Chapter 2.60
TOURISM COMMITTEE

Sections:

2.60.010    Establishment.

2.60.020    Definition of tourism.

2.60.030    Membership.

2.60.040    Terms of office.

2.60.050    Vacancies and removals.

2.60.060    Meetings – Quorum.

2.60.070    Responsibilities, powers, and duties.

2.60.010 Establishment.

There is hereby created a tourism committee for the city of St. Helens, Oregon. (Ord. 3046 § 1, 2007)

2.60.020 Definition of tourism.

“Tourism” means the business of attracting and providing services and accommodations to those persons who are traveling for recreational or cultural purposes. (Ord. 3046 § 2, 2007)

2.60.030 Membership.

The tourism committee shall consist of nine members appointed by the city council. The committee shall consist of one member who is a current St. Helens city councilor, one member who is an owner of a hotel, motel, RV park, or bed and breakfast establishment in St. Helens, one member of the board of directors of the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and six at-large members. The city administrator and city finance director shall act as ex officio members of the committee and shall have no voting rights. (Ord. 3161 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3160 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3102 § 1, 2009; Ord. 3070 § 1, 2007; Ord. 3046 § 3, 2007)

2.60.040 Terms of office.

All members shall serve at the pleasure of the city council. Members shall be appointed for three-year terms. (Ord. 3046 § 4, 2007)

2.60.050 Vacancies and removals.

Any vacancies on the committee shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the mayor and approval by the council. A member of the committee who is absent from three consecutive meetings without approval of the committee is subject to removal by the city council and a new member may be appointed to complete the term. (Ord. 3161 § 1, 2012; Ord. 3046 § 5, 2007)

2.60.060 Meetings – Quorum.

The committee shall adopt its own rules for appointment of officers and the frequency and conduct of its meetings. All meetings are subject to the requirements of the Oregon Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610 to 192.690). A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business and the concurrence of a majority of those members present shall be required to decide any matter. Minutes shall be forwarded to the council after adoption by the committee for acceptance by the city council. (Ord. 3046 § 6, 2007)

2.60.070 Responsibilities, powers, and duties.

The tourism committee shall have the responsibilities, obligations and duties of an advisory public body as provided for in laws of the state of Oregon and the laws of the city of St. Helens. The tourism committee shall have authority to:

(1) Adopt rules for the appointment of officers and the frequency and conduct of its meetings; provided, that the tourism committee meets at least once every calendar month or as directed by city council.

(2) Develop a proposed budget using estimated resources from the transient room fee ordinance for recommendation to the budget committee.

(3) Develop a long-range business/strategic plan that increases tourism in the city through the use of a transient room tax.

(4) Recommend to the city council programs or staffing for which the use of transient room tax fees would be appropriate.

(5) Coordinate with a tourism director and city staff on tourism issues.

(6) Recommend rules and regulations for the operation of a city-owned convention center. (Ord. 3046 § 7, 2007)