Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 341 Environmental Advisory Council Established.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
An environmental advisory council is hereby established pursuant to the provisions of 53 Pa. C.S.A. § 2321 et seq., which shall be known as the "Doylestown Borough Environmental Advisory Council" and hereinafter referred to as the "Environmental Advisory Council" (EAC).

§ 342 Purpose.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
The purpose of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall be to advise Borough Council and other agencies, commissions and boards of the Borough of Doylestown on matters dealing with protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources located within the territorial limits of the Borough of Doylestown.

§ 343 Membership.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008; as amended by Ord. 2008-9, 8/18/2008]
1. 
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by Borough Council. Initially, Borough Council shall appoint three members to serve for a term of three years, two members to serve for a term of two years, and two member to serve for a term of one year. At the expiration of the said initial terms and thereafter, Borough Council shall appoint, or reappoint as the case may be, members to serve for a term of three years. Borough Council shall fill all vacancies in the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) by appointment for the unexpired term.
2. 
Borough Council shall designate the chairperson of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). Whenever possible, one member shall also be a member of the Doylestown Borough Planning Commission.
3. 
Members of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall serve without compensation.
4. 
Only appointed members of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall have the right to cast a vote during its proceedings.

§ 344 Powers and Duties.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
1. 
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall at the request of Borough Council have the power and authority to take such actions, conduct such programs and events and otherwise function to carry out its purposes including the power to:
A. 
Identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate Borough agencies for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within the territorial limits of the Borough.
B. 
Make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the Borough.
C. 
Promote a community environmental program.
D. 
Keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including flood-prone areas, swamps, and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of those areas.
E. 
Advise the appropriate Borough agencies in the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease, in matters consistent with its purpose.
F. 
Create and fill volunteer positions as it deems necessary or appropriate.
G. 
Engage in fund raising activities approved by Borough Council.
2. 
Limitation. The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall not exercise any powers or perform any duties which by law are conferred upon a Commonwealth agency.

§ 345 Organization.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008; as amended by Ord. 2008-9, 8/18/2008]
1. 
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall initially meet within 30 days following the appointment of its members by Borough Council at which time it shall organize and elect from its own membership a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). A majority of the membership of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) then in office shall constitute a quorum.
2. 
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) may adopt such rules, regulations and bylaw, consistent with this Subpart, as it deems necessary for efficient administration and operation and for the proper conduct of meetings.
3. 
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to Borough Council which report shall be made known and available. In addition to the foregoing, the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall keep minutes of each meeting and forward a copy of same to Borough Council promptly upon approval and acceptance of same.

§ 346 Annual Budget.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall, on or before September 30 of each year, submit a proposed budget for the following calendar year to Borough Council for its consideration and approval. All expenditures made on behalf of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) shall be in accordance with the approved budget.

§ 347 Funding.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
The Borough may fund all or any part of the operations and activities of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) from the General Fund of the Borough, as the Borough may determine, including the provision of paid staff to assist the Environmental Advisory Council in carrying out its purposes. It is the intention of this Subpart that the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) may engage in fund-raising activities which are approved by Borough Council in order to raise funds to partially or totally finance its operations and activities.

§ 348 Special Fund Established; Disbursements.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
All funds raised, generated, or otherwise received by the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), from any source whatsoever, shall be promptly transferred to the Borough and all such funds shall be deposited by the Borough Treasurer in a separate account to be known as the "Doylestown Borough EAC Account." The funds in said Account shall be used solely for the purposes of the Environmental Advisory Council and shall be disbursed by the Borough Treasurer. All disbursements from the said Account shall first be approved by Borough Council in the same manner as other funds of the Borough are disbursed.

§ 349 Severability.

[Ord. 2008-5, 5/19/2008]
The provisions of this Subpart are declared to be severable. If any provision of this Subpart is declared to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such determination shall have no effect on the remaining provisions of this Subpart.