Environmental/Waterways Advisory Board
The purpose of the Board is to advise the Town Council (Council) and Manager on environmental and waterways issues and to provide recommendations on waterways and environmental issues or concerns relating to use, preservation, conservation and protection of such resources within the town. The Board shall work on other issues assigned by the Council or Manager. (§ 3.05.016)
Environmental/Waterways Advisory Board Members
Town Council Liaison: Brian Leonard
R. Karl Lichty
Powers and Duties of Environmental/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. At their request, assist the Council and/or Manager in the resolution of complaints and concerns registered by the town's citizens, governmental agencies, or other entities.
C. All Board reports, recommendations, or requests for actions shall be coordinated, when appropriate, with other town boards working through the Manager and Council.
D. 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.
E. The Board, at its discretion and operating within its budget, may organize and administer Council and/or Manager approved projects related to environmental and waterway activities and events to serve the residents of River Bend. The Board may be asked to organize special events or activities by the Council and/or Manager.
F. 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.
COMPOSITION AND TERMS OF OFFICE (§ 3.05.018)
A. There shall be seven (7) members of the Board, to be appointed by the Council for 2-year staggered terms. 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.
C. The Council may remove a Board member only by vote in an open meeting. 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 vacancy shall be filled as soon as practicable by the Council.
ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURES (§ 3.05.019)
A. At the first regular meeting each year following June 30, the Board shall elect a Chair, Vice Chair and a Secretary. The Secretary need not be a member of the Board. The name and contact information for each officer shall be immediately forwarded to the Town Clerk. Any subsequent change in officers shall also be forwarded to the Town Clerk.
B. The Board shall set a date (Ex: 2nd Thursday of each month), time and place to conduct its regular meeting. The schedule of regular meetings for the Board shall be maintained in the Office of Town Clerk.
C. The Board shall hold a minimum of 4 scheduled meetings per year. Special meetings may be called by Chair, the Manager, or 2 members of the Board. All meetings of the Board shall be conducted in a public, accessible place. All meetings shall be open to the public, shall be conducted under the rules of order established by Council, and shall be in accordance with state laws, in particular, the Open Meetings Law. A written agenda shall be prepared and distributed to all Board members and the Liaison at least 48 hours prior to all meetings. Copies of the agenda shall be available to the public at all meetings. A written record of minutes of each meeting shall be kept by the Secretary or, in their absentee, a designated person and shall include information on attendance, findings, recommendations, and actions taken by the Board. A draft copy of the minutes shall be provided to the Town Clerk within 10 business days of the meeting. At the next regular meeting of the Board, the draft minutes shall be presented to the Board for official acceptance. Within 10 days of adoption by the Board, a signed copy of the minutes shall be provided to the Town Clerk for retention. In accordance with applicable law, minutes of Board meetings are public record. Board minutes shall be posted on the Town’s web page in a manner consistent with the process of posting Town Council minutes.
D. A quorum, comprised of more than half the current membership, shall be present at the meeting to take any official action required or authorized by this subchapter. Only appointed Board members are eligible to vote. The Chair is eligible to vote on all matters.
E. The Board may adopt by-laws, rules, and other procedures not inconsistent with the town's ordinances and laws of North Carolina, with approval by the Town Manager.
F. Pursuant to G.S. § 160D-109, members of appointed boards providing advice to the Town Council shall not vote on recommendations regarding any zoning map or text amendment where the outcome of the matter being considered is reasonably likely to have a direct, substantial, and readily identifiable financial impact on the member.
G. Any official recommendation, arising out of the Board, shall be submitted in writing to the Town Council through the Board’s liaison or the Town Manager.