Environment and Waterways Advisory Board
The purpose of the Board is to keep current on federal, state and county rules and regulations on waterways and the environment; to inform and advise the Town Council (Council) and Manager on changes or status of such; and to provide recommendations on waterways and environmental issues or concerns relating to use, preservation, conservation and protection of such resources in the town. Advice, information and resulting recommendations are to be developed through research, reference to, or consultation with experts in the appropriate fields. The Board shall work on other issues assigned by the Council or Manager. The Board shall propose principles, goals, and methods and offer guidance to the Council and Manager on waterways and environmental issues. For purposes of this sub-chapter, waterways and environments include, but are not necessarily restricted to: canals, channels, lakes and ponds, storm water, soil and landscape, air and open space, and flora and fauna therein (§ 3.05.016)
Environment and Waterways Advisory Board Members
R. Karl Lichty
Powers and Duties of Waterways Advisory Board (§ 3.05.017)
POWERS AND DUTIES (§ 3.05.017)
The Board shall report to the Town Council and shall have the following powers and duties:
(A) At the direction of the Council and Manager conduct studies and make recommendations on matters relating to waterways and environmental issues.
(B) Review all development applications and provide recommendations to the Council and Manager relating to waterways and environmental issues.
(C) At their request, assist the Council and Manager in the resolution of complaints and concerns, registered by the town’s citizens, governmental agencies, or other entities, about waterways and the environment.
(D) To engage in activities to further public education and understanding of the importance of waterways and the environment to the community, and voluntary means by which these resources may be protected.
(E) Develop and maintain an inventory of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including, open marshlands, swamps, and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas and make recommendations to the Planning Board and Council concerning their use.
(F) To keep current on federal, state and regional environmental issues and proposals and inform the Town Council as deemed necessary or relevant.
(G) All Board reports, recommendations, or requests for actions shall be coordinated, as appropriate, with other Town Boards working through the Manager and Council.
(H) The Board shall prepare no later than March of each year, a written report to the Council outlining major actions taken over the past year in environmental and waterways areas, and outlining recommended actions the respective departments, Manager and Council should take in the outlying years. This report shall be consulted in the preparation of the budget and Capital Improvement Plan of the Town.
(I) Because the Board is advisory in purpose, no Board member shall make, or have the authority to make, any contractual or financial obligations or arrangements on behalf of, or for, the Town.
COMPOSITION AND TERMS OF OFFICE (§ 3.05.018)
(A) There shall be 9 members of the Board, to be appointed by the Council for 2-year staggered terms with 5 members’ terms expiring in 1 year and 4 members’ terms expiring in the following year. All members shall serve without compensation. The terms of office shall commence on July 1 and end on June 30, 2 years later, unless appointed to fill a vacancy, in which the term would begin immediately and end when the term was scheduled to end.
(B) All members shall be residents of the town’s planning and zoning jurisdictions.
(C) The Council may remove a Board member only by taking a public vote. A Board member who misses 3 consecutive meetings without being excused by the Board shall be considered to have resigned membership in the Board. The Council shall fill the vacancy.
Articles Produced by EWAB and Published Previously in the River Bender