation Commission shall serve without compensation. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. The terms of office for the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments so that the terms of approximately one-third (1/3) of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualifications of their successors. The Mayor or governing body of the municipality may remove any member of the Commission for cause and written charges served upon the member and often a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
The Conservation Commission shall have the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the municipality and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board and the Mayor and governing body plans and programs for the development and use of such areas.
A Conservation Commission may, subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the municipality by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement, covenant or other contractual right as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the municipality.
A Conservation Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the governing body of the municipality.
The governing body may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Conservation Commission. The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require and as shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it.