Chapter 2.60


2.60.010    Definitions.

2.60.020    Creation – Eligibility.

2.60.030    Compensation.

2.60.040    Terms of commission members – Vacancies.

2.60.050    Officers – Meetings – Quorum – Records.

2.60.060    Powers and duties.

2.60.070    City staff support.

2.60.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the listed terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) “Commission” means the city of Burien arts commission; and

(2) “Arts” means specific artistic projects and cultural activities within the city that both the city and the arts commission members wish to promote, enhance or develop. [Ord. 324 § 1, 2001; Ord. 229 § 1, 1998]

2.60.020 Creation – Eligibility.

(1) There is hereby created an advisory arts commission, consisting of nine voting members, each appointed by a majority vote of the city council, from among the residents of the city. Appointments shall emphasize citizens involved in nonprofit arts organizations. Employees of the city of Burien are not eligible to be appointed to the commission.

(2) The council may also appoint alternate (nonvoting) members. The commission may from time to time create short-term ad hoc committees that include nonmembers who are deemed important in performing the commission’s duties. Tenure shall vary with the need as determined by the commission’s voting members. Nonmembers and alternate members shall not have voting rights. [Ord. 566 § 4, 2012; Ord. 494 § 1, 2008; Ord. 324 § 2, 2001; Ord. 229 § 2, 1998]

2.60.030 Compensation.

No commission member shall receive any compensation for his or her services. [Ord. 324 § 3, 2001; Ord. 229 § 3, 1998]

2.60.040 Terms of commission members – Vacancies.

(1) Except as noted in subsection (2) of this section, commission members shall be appointed to four-year terms running from April 1st through March 31st, or until a member’s successor is duly appointed and confirmed; provided, that the term of the member’s successor will be shortened by the length of the hold-over and will be considered a full term. Members of the commission may be excused by majority vote of the city council. Vacancies shall be filled for the remaining unexpired portion of the term being filled. Members may be removed if they have unexcused absences totaling 25 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings for the calendar year or three consecutive unexcused absences.

(2) During the initial organization of the commission, three of the members shall be appointed to two-year terms to stagger initial membership expiration.

(3) There shall be a term limit of two consecutive full terms. A member who has served two full terms may reapply to serve on the board after a period of two years has elapsed. [Ord. 566 § 4, 2012; Ord. 469 § 1, 2007; Ord. 324 § 4, 2001; Ord. 229 § 4, 1998]

2.60.050 Officers – Meetings – Quorum – Records

(1) Members of the commission shall meet and organize by electing from the members of the commission a chair, vice-chair, recording secretary, and such other officers as may be necessary. The chair and vice-chair shall be elected for a one-year term. All commission members present are eligible to vote. In the event the chair is unable to complete his or her term, the vice-chair will assume the position of the chair until the expiration of the one-year term, and a new vice-chair shall be elected.

(2) The chair shall preside at all meetings of the commission and in his or her absence, the vice-chair shall preside. The recording secretary shall keep and publish a summary of the minutes and provide those minutes to the city clerk. Staff will prepare meeting agendas with advice from the chair.

(3) A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any motion.

(4) A meeting of the commission shall be held at least once a month. [Ord. 566 § 4, 2012; Ord. 324 § 5, 2001; Ord. 229 § 5, 1998]

2.60.060 Powers and duties.

The commission shall:

(1) Develop bylaws to govern the internal affairs of the arts commission. All bylaws must be approved by the Burien city council;

(2) Develop cooperation and coordination with schools and local, regional and national arts organizations;

(3) Initiate, sponsor and conduct programs calculated to further public awareness of and interest in fine and performing arts and/or the cultural activities in the city of Burien. The commission may develop these programs alone or in cooperation with any other private, civic or public body of the city, county, state or federal government;

(4) Explore ways to obtain private, local, state and federal funds to promote art projects in the city;

(5) Advise the city council and staff on the receipt of and/or purchase of works of art to be placed on municipal property;

(6) Advise and assist the city council and staff in connection with such other artistic and cultural activities as may be referred to it by the city council or by ordinance;

(7) All advice and recommendations presented to the council must contain project funding source options and/or financial reports detailing the projected expenditure for the project; and

(8) Submit to the city council during June of each year a report of accomplishments for the previous year and work-plan recommendations for the promotion or development of artistic and cultural activities for the upcoming year. [Ord. 324 § 6, 2001; Ord. 229 § 6, 1998]

2.60.070 City staff support.

Administrative staff support shall be provided by the parks and recreation manager or any other designee of the city manager. Said staff support shall be responsible for the agenda packets, written record of the proceedings of the arts commission, and such other support as necessary to enable the arts commission to conduct business and carry out its duties and responsibilities. [Ord. 566 § 4, 2012]