Environmental/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)

Environmental/Waterways Advisory Board Members

Patty Leonard

R. Karl Lichty

James Stevens

Raymond Jaklitsch

Jon Hall

Mary Holihan

Paige Ackiss


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) 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) 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.


(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’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.



  • The Board shall elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and a Secretary. The Secretary need not be a member of the Board.


  • The Board shall hold a minimum of 6 scheduled meetings per year or more if required by state law. Special meetings may be called by Chair, the Manager, or 2 members of the Board. 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 published no less than 48 hours prior to a meeting. A written record of each meeting shall be kept and shall include information on attendance, findings, recommendations, and actions taken by the Board. This record shall be made available to the public.


  • 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.


  • The Board may adopt by-laws, rules, and other procedures not inconsistent with the town’s ordinances and laws of North Carolina.
  • With the express approval of the Town Council, the Board shall have the capability of establishing fund raising efforts and directing the use of those funds to further the goals of the Board.


  • Pursuant to G.S. § 160A-381(d), 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.



Articles Produced by EWAB and Published Previously in the River Bender


Quick Links

Advisory Board Application Form 

Improving Water Quality in Your Own Backyard

River Bend Stormwater Brochure

Articles Produced by EWAB and Published Previously in the River Bender:

Meeting Schedule

Regular Meeting 1st Monday 7:00 PM

River Bend Municipal Building