Chapter 2.150


2.150.010    Established.

2.150.020    Purpose.

2.150.025    Indigent.

2.150.030    Qualifications.

2.150.040    Appointment and membership.

2.150.050    Compensation.

2.150.010 Established.

There is hereby established the Whatcom County veterans’ advisory board. (Ord. 2006-025 Exh. A).

2.150.020 Purpose.

The board is created pursuant to RCW 73.08.035 to advise the county council on the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families. The county council and county executive shall consult with and solicit recommendations from the advisory board to determine the appropriate services needed for local indigent veterans. (Ord. 2006-025 Exh. A).

2.150.025 Indigent.

“Indigent” means a person who is:

A. Receiving one of the following types of public assistance: temporary assistance for needy families, general assistance, poverty-related veteran’s benefits, food stamps or food stamp benefits transferred electronically, refugee resettlement benefits, Medicaid or supplemental security income;

B. Receiving an annual income, after taxes, of 150 percent or less of the current federally established poverty level; or

C. Determined by Whatcom County to be unable to pay reasonable costs for shelter, food, utilities, and transportation because his or her available funds are insufficient. (Ord. 2008-021).

2.150.030 Qualifications.

Only veterans who are residents of Whatcom County are eligible to serve as board members. No fewer than a number constituting a majority of the board members shall be members from nationally recognized veterans’ service organizations. The county council and county executive shall solicit representatives from either local branches of nationally recognized veterans’ service organizations or the veterans’ community at large to serve on the board. (Ord. 2006-025 Exh. A).

2.150.040 Appointment and membership.

Members of the board shall be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the county council. The board shall consist of up to nine members, appointed to terms of four years. A majority of that number of potential members must be present at any meeting to constitute a quorum for purposes of conducting business. Members may be reappointed and confirmed in the same manner as provided herein for initial appointment. (Ord. 2006-025 Exh. A).

2.150.050 Compensation.

Service on the board is voluntary. The county council may provide for reimbursement to board members for appropriate qualified expenses, consistent with county procedures and policies for such reimbursement. (Ord. 2006-025 Exh. A).