Chapter 2.50
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS GENERALLY

Sections:

2.50.010    Applicability.

2.50.020    Appointment authority.

2.50.030    Qualifications required.

2.50.040    Term.

2.50.050    Vacancies.

2.50.060    Compensation.

2.50.070    Officers.

2.50.075    Council members – As members of boards and commissions.

2.50.080    Ex officio members.

2.50.085    Membership on more than one board and commission.

2.50.090    Meetings.

2.50.100    Quorum.

2.50.110    Procedures.

2.50.120    Reports and minutes.

2.50.010 Applicability.

This chapter governs all City boards and commissions, except as otherwise provided by law. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.010. Formerly 2.34.010].

2.50.020 Appointment authority.

The Council appoints members of boards and commissions. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.020. Formerly 2.34.020].

2.50.030 Qualifications required.

In addition to any other qualifications required by law, a board or commission member shall be qualified to vote in City elections unless otherwise designated by majority Council as to qualifications. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.030. Formerly 2.34.030].

2.50.040 Term.

The term of a board or commission member is three years and until his successor is appointed and qualifies; provided, that the unexpired term of a board or commission member that began before the enactment of this title shall continue until the time for its expiration under the law in effect when the term began, and until his successor is appointed and qualifies; and, provided further, to stagger the terms of the first member of a board or commission, those members shall determine by lot at their first meeting whether their first term will be one, two or three years, so that as near as possible to one-third of the terms will expire every year. When a board or commission member’s term expires in the current year, it shall expire on the first Monday in October when Council meets. The Council, on the first Monday in November, shall appoint these expired seats. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008; Ord. 166-90 § 1, 1990. Prior code § 5.10.040. Formerly 2.34.040].

2.50.050 Vacancies.

A. A vacancy on a board or commission shall be filled as provided in WMC 2.50.020 for the remainder of the term of the former member.

B. A vacancy occurs when:

1. An appointee fails to qualify and assume the duties of the office within 30 days of confirmation;

2. A member departs the City intending to remain outside the City for 90 days or more;

3. A member submits a resignation accepted by the Council;

4. A member is physically or mentally unable to perform the duties of the office;

5. A member is removed from office;

6. A member misses three consecutive regular meetings of the board or commission unless excused; or

7. A member is convicted of a felony or of an offense violating his oath of office. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.050. Formerly 2.34.050].

2.50.060 Compensation.

Members of boards and commissions serve without compensation. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.060. Formerly 2.34.060].

2.50.070 Officers.

Each board and commission annually shall elect from its voting membership a chairman and vice chairman. The chairman shall preside at meetings of the board or commission, and shall represent the board as directed by its membership. The vice chairman shall act in the absence or disqualification of the chairman. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.070. Formerly 2.34.070].

2.50.075 Council members – As members of boards and commissions.

No board or commission shall have as a member or ex officio member more than one Council member. As used herein “Council member” includes the Mayor. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008; Ord. 224-92 § 1, 1992. Formerly 2.34.075].

2.50.080 Ex officio members.

The City Council may designate a City employee, Council member or other qualified person an ex officio member of a board or commission for the purpose of acting as a secretary to the board or commission or to furnish the board or commission with technical advice and information. An ex officio member may not vote on any question to be determined by the board or commission and is not a member for the purpose of establishing a quorum. An ex officio member receives no compensation as board or commission member. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.080. Formerly 2.34.080].

2.50.085 Membership on more than one board and commission.

The City shall make every effort to provide opportunities to all its qualified residents to serve on boards and commissions. In making appointment to boards and commissions, the City Council may in its discretion appoint individuals to serve concurrently on more than one board or commission. Each appointment requires that the individual meet all ordinance requirements for service on each and every board or commission for which the appointment applies. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008; Ord. 311-94 § 2, 1994. Formerly 2.34.085].

2.50.090 Meetings.

A. A board or commission shall hold regular monthly meetings at such time and place as the board or commission may designate from time to time, but meeting need not be held if no business is pending.

B. The chairman or secretary of a board or commission may call a special meeting of the board or commission. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.090. Formerly 2.34.090].

2.50.100 Quorum.

A majority of the voting members of a board or commission shall be a quorum for the transaction of business. In the absence of a quorum for the transaction of business, any number less than a quorum may recess a meeting to a later time or date. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.100. Formerly 2.34.100].

2.50.110 Procedures.

A board or commission shall establish its own procedural rules and order of business, except as otherwise provided by law. In all matters of procedure not governed by such rules or other provisions of law, Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure, 1979 Edition, shall govern. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.110. Formerly 2.34.110].

2.50.120 Reports and minutes.

Each board or commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings. The minutes shall record the vote of each member upon every question formally presented to the board or commission for its consideration. The minutes shall be filed in the office of the Clerk. [Ord. 535-08 § 13, 2008. Prior code § 5.10.120. Formerly 2.34.120].