[Ord. 1993-10, 8/5/1993, § 1004; as amended by Ord. 2011-12, 10/6/2011]
Establishment and Membership. There shall be a Historical Commission which shall consist of not more than seven members, who shall be appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The membership of the Commission shall include individuals who have an interest in history, archeology, or historic preservation. Each Commission member shall serve for a term of five years, which shall be so fixed that no more than two terms shall expire each year. The Commission shall notify the Board of Commissioners of any vacancies in the Commission. Appointments to fill vacancies for unexpired terms shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term. Members shall serve without pay, but shall be reimbursed for any personal expenditures in the conduct of Commission business when authorized by the Board of Commissioners.
Organization. The Commission shall annually elect from its own membership a Chairman, who will direct the activities of the Commission, as well as such other officers as may be required for the conduct of its business. A quorum shall be not less than a majority of the current membership. The Commission may make, alter, and rescind rules and forms for its procedures consistent with the ordinances of the Township and laws and regulations of the Commonwealth. The Commission shall conduct business at regular public meetings. The Commission shall keep full public records of its business and shall submit a report of its activities to the Board of Commissioners on an annual basis.
Expenditures for Services. Within the limits of funds appropriated by the Board of Commissioners, the Commission may employ staff or contract for clerical, consulting, or other technical services.
Functions and Duties. In accordance with the purposes of this section, the Commission shall have the following functions and duties:
Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts in Lower Macungie Township.
Conduct research on, nominate, and assist in applications for registering significant resources to the National Register of Historic Places and any other appropriate lists or programs, with the consent of the owner.
Advise Township staff and the Board of Commissioners on the issuance of demolition permits for historic resources.
At the request of the Board of Commissioners, review and comment on subdivision, conditional use and/or land development applications which affect historic resources, in accordance with the requirements and procedures of this Part and the Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22].
Make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners concerning revisions, updates, or corrections to the Historic Resources Map, Eligibility Certifications and Classification upgrading.
Maintain an updated list which clearly identifies buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts and their respective classifications on the Historic Resources Map.
Advise the Zoning Hearing Board and Board of Commissioners on all requests for conditional uses and variances affecting historic resources.
Function as a Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) for historic districts in the Township which may in the future be certified by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in accordance with PA Act 167 or subsequent enabling legislation.
Review applications for and make recommendations regarding rehabilitation, enlargement, or alteration of historic resources for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.
Perform any other lawful activities which shall be deemed necessary to further the purposes of this section.