Environmental Commission


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  • 3rd  Wednesday of the month
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  • Pat Matarazzo (Chair-person)
  • Craig Barkhausen
  • Keith D'angiolillo
  • Brad Garie
  • Mark Hiler
  • Joseph Chovanec (Planning Board Member)
  • David Forti (Associate Member)
  • David Morris - Alternate Number 1
  • Open- Alternate Number 2

2-33 Environmental Commission

2-33.1 Creation; Membership.

a. There is hereby created a commission in the government of the Township known as the "Environmental Commission of Rockaway Township; for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources located within the Township, hereinafter known as the Commission."

b. This Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by Mayor, one (1) of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township. The Mayor of the Township shall designate one (1) of the members to serve as chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. Members shall serve without compensation. The term of office shall be three (3) years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.

c. The Mayor or Council may remove any member for cause and then only upon written charges served upon that member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.

d. A vacancy on the commission occurring other than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired tern in the same manner as an original appointment.

e. The Governing Body shall provide for the appointment of not more than two (2) alternate members. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of the appointment as Alternate No. 1 and Alternate No. 2. The terms of the alternate members shall be for two (2) years, except that the terms of alternate members first appointed shall be two (2) years for Alternate No. 1 and one (1) year for Alternate No. 2 so that the term of not more than one (1) alternate member shall expire in any one (1) year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the Appointing Authority for the unexpired term only. (N.J.S. 40:56A-1 et seq.)

f. An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which he has either directly or indirectly any personal or financial interest. An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the Governing Body for cause.

g. An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.

(1971 Code, § 3-30.2; Ord. 4-3-73; Ord. 91-16, § I)

2-33.2 Powers & Duties.

a. The Commission shall have the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of open land areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial 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 for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marsh lands, swamps and other wetlands in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and may recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan for the development and use of such areas.

b. The Commission shall have the power to study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water pollution control, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearances, marine resources in lakes, streams and rivers, and protection of flora and fauna.

c. The Commission may, subject to the approval of the Council, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, device or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions), as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.

d. The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Mayor and Council.

e. Commission expenditures are subject to budget limitations. (N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.)

(Code 1971, § 3-30.2; Ord. 4-3-73)

2-33.3 Administration of the Commission.

a. A majority of the whole number of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

b. The Commission shall establish a meeting date, which date shall be at least one (1) time each month in a calendar year.

c. The Commission, by a majority vote of all of its members, shall elect a secretary at its initial meeting for a term of one (1) year commencing January 1.

(Code 1971, § 3-30.2; Ord. 4-3-73)