The new Environmental Affairs Advisory Board elected semi-retired farmer J. Paul Hering as its chair, at the group's third meeting Thursday.
Hering, of Beggs Road in Bachmans Valley, and the other members will advise the County Commissioners, who appointed them. Although meetings so far have been to inform the members about existing policies and programs, the group eventually will take a more active role, bringing citizen concerns and perspective to the county, said James E.Slater, director of the Department of Natural Resources Protection.
At the next meeting, the group will discuss a new set of fees Slater will propose to the commissioners, including an increase for dumping at the county's landfills and others aimed at developers.
The group includes representatives from business, education, development,environmental groups and government. Meetings are the fourth Thursday of every month in the County Office Building.