Township of Moon, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
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Creation. Pursuant to § 8003 of the Historic District Act, a Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), is hereby established for the Township.
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Membership. The HARB shall consist of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. The membership of HARB shall be as follows:
A. 
One member shall be a registered architect.
B. 
One member shall be a licensed real estate broker.
C. 
One member shall be a building inspector.
D. 
One member shall reside within a historic district and have knowledge of and interest in the preservation of historic districts(s).
E. 
One member shall reside within the Township and have knowledge of and interest in the preservation of historic districts.
Each member of the HARB shall be appointed for a term of six years or until his/her successor is appointed and qualified, which term shall expire on the first Monday of January of the year designated for the expiration of his/her term, except that the terms of the members first appointed pursuant to this chapter shall be so fixed so that the term of office of one member shall expire each year. An appointment to fill a vacancy shall be only for the unexpired term.
3. 
Conflict of Interest. Each member of the HARB shall comply with the requirements of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 1101 et seq.
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Expense Reimbursement. HARB members shall be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties, provided that such expenses are approved in advance by the Township Manager.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
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Organization. The HARB shall elect from its own membership a chairperson, vice-chairperson and such other officers as it deems appropriate, who shall serve annual terms as such and may succeed themselves.
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Records. The HARB shall keep full public records of its business, which records shall be the property of the Township, and shall submit a report of its activities to the Board of Supervisors as requested.
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Regulations and Procedures. The HARB is authorized to establish policies and procedures necessary to carry out its duties as long as any such policies and procedures do not conflict with the provisions of the Historic District Act, 53 P.S. § 8001 et seq., this chapter, the Moon Township Code of Ordinances, or any other ordinance of the Township.
4. 
Secretary of the HARB. The Township Manager, or his designee, shall act as Secretary to the HARB. The Secretary shall file a detailed record of all proceedings in the Township Manager's office.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
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Advisory Role. HARB shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
All powers and duties as provided by the Historic District Act, this chapter and any other ordinances adopted from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
B. 
To provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the advisability of issuing any certificate of appropriateness required to be issued pursuant to the Historic District Act and/or this chapter.
C. 
To conduct a survey of buildings, structures, objects and monuments for the purpose of determining those of historic and/or architectural significance and pertinent facts about them; action in coordination with the Township's Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and other appropriate groups and to maintain and periodically revise the detailed listings (resource inventories) of historic resources and data about them, appropriately classified with respect to national, state and local significance in accordance or consistent with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's "Cultural Resource Management in Pennsylvania: Guidelines for Historic Resource Surveys."
D. 
To propose, from time to time as deemed appropriate, the establishment of additional historic districts and revisions to existing districts.
E. 
To formulate recommendations concerning the establishment of an appropriate system for selected historic and/or architectural sites and buildings including proposals for the installation and care of such historic markers.
F. 
To formulate recommendations concerning the preparation and publication of maps, brochures and descriptive material about the Township's historical and/or architecturally significant sites and buildings.
G. 
To cooperate with and advise the Board of Supervisors and other Township agencies in matters involving historically and/or architecturally significant sites (such as appropriate land usage, parking facilities and signs, as well as adherence to lot dimensional regulations and minimum structural standards).
H. 
To cooperate with and enlist assistance from the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and other agencies, public and private from time to time, concerned with the preservation of historic sites and buildings.
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To advise owners of historic buildings regarding rehabilitation, repairs, maintenance methods and technologies, adaptive use, economic and tax incentives and other historic preservation strategies.
J. 
To promote public interest in the purpose of this chapter by carrying on educational and public relations programs.
2. 
Annual Reports. The HARB shall make an annual report to the Board of Supervisors which shall include:
A. 
Any recommendations for changes in this chapter.
B. 
The number and types of cases reviewed.
C. 
The number of cases for which a certificate of appropriateness was either approved or denied.
D. 
Number of HARB meetings which each member attended.
E. 
Historic preservation related training which each member attended.
F. 
A narrative summary describing the state of preservation in the Township's historic districts with recommendations in policy, goals, and objectives for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
3. 
Power to Employ and Contract. The HARB may employ persons, provided that salaries and wages and other necessary expenses of the HARB are approved in advance by the Board of Supervisors. The HARB may contract for professional services, provided that costs and expenses of which are approved in advance by the Board of Supervisors.
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Meetings. The HARB shall meet publicly at least once at regularly scheduled intervals. Further, the HARB may hold any additional meetings it considers necessary to carry out its powers and duties indicated in this chapter. Such meetings shall be opened to the public and shall otherwise comply with the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq., as amended. A majority of HARB shall constitute a quorum and action taken at any meeting shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present.
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Training. HARB members are encouraged to annually attend seminars, conferences or workshops related to historic preservation and HARB administration.