[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glassboro 7-24-1973 by Ord. No. 73-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Development regulations and zoning — See Ch. 107.
An Environmental Commission is hereby established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Borough of Glassboro.
The Commission shall consist of not fewer than five nor more than seven members appointed by the Mayor. All members shall be residents of the Borough and shall serve without compensation. One member shall also be a member of the Municipal Planning Board. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.
The terms of office of the first Commissioners shall be for one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments so that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the members will expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
The Mayor or governing body may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
A vacancy or the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Commission established under this chapter shall have the following powers:
Conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Borough.
Conduct research into the proper use of the water resources within the territorial limits of the Borough, the preservation of such resources and the elimination of pollution and improper drainage.
Coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
Advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets necessary for the above purposes.
Maintain and keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands so as to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
Recommend to the Planning Board programs and plans for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
The Commission may, subject to the approval of the Borough Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Borough by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including commission easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reservations) as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other lands and water areas in the Borough.
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report of its activities to the Borough Council. Such annual report shall be made each year on or about the anniversary date of the adoption of this chapter.
The expenses incurred by the Commission shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Borough Council. The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may require and as shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it.