Chapter 14.15


14.15.010    Establishment.

14.15.020    Board of directors.

14.15.030    Terms of service and membership expectations.

14.15.040    Membership vacancies and removal.

14.15.050    Quorum, official action and organization.

14.15.060    Quarters, records and meetings of the board.

14.15.070    Expenditures and appropriations.

14.15.080    Gifts and grants.

14.15.090    Powers and duties.

14.15.100    Grants-in-aid.

14.15.010 Establishment.

There is hereby authorized, created and established a subdivision of the redevelopment department of the town of Highland, to be called the Highland Main Street bureau, pursuant to IC 36-1-3 and 36-7 et seq. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.020 Board of directors.

(A) The Highland Main Street bureau shall have a board of directors, which shall consist of not less than seven members and not more than 21 members, as follows:

(1) The municipal executive shall appoint three special constituency members, one of which shall be chosen from the membership of the Highland town council; one of which shall be chosen from the membership of the Highland economic development commission; and one of which shall be chosen as a representative of the Highland Chamber of Commerce, from its membership or staff.

(2) The municipal legislative body shall appoint up to 17 persons, who may be Highland residents, Highland business owners or operators, or those who are interested in the objects and purposes of the Main Street bureau.

(3) The Highland redevelopment commission shall appoint a member from the membership of the redevelopment commission.

(B) The clerk of the municipal legislative body shall certify members appointed by legislative body and the executive shall certify his appointments, as attested by the clerk of the municipal legislative body. The president of the redevelopment commission shall certify the appointment made by the redevelopment commission, attested by the secretary of the redevelopment commission. The certificates shall be sent to and made a part of the records of the town and the redevelopment department. [Ord. 1528 § 1, 2012].

14.15.030 Terms of service and membership expectations.

(A) Each member selected under HMC 14.15.020(A)(2) shall be appointed for a term of two years. Each member initially chosen under this chapter shall serve a term that expires on the first Monday of January following the appointment. Thereafter, appointments shall run from the date of appointments, for a period not to exceed two years, concluding on the first Monday of January of the second year after the year of the member’s appointment. If there is a vacancy for any reason, then the term is for the balance remaining on the unexpired term of the vacating member.

(B) A member selected under HMC 14.15.020(A)(1) or (3) serves until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. Additionally, the term of office of a member who is appointed from the membership of the town council, the economic development commission, or the redevelopment commission is coextensive with the member’s term of office on that body, unless the appointing authority appoints another to serve. Any member is eligible for reappointment.

(C) Members serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in furtherance of the purposes and objectives of this chapter. Reimbursements are subject to state and local law, and may be allowed by the redevelopment commission as that body allows other expenditures.

(D) A citizen member may not hold other elective or appointive office in municipal, county, or state government.

(E) All members of the Highland Main Street bureau and its board of directors are expected to actively participate in activities of the organization and its board including but not limited to: (1) participation in meetings of the board; (2) supporting and encouraging the participation of others, such as business leaders, community leaders and other citizens, when appropriate; and (3) contribution of time, talent and information. [Ord. 1528 § 2, 2012].

14.15.040 Membership vacancies and removal.

(A) The appointing authority may remove a member from the board of directors for any reason. All members serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

(B) If a vacancy occurs among the appointed members of the board of directors, then the appointing authority shall appoint a member for the unexpired term of the vacating member. [Ord. 1528 § 3, 2012].

14.15.050 Quorum, official action and organization.

(A) A quorum consists of a majority of the entire membership of the board of directors.

(B) Action of the board of directors is not official unless it is authorized, at a regular or special meeting, by a majority of the entire membership of the board of directors.

(C) At its first regular meeting in each year, the board of directors shall elect from its membership a president and a vice president. The vice president may act as president of the board of directors during the absence or disability of the president.

(D) The board of directors may elect or appoint and fix the duties of a secretary, who is not required to be a member of the board of directors. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.060 Quarters, records and meetings of the board.

(A) The municipality shall provide suitable offices for the holding of board of directors meetings.

(B) The board of directors shall fix the time for holding regular meetings each month or as necessary. The board of directors shall keep minutes of its meetings. The minutes of board of directors meetings and all records shall be filed in the office of the redevelopment department and are public records.

(C) Special meetings of the board of directors may be called by the president or by two members of the board upon written request to the secretary or the redevelopment director.

(D) The secretary shall send to all members, at least three days before the special meeting, a written notice fixing the time and place of the meeting.

Written notice of a special meeting is not required if:

(1) The date, time, and place of a special meeting are fixed in a regular meeting; and

(2) All members of the board of directors are present at that regular meeting.

(E) All meetings of the board of directors are subject to the provisions of IC 5-14-1.5 et seq. Memoranda or minutes of meetings shall be made available within a reasonable time following meetings. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.070 Expenditures and appropriations.

(A) The fiscal body of the municipality may make appropriations to carry out the duties of the board, which shall be accounted for in the proper fund of the redevelopment department.

(B) The redevelopment commission may expend, in accordance with applicable municipal fiscal procedures, all amounts appropriated to it for the purposes and activities authorized by this chapter. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.080 Gifts and grants.

(A) The municipality may accept gifts, donations, and grants from private or governmental sources for Highland Main Street organization purposes.

(B) Any money so accepted shall be deposited with the municipality in the fund established by Ordinance No. 1469, codified as HMC 14.20.170 through 14.20.220, entitled “Economic Development Nonreverting Fund,” to be available for expenditures by the redevelopment commission for the purpose designated by the source.

(C) The resources identified in this section are authorized to be deposited to the credit of the economic development nonreverting fund in addition to any funds that are authorized under the fund’s enabling ordinance. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.090 Powers and duties.

(A) The board of directors of the Highland Main Street bureau may enlist and employ the resources of the redevelopment department, as the redevelopment commission may direct or allow, for the discharge of the duties of the Highland Main Street bureau.

(B) The Highland Main Street bureau shall:

(1) Strive to effectively and efficiently develop steps to restore, revitalize and promote the downtown of Highland. The downtown shall include but not be limited to all structures, attractions, and properties in the downtown area of Highland.

(2) Promote growth, development, and stability in our downtown and utilize public/private partnerships to achieve those goals.

(3) Prepare and submit an annual budget in the same manner as other departments of the municipal government and be limited in all expenditures to the provisions made for the expenditures by the fiscal body of the municipality.

(C) The Highland Main Street bureau, through its board of directors, may:

(1) Adopt rules or operating bylaws for the administration of the board that are not inconsistent with the provisions and purposes of this chapter and state or municipal law.

(2) Adopt and carry out a written work plan.

(D) It shall be the duty of the Highland Main Street bureau, through its board of directors to the extent practicable, to employ the following Indiana Main Street recommended four point approach in the exercise of its powers:

(1) Address the issue of design or enhancing the physical appearance of the Highland downtown by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems and long-term planning. Further, it is the goal to work with all these elements to create a friendly, attractive place that will draw in visitors and businesses.

(2) Organize for success by building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals involved in the revitalization process to ensure a self-reliant, broad-based, long-lasting downtown revitalization program. Foster cooperation from both the public and the private sector to achieve long-term, large-scale results.

(3) Employ promotion by marketing the commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, businesses, local citizens, and visitors. To keep investors, visitors, and businesses coming downtown, work to reshape the community perspective of the Highland downtown as a hub of activity. Build upon the community’s unique heritage and culture and send a consistent, compelling message promoting the downtown area.

(4) Employ economic restructuring, strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development. Highland Main Street bureau’s ultimate goal is to make the Highland downtown economically viable. Researching the regional market and consumer trends will provide a realistic picture of what market mix will work for the Highland downtown. Employing research, the Highland Main Street bureau can begin stabilizing existing businesses and recruiting new businesses to fill the gaps. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].

14.15.100 Grants-in-aid.

The Highland Main Street organization board of directors may, within its approved budget, negotiate for grants-in-aid and agree to terms and conditions attached to them, subject to the approval of the redevelopment commission. [Ord. 1489 § 1, 2011].