Chapter 2.14
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Sections:

2.14.010    Established – Membership.

2.14.020    Purpose and intent.

2.14.030    Primary functions and duties.

2.14.040    Eligibility of selection of board members.

2.14.050    Terms of appointments.

2.14.060    Meetings and records.

2.14.070    Attendance.

2.14.080    Officers.

2.14.090    Staff communications to city council.

2.14.100    Quorum.

2.14.110    Agenda and order of business.

2.14.120    Rules of order.

2.14.010 Established – Membership.

The official name of this board shall be the West Richland economic development board. The word “board,” whenever used in this chapter, shall be deemed to mean the economic development board. The board shall be composed of seven members. Five members of the board shall be residents of the city, and shall have resided within the West Richland city limits during the preceding 12-month period or longer. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.020 Purpose and intent.

The purpose and intent of the board is to formulate and make recommendations to the city council and mayor relative to the development of strategies for economic development and the ongoing monitoring, assessing, and strengthening of economic development strategies in the city of West Richland. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.030 Primary functions and duties.

A. The board has the following major functions:

1. Formulates and recommends economic development goals for the city that include a time schedule for implementation and measurement criteria to determine goal effectiveness.

2. Assesses existing economic development policies for the purpose of recommending such modifications as may be appropriate to achieve the economic goals approved by the city council.

3. Formulates recommendations for new economic development plans, policies and strategies that it believes will assure achievement of the economic development goals approved by the city council.

4. Serves in an advisory role to the city council and mayor, and provides a connection to the general public on economic development issues.

B. In addition to the board’s major functions specified in subsection A of this section, the board, consistent with established city council policy, performs the following duties:

1. Provides guidance and recommendations to staff and assists in formulating, refining and developing economic development strategies, plans and policies including those contained within the city’s comprehensive plan.

2. Develops plans and programs for the purpose of retaining and enhancing the retail, commercial, and industrial base of the city.

3. Develops plans and programs to promote creative incentives and identifying funding mechanisms to attract retail, commercial, and industrial development.

4. Develops and recommends strategies and programs to strengthen public/private development partnerships.

5. Reviews relative merits of individual economic development proposals and provides recommendations to the city council and mayor on the adoption or rejection thereof.

6. Serves as a central body for reviewing and making recommendations regarding the utility of information on availability of land, financial tools and resources and similar factors that are likely to be useful in encouraging retail, commercial, and economic development.

7. Maintains awareness of the council’s adopted strategic focus areas, and provides guidance and recommendations to staff.

8. Performs such other duties and provides such additional information, assistance and advice to the mayor, the city council and city staff as may be requested from time to time. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.040 Eligibility of selection of board members.

Members are selected without regard to political affiliation from a broad spectrum of the public including but not limited to persons engaged in financial, business, real estate, contractor/developer, labor/crafts, architectural, engineering and legal trades and professions and serve without compensation. The selection process shall follow established procedures as set forth in WRMC 2.10.010. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 30-04 § 1, 2004; Ord. 12-03 § 1, 2003; Ord. 27-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.050 Terms of appointments.

Terms of positions shall be for four years. Terms shall be staggered providing for expiration of the terms on a rotating basis. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.060 Meetings and records.

The board shall fix the day, time and place of its regularly scheduled monthly meeting during the occasion of the first meeting of the year. If no issues over which the board has jurisdiction are pending upon its calendar, a meeting may be canceled. On the call of the chairperson, mayor or staff, special meetings may be held from time to time as necessary or desirable. Notice of any such special meeting shall be issued as required by state law. All meetings shall be open public meetings as required by state law; provided, however, that when appropriate and allowable by state law, executive sessions may be declared for the purpose of considering those items which are recognized by state law as appropriate subject matter for closed executive sessions.

The board shall adopt rules for transaction of business and keep a record of its meetings, resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, which record shall be open to public inspection. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.070 Attendance.

The attendance of board members at meetings is required, and may be excused by a majority vote of the board. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007].

2.14.080 Officers.

The officers of the board shall consist of a chairperson and a vice-chairperson, who are elected from the appointed members of the board by its members. The chairperson shall preside over the meetings of the board and may exercise all the powers usually incident to the office. The chairperson, as a member of the board, retains the full right to have his/her own vote recorded in all deliberations of the board. The vice-chairperson shall preside as temporary chairperson for the meeting in the chairperson’s absence. The election of officers shall take place once each year during the occasion of the first meeting of the year. The term of office for each officer runs until the next subsequent election; provided, however, that any officer may be removed at any time by a vote of the majority of the board entered on record. In the event of a vacancy of the chairperson or vice-chairperson, an election shall be held to fill the officer position for the remainder of the year. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.090 Staff communications to city council.

The staff of the planning and community development department, as assigned by the mayor, shall serve to facilitate communications to the city council on economic development board recommendations. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 27-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.100 Quorum.

A majority of the membership of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by the board, at any regular or special meeting of the board, shall require a majority of the board members present to be deemed and taken as an action of the board. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.110 Agenda and order of business.

An agenda shall be prepared by the chairperson and the assigned city staff member for each meeting and distributed, along with the minutes of the preceding meeting and any supportive documents or reports, to the members of the board at least three days prior to the next meeting date. Any member of the board may recommend that additional items be added to the agenda with chair approval at least three days prior to the meeting, or by approval of a majority of those members present at the meeting. The regular order of business shall be developed by the chair and approved by the board. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].

2.14.120 Rules of order.

When necessary and appropriate the chairperson shall maintain order by utilizing Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. [Ord. 7-15 § 1, 2015; Ord. 31-07 § 1, 2007; Ord. 10-01 § 1, 2001].