Montclair residents committed to hometown; dozens volunteer on panels, boards
Take one look at the municipal website, www.montclairnjusa.org, and it's easy to see that citizen volunteer groups are a popular way for Montclair's residents to participate in their local government. With 15 advisory committees and eight volunteer boards and commissions, the township has well over 100 volunteers at any given time.
But what do these committees do?
This is the third part of a series on the township's citizen commissions and advisory committees.
According to the commission's website, mtcenv.org, its role is to "make recommendations to the Township Council and the Planning Board regarding local environmental issues including solid waste management and recycling, clean water resources, storm water management, energy conservation/renewable energy resources, air, noise, and light pollution, transportation and circulation planning, preservation and use of parks and other open spaces, land use, and protection of flora, fauna, soil and landscape throughout the township."
In addition, the committee reviews the potential effects of applications before the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment, and provides environmental information to residents.
The commission's current co-chairs are Lyle Landon and Imke Oster.
• Membership consists of seven members elected to three-year terms, two alternates elected to two-year terms, a Planning Board representative and a municipal staff liaison; currently no vacancies
• Meets once a month, second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., in the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Board of Adjustment "hears and acts on zoning variance applications and appeals from rulings and determinations arising from the enforcement of Township zoning ordinances," according to the town's website.
The chair, William F. Harrison, was reelected in January to the leadership position. He told The Times that in 2014, the board plans to "review all applications for variances, interpretations and appeals that are submitted to the Board of Adjustment pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law."
• Membership consists of seven members elected to four-year terms, three alternates elected to two-year terms, and four municipal liaisons; currently no vacancies
• Meets once a month, third Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Montclair Municipal Building
COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
This committee "recommends technology strategies and improvements for the Channel 34 broadcast center," and has recently broadened its scope to handle "all aspects of township-wide communication," according to the town website.
The chair is Sanford Sorkin.
• Membership consists of 15 members elected to three-year terms, and two municipal liaisons; currently has vacancies