Chapter 3.40


3.40.010    Created – Membership – Officers.

3.40.020    Terms – Vacancies – Compensation.

3.40.030    Meetings.

3.40.040    Quorum – Recordkeeping.

3.40.050    Powers and duties.

3.40.060    Repealed.

3.40.010 Created – Membership – Officers.

A. There is created by substantially identical ordinances by the borough assemblies of Wrangell and Petersburg, Alaska, a Thomas Bay Power advisory committee, which shall consist of seven members.

B. Members to the committee will only be appointed and the committee will only become active when and if the assemblies for both boroughs believe there is need for the committee. It is understood that there will not be a “standing” Thomas Bay Power advisory committee. Three of the members shall be appointed by the Petersburg borough assembly, three of the members shall be appointed by the Wrangell borough assembly and one member shall be appointed by the six members heretofore designated. One of the appointments from each of the municipalities shall be the superintendents of the Wrangell and Petersburg electric utilities.

C. A chairperson, vice-chairperson and a secretary of the committee shall be selected from and by the appointed members at the first convened meeting. The chairperson shall preside at committee meetings, set meeting agendas and attest to approved minutes. The chairperson shall vote in the same manner and with the same restrictions as other committee members and shall be counted for quorum purposes. In the absence of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson shall assume the chairperson’s duties. The secretary shall give notice of commission meetings to each member and to the general public of both municipalities, assure minutes of the meeting are prepared and approved minutes are provided to the borough clerks. [Ord. 890 § 3, 2015; Ord. 551 § 4, 1989; Ord. 324 § 5, 1974; prior code § 03.90.010.]

3.40.020 Terms – Vacancies – Compensation.

A. There is no designated term length for committee members. Members are expected to serve until a final recommendation on any specific issue that has been referred to the committee has been provided to the governing borough assemblies, or until the borough assemblies jointly conclude that the committee is no longer needed for a particular matter. Once an issue is completed, either by providing a final recommendation or concluded jointly by the assemblies, the committee will be dissolved. A new committee may be appointed for any future new matter. The new committee may include appointment of new members or reappointment of prior appointed members or a combination of prior and new members.

B. Vacancies on the committee, by death, resignation, removal or other cause, shall be filled by the appointment by the respective borough assembly or by the other committee members depending on the position that has been vacated.

C. Members shall serve without compensation, except that travel and miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses shall be reimbursed by each borough to their respective committee members. The expenses of the member that is appointed by the six other members will be paid by the community of which the member resides. The committee shall not be assigned any duties or authorities that require an independent budget for the committee. [Ord. 890 § 3, 2015; Ord. 324 § 5, 1974; prior code § 03.90.020.]

3.40.030 Meetings.

A. The committee may establish rules of procedure and, in the absence of any such rules, meetings shall be conducted pursuant to the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order. Meetings shall be held at the call of the chairperson, or a majority of the members, on an “as needed” basis and only on matters assigned jointly by both borough assemblies. All meetings shall be open to the public and the meeting agenda shall afford an opportunity for the public to address the committee. Notice of the time and place of meetings shall be posted as designated by each borough’s policy.

B. The general meeting requirements of the committee such as public noticing, telephone, meeting space and any necessary clerical aid expenses will be funded through the budget of the borough hosting a meeting. Meetings will be held alternately between each community to help even the costs. [Ord. 890 § 3, 2015; Ord. 568 §§ 4, 5, 1990; Ord. 346 § 5, 1976; prior code § 03.90.030(a).]

3.40.040 Quorum – Recordkeeping.

A. A majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a minimum majority of four affirmative votes shall be necessary to carry any question.

B. Permanent minutes shall record actions taken and recommendations made by the committee. All approved minutes shall be filed with both borough clerks’ offices and be open to inspection by any person. [Ord. 890 § 3, 2015; Ord. 568 § 6, 1990; Ord. 346 § 5, 1976; prior code § 03.90.030(b), (c).]

3.40.050 Powers and duties.

The committee shall have the following powers and duties:

Only when assigned jointly by the Wrangell and Petersburg assemblies: study and make recommendations to the borough assemblies and SEAPA on design, reconstruction, or improvement of the hydroelectric project known as the “Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project”; study and make recommendations to the borough assemblies and SEAPA on acquisition, design, construction or improvement of any other hydroelectric project proposed within the area of Petersburg/Wrangell or such area which can reasonably and feasibly serve the hydroelectric power needs of the Petersburg and Wrangell communities; and also investigate and make recommendations herein on any other joint energy projects, electric or otherwise, that may be contemplated between or within the Wrangell and Petersburg communities to SEAPA, the borough assemblies of Petersburg and Wrangell, or to federal or state law makers or agencies. [Ord. 890 § 3, 2015; Ord. 568 §§ 7 – 11, 1990; Ord. 324 § 5, 1974; prior code § 03.90.040.]

3.40.060 Operation and maintenance of Lake Tyee hydroelectric project.

Repealed by Ord. 890. [Ord. 521 § 4, 1987; Ord. 510 § 4, 1986.]