Town of Kearny
New Jersey

Ordinance
(O)-2019-14

Ordinance Disbanding the Beautification and Environmental Committee and Establishing in its
Place an Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability (ACES)

Information

Department:Town AttorneySponsors:Council Member Susan McCurrie
Category:Ordinance

Body

              WHEREAS, in 1973 the Mayor and Council established a Municipal Advisory Beautification and Environmental Commission (the “Beautification Committee”); and

              WHEREAS, the Beautification Committee has been inactive, and due to changing circumstances and views on the environment over the years, the governing body has determined that the Beautification Committee should be officially disbanded and that an Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability should be established in its place; now, therefore, be it Ordained that

I

              Existing Section 2-48 of the Town Code entitled “Beautification and Environmental Committee” is hereby deleted.

II

The following is hereby added to the Town Code:

2.48 ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY             

2-48.1                Creation

              A Municipal Advisory Committee, which shall be known and designated as the Kearny “Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability” consisting of nine (9) members, is hereby created and established.  For avoidance of doubt, the Committee established by this Ordinance is not, and is not intended to be, an Environmental Commission under N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.

2-48.2                Membership

              a.              The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve for terms of two (2) years.

              b.              The nine (9) members provided for in subsection 2-48.1 shall consist of, at a minimum, one (1) core member of the Kearny Community Garden and one (1) member of Kearny Awake (“Association of Water, Agriculture and Kearny’s Environment”) as long as either or both are active organizations within the Town of Kearny.  

              c.              In addition to the nine (9) members provided for in subsection 2-48.1, the Mayor shall appoint a member of the Town Council to serve as liaison between the Committee and the Town Council.  The Councilmember appointed to serve as liaison shall have no voting privileges in the deliberations of the Committee.    

              d.              In addition to the nine (9) members provided for in subsection 2-48.1 and the Councilmember designated to serve as liaison, the Mayor shall be ex officio, a member of the Committee.  The Mayor shall have no voting privileges in the deliberations of the Committee. 

2-48.3                            Service without Commission

              The members of the Committee shall receive no compensation for their services.

2-48.4                            Functions and Duties

              The Committee shall foster the education, coordination and dissemination of information and the development and implementation of community projects which promote Kearny’s environment through green and sustainability initiatives.  Said initiatives include, but are not limited to, educational programs and community projects which focus on environmental conservation, stormwater run-off, climate change, recycling, clean air and clean water, anti-littering and pollution.  In furtherance of said programs and community projects, the Committee may also provide for assistance and coordination with Kearny Awake, the Kearny Community Garden, any Earth Day celebrations and any other community organized effort which furthers the purposes set forth herein.   The Committee shall from time to time report its findings and recommendations to the Town Council for its consideration and action.  The findings and recommendations shall not bind the Town Council.

2-48.5                            Rules and Procedures of Meetings and Activities.

              The Committee may, in its discretion, adopt rules and procedures governing the conduct of its meetings and activities and shall elect such officers from among its membership as it may deem necessary.

Meeting History

Apr 9, 2019 7:00 PM  Council Caucus / Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:INTRODUCED [UNANIMOUS]Next: 4/23/2019 7:00 PM
MOVER:Susan McCurrie, Council Member
SECONDER:Carol Jean Doyle, Council Member
AYES:Carol Jean Doyle, Susan McCurrie, Eileen Eckel, Albino Cardoso, Richard Konopka, Marytrine DeCastro, Peter Santana, Gerald Ficeto, Alberto G. Santos
Apr 23, 2019 7:00 PM  Council Caucus / Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Susan McCurrie, Council Member
SECONDER:Carol Jean Doyle, Council Member
AYES:Carol Jean Doyle, Susan McCurrie, Eileen Eckel, Albino Cardoso, Marytrine DeCastro, Peter Santana, Gerald Ficeto, Alberto G. Santos
ABSENT:Richard Konopka

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