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(a) A Board of Zoning Appeals is hereby established and authorized for the purposes of this Zoning Code, Whenever the term "Board" is used in this Zoning Code it shall be construed to mean the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council. Whenever it is practical, in the judgment of Council, two members of the Board shall also be members of the Planning Commission and one other member of the Board shall be a member of Council. The terms of office of any such members of the Board shall in no event extend beyond the terms of such members of the Planning Commission and of Council, respectively. The members of the first Board shall serve respectively for the following terms or until their respective successors are appointed and qualified: One member for one year, one member for two years, one member for three years, one member for four years, one member for five years, one member for six years and one member for seven years. The successor to each member so appointed shall serve for five years. One of the members so appointed shall be named by the Mayor as Chairman of the Board at the time of his or her appointment. The appointing authority has the power to remove any member of the Board for cause, after a public hearing. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term of any member whose place has become vacant for any reason.
(b) All meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the Chairman and at such other times as the Board may determine. The Chairman or, in his or her absence, the acting Chairman, may administer oaths, and compel the attendance of witnesses. All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. Within the framework of applicable law, the Board shall make and adopt its own rules of order and rules of procedure, which shall be binding upon all parties concerned until lawfully changed. The Board, by its Secretary, shall keep and preserve accurate minutes of all its official actions and meetings, showing the vote of each member upon every question, or if a member is absent or falls to vote, indicating that fact. Every rule and regulation, or amendment or repeal thereof, and every order, requirement, decision or determination of the Board, shall immediately be reduced to writing and filed in the office of the Board and shall be a public record.
(Ord. 340. Passed 12-19-66.)