[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg 3-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This chapter was renumbered from § 9-305.5 to Ch. 2-509 at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
The Harrisburg Environmental Advisory Council (hereinafter "EAC") is hereby created for the purpose of discussing and disseminating information on environmental issues and concerns in the City.
The EAC shall consist of five volunteer members who are residents of the City of Harrisburg. Three initial members shall be appointed by the Mayor and two initial members shall be chosen by Council. In all cases, the members shall be approved by City Council. The initial members appointed by the Mayor and by City Council shall be chosen among the membership and/or agents and employees of any local commercial and institutional organization or shall be chosen due to their interest in environmental protection issues, with a particular emphasis on waste management and recycling matters. One person initially appointed by Council shall serve for a term of two years and the other person initially appointed by Council shall serve for a term of three years. Two persons initially appointed by the Mayor shall serve for a term of three years and one person initially appointed by the Mayor shall serve a term of two years. Thereafter, Mayoral appointments shall be made by the Mayor and Councilmanic appointments shall be made by City Council. In each case all such nominations shall be subject to City Council approval, and each person appointed shall serve a term of three years, unless otherwise removed.
The initial members of the EAC shall prepare, approve, revise and implement bylaws to govern their function and duties.
The EAC may organize itself in any manner deemed appropriate to effectuate its purposes hereunder, subject to the following:
The EAC shall meet monthly or at its discretion at a time and place as shall be determined by the EAC and such meetings shall be open to the public.
The EAC shall, from time to time, appoint a Chairperson, a Secretary and other such agents as it may deem advisable.
The EAC may, from time to time, authorize one or more of its members to execute any document or documents and shall include in its minutes the name or names of the member or members so authorized. Notwithstanding the above, the EAC may not execute or otherwise bind the City or any of its boards or agencies to any agreement or to any fiduciary obligation.
The EAC or its delegate shall maintain and keep such records as are or may be required by any applicable law, regulation or ruling and shall provide for the preparation and filing of such forms or reports as may be required by any governmental agency or department and/or to any other person or entity who or which may be entitled to such information.
In addition to the EAC members, a representative of the City and the operator of the City facilities, or his or her designee, shall be present at all meetings to provide an operations report and other status reports concerning the City facilities. The County Host Municipal Inspector, or his or her designee, and a representative from the State Department of Environmental Protection shall be requested to be present to provide an operations report and other status reports concerning the City facilities.
Any and all applications for grants to any federal, state, municipal or nonprofit governmental or corporate agency must be approved by resolution of Council prior to submission to such agency.
Members of the EAC shall hold no other office of employment in the government of the City.
Environmental Advisory Council members failing to attend three consecutive meetings shall forfeit their membership, unless the Chairperson of the EAC receives written notification from the member involved that the absence was for good cause shown. Should any EAC member fail to attend three consecutive meetings without providing notification as set forth above, the Chairperson of the EAC may remove such member.
Meetings of the EAC shall be advertised once per year in a local newspaper of general circulation and twice per year as a monthly bill insert in all City residents' utility bills, and notice of upcoming meetings shall be constantly maintained on the City's website.
At the request of the EAC and to the extent the EAC provides the written copy for publication, biannually, the City shall publish educational information about the City's recycling programs to all residents of the City in furtherance of its obligations under § 1501 of Act 101 of 1988 by inserting the copy in all City utility billings. The EAC will also utilize the City's monthly calendar of events to provide such educational information.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 4000.1501.
At the request of Council, the EAC shall provide monthly reports of its activities to the City and Council.
The City Clerk shall forward all environmental notices received by the City to the EAC within 10 days of their receipt. The City Clerk shall also forward all notices of leaking underground storage tanks and submission of site characterization and/or remedial action reports under the Department of Environmental Protection's corrective action regulations and the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, Act 2 of 1995.