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North Bergen appoints members of Green Environmental Advisory Committee

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The North Bergen Board of Commissioners meets in person at Town Hall.

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The North Bergen Board of Commissioners meets in person at Town Hall.

North Bergen has appointed the members of the township’s newly formed Green Environmental Advisory Committee.

The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a resolution appointing members to the committee at its Feb. 23 meeting.

Committee members include Thomas Stampe, Cynthia De Pice, Theresa Bing, Reanne Bender, Iradys Rivero, Frank Tullo, and Pawah Mehta, with Secretary Wanda Ayala. Officials said that Hailey Benson, a representative of NB Earth Talks and outspoken advocate of environmental issues, will be a community liaison to the committee.

The township previously adopted an ordinance at a meeting earlier in February creating the Green Environmental Advisory Committee. The committee consists of those who currently sit on the Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Condominium Cooperative Conversion Protection Board.

That board only meets when necessary instead of monthly, due to lack of any agenda, and its members are now paid based on attendance to address quorum issues, following ordinances adopted by the Board of Commissioners last year. Now, the nine members of the Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Condominium Cooperative Conversion Protection Board will serve on the committee.

The committee members, as well as the secretary, will serve a one-year term. The committee would meet monthly, but that can change depending on agenda items.

The purpose of the committee is to look into new green initiatives that may be applicable to North Bergen. However, the committee is purely advisory in nature; it can’t take any action or enter contracts. It’s all advisory and will coordinate with township officials to make recommendations to the mayor and the Board of Commissioners.

The committee will get paid the same as the other boards, such as the Traffic Advisory Board or the Rent Leveling Board. Additionally, the committee is not going to be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.

The ordinance becomes effective 20 days after adoption, meaning March 16. The members of the committee were appointed before it took effect, allowing for it to coordinate meeting times and dates.

The next North Bergen Board of Commissioners meeting is on March 9 at 5 p.m. in the municipal chambers at Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, go to northbergen.org and click on the event on the calendar webpage.

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