[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 11-20-1989 by Ord. No. 35-89. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Air pollution control — See Ch. 46.
Brush, weeds and debris — See Ch. 68.
Flood hazard areas — See Ch. 89.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 93.
Gardeners, landscapers and horticulturists — See Ch. 94.
Littering — See Ch. 109.
Noise — See Ch. 112.
Parks — See Ch. 117.
Sewers — See Ch. 141.
Smoke emission — See Ch. 145.
Waterfront cleanup program — See Ch. 173.
There is hereby created an Environmental Commission for the City of Hackensack. The membership of the Commission shall consist of seven persons who are citizens and residents of the city. One such member shall also be a member of the Planning Board. The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor.
The Commission members first appointed shall be appointed for the following terms: two members for one year, three members for two years and two members for three years. Following the initial appointments, all appointments shall be for three years, and vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. The members shall receive no compensation for their services. With the exception of the Commission members first appointed, the term of office of each appointee shall commence on the first day of January and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the appropriate year. The Commission members first appointed as aforesaid shall also serve from the date of their respective appointments through and including December 31, 1989, at which time the term of years of their full appointment shall be deemed to commence.
With the exception of the Chairperson, who shall be designated annually by the Mayor, the Commission shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations for the discharge of its duties and for the proper exercise of the powers conferred upon it by the Mayor and Council and keep a record of its proceedings. The Board shall meet at least monthly, but as frequently as may be provided for in its rules and regulations and as circumstances may require.
Subject to the availability of duly appropriated funds by the Mayor and Council, the Environmental Commission shall perform the following duties:
Conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the city.
Prepare an index of all such open lands, publicly and privately owned, within the city. Said index shall be updated annually and, upon completion, shall be transmitted to the Mayor and Council, the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment.
Make recommendations concerning such open lands to the Mayor and Council and the Planning Board regarding plans and programs for inclusions in the Master Plan.
Study and make recommendations to the Mayor and Council, including but not limited to open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste managements, recycling programs, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance and protection of flora and fauna.
Coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for environmental and conservational purposes within the city.
Prepare, print and distribute informational materials which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purposes, so long as the same relates to its authorized duties as set forth herein.
When authorized by ordinance, review and report upon any environmental impact statement referred to it by the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment in a timely fashion.
Upon receiving the prior approval by resolution of the Mayor and Council, assist in the acquisition of property, real and personal, by the city gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall assist in the administration of 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, including conservation easement or other contractual right, including a conveyance on conditions or with limitation or reversions, 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 city.
Prepare such advisory reports and perform such other duties as may from time to time be requested by the Mayor and Council.
The Mayor and Council may annually fix, determine and appropriate a sum sufficient for the expenses of the Commission.
In the event that any member of the Commission shall miss three consecutive meetings, the Commission shall report such absences to the Mayor and Council. If the Mayor and Council, after due inquiry, are satisfied that the absences were not occasioned by reasonable cause, the Commission member may be removed by resolution of the Mayor and Council.