[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Franklin Park 6-11-1986 by Ord. No. 432-96. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 7-15-1998 by Ord. No. 456-98]
The Borough Council establishes an Environmental Advisory Council, pursuant to 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2322 et seq., to advise the Planning Commission, Recreation Board and Borough Council on matters dealing with protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources located within its territorial limits.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall be composed of seven members, each of whom must be residents of the Borough of Franklin Park. Borough Council shall appoint members to the Advisory Council. Appointments to the Environmental Advisory Council shall be staggered so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the membership shall expire each year. Terms of Environmental Advisory Council members shall not exceed three years.
Borough Council shall designate a Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Council.
The Environmental Advisory Council organized under this chapter shall have the power to identify environmental problems and recommend plans and programs to the appropriate agencies for promotion and conservation of natural resources and for protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within its territorial limits; make recommendations as to the possible use of open land areas of the political subdivision within its territorial limits; to promote a community environmental program; to keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such area; and to advise the appropriate local governmental agencies, including but not limited to the Planning Commission, Recreation Board and Borough Council, on the acquisition of property, both real and personal, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, easement, devise or lease in matters dealing with the purposes of this chapter.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall not exercise any powers or perform any duties which by law are conferred upon state agencies.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make quarterly reports which shall be submitted to Borough Council and printed in the annual municipal report or, if none, otherwise made known and available.
Borough Council, by establishing the Environmental Advisory Council, may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Environmental Advisory Council. Appropriations may be expended for such administrative, clerical, printing and legal services as may from time to time be required and as shall be within the limit of funds appropriated to the Environmental Advisory Council. The whole or any part of any funds so appropriated in any year may be placed in a conservation fund, allowed to accumulate from year to year or be expended in any year.
[Added 7-15-1998 by Ord. No. 456-98]
Environmental Advisory Council members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses as provided in 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 2323(c).