[Adopted 10-2-1990 as § 09.03 of the 1990 Code]
There is hereby established a Conservation Commission for the Town of Bar Harbor to consist of seven members to be appointed by the Town Council pursuant to the authority provided in 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3261, as amended. It is the intent of the Town of Bar Harbor to establish a Conservation Commission in order to maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources, to protect natural streams or water supplies, to promote conservation of swamps, wetlands, beaches or tidal marshes, to enhance the value to the public of abutting or neighboring parks, forests, wildlife preserves, nature reservations or sanctuaries or other open areas or open spaces, to effect or enhance public recreation opportunities, to preserve historic sites, to implement the plan of development adopted by the Planning Commission of the municipality, and to promote orderly urban or suburban development.
Each member of the Conservation Commission shall be appointed by the Town Council for a three-year term, except that with respect to the initial appointments, two members shall be appointed for a one-year term, two members shall be appointed for a two-year term and three members shall be appointed for a three-year term.
The Conservation Commission shall conduct research, in conjunction with the Planning Board, if any, into the local land areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of conservation bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, within the municipality, including open marsh lands, swamps and other wetlands, for the purpose of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization, protection, development or use of such open areas and may recommend to the municipal officers or any municipal body or board, or any body politic or public agency of the State of Maine, a program for the better utilization, protection, development or use of such areas, which may include the acquisition of conservation easements. The Conservation Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the municipality to be published as part of the Annual Municipal Report.
With the approval of the Town by vote of any Special or Annual Town Meeting, the Commission may acquire land or any interest therein in the name of the municipality for any purpose set forth in 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3264, as amended, and may accept gifts of land, money or easements for conservation purposes.
The Commission shall, prior to making any recommendations pursuant to this section, submit its recommendations to the Planning Board at least 30 days in advance.
The Commission shall meet every month unless it agrees to meet more frequently. Except when otherwise provided by vote of the Commission, all meetings shall be conducted by Robert's Rules of Order.
The Commission's decision shall be made by a vote of the majority of the members present and voting provided a quorum is present. A majority of the members appointed and serving on the Commission shall constitute a quorum.