There is hereby created a commission to be known as the city historic preservation commission.
   A.   Composition: The commission shall be composed of six (6) members (5 voting members and 1 ex officio nonvoting member).
   B.   Appointment; Terms: All voting members of the commission shall be appointed by a majority vote of the city council to a term of three (3) years. The terms for all voting member positions shall be renewed on January 1, 1997.
   C.   Ex Officio Member: A city councilmember shall be appointed by a majority vote of the members of the city council to serve as an ex officio nonvoting member of the commission. This appointment shall be made at the first regular meeting of the city council subsequent to the mayor and city council elections.
   D.   Absence From Meetings: Absence from two (2) consecutive meetings without formal consent of the commission shall be deemed to constitute the retirement of such member and the position shall thereupon be declared vacant. Minutes of the commission shall be filed with the city clerk, city manager and the city council.
   E.   Vacancies: Vacancies on the commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of the term shall be filled in the manner herein set forth for the unexpired term of the member leaving the commission.
   F.   Eligibility: In order to be eligible for appointment to the historic preservation commission, a person must have resided in the city for six (6) months. Furthermore, a member must maintain residency for the duration of the term to which he or she has been appointed.
   G.   Meetings; Quorum; Procedures:
      1.   The commission shall hold regular quarterly meetings, which shall at all times be open to the public; the time and place of said meetings shall be posted in accordance with any currently applicable Arizona state statutes regulating public meetings and proceedings (open meeting laws). Special meetings may be called by the chairperson on twenty four (24) hours' notice. Three (3) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the exercise of the powers and authority conferred upon it.
      2.   At the first meeting after appointment and at the first meeting held in any calendar year thereafter, the members of the commission shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson. "Robert's Rules Of Order" shall govern the conduct of meetings in the event of a procedural dispute.
   H.   Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the commission shall include:
      1.   Promulgation of rules and regulations as necessary for the conduct of its business.
      2.   Review of criteria for the identification of significant historic, architectural, and cultural landmarks and for the delineation of historic districts.
      3.   Review existing surveys of significant historic, architectural and cultural landmarks and historic districts within the city and periodically update the survey.
      4.   Recommending to the city council the designation of identified structures or resources as landmarks and historic districts.
      5.   Acceptance on behalf of the city government of the donation of facade easements and development rights; the making of recommendations to the city council concerning the acquisition of facade easements or other interests in real property as necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
      6.   Increasing public awareness of the value of historic, cultural and architectural preservation by developing and participating in public education programs.
      7.   Making recommendations to the city council concerning the utilization of state, federal or private funds to promote the preservation of landmarks and historic districts within the city.
      8.   Recommending acquisition of a landmark structure by the city where its preservation is essential to the purposes of this chapter and where private preservation is not feasible.
      9.   Approval or disapproval of applications for certificates of appropriateness pursuant to this chapter. (Ord. 94-380, 3-28-1994; Ord. 96-422, 6-10-1996)