TOWN OF MAGGIE VALLEY
ESTABLISHING AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION.
I. Creation; Membership.
There is hereby created an economic development advisory commission composed of seven (7) members, to be known as the Maggie Valley Economic Development Advisory Commission. Five (5) of the members shall be designated as “regular” members that shall have authority to vote and participate on all issues brought before the commission. Two (2) members shall be designated as “alternate” members of the commission and shall have authority to vote only in the absence of one or more “regular” members to maintain a total number of voting members at a level of five (5). “Alternate” members shall be designated as first alternate and second alternate and, while attending any regular or special meeting of the commission and serving in the absence of any regular member, shall have and exercise all the powers and duties of such regular member so absent.
II. Appointment of Members.
Each member of the economic development advisory commission shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Town Board of Aldermen. Initial appointment of the members shall be as follows: two (2) members for terms of three (3) years, two (2) members for terms of two (2) years, and one (1) member for a term of one (1) year. Alternate members shall initially be appointed for one (1) year terms. All subsequent appointments shall be made for three (3) year terms. Any vacancy in the membership shall be filled for the un-expired term in the same manner as the initial appointment.
III. Ex officio Members.
The Maggie Valley Town Manager Town staff members designated by the Town Manager, and the Town’s representative to the Haywood County EDC, shall be ex-officio members of the commission. The ex officio members will not have a vote on items coming before the economic development advisory commission.
IV. Terms of Members.
Each member of the economic development advisory commission shall be appointed for a three-year term. Appointments shall be arranged so that approximately one-third of the terms will expire each year. Members of the Commission shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Board without compensation. Any vacancies will be filled, as needed, by the Town Board. All terms shall expire on June 30 of the appropriate term of appointment.
V. Meetings; Quorum.
Meetings of the economic development advisory commission shall be held on a monthly basis, unless determined otherwise by the board. The chairmen or the vice-chairman may call a special meeting of the board by giving each member forty-eight (48) hours notice. A quorum of the board shall be in attendance before action of an official nature can be taken. All provisions of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law shall apply to this Commission.
VI. Attendance of Members.
Members who miss more than three (3) consecutive regular meetings without notifying the chairperson shall be automatically removed from the Advisory Commission and a request submitted to the Board of Aldermen to reappoint the position. Absences due to sickness, death or emergencies shall not affect a member’s status on the Commission provided notification is given.
VII. Compensations of Members.
Members of the economic development advisory commission shall serve without monetary compensation. Members may be reimbursed for travel and subsistence relating to professional meetings, conferences and workshops, with such reimbursement being made in compliance with the general policies of the Town.
VIII. Officers Generally.
There shall be a chairman and vice-chairman of the economic development advisory commission. An annual election of the chairman and vice-chairman shall be held by the Economic development advisory commission board members, and shall occur at the regular monthly meeting in July. Officers shall serve for one (1) year from election with eligibility for reelection. New officers shall take office at the subsequent regular meeting in August. If an officer’s appointment to the board is terminated, the board shall elect a replacement to this office from its membership, at the meeting following the termination.
IX. Duties of Officers.
(a) The chairman of the economic development advisory commission shall preside at all meetings and sign all documents relative to actions taken by the board. The chairman shall appoint all subcommittees including a nominating committee composed of three (3) board members. A nominating committee shall be appointed at or before the May meeting and shall report at or before the June meeting of the commission.
(b) When the chairman is absent, the vice-chairman shall perform the duties of the chairman. When both the chairman and vice-chairman are absent, those members present shall select a temporary chairman.
(c) A Town staff member designated by the Town Manager shall serve as secretary to the board, and shall be held responsible for the satisfactory accomplishment of the secretarial duties. The secretary shall mail to all members’ copies of official reports and the official minutes of all regular and special meetings, prior to the next scheduled meeting.
X. Duties and Responsibilities.
(a) The economic development advisory commission shall serve as the advisory body for the town’s economic development activities. The commission shall suggest policies to the Town Manager and the Town Board, within its powers and responsibilities as stated in this article. The commission shall serve as a liaison between businesses, the town and citizens of the community. The commission shall consult with and advise the Town Manager and the Town Board on matters affecting economic development policies and programs.
(b) The economic development advisory commission shall assume duties for economic development purposes as follows. The commission shall:
(1) Make recommendations for the establishment of a system of incentives that will ensure continued interest in both commercial and residential growth in Maggie Valley.
(2) Work with the Haywood County EDC (Economic Development Commission) and the
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce to develop programs to supplement or enhance
(3) Be aware of economic trends and indicators that may affect economic development in
Maggie Valley and the surrounding area.
(4) Advise and assist in recruiting new businesses or the expansion of existing
businesses that may be beneficial to the community.
(5) Other necessary and proper activities as may be needed from time to time, or as
requested by the Board of Aldermen.
XI. Effective Date.
This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after September 6, 2005.
Jo Pinter, Mayor
Vickie Best, Town Clerk