Chapter 2.116


Article I. Uniform Business Rules

2.116.010    Purpose.

2.116.020    Selecting a chair.

2.116.030    Powers of the chair.

2.116.040    Attendance at meetings – Absences.

2.116.050    Establishing a quorum.

2.116.060    Voting.

2.116.070    Meetings open to the public and public comment.

2.116.080    Notice of meetings.

2.116.090    Meeting agenda.

2.116.100    Public recordings of meetings.

2.116.110    Recommendations and minority report.

2.116.120    Conflicts of interest.

2.116.130    Rules of order.

2.116.140    Annual work plan.

2.116.150    Members and duties.

2.116.160    Review of responsibilities.

2.116.170    Applicability.

Article II. Uniform Rules of Order

2.116.180    Applicability.

2.116.190    Meetings open to public.

2.116.200    Call to order.

2.116.210    Agenda.

2.116.220    Minutes of meetings.

2.116.230    Officer or committee reports.

2.116.240    Public comment process.

2.116.250    Old and new business.

2.116.260    Executive (or closed) session.

2.116.270    Adjournment.

2.116.280    Discussion.

2.116.290    Main motions.

2.116.300    Procedural motions.

2.116.310    Discipline and order.

Article III. Advisory Bodies

2.116.320    General.

2.116.330    Advisory bodies.

2.116.340    Council liaisons.

2.116.350    Method of appointment.

2.116.360    Notice of advisory body vacancies.

2.116.370    Applicant review process.

2.116.380    Term limits.

2.116.390    Review.

2.116.400    Designation of responsible advisory body.

2.116.410    Council relations with advisory bodies.

2.116.420    Establishment of subcommittee of the advisory body.

2.116.430    Use of Uniform Business Rules and Uniform Rules of Order.

2.116.440    Training.

2.116.450    Annual reporting.

2.116.460    Policy positions.

Article I. Uniform Business Rules

2.116.010 Purpose.

San Juan County has formed numerous boards, commissions and committees to advise the County council on various matters pertinent to County government (“advisory bodies”). In an effort to assist volunteer citizens who sit on advisory bodies in carrying out their duties in a fair and impartial manner, and in order to provide the citizenry with a level of certainty and fairness that can be expected at meetings of the various advisory bodies serving San Juan County, the County council hereby adopts the following uniform policies and procedures. (Ord. 11-2008 § 1)

2.116.020 Selecting a chair.

Unless provided otherwise by state statute or by County ordinance, each advisory body shall select a chair and vice-chair from its members. The selection of a chair and vice-chair shall occur at the first meeting of the advisory body, and thereafter in each calendar year. The chair and vice-chair shall serve for a term of one year, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. If a committee would like to appoint a chair for an additional term, they must obtain approval of the council prior to making this appointment. In the event the chair is no longer able to serve as the chair at any time during the calendar year, the vice-chair shall automatically become the chair and shall assume the chair’s responsibilities and a new vice-chair shall be elected. (Ord. 5-2013 § 17; Ord. 11-2008 § 2)

2.116.030 Powers of the chair.

The chair is responsible for presiding over meetings and acting as the liaison between the advisory body and County council and County staff. The chair has the same rights and duties as the other members of an advisory body, including the right to make motions, debate motions, and vote on all matters that come before the advisory body. (Ord. 11-2008 § 3)

2.116.040 Attendance at meetings – Absences.

To be effective, all advisory bodies must have regular attendance by the members. Attendance via telephone or via video conference is allowed. When a member of an advisory body has been absent from three consecutive regular meetings, without reasonable cause, such absences and the reasons therefor shall be communicated to the County manager and the County council by the chair of the advisory body. The County council may elect to treat such absences as the member’s de facto resignation. Such resignations shall be effective upon acceptance by the County council, and the position shall then be deemed vacant. Thereafter, the County council shall notify the advisory body that a resignation based on absenteeism has been accepted. (Ord. 5-2013 § 18; Ord. 11-2008 § 4)

2.116.050 Establishing a quorum.

A majority of the standing (appointed) members of an advisory body shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. (Ord. 5-2013 § 19; Ord. 11-2008 § 5)

2.116.060 Voting.

A majority vote shall be a vote by a simple majority of members present. No member of any advisory body shall vote by proxy, email, or by mail. If participating via telephone or videoconferencing, voting is allowed. (Ord. 5-2013 § 20; Ord. 11-2008 § 6)

2.116.070 Meetings open to the public and public comment.

All meetings and actions of advisory bodies and their subcommittees shall be open to the public, even where such meetings are not within the purview of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 42.30 RCW, except where the meeting is properly closed for executive session, as provided in RCW 42.30.110. All executive sessions of advisory bodies and their subcommittees must be approved by the County prosecuting attorney in advance of the session. All advisory bodies and their subcommittees shall include public comment period(s) in each regular meeting of the advisory body. The amount of time set aside for public input should be commensurate with the issue under consideration and the need for the advisory body to complete its work on time. (Ord. 5-2013 § 21; Ord. 11-2008 § 7)

2.116.080 Notice of meetings.

Where the requirements for providing notice of meetings are dictated by state statute, such statutory notice requirements shall be followed. Otherwise, the notice of meetings and meeting agendas of advisory bodies or their subcommittees shall be given to the clerk of the County council to be posted on the San Juan County website, sent to any print newspapers serving San Juan County, and to any other person or media source who has on file with the County council a written request for notice of special meetings. (Ord. 5-2013 § 22; Ord. 11-2008 § 8)

2.116.090 Meeting agenda.

Every meeting of an advisory body or its subcommittee shall have a written agenda prepared and available for distribution to any interested party at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. The chair of the advisory body or designated subcommittee member shall prepare and distribute the agenda. (Ord. 5-2013 § 23; Ord. 11-2008 § 9)

2.116.100 Public recordings of meetings.

Members of the public and media representatives may record meetings by audio or video means, provided such recording does not disrupt the meeting. (Ord. 5-2013 § 24; Ord. 11-2008 § 10)

2.116.110 Recommendations and minority report.

Unless otherwise provided by law, all recommendations or comments from the majority of the advisory body shall be transmitted to the County council in writing and in advance of distribution to noncommittee members. Members of a minority position may submit a minority report to the County council. (Ord. 5-2013 § 25; Ord. 11-2008 § 11)

2.116.120 Conflicts of interest.

“Conflict of interest” is defined as the possibility or appearance of possibility, and not just the actuality, of a private benefit, direct or indirect, or the creation of a material personal gain or advantage to the member, family, friends, or associates who hold some share of a member’s loyalty. An interest shall be considered: an employee/employer interest, business interest, financial interest, family interest. No member of an advisory body may engage in any activity which would appear to a reasonable person to be in conflict with the proper discharge of their duty on behalf of the County, or impair the member’s independence of judgment in the performance of official duties, without fully disclosing on the public record of the advisory body the circumstances giving rise to such an appearance. Such disclosure shall be made prior to engaging in the performance of official duties. Failure to disclose the circumstances giving rise to an appearance of a conflict of interest may be grounds for removal from the advisory body by the County council. The chair of the advisory committee may request advice from the prosecuting attorney with respect to the existence of procedure that should be followed in the event of a conflict. (Ord. 11-2008 § 12)

2.116.130 Rules of order.

In conducting meetings, all advisory bodies shall follow the simplified rules of order adopted by the County council. Any advisory body conducting quasi-judicial hearings shall follow the County council’s procedures for such hearings. (Ord. 11-2008 § 13)

2.116.140 Annual work plan.

In the first quarter of each year, the advisory body shall present to the County council an annual work plan. The purpose of the work plan is to assure that the goals of the advisory body are aligned with the goals of the County council. (Ord. 11-2008 § 14)

2.116.150 Members and duties.

A. All members serve at the pleasure of the County council. Except as otherwise limited by law, the County council shall determine for each advisory body:

1. Its powers, duties, and mission;

2. The number of members;

3. The qualifications for membership;

4. How members are appointed;

5. How vacancies are filled; and

6. Such other matters as the County council deems necessary.

B. Committee members are expected to:

1. Regularly attend committee meetings in person;

2. Serve and be active on subcommittees, if any;

3. When appropriate, engage in public outreach activities on behalf of the committee;

4. Recommend information to the County website on the committee;

5. Help identify new member prospects to apply for appointment; and

6. Conduct themselves with civility, courtesy and respect. (Ord. 11-2008 § 15)

2.116.160 Review of responsibilities.

Except as otherwise limited by law, the County council may dissolve, consolidate, or combine any advisory body when it has:

A. Reached its appointed time for termination;

B. Served its function and is no longer necessary to meet County policy objectives;

C. Been deemed obsolete; or

D. Because the County council so desires for any reason. (Ord. 11-2008 § 16)

2.116.170 Applicability.

These policies and procedures shall apply to all advisory bodies of the County, and may be supplemented by additional rules adopted by the County council. (Ord. 11-2008 § 17)

Article II. Uniform Rules of Order

2.116.180 Applicability.

These rules of order shall apply to all advisory bodies of the County, and may be supplemented by additional rules adopted by the County council. (Ord. 12-2008 § 1)

2.116.190 Meetings open to public.

All meetings shall be open to the public, except where a meeting is properly closed for executive session, as provided in RCW 42.30.110 and SJCC 2.04.070. (Ord. 12-2008 § 2)

2.116.200 Call to order.

A. The chair may call the meeting to order if a quorum of the advisory body is present. Without a quorum, the meeting is not qualified to conduct business. If there is no quorum present within 15 minutes following the scheduled starting time of a meeting, the chair of the advisory body may call the meeting to order, in order to satisfy any requirement that said advisory body meet, and then announce the absence of a quorum and adjourn the meeting. Alternatively, the chair may call the meeting to order, and then entertain either a motion to recess, which enables the members to try to obtain a quorum, a motion to set the time to adjourn, which allows the members to set another date and time to meet and is considered a continuation of the current meeting, a motion to take measures to obtain a quorum, or a motion to adjourn, which would immediately end the meeting.

B. If the chair is absent from a meeting, the vice-chair shall preside over the meeting. In the absence of both the chair and the vice-chair, the advisory body, if a quorum is present, shall designate an acting chair to preside at that meeting only. (Ord. 12-2008 § 3)

2.116.210 Agenda.

A. The written agenda shall be prepared and distributed by the chair at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Agenda items should ordinarily appear in the order as set forth in these rules of order.

B. The advisory body may add to or delete items from the agenda and may change the order of presentation, as it deems advisable. This power should be used only when necessary, as proper functioning of the advisory body requires advance planning.

C. When possible, changes to the agenda should be done by acquiescence of all advisory body members. A formal vote on the agenda is necessary only when it appears to the chair that there is disagreement among the members.

D. Copies of the agenda shall be available for distribution to members of the public attending the meeting. (Ord. 5-2013 § 27; Ord. 12-2008 § 4)

2.116.220 Minutes of meetings.

A. The minutes need not be read aloud, but they should be entered into the advisory body’s official record. The minutes of a previous meeting are not the official minutes of the advisory body until the advisory body votes to accept them.

B. The minutes are prepared by either the secretary or by some other person appointed by the advisory body to act as the recording secretary. Any advisory body member may suggest changes to the minutes before the advisory body adopts them. Any suggested change should be set forth in the minutes for the record, and then the advisory body should adopt or reject such changes.

C. The minutes should state precisely each motion considered by the advisory body, and identify the advisory body members voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining from voting, and whether the motion was carried. Minutes need not reflect comments made, except in those instances where the advisory body desires to make a specific record. It is not necessary, appropriate or recommended for the advisory body to set forth comments made or discussion related to a specific motion. However, any advisory body members dissenting from a vote may have their reasons fully stated in the minutes if they so desire.

D. When possible, changes to the minutes and adoption of the minutes should be done by consent of all advisory body members. A formal vote on the minutes is necessary only when it appears to the chair that there is disagreement among the members.

E. The advisory body should not prepare minutes of those portions of meetings conducted in executive, or closed, session, except where the law permits the advisory body to make decisions in closed sessions. (Ord. 5-2013 § 28; Ord. 12-2008 § 5)

2.116.230 Officer or committee reports.

A. Any committees of the advisory body or officers of the advisory body may report their findings or recommendations to the advisory body.

B. The full report should be presented, and then each advisory body member, in turn, may ask questions or comment. It is not appropriate to make motions or discuss items of business during this portion of the meeting. This time should also be used for any presentations to be made to members of the public by the advisory body or its officers. (Ord. 12-2008 § 6)

2.116.240 Public comment process.

A. An advisory body will provide a public comment period for members of the public to speak about any concerns they have that are relevant to the business of the advisory body.

B. Time limitations should be imposed by the chair, and these limitations should be enforced. Each member of the public should address the chair and shall speak courteously and to the point.

C. Advisory body members may question any member of the public about any problem or concern raised. Other members of the public are not entitled to be recognized or to comment on or question the speaker, except with the permission of the chair.

D. Once the public comment period is closed, members of the public are not allowed to participate in the meeting, and may not seek to be recognized, unless the advisory body specifically requests input or information from a particular member of the public. This restriction should be strictly enforced because the purpose of the advisory body meeting is for the advisory body members to conduct business, and this cannot be done if there are interruptions from members of the public. Any disruptions by members of the public shall be addressed by the chair, and repeat violators shall be removed from the meeting. (Ord. 5-2013 § 29; Ord. 12-2008 § 7)

2.116.250 Old and new business.

A. All items that were tabled during previous meetings should be revisited during the business portion, unless otherwise voted by the advisory body.

B. The advisory body may vote to postpone consideration of any old business, or it may remove an item from consideration.

C. Except in the case of emergency business, all new items of business are heard only after all of the old items have been addressed by the advisory body, either by adopting or rejecting a motion on those items, or by postponing or removing the items from consideration.

D. All business shall be conducted in the form of motions or resolutions adopted by a majority vote of those present (see motions and discussions, SJCC 2.116.280, 2.116.290 and 2.116.300).

E. Any emergency matters decided by the advisory body between advisory body meetings should be discussed and ratified at the next subsequent meeting. (Ord. 12-2008 § 8)

2.116.260 Executive (or closed) session.

A. When executive, or closed, sessions are permitted by law, the advisory body should move into executive session only after the regular business is conducted, but before formal adjournment. All members of the public shall be asked to leave, except for those who, at the request of the advisory body, have reason to participate in the executive session.

B. Only the statutory exceptions set forth in RCW 42.30.110 are grounds for moving into executive session. The advisory body should announce to the members of the public the purpose of the executive session before moving into executive session.

C. Except as permitted by applicable law, no decisions, resolutions, or motions may be made in executive session. All business shall be conducted in an open portion of the meeting.

D. The advisory body should not take minutes of any executive session, except where the law permits the advisory body to make decisions in executive session. (Ord. 12-2008 § 9)

2.116.270 Adjournment.

Upon motion carried by the advisory body or upon the conclusion of the agenda, the chair shall announce the meeting is adjourned and the minutes shall reflect the time of adjournment. (Ord. 12-2008 § 10)

2.116.280 Discussion.

A. The chair’s role is to facilitate deliberations and to assist the advisory body in conducting its business in a fair and efficient manner.

B. When an item of business is to be discussed, the chair shall announce the item to be discussed and open the floor to discussion.

C. The chair, as a member of the advisory body, is entitled to make motions, debate motions and vote on all matters that come before the advisory body. However, the chair has the responsibility for providing each member of the advisory body with an equal and fair opportunity to be heard.

D. No advisory body member may speak until recognized by the chair. No advisory body member may interrupt the speaker who has the floor.

E. The chair may choose to impose reasonable time limitations on advisory body members who have the floor. All time limitations shall be uniformly imposed upon all of the advisory body members. The speaker should be given a warning before time runs out. Time limits imposed by the chair may be extended by a majority vote of the members present.

F. The chair is to recognize each advisory body member in turn. Discussion shall be limited to the item of business at hand, and the chair shall have the authority to take the floor from a speaker who does not limit discussion to the item of business at hand. No advisory body member may speak to an issue for a second time until all other advisory body members have had the opportunity to speak to it for a first time. Likewise, no advisory body member may speak to an issue for a third time until all other advisory body members have had the opportunity to speak to it for a second time.

G. A member of the public or an invited guest may be recognized to speak only if an advisory body member wishes to obtain input from that person and the advisory body agrees. When possible, allowing a member of the public to participate in the deliberations should be done by acquiescence of all advisory body members. A formal vote on the question is necessary only when it appears to the chair that there is disagreement among the members.

H. When it appears to the chair that all advisory body members have had the opportunity to fully discuss the matter at hand, the chair should announce that the item of business is ready for a vote. (Ord. 12-2008 § 11)

2.116.290 Main motions.

A. There are three main motions for each item of business:

1. A motion to adopt a specific action;

2. A motion to table an item to another meeting, including assigning the matter to a fact-finding person or committee; and

3. A motion to remove an item from consideration.

B. The advisory body is limited to voting on one item of business at a time, but there are no limits to the number of motions that may be considered as to how to dispose of that item of business.

C. After each advisory body member has had the opportunity to discuss each motion presented for consideration, the chair will call each motion presented to a vote. Those motions adopted affirmatively by a majority of the advisory body members present are carried.

D. The fact that a motion has been adopted or failed does not prevent the item of business from being added to the agenda in the future, and all motions may be reconsidered at any time by the advisory body.

E. In the event that an advisory body member believes that an action by the advisory body is unlawful, contrary to the power and authority of the advisory body, or not in the best interests of the public, that advisory body member may make an oral or written dissent explaining the reasons why he or she believes that a dissent is necessary. The oral or written dissent shall become part of the minutes. (Ord. 12-2008 § 12)

2.116.300 Procedural motions.

A. Procedural Motions Made During Discussion.

1. Motion to Amend or Withdraw a Motion. Only the member who made the original motion may amend or withdraw his or her motion. Other advisory body members may amend a motion by presenting it in the form of their own motion.

2. Motion to End Discussion and Vote. This is not a true motion, but is in the nature of a request to the chair that the motion under discussion be brought to a vote. If the chair refuses the request, the member may appeal the decision of the chair (see subsection (B)(1) of this section, Motion to Appeal Decision of the Chair).

B. Procedural Motions Made Anytime.

1. Motion to Appeal Decision of the Chair. Any member may appeal a decision of the chair. The matter then shall be brought to a vote before the advisory body.

2. Motion to Suspend the Rules. Any member may make a motion to suspend these rules, which motion shall include the reasons why the advisory body should suspend the rules in the particular case.

C. Handling Procedural Motions.

1. If there is general acquiescence of all advisory body members to the motion, then the motion may carry without a formal vote.

2. If there is disagreement about the procedural motion, the matter shall be taken to a vote of the advisory body. Once the advisory body has ruled on a procedural motion, there is no right to reconsider or to repeat the motion.

3. There are no parliamentary inquiries, questions of privilege or points of order. All procedural questions are merged into the motion to appeal decision of the chair.

4. No person other than advisory body members may make any motion, including procedural motions. (Ord. 12-2008 § 13)

2.116.310 Discipline and order.

A. In the event an advisory body member fails to comply with a decision of the chair or any of these rules, the chair may declare the member out of order.

B. With respect to a member who is out of order, the following discipline may be imposed at the discretion of the chair:

1. The member may be warned without sanction;

2. The member may be excluded from discussion on the item of business at hand;

3. The member may be excluded from discussion of all items of business; or

4. For gross interference with the meeting, the member may be removed from that meeting.

C. A member who is declared out of order has the right to appeal the decision of the chair both as to the question of whether the member was out of order and as to the question of discipline. The advisory body shall approve or deny the appeal by a majority vote of those present, except that the extreme sanction of removal from a meeting shall be upheld only by the vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the advisory body.

D. If the advisory body upholds the declaration that the member is out of order or the discipline, the member has the right to dissent for the record before the imposition of sanctions.

E. These sanctions should be used sparingly and only to the extent necessary to keep order.

F. In the event a member is repeatedly out of order or whose actions are disruptive and counterproductive, a two-thirds majority of the advisory body may request that the County council replace this member. (Ord. 12-2008 § 14)

Article III. Advisory Bodies

2.116.320 General.

The San Juan County council embraces the diversity of ideas and opinions represented in our community. The council is committed to ensuring similar diversified representation on our advisory bodies and values the expression of citizen viewpoints on topics of concern. Therefore, the council will continue the tradition of seeking input from volunteer citizen advisory boards, commissions and committees, although final responsibility for decisions, and the implementation that follows, rests entirely with the council. The council reminds staff that the ideal purpose of citizen involvement is not to advance staff agendas, but to seek objective opinions from a diverse range of citizens. (Ord. 5-2013 § 1; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.1. Formerly 2.04.250)

2.116.330 Advisory bodies.

All citizens’ advisory and task force groups (“advisory bodies”) shall be established by the council. Unless otherwise provided by law, appointment shall be by the council. Members of any advisory body which has been appointed or approved by the council may be removed by a majority vote of the council. (Ord. 5-2013 § 2; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.2. Formerly 2.04.260)

2.116.340 Council liaisons.

The County council may appoint a member of its body as a liaison to each advisory body. The role of the liaison is to:

A. Provide a means for communication between the advisory body and the County council.

B. Provide guidance on priorities and actions in alignment with council priorities.

C. Align staffing and budgetary support with advisory body and council priorities.

D. Provide guidance regarding advisory body participation in grant applications.

E. Provide support as requested for development of annual work plans.

F. Attend advisory body meetings as available. (Ord. 5-2013 § 3)

2.116.350 Method of appointment.

All advisory bodies which are required by state law, County Charter, or County ordinance shall be appointed in the manner required by the Charter or state law. In the absence of such law, the council will consider expertise, skill, residency, ability to participate, and council/advisory body specific needs and will follow the process outlined in SJCC 2.116.360 and 2.116.370. (Ord. 5-2013 § 4; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.3. Formerly 2.04.270)

2.116.360 Notice of advisory body vacancies.

Prior to any appointments or reappointments to any advisory body the following will occur:

A. All vacancies and positions with expiring terms will be advertised on the County website for a period of three weeks, starting 45 days prior to the position expiration, prior to any council appointment or reappointments. Advertisements will include any desired skills or requirements for position qualification.

B. Notice will be sent to any local media who have requested such notices. (Ord. 5-2013 § 5)

2.116.370 Applicant review process.

The final decision on advisory body appointments or reappointments will be made by the County council. Prior to any appointments or reappointments to any advisory body the following will occur:

A. Copies of all applications will be promptly forwarded to the advisory body chair. Advisory bodies may make recommendations to the council for new appointments and reappointments. However, the council will consider all applicants to fill both vacant and expiring terms.

B. At the council discretion, interviews of applicants may be conducted prior to appointments or reappointments. If interviews are conducted, the chair of the advisory body is encouraged to participate.

C. In the event that more than one qualified candidate applies for an advisory body position, the applicant(s) may be placed on an approved alternate list for future appointment(s) without advertising. (Ord. 5-2013 § 6)

2.116.380 Term limits.

The County council would like all advisory bodies to be comprised of members with a range of experience in order to allow all committees to benefit from new perspectives and tenured members. In the absence of any state law or provision in the County Charter causing a more reduced term, all members will be limited to the greater of six years or two terms on any advisory body. If upon the expiration of a member’s second term no other valid applications are received, a committee member may request appointment for an additional term and the council, at their sole discretion, may appoint members to an additional term. (Ord. 5-2013 § 7)

2.116.390 Review.

The function and activities of each advisory body shall be reviewed periodically to determine whether the purpose for which such advisory body was established is being fulfilled, and whether a need for such board, commission or similar body still exists. (Ord. 5-2013 § 8; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.4. Formerly 2.04.280)

2.116.400 Designation of responsible advisory body.

The clerk of the County council shall compile a roster of the advisory bodies. (Ord. 5-2013 § 9; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.5. Formerly 2.04.290)

2.116.410 Council relations with advisory bodies.

Advisory bodies and their subcommittees of San Juan County shall provide the County council with minutes or a brief summary report of all meetings. (Ord. 5-2013 § 10; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.6. Formerly 2.04.300)

2.116.420 Establishment of subcommittee of the advisory body.

Any subset or working group established by the advisory body will be considered a subcommittee. Subcommittee members must be members of the advisory body and those members may not be sufficient in number of members to constitute a quorum of the advisory body. Subcommittees may invite members of the public to participate in a subcommittee discussion as nonofficial (nonvoting) members.

No actions of subcommittee will be considered official until approved by a majority vote of the advisory body. (Ord. 5-2013 § 11)

2.116.430 Use of Uniform Business Rules and Uniform Rules of Order.

Unless otherwise provided by the council, all advisory bodies shall follow the Uniform Business Rules and Uniform Rules of Order as adopted by the County council for such advisory bodies. Subcommittees of advisory bodies shall follow these rules where required. (Ord. 5-2013 § 12; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.7. Formerly 2.04.310)

2.116.440 Training.

Training will be provided for all newly appointed board members by the offices of the County council. All board members, long-term and newly appointed members are encouraged to participate in this orientation. Information is provided on the role of advisory bodies, the rules and procedures of advisory bodies and legal issues surrounding open public meetings and public records. (Ord. 5-2013 § 13; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.8. Formerly 2.04.320)

2.116.450 Annual reporting.

The County council recognizes the volunteer nature of these committees, limited staff support, and the time necessary to conduct business. The council further recognizes the importance of ensuring alignment between the County council and their advisory bodies. To balance both, all advisory bodies shall prepare an annual report and work plan but the nature and complexity of any work plan is dependent on the needs and capacity of the advisory body. The purpose of the work plan is to advise the County council on matters that relate to the advisory body’s purpose and to ensure that the activities of the advisory body are aligned with the goals of the County council.

By November 30th of each year, the advisory body shall submit to the County council a summary of current year accomplishments and a proposed work plan for the upcoming calendar year.

The annual report may include any features the advisory body deems necessary to inform the council such as:

A. Report on programs and services.

B. Goals and objectives proposed for the coming year or future.

C. Key projects planned for the coming year or future.

D. Requests for council and staff support for the coming year or future.

E. Proposed grants or other funding program needs.

F. Any local, state, or federal legislative changes needed to achieve goals and objectives.

Each year the council may identify advisory bodies where an in-person meeting to present an annual report is desired. All other annual reports will be approved by the council either via consent agenda or at a regular or special meeting of the council. The council reserves the option to ask advisory bodies to modify work plans at any time as necessary to meet County priorities. (Ord. 5-2013 § 14; Ord. 21-2007 § 4.9. Formerly 2.04.330)

2.116.460 Policy positions.

The County council has the policy making responsibility for San Juan County. Advisory bodies are welcome to submit a recommended policy statement to the council for approval. The council acknowledges that it may be necessary for advisory bodies to undertake research on given policies in order to develop their recommendations to the council. However, absent confirmation from the council the advisory body will refrain from advancing specific policies. Policy statements of an advisory body shall be approved by the County council before delivery to others. (Ord. 5-2013 § 15)