The South Fayette Conservation Group (SFCG) is an award winning non-profit conservation and watershed group located in southern Allegheny County about 12 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance our natural and recreational resources for the benefit of our families and neighbors.
We address conservation issues associated with urban growth and also address the issue of abandoned mine drainage (AMD), which impacts major tributaries in the region including Millers Run, Coal Run, Fishing Run and Robinson Run. In addition, the group seeks to increase public awareness of these issues and to increase the involvement among different sectors of our community.
We are an all volunteer organization with an enviable list of accomplishments, many of which involve the coordinated efforts of private, public, and commercial entities. Our projects have included major stream remediations, riparian land restorations and several community and education outreach initiatives among many other achievements.
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Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of a stable group of business leaders, elected officials, educational professionals, as well as science, engineering, and technical experts – all of whom live in or near South Fayette Township.
Stephen Frank, President and Board Member
Dave Pope, Vice President and Board Member
Bob Milacci, Treasurer and Board Member
Holly Bomba, Secretary and Board Member
Cindy Cox, Board Member
Matt Cochran, Board Member
South Fayette Conservation Group
Constitution and By-laws
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of the organization shall be the South Fayette Conservation Group. The organization will be called "the association" in this document.
ARTICLE II – TYPE/PURPOSE
The Association will be a non-profit, public/private partnership, conservtion organization with the purspose of ensuring the conservation, protection, and enhancement of our natural and recreational resources.
ARTICLE III – AREA
The South Fayette Conservation Group's primary interest is the areas contained within the boundaries of South Fayette Township, but does not exclude partnering with or supporting neighboring communitiies and municipalities.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICES
The principal business office of the Association shall be at such location as its board of directors may from time to time detemine.
Section 1. – Qualifications
Membership in the Association shall not be restrictive, and shall include any one interested in the conservation and enhancement of natural and recreational resources.
Section 2. – Voting
Voting membership is restricted to individual and group members. Each member shall have one (1) vote. Industries, businesses, organizations, or unions shall have one (1) single vote. An individual may not vote as a representative of one of the aforementioned gruops as an individual member. Each industry, businesss, organization, government entity, institiution, or union will designate a representative and an alternate for voting purposes. No other representative will be recognized unless prior written notice the Association is provided within seven (7) days of the scheduled meeting. Absentee votes will NOT be allowed. In order to vote at the annual meeting, a member must have at least attended two (2) monthly meetings in that year.
Section 3. Election of Directors
The directors at large shall be elected at the annual meeting. Nominating and voting procedures shall be designated by the Board of Directors. Only members that are present may vote. No absentee votes will be allowed.
Section 4. Dues
Every eligible candidiate for membership shall become a member upon payment of the required dues that are due on January 1 each year. The dues categories will be as follows: Individual, Student, Family, Small Organizatiom/Business (25 or less employees), Large Organization/Business (more than 25 employees). Dues amount will be set by the board or directors.
Section 5. – Revocation of Membership
A membership may be revoked by just cause, by a majority plus one (1) vote of the board of directors.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
Section 1. – Annual Meeting
The membership of the Association shall, at minimum, hold an annual meeting. The time and place of the meeting shall be publicized ten (10) days prior to the meeting date. The annual meeting will be held by the end of November in order for officers and directors to be elected prior to the new calendar year, which constitiutes the fiscal year for the Association.
Section 2. – Special Meetings
The president can call special meetings of the membership. A special meeting must also be called by upon the board upon receipt of a petition signed by ten percent (10%) or more of the members to consider those questions stated on the petition. The Secretary shall provide written notice of any special membership meeting to each member at least fifteen (15) days in advance. The business transacted at that meeting shall be confined to the purpose stated on the petition.
Section 3. – Public Attendance
Members and the public are invited to attend all open meetings of the Association.
Section 4. – Approval of Minutes
The minutes of any membership meeting shall be approved by the board of directors the next time it meets.
ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. – Size
The Board of Directors shall be composed of not more than nine (9) duly elected members. No more than two (2) of the directors may also serve as directors in the same watershed association, environmental and/or sportsman organization in the area.
Section 2. – Terms of Office
The Directors shall be elected to a term of two (2) years with the first directors elected to a staggered term of five (5). Directors for a two (2) year term and four (4) directors for a one (1) year term. The four (4) candidates that recieve the highest number of votes during the election will be assigned to the two (2) year terms. The term of office of the directors shall be on a calendar year extending from January 1 to December 31. The directors may be elected to succeed themselves.
Section 3. – Vacancies
Any director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the board of directors. Any vacancies occuring on the board of directors shall be filled b y action (appointment) of the remaining directors within two (2) months of vacancy. Said successor director(s) shall complete the unexpired term(s) of the director(s) whom he or she succeeded.
Section 4. – Quorom
A quorom at any meeting consists of at least a majority of the directors present at the meeting.
Section 5. – Directors meeting
The baord of directors shall at least meet bimonthly. Special meetings may be called by the president.
Section 6. – Meeting locations and times
The time and place of the meetings and annual meeting shall be designated by the board of directors.
The board shall have control of the property and activities of the Association. The board shall have the power to employ agents, interns, and/or employees to carry on the activities of the assocation.
Section 8. – Replacement
The board of directors shall have the authority to replace and director who, without good cause, fails to attend three (3) consecutive baord meetings. The director shall receive written notification of the Board's intention to replace them, and opportunity to reply.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS
Section 1. – Election
At the first offical meeting of the board or directors and at any subsequent annual meetings; there shall be elected by the membership a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, who shall hold the office for one (1) year or until their successors are elected.
Section 2. – President
The president shall preside at all meetings of the menmebers and at all meetings of the board. The president shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the assocaition subject to the authority of the board, and shall have and perform such other powers and duties as may from time to time be perscribed by the board.
Section 3. – Vice-president
The vice-president shall assist the president, and in his or her absense, shall assume the duties of the president and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president with concurrence from the Board.
Section 4. – Secretary
The Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings at the meeting of the members, and at the meetings of the board; shall issue all notice of meetings as provided herein; shall keep a register of the members of the assocation.
Section 5 – Treasurer
The Treasurer shall receive and have custody of all the monies and securities of the association; shall keep regular books of the accounts; deposit all monies in the bank to the credit of and in the name of the Association. The board of directors shall designate such depository. All expenditures shall be made by the Treasurer upon authorization by the board. The treasurer would also be responsible for coordinating any necessary tax filing and audits.
Section 6. – Compensation
The officers and members of the board shall perform their respective duties without compensation.
Section 7. – Other officers
As the need warrants, other officers may be designated by the board of directors.
ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES
Section 1. – Creation
The board of directors will name committees as the need arises.
Section 2 . Authority
It shall be the function of the committees to investigate and make recommendations to the board. Committee chairs will report to the board regarding activities on a monthly basis.
ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
Thirty (30) days notice shall be given to all members on any proposed change in the by-laws. These by-laws may then be amended, repealed, or altered in whole or in part, by a majority bote of the membership. The changes will be considered (read) at one meeting and voted on at the next scheduled meeting.
ARTICLE X – DISSOLUTION
In the unfortunate event of a dissulution of the organization, the board of directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment opf all liabilities of the organization, dispose of all the assets of the corporation esclusively for the purpose of the association in such a manner, or to such organization(s) organized or operated exclusively for natural resource conservation purposes, and at the time shall quantify as an exempt organization(s) under section 501 c(3) or the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the board of directors shall determine.
ARTICLE XI – RULES OF ORDER
The rules of parliamentary procedure as laid down in Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all meetings of the assocaition.