An Ordinance Amending Powers and Duties of Commissions and Boards of the Administrative Code
- Published: November 6, 2014
ORDINANCE NO. 2014-23, VILLAGE OF YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO
Interested persons will take note that the Village Council of Yellow Springs on Monday, November 3, 2014, gave first reading to an ordinance, text to follow.
Council will consider said ordinance for a second reading and a public hearing to begin at 7:10 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014, in the Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St.
Whereas, in 1971, Council for the Village of Yellow Springs established an Environmental Commission for the purpose of the conservation and improvement of the environment; and
Whereas, the Council for the Village of Yellow Springs adopted Ordinance 2011-34, which amended the membership requirement of the original ordinance; and
Whereas, Village Council again wishes to amend Section 274.02 to better address the needs of Commission with regard to membership; and
Whereas, Council wishes to change gendered language contained in the Powers and Duties section 274.03.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL FOR THE VILLAGE OF YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO HEREBY ORDAINS THAT:
Section 1. Existing Section 274.02 Membership of Chapter 274 Environmental Commission of the Codified Ordinances is hereby amended.
Section 2. The amended Section 274.02 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
The Environmental Commission will consist of five members to be appointed by Council. One member shall be a member of Council, appointed to serve at the pleasure of Council. Four members shall be appointed for three-year terms. At the outset, two members shall be assigned two-year terms, and two members shall be assigned three-year terms, after which all terms shall be three years in duration.
Of the four members, one member can reside within Miami Township, and another may be a non-resident employed within the Village. Each member of the Commission shall demonstrate experience and/or education in the area of environmental sciences, environmental advocacy, environmental health or public environmental policy. The Commission shall select its own Chairperson annually. In the event of
the death or resignation of any member, a successor shall be appointed by Council to serve for the unexpired period of the term for which such member has been appointed. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. The amended Section 274.03, sections (a) and (c) are hereby
enacted to read as follows
• Advise Council on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and constructed features and conditions of the Village insofar as beauty, quality, biological integrity and other factors are concerned. In addition, the Environmental Commission shall advise Council on any major threats posed to environmental quality which may result from human activities and developments.
• Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and constructed features within the Village and such other studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry on the general purposes of this chapter;
Section 4. This ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure immediately necessary to preserve the public interest and for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Village, and more specifically to permit this body to begin its important work on behalf of Council and the Village as expediently as possible. In the public interest of the Village, this ordinance shall be in effect upon its adoption by Council.
Karen Wintrow, President
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