(A)   Purpose and duties.  The Monroe Tourism Development Authority is established to carry out the purpose and duties pursuant to and in conformity with North Carolina Session Law 2001-439 section 4.1 et seq.
   (B)   Members; terms. The Monroe Tourism Development Authority shall consist of ten (10) members composed of the Chair, or designee, of Monroe Downtown Advisory Board, Executive Director, or designee, of the Union County Community Arts Council, President, or designee, of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, three (3) members affiliated with the hotel/motel industry, one (1) member affiliated with the restaurant industry, and three (3) members shall be at-large.  At least one-third of the members of the Monroe Tourism Development Authority shall consist of members affiliated with businesses that collect the room occupancy tax in the City, and at least three-fourths of the members must be individuals who are currently active in the promotion of travel and tourism in the City. The City Manager, or his or her designee, shall serve ex-officio as a non-voting member.  All members shall be appointed by City Council for three (3) year, staggered terms with the initial appointments designated by City Council to consist of one-third for one (1) year terms, one-third for two (2) year terms, and one-third for three (3) year terms.  All members shall be residents of Union County or be employed by businesses located in Union County. City Council shall designate one (1) member of the Authority to serve as Chair and one as Vice-Chair and shall designate one (1) City Council member to serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member.  Appointments and terms shall be governed by the Monroe Boards and Commissions Policy unless otherwise provided herein.
   (C)   Finance.  The Monroe Tourism Develop-ment Authority shall be a public authority under the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.  The City of Monroe Finance Officer shall serve as the ex officio finance officer of the Authority.  The Authority shall report quarterly and at the close of the fiscal year to the City Council on its receipts and expenditures for the preceding quarter and for the year in such detail as required by City Council.
   (D)   Meetings. The initial meeting of the Monroe Tourism Development Authority shall meet at a date, time and place to be designated by the City Manager for such meeting.  Thereafter, regular meetings of the authority shall be at the date, time and place determined by the members.  At the initial meeting, the membership shall adopt reasonable bylaws to govern itself and additional officers pursuant to the duly adopted bylaws of the Authority.  All meetings of the Authority shall be open to the public and the subject to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, G.S. § 143.318.9 et seq.
   (E)   Compensation. Members of the Monroe Tourism Development Authority shall serve without compensation.
(Ord. O-2003-41, passed 7-15-03; Am. Ord. O-2003-44, passed 8-5-03; Am. Ord. O-2006-02, passed 1-3-06; Am. Ord. O-2006-29, passed 10-17-06; Am. Ord. O-2010-07, passed 5-4-10; Am. Ord. O-2011-11, passed 5-17-11)