[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Schuylkill 6-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a commission to be known as the "Schuylkill Township Historical Commission."
The Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity for historic preservation information facilitation to the citizens of the Township. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission shall:
Identify significant architectural, historical, and natural sites in Schuylkill Township and maintain a detailed inventory and map(s) of these historic resources including informational data appropriately classified;
Create an awareness of the history of the Township from the native Americans to the present day, including their cultural, agricultural, business, educational, and religious endeavors;
Research and record the history of Schuylkill Township and serve as an advisory resource for owners of historic sites involved with preservation and/or restoration;
Prepare appropriate reports for the Board of Supervisors, as well as reports which may be requested by the Board of Supervisors;
Cooperate with and advise the Board of Supervisors, the Township Planning Commission, and all Township officials and agencies in relation to the preservation and restoration of significant historical structures, sites, and features including the review of zoning and/or subdivision/land development proposals and building/demolition permit applications which have the potential to impact historical resources;
Consider, promote, and with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, apply for technical and financial assistance from all appropriate local, county, state, federal, and other agencies in the preservation of significant architectural, natural, and historic sites within Schuylkill Township, and report all related action to the Board of Supervisors;
Prepare and submit a yearly agenda and budget to the Board of Supervisors for sums deemed necessary to carry out the objectives;
In conjunction with and with the cooperation of the Board of Supervisors, the Township Planning Commission, and other appropriate groups, study the feasibility of creating historic districts in accordance with and pursuant to the Act of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dated June 13, 1961, P.L. 282, No. 167 entitled "Historic Districts" and described as follows:
"An Act authorizing counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns and townships to create historic districts within their geographic boundary; providing for the appointment of an Historical Architectural Review Board; empowering governing bodies of political subdivisions to protect the distinctive historical character of these districts and to regulate the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of buildings, within the historic district."
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 8001 et seq.
Cooperate with and advise Township officials regarding the possible acquisition and use of significant historic structures and sites, including their research and nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with the provisions of the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; and
Perform other related duties as may be delegated by the Board of Supervisors.
Said Historical Commission shall:
Consist of nine members with two alternates who must be residents of Schuylkill Township;
[Amended 12-3-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-08; 1-7-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-01; 2-6-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01]
Be appointed by the Board of Supervisors;
Serve a term of office for three years, except for the initial term, which should be three members for three years. Half of the remaining members shall serve for two years and the remainder shall serve for one year. A member may serve on the Commission for no more than two consecutive three-year terms;
Serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses necessary to conduct the responsibilities of the Commission when authorized by the Board of Supervisors;
Elect annually a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, and other officers as deemed necessary by the Commission.
The Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township may, after a duly advertised public hearing, remove any member of the Commission from office for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance in office or conflict of interest.
A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled by a resident appointed by the Board of Supervisors for the unexpired term. The Commission shall have the right to make recommendations for appointees to the Board of Supervisors for unfulfilled terms and for full terms. The Commission shall have the right to establish appropriate committees to assist with research, to lend expertise, and to perform other duties as assigned by the Commission. Each committee shall be chaired by a member of the Historical Commission.
Monthly meetings and periodic executive sessions shall be held to conduct the business of the Commission. The Commission shall make and alter its rules of procedure consistent with the ordinances of the Township and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities, submitting periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors. The Commission shall keep records of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, and such records shall be considered "public records" except when contrary to the public interest as determined by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to applicable statutes, ordinances or their rules and regulations. A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, and action taken at any meeting shall require the affirmative vote of that majority.
In order to carry out its responsibilities, the Historic Commission may, with the consent of the Board of Supervisors, utilize any funds, personnel, or any other assistance made available by the county, the commonwealth, or federal government, or any of their agencies, or from private sources. The Board of Supervisors may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with Township procedures.