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Village of East Hills, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hills 9-12-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983 as Ch. 13 of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Air pollution — See Ch. 55.
Littering — See Ch. 121.
[Amended 1-21-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997]
The preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the Incorporated Village of East Hills, in the face of population growth, urbanization and technologic change, with their accompanying demands on natural resources and environmental conditions, are of increasing and vital importance to the health, welfare and economic well-being of present and future inhabitants and require forthright action by the Mayor and Trustees of the Incorporated Village of East Hills. It is recognized that the biologic integrity of the natural environment on which man is dependent for survival and the natural and functional beauty of our surroundings which condition the quality of our life experience cannot be protected without the full cooperation and participation of all the people of this Village working in partnership with local and state officials and with various public and private institutions, agencies and organizations. The establishment of a Commission for Conservation of the Environment is a necessary step in fostering unified action on environmental problems.
[Amended 1-21-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997]
The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of East Hills hereby creates a Commission, which shall be known as the "East Hills Commission for Conservation of the Environment," hereinafter called the "Commission."
[Amended 1-21-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997]
A. 
The Commission shall consist of seven members, who shall be full-time Village residents. Membership on the Commission shall terminate, effective immediately, should a member cease to be a full-time resident of the Village of East Hills. Two of the members shall be student members who are high school students enrolled in their junior or senior years in an accredited high school or matriculating students in an accredited college located within a thirty-mile radius of the Village. The student members shall be less than 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
B. 
The term of each member shall be two years, except that, upon the initial appointment of the members of the Commission, four members shall be appointed for terms of two years, and three members shall be appointed for terms of one year. Thereafter, all appointments shall be made for terms of two years; provided, however, that the term of any student member shall terminate, effective immediately, upon the student member reaching his or her 21st birthday, attending a college or university outside of a thirty-mile radius of the Village or receiving a degree from an accredited college or university, whichever occurs first.
C. 
The Mayor, Chair of the Planning Board, Chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Village Attorney, and such other officials that may be hereafter designated by the Mayor, shall be ex officio members of the Commission but shall not vote.
[Amended 1-21-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997]
The Board of Trustees shall designate a member of the Commission to act as Chair thereof. At the first meeting of the Commission, its members shall elect from among themselves a Recording Secretary. The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report as provided in § 15-6 of this chapter.
[Amended 1-21-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997]
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be as set forth in § 239-x1 and 6 of the General Municipal Law. In addition, the Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
Advise the Village Board of Trustees on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the environment, particularly evaluating major threats posed to environmental quality, wherever the same may exist and affect the Village.
B. 
Develop and, after receiving general approval by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees, conduct a program of public information in the community, which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
C. 
Conduct studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry out the general purpose of this chapter.
D. 
Maintain liaison and communications with public and private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or who can be of assistance to the Commission.
E. 
The Commission may present to the Village Board of Trustees plans and programs relating to environmental improvement for inclusion in the Village Code and, similarly, recommend to the Village Board of Trustees appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws relating to environmental control or recommend new local laws.
F. 
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned, from time to time, by the Village Board of Trustees.
The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Board of Trustees, not later than the first Monday of April of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Commission and, from time to time, shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.
The members of the Commission, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties within the appropriations made available therefor, provided that such expenses shall first have been authorized by the Village Board of Trustees.
This chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the power of the Village of East Hills to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment on behalf of the present and future inhabitants thereof. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.