Township of Caln, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Caln 3-9-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 59.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 137.
Zoning — See Ch. 155.
There is hereby created and established a commission to be known as the "Caln Township Historical Commission."
The Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity for the establishment and implementation of an historic preservation plan, to review and advise on proposed activities affecting historic resources and to provide information on historic resources to the citizens of the Township. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission shall:
A. 
Identify significant historical buildings, structures and other similar resources and natural historical sites ("historic resources") in Caln Township;
B. 
Maintain a detailed inventory and map(s) of these historic resources, including informational data appropriately classified;
C. 
Create an awareness of the history of the Township from the Native Americans to the present day, including their cultural, agricultural, business, educational and religious endeavors, as evidenced by their remaining historic resources;
D. 
Research and record the history of Caln Township and serve as an advisory resource for owners of historic sites involved with preservation and/or restoration;
E. 
Prepare appropriate reports respecting the foregoing for the Board of Commissioners, as well as such additional related reports which may be requested by the Board of Commissioners;
F. 
Cooperate with and advise the Board of Commissioners, the Township Planning Commission and other interested Township officials and agencies in relation to the preservation and restoration of significant historic resources, including the review of zoning and/or subdivision/land development proposals and building/demolition permit applications which have the potential to impact on historical resources;
G. 
Consider, promote and, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners, apply for technical and financial assistance from all appropriate local, county, state, federal and other agencies that will assist in the preservation of significant historic resources within Caln Township, reporting all related action thereon to the Board of Commissioners;
H. 
Prepare and submit a yearly budget to the Board of Commissioners, together with a budget request for sums deemed necessary by the Commission to carry out its objectives;
I. 
In conjunction with and cooperation of the Board of Commissioners, the Township Planning Commission and other appropriate groups, to study the feasibility of creating historic districts in accordance with and pursuant to the Act of June 13, 1961, P.L. 282, No. 167, as amended; [1]
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Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 55626 et seq.
J. 
Cooperate with all Township officials regarding the possible acquisition and use or preservation of significant historic resources, including their nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with the provisions of the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; and
K. 
Perform other related duties as may be delegated by the Board of Commissioners, from time to time.
A. 
The Historical Commission shall consist of a minimum of nine members and up to, but not exceeding, 15 members, who shall be residents of Caln Township and who shall:
(1) 
Be appointed by the Board of Commissioners;
(2) 
Serve terms of office of five years, except for the initial term which at the inception of the Commission shall be three members for one year, three members for three years and three members for five years;
(3) 
Serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for ordinary expenses necessary to conduct the responsibilities of the Commission, when authorized by the Board of Commissioners; and
(4) 
Elect annually a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and other officers as deemed necessary by the Commission.
B. 
A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled by a Caln Township resident appointed by the Board of Commissioners for the unexpired term. The Commission may, as a body, make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for appointees to fill unexpired terms and for full terms. The Commission shall have the right to establish appropriate committees to assist with research, to lend expertise and to perform other duties as assigned by the Commission. Each committee shall be chaired by a member of the Historical Commission.
Monthly meetings and periodic executive sessions shall be held to conduct the business of the Commission. The Commission shall keep minutes of its meetings and activities, which shall be provided to the Board of Commissioners following each meeting, and shall submit periodic reports, not less than once annually, to the Board of Commissioners.
In order to carry out its responsibilities, the Historical Commission may, with the consent of the Board of Commissioners, utilize any grants, personnel or other assistance as may be made available by the county, the commonwealth or federal government, or any of their agencies, or from private sources. The Board of Commissioners may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the grants or assistance in accordance with Township procedures in furtherance of the purposes of this chapter. The Historical Commission shall submit a proposed annual budget to the Board of Township Commissioners during the Township's annual budget process.