05-020-O

ORDINANCE NO. _____


AN ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO THE DULUTH HOUSING COMMISSION; AMENDING SECTION 2-146 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE, 1959, AS AMENDED.

BY COUNCILOR REINERT:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

     Section 1. That Section 2-146 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, is hereby amended as follows:

Section 2-146.   Commissioners.

     (a)  The membership of the commission shall consist of 12 11 commissioners who shall be appointed to the membership of said commission and who shall perform the duties set forth in this Article. Five Three commissioners shall be appointed from each of the five three constituencies referred to below. The following shall be the number of commissioners to be appointed from each constituency:

           (1)  One representative of the city council;

           (2)  One representative of the HRA;

           (3)  One representative of the affordable housing coalition;

           (4)  One representative of the American Indian commission;

           (5)  One representative of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce.

     Seven Eight additional commissioners shall be appointed by the mayor of the city of Duluth and approved by the city council representing each of the following areas: local lending institutions; local housing industry; labor; CDBG - eligible neighborhoods, homeless issues and four at-large representatives;

     (b)  Commissioners shall serve without compensation. The term of the three commissioners appointed from the three constituencies shall be for three years. Commissioners shall serve no more than two full terms without a full one-year break in service. With respect to the remaining eight commissioners, the term of two of the commissioners shall be through September 30, 1998; the term of three of the commissioners shall be through September 30, 1999; and the term of three of the commissioners shall be through September 30, 2000 and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. Subsequent terms of commissioners shall be for three years and all Terms shall expire on September 30 following completion of a full three year term and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified of the appropriate year. The commissioners shall be qualified to continue as a commissioner only so long as she or he remains a member of the class or constituency which she or he was appointed to represent, until a successor shall have been elected and shall qualify, until she or he shall resign or until she or he shall have been removed as provided herein. Whenever a vacancy shall occur in said commission, by means of resignation, death, retirement, removal from the city, removal from a represented constituency or class, or removal for failure or neglect to perform the duties of a commissioner, such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by the appointing entity;

     (c)  The five three commissioners appointed from the constituencies may be removed only by the appointing constituency. The remaining seven eight commissioners may be removed by the mayor, with the approval of the city council;

     (d)  Within 45 days after all of the commissioners shall have been appointed, the commission shall meet and organize and adopt and thereafter may amend such rules and regulations for the conduct of the commission as the commission shall deem to be in the public interest and mostly likely to advance, enhance, foster and promote the purposes of this ordinance. At such meeting and at all subsequent meetings of the commission, 50 percent or more of all the commissioners then holding office shall constitute an quorum for the transaction of business;

     (e)  The commissioners shall elect from among their membership a president, a vice president and a secretary. No two of such offices may be held by one commissioner.

     The officers shall have the duties and powers usually attendant upon such offices and such other duties and powers not inconsistent herewith as may be provided by the commission.

     Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its passage and publication.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance changes the membership of the Duluth housing commission, increasing the total membership from 11 to 12. Because the council has asked the commission to advise and make recommendations on the newly-established housing investment fund, the commission, at its meeting on May 12, 2005, approved a resolution requesting changes in the commission’s membership. Three members will be added representing the American Indian commission, the chamber of commerce and homeless issues, therefore providing new expertise to the commission. Two existing memberships, representing local lending institutions and labor, will be eliminated. There are vacancies on the commission for the local lending institutions and labor representatives, so no current member will need to leave the commission. The ordinance also adds the requirement of at least a one-year break in service after two full terms.

 

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